Haibara’s Tragedy Massively Impacted Nanami & Geto

Summary

  • The second season of Jujutsu Kaisen starts with an important flashback that gives backstory on Satoru Gojo and the previous generation of sorcerers.
  • Yu Haibara plays a significant role in the development of Suguru Geto and Kento Nanami, serving as a catalyst for Geto’s transformation and Nanami’s departure from jujutsu sorcery.
  • Despite Yu Haibara’s death, his influence continues to be felt, as his optimistic perspective inspires other characters like Itadori and Nanami.


The following contains spoilers for Season 2 of the Jujutsu Kaisen anime, written by Gege Akutami and produced by MAPPA. Available for streaming in English & Japanese via Crunchyroll.

Jujutsu Kaisen follows the story of Yuji Itadori, a teenage boy who is forcibly introduced to the world of jujutsu sorcery after he consumes one of the most powerful cursed objects in existence — a finger belonging to the King of Curses, Ryomen Sukuna. However, the beginning of the series’ second season actually begins with a flashback that takes place 12 years before the events of its core narrative, providing some much-needed backstory for the world’s strongest sorcerer, Satoru Gojo, and the previous generation of jujutsu sorcerers.

This extended flashback, titled the Hidden Inventory Arc, shows several of Jujutsu Kaisen‘s main characters when they were younger, but it also introduces several new individuals to the series. Like Jujutsu Kaisen‘s protagonist, one of these characters, Yu Haibara, is an optimistic first-year student at Tokyo Jujutsu High, and despite his minor role in the series, he plays a surprisingly important role in the development of two of the series’ most important sorcerers: Suguru Geto and Kento Nanami.

Updated on December 1, 2023 by Kennedy King: The Shibuya Incident has completely changed the landscape of the jujutsu world, and it would not have been possible if not for the events that transpired twelve years before the events of Jujutsu Kaisen’s core narrative. Even though deceased sorcerers like Yu Haibara will almost certainly not make a return to action, their impact can still be felt over 10 years after their initial appearances.


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Name

Yu Haibara

Age

17

First Appearance

Episode 27

The Hidden Inventory Arc takes place shortly before Suguru Geto’s turn toward the dark side, so the Special-Grade sorcerer, as well as figures like Satoru Gojo and Kento Nanami, are still attending Tokyo Jujutsu High in these episodes. During his time at the school, Geto encounters Yu Haibara, who joins the institution one year after the likes of Geto and Satoru Gojo. Although the pair only share a few on-screen moments, Haibara clearly holds his senior classmates in high regard; similarly, Geto seems to have a notable amount of admiration for Haibara’s cheery attitude and optimistic perspective on the harsh world of jujutsu sorcery. As time goes on, their relationship becomes more and more symbolic to Geto, which is why it deals a devastating blow to the Special-Grade sorcerer’s mroale when Haibara perishes in the line of duty.

Unfortunately, the two sorcerers meet when Geto is on the verge of a dark descent into villainy, undercutting the wholesome nature of their relationship. For years, Suguru Geto served as Satoru Gojo’s voice of reason, and in general, he is a positive guiding force for his closest friend throughout the Hidden Inventory Arc. This is a stark contrast to Geto’s presentation during the events of Jujutsu Kaisen and Jujutsu Kaisen 0, which is defined by his disdain for non-jujutsu sorcerers. It’s obvious that the horrors he and Gojo witnessed first-hand while protecting the Star Plasma Vessel, as well as the death of Haibara, changed both characters significantly, elevating Gojo to greater heights and plunging Geto into a sinister state of dispair.

Suguru Geto’s turn toward evil didn’t happen immediately after the death of the Star Plasma Vessel; in fact, Yu Haibara’s kindhearted presence was one of the few things preventing Geto from becoming radicalized. Because of Haibara, the Special-Grade sorcerer was still able to find positive meaning in the relationship between jujutsu sorcerers and the rest of humanity. During a time when Geto was struggling to see the point of saving humanity, an unabashedly kind soul like Haibara staved off a complete turn toward nihilism.

That said, the nature of their relationship is also why Suguru Geto takes it so hard when Haibara dies around a year after the death of the Star Plasma Vessel, as their bond is symbolic of Geto’s belief in the good of humanity. It’s the final straw for a character that was already struggling to hold himself together, plunging Geto closer and closer toward the curses he consumes to grow stronger. Without the calming presence of the first-year student, Geto loses all hope for humanity, begins accumulating curses, and ultimately sets up the murderous conflict seen in Jujutsu Kaisen 0, creating a unique legacy for his deceased acquaintance.

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While Yu Haibara and Suguru Geto certainly have different personalities, they are not nearly as much of polar opposites as Haibara and Kento Nanami. Admittedly, the upbeat, outgoing personality of Yu Haibara is starkly different from that of Nanami, whose serious demeanor seems to have largely been the same 12 years before the events of Jujutsu Kaisen‘s first season as it is during the series’ core narrative. That said, the pair are still close friends — even more so than Haibara and Geto — so it also affects Namami quite severely when his cheery classmate passes away during a routine mission. However, rather than plunging Nanami into darkness like Geto, Haibara’s death serves as the catalyst for Kento Nanami’s departure from jujutsu sorcery. His whole perspective on the jujutsu world becomes centered around the trauma of losing Haibara, prompting him to step away from the profession.

Since taking up life as a jujutsu sorcerer once again, Nanami has taken on the role of mentoring Jujutsu Kaisen‘s protagonist Yuji Itadori — a cheery first-year student at Tokyo Jujutsu High who undoubtedly reminds Nanami of Yu Haibara. There’s no doubt that the similarities between Itadori and Haibara have played a major role in Nanami’s renewed interest in jujutsu sorcery; however, Itadori’s optimistic attitude isn’t the only thing that he shares in common with Haibara. The pair both became jujutsu sorcerers because they wanted to help people by doing something that they only they can do, which is a fairly specific reason to take up arms against curses and cursed energy users. These similarities obviously created a natural bond between Kento Nanami and Yuji Itadori, extending Yu Haibara’s influence well into the future even in his absence.

The jujutsu world is kind to neither Kento Nanami nor Suguru Geto, but despite their various bouts of pessimism (and, in Geto’s case, outright villainy), Yu Haibara always served as a bright spot for them when he was alive. Even after his death, the memory of the young jujutsu sorcerer serves as a pearl of hope for his closest companions, making him much more significant than his low-profile would suggest. Similarly, even though Yuji Itadori isn’t the strongest character in Jujutsu Kaisen, he’s an inspiration to those around him, which is an invaluable skill in the face of sadistic enemies like Mahito, Jogo, and Sukuna.

Jujutsu Kaisen clearly draws a parallel between Haibara and Itadori, proving that even the world’s strongest curses can’t snuff out the optimism and hope that defines humanity. Even though capable sorcerers such as Suguru Geto and Kento Nanami occasionally waver in the face of adversity, the will of characters like Yu Haibara and Yuji Itadori will always drive their contemporaries to greater heights. Whether or not Yuji survives his time as the host of the King of Curses remains to be seen, but as demonstrated by the influence that both he and Yu Haibara have on the series, their optimistic perspectives will continue to inspire others long after he takes his final breath.

Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Poster

Jujutsu Kaisen

A boy swallows a cursed talisman – the finger of a demon – and becomes cursed himself. He enters a shaman’s school to be able to locate the demon’s other body parts and thus exorcise himself.

Release Date
October 2, 2020

Studio
MAPPA

Creator
Gege Akutami

Cast
Junya Enoki , Yuichi Nakamura , Yuma Uchida , Asami Seto

Rating
TV-14

Seasons
2

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