【閲覧注意】漫画148話ネタバレ WARNING: Contains Ch148 manga spoilers
(English follows) 最新話を読んでから撮った写真です↓ あ～、禅院家ってすごいなあ。海外ドラマによく出るドロドロ関係のゴッドファザー級殺し合い家族。面白くて好きですが、どうか真希ちゃん・舞ちゃん共に死なないでほしい。戦ってほしい。クソ親戚らに負けないでほしい。公式ガイドブックによるとこの双子はジャンクフードが好物だそうですので（消しゴム）食べ物をたくさん与えたのでバトルエネルギーに変換してくれると嬉しい。大好きな真希ちゃん、心から応援しているので戦い抜いてください！
My oh my, from the early chapters I’ve been dreaming of reading more about the Zen’in family and seeing Maki claim the throne for herself as the story progresses. As of Chapter 148, however, she’s decided to respect Naobito’s final wish and scolds the extremely reluctant Megumi Fushiguro into accepting his fate as the head of the Zen’in clan.
You Too, Brutus?
There’s just no way the rest of the family will accept the outcast Toji’s son as their superior. So they plot to kill Fushiguro, and his two cousins in the process: Maki and Mai, the twins born with no or very little innate sorcery.
We find out just how badly Maki is being treated within her own family. First Naoya (Naobito’s son) tells her her one saving grace – her beautiful face – is ruined and no one will want her anymore. He insults her, calls her names, and we also see a flashback of him bullying her when she was still a child. Maki ignores him, and also ignores her own mother’s warning not to enter the weapons stockroom.
When she does enter the stockroom, her very own father, Ougi Zen’in, is waiting inside to kill her. He has already almost killed his other daughter, Mai.
The Zen’in Family Tree
Let’s figure out the family tree first. At the head of the household was 直毘人 Naobito, who died from fatal injuries incurred during the Shibuya incident. He is the middle child, and has an older brother (not named) and a younger brother, 扇 Ougi. His older brother’s sons are 甚壱 Jin’ichi and 甚爾 Tōji. Toji’s son, as we all know, is Megumi Fushiguro.
From this tree we know that Megumi Fushiguro and the twin girls, Maki and Mai, are cousins. Naoya, the guy who tells Maki she’s become ugly, is also their cousin. As Naobito’s son, Naoya feels he should be the heir, although as we see above, Megumi Fushiguro also has a claim to the throne by birthright. That is, his father is the son of the eldest son.
Naobito’s younger brother, Ougi, felt that he should have become the head of the household instead of Naobito. He blames his twin daughters’ lack of innate jujutsu sorcery as the reason why he wasn’t chosen as head. In other words, he blames his being a failure on his children.
Needless to say, he’s an asshole if ever there was one.
In order to increase his standing in the jujutsu pyramid of sorcerers, Ougi plots with his nephews, Jin’ichi and Naoya, to kill Megumi and the twin girls.
Wow. I love this kind of drama.
The Zen’in family is like the Godfather films’ Corleone family in the Jujutsu Kaisen world – relatives at each other’s throats, prepared to eliminate one or the other to get what they want. Apparently, becoming head of the family is a very Big Deal. There’s money involved, there’s prestige, there’s property.
Megumi, however, doesn’t want any of this. He’s considered himself lucky – unlike Maki and Noritoshi Kamo (the Kyoto student, not the zombie in Geto’s body) – that he doesn’t have to bear the burden of carrying the family name. Well, turns out he does. Maki doesn’t feel she’s ready to become the head as she is still not strong enough. Then there’s that thing with her sister and rival Mai. Megumi relents, but as we’ve seen in this chapter, their relatives won’t have it.
End of the Line for Maki?
The chapter ends with Maki fighting for her life. It’s a kill-or-be-killed situation. Will she survive? Will she have the guts to kill her own father?
As a plot I love complicated, infighting families and intra-familial plotting and revenge and retribution, but if Maki doesn’t make it then the manga will lose one of its most compelling characters. For me, at least.
Jujutsu Kaisen doesn’t have a female equivalent to Satoru Gojo, the strongest sorcerer in the world. I held hopes that Yuki Tsukumo’s character will be developed, but we saw in the previous Chapter 147 that she’s been relegated to play bodyguard to Tengen. While Maki may not have any inborn sorcery abilities, she has the strength of will and the potential to become a big player. That’s what I’ve been hoping to happen. Unfortunately, she may just be killed off any minute, breaking my heart.
Junk Food Junkie
According to the Jujutsu Kaisen official fanbook, the Zen’in twins are into junk food.
Here’s me trying to give Maki energy via the food she likes:
Isn’t she adorable? The miniature foods are actually erasers from the Daiso dollar store. They come in all kinds of shapes and I’ve a small collection. Who doesn’t want mini food-shaped eraser? Not me! Gimme one of each of all the eraser foods in the world, ahaha!
Here’s the behind the scenes:
As you can see, the erasers are actually very small compared to the Maki Zen’in plushie. I love that with the right camera angle the food appears to look somewhat proportionate to the doll.
Let’s have a look at the ‘food’. Here they are in their original packaging:
We have a bag of potato chips, a tub of popcorn, a tube of octopus-flavoured chips. Then there’s a ham sandwich, a hotdog-on-a-bun, and a whole pizza. Yum!
I used to have a junk food habit as a student. Wait, that’s not entirely accurate. I still have a junk food semi-habit even though I’m no longer a student. I still crave junk food sometimes, though not as badly as I did when I was a teenager.
In the end, due to Instagram grid considerations I went with the grey brick wall for background on social media, but I also took one with a red brick wall.
Which do you like better?
That’s it for this manga meta slash Chapter 148 review slash merch info. My wish is for Maki not to die. I want her and Fushiguro to reset the entire sorcery world along with Gojo and Kyoto student Kamo, in the end. I’m pretty sure one or two or even more of them will die in the end, but that won’t stop me from wishing otherwise.
Dear Maki, never retreat, never surrender!
What about you, what did you think of Chapter 148? For those who haven’t read it yet, do you like Maki Zen’in all the same, and also my food-shaped erasers?
Thank you so much for reading! Please take a moment to share a thought or two in the comment section below. Your comments give me life and are a real source of encouragement. xoxo – hana