Popular Jujutsu Kaisen Character Mentions Malaysia's Kuantan Beach In Latest Episode

Nanami, Kuantan will always welcome you. <3

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Editor's note: This article contains major spoilers for Jujutsu Kaisen episode 42.

Malaysian Jujutsu Kaisen fans are floored by the latest episode released this week, as it not only reveals a major death in the series, but also features the character mentioning Kuantan before his demise

In episode 42 of the popular anime that aired today, 24 November, Kento Nanami, a beloved mentor-like character to the series' main character, Yuji Itadori, states that he would love to visit Malaysia, particularly a beach in Kuantan, before his imminent death.

The episode starts with a wounded Nanami wandering around a subway station in Shibuya, Tokyo, after barely surviving a bloody fight with an enemy.

As he approaches a lower floor of the building filled with monsters, called 'curse spirits' in the series, the drained sorcerer is forced to fight off the devils.

It is at this moment Nanami thinks to himself, "Malaysia. That's right, Malaysia. I should go to Kuantan."

"I'll build a house on an empty beach. The books that I bought but never read have piled up like a mountain. I want to read them slowly as if I'm retrieving the time lost," he adds.

The episode then shows a montage of Nanami killing the monsters and dancing on a beach in Kuantan, as he repeats to himself, "I'm tired. I'm really tired."

It is an emotional scene, given that Nanami — a character cherished by fans for his resonant voice, straightforward demeanor, and relatable salaryman attitude — is desperate for a place to rest, which happens to be in Malaysia

Nanami dies in the series after a formidable villain shows up and kills him in a single attack.

Below is a video of Nanami fighting the monsters as he imagines himself being on a beach in Kuantan:

Jujutsu Kaisen, written by Gege Akutami and animated by MAPPA Studio, follows high school student Yuji Itadori as he joins a secret organisation of Jujutsu Sorcerers to eliminate monsters in the world and a powerful 'curse' named Ryomen Sukuna.

At the time of writing, Kuantan is trending on X, formerly known as Twitter, with about 6,500 posts connecting the anime to the tourist destination

Many fans of the anime gave a shoutout to Malaysia.

"Kuantan tourism after this episode," wrote an X user while using the 'stronks' meme in their tweet.

Meanwhile, another netizen shared photos and a video of their 2022 trip to Pantai Teluk Cempedak to commemorate Nanami's death in the series.

Image via X

Someone even created a 'Kento Nanami Memorial Shrine' on Google Maps.

Image via X

Watch Nanami mention Malaysia and Kuantan here:

In February last year, netizens were shocked to find a 'censored' manga cover of Jujutsu Kaisen at a Malaysian bookstore:

Here are other times Malaysia caught the anime community's attention:

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