Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 has captivated anime fans worldwide, sparking intense scrutiny of every detail in the show, including the opening and ending themes. A poignant revelation emerges from the opening theme song, “Ao no Sumika” by Tatsuya Kitani, shedding light on Nanami Kento’s tragic loss.
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In the opening, Nanami is seen enjoying the company of his friend Yu Haibara, whose fate takes a grim turn this season, foreshadowing the devastating loss Nanami will endure.
Yu Haibara, a minor character in the Hidden Inventory arc, attended Tokyo Jujutsu High with Nanami in 2006. The anime adaptation of the Hidden Inventory arc has brought attention to Haibara’s character.
Throughout the season, Nanami and Haibara are portrayed as close friends, working together to protect the Star Plasma Vessel, Riko Amanai, in Okinawa under the guidance of Gojo and Geto.
However, tragedy strikes during a mission with Nanami, resulting in Haibara’s untimely death. This event deeply impacts the Jujutsu world, leaving Nanami adrift and devoid of purpose as a sorcerer. Overwhelmed by grief, he abandons his Jujutsu career and becomes a salaryman after graduation.
The opening sequence strategically showcases Nanami and Haibara’s friendship to emphasize the profound loss Nanami will experience. The pain of losing a true friend leaves him feeling utterly alone.
Even during the Shibuya incident arc, when Nanami is on the brink of death after a harrowing ambush, he recalls Yu Haibara and questions why he returned to being a Jujutsu sorcerer. This poignant moment demonstrates that Nanami has never forgotten his dear friend and is still haunted by the tragedy of his demise.
As the only two students in their class, Haibara’s death is even more heart-wrenching for Nanami. The impact is comparable to Itadori’s trauma after witnessing Nobara’s death. In Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2, the bond between Nanami and Haibara will be highlighted, showcasing Nanami’s struggle and eventual resignation after losing his cherished friend.
With only two episodes released thus far, viewers can expect to delve deeper into the story of Haibara’s death and its profound effect on Nanami in the forthcoming episodes of the anime.