Nobara Kugisaki: 9 Questions About Jujutsu Kaisen’s Fierce Sorcerer You’ve Always Wanted to Ask

If you are a fan of the beloved 2018 dark fantasy anime and manga series Jujutsu Kaisen, then you know the tritagonist Nobara Kugisaki. Or do you? Here are some fascinating inside facts you might not know about our titillating Nobara Kugisaki!


Nobara is one of the three first-year students at Jujutsu High. A prestigious institution devoted to developing future Jujutsu Sorcerers whose job is protecting humanity from “Cursed Spirits,” dangerous lifeforms typically emerge from human beings’ destructive emotions. Nobara uses a unique hammer and nail set in battle with deadly effectiveness. By manipulating curse energy, she can also construct voodoo-like abilities to curse her opponents.

Brief Bio

Who is Nobara Kugisaki?
Name:Nobara Kugisaki
Birthday:August 7, 2002
Height:160 cm (5’3″)
Hair Color:Ginger
Eye Color:Orange


Nobara Kugisaki appearance

Nobara Kugisaki is only 5’3” (160 cm in stature). She has ginger-colored mid-length hair reaching to her neck that is swooped to one side, matching her orange eyes, lengthy eyelashes, and thin eyebrows.

Fun Fact: Did you know Norbara’s ginger hair is dyed?

Like all Jujustsu High students, Nobara wears a long skirt that ends just above her knees and a dark blue gakuran-style top (a button-down jacket). In addition to her distinctive brown belt, which holds her jujutsu equipment, she also wears black stockings and brown shoes.


Nobara Kugisaki personality

In her small town, Nobara was outspoken even at a young age. She thought everyone was crazy and wanted to leave the small countryside for city life. With an unshakable character, Nobara is a confident and bold young woman. Nothing is more critical to Nobara than staying true to who she is. She takes great pride in being both a pretty girl and a strong fighter and refuses to let anyone influence her.  

Upon first meeting, Nobara appears to be very obnoxious and arrogant. In her first introduction of herself to Yuji and Megumi, she does so by expressing how inferior they are. She also argued with Yuji during the significant part of their first mission together.

Nobara Kugisaki personality

Nobara is a fierce fighter with a strong feeling of responsibility as a jujutsu sorcerer. Nobara’s pride suffered during the Shibuya Incident due to her close call to defeat at the hands of Haruta Shigemo. Nobara intended to make amends for herself after being saved by Kento Nanami by aiding in the release of Satoru from his seal. Nanami, however, forbade her from doing so and told her to wait until help arrived. Rather than leave the city while her companions were still engaged in battle, Nobara disregarded Nanami’s advice.

What are Kugisaki’s Special Abilities and Powers?

What are Kugisaki's Special Abilities and Powers?

Nobara has often shown that she can compete with jujutsu practitioners who are in grades higher than her. Upon first entering the Academy, Nobara demonstrated a firm grasp of the intrinsic method she used to cast out curses. She also possesses the cerebral courage to undertake any task, even if she lacks physical skills. Nobara successfully defended herself during a fight in the Eishu Detention Center until she ran out of nails to use as weapons.

Special Abilities/Powers

High Pain Tolerance

Nobara has an exceptionally high pain tolerance that allows her to bear debilitating pain levels and continue fighting with little to no struggle. Nobara was unfazed by the effects of the Cursed Womb brothers, Eso and Kechizu’s decomposition technique despite its intense anguish intended to cause its prey. To weaken her two opponents and give herself a chance of winning, she also didn’t hesitate and exhibited no signs of pain when she drove several of her nails through her own arm.

What are Kugisaki’s Special Moves?

Great Cursed Energy

What are Kugisaki's Special Moves?

Nobara has an ample supply of cursed energy and is skilled at controlling it. Nobara can levitate her nails for simple hammering since her nails are continuously infused with her cursed energy. She can use cursed tactics to increase the amount of cursed energy around them. She has repeatedly done so without displaying signs that her cursed energy reserves are running low. 

Black Flash

Within 0.000001 seconds of a physical hit, Black Flash creates spatial distortion when the user is hit by cursed energy. When cursed energy flashes black, it makes an attack equal to 2.5 times the power of a regular hit. Kechizu experienced Black Flash for the first time from Nobara, who also brought the curse dangerously close to death.

Straw Doll Technique

What are Kugisaki's Special Moves?

Nobara’s straw doll technique uses jujutsu in conjunction with a set of implements that includes a hammer, nails, and a straw doll. Nobara can employ various techniques by channeling her cursed energy through the tools, simultaneously damaging her target and straw doll.


A technique that makes the nails with the cursed energy explode violently. As a result, the nails’ surrounding cloud of cursed energy enlarges to the point of detonation.


Using a straw doll as a puppet, Nobara can infect her target with her cursed energy. She can create a link to strike her target’s most vital appendages using a severed body part of her target. Resonance forces the target’s chest to sprout huge black spikes upon being triggered.

What are Kugisaki’s Special Weapons?

What are Kugisaki's Special Weapons?

Rubber Mallet

Nobara uses a rubber mallet at times to attach humans so she won’t kill them.


Nobara’s characteristic metal hammer, adorned with a heart, serves as her primary weapon. She can use it to fight her opponents at close range, but she primarily utilizes it to strike, and fling nails imbued with cursed energy at them from a distance. Additionally, it’s necessary for her Resonance approach to work. Nobara drives her nail into the target’s effigy, triggering Resonance.


What are Kugisaki's Special Weapons?

Metal nails are integral to all Nobara’s cursed techniques. Nobara imbues the nails with cursed energy so they can be levitated and fired as projectiles.

Straw Doll

Nobara occasionally needs and uses a straw doll to carry out an exorcism. 

What are Nobara Kugisaki’s Best Fights?

What are Nobara Kugisaki's Best Fights?

Fearsome Womb Arc

Nobara is faced with a curse with enough intelligence to take a child hostage. 

For the child’s sake, she surrenders and puts her weapons down. As Yuji suddenly breaks through the wall to save the boy, Nobara has the chance to evict the weak cursed spirit. Nobara and Yuji both pass Sensi Gojo‘s exam, demonstrating their level of insanity.

Cursed Training Arc

Nobara fights with Mai Zenin as Mai shoots Nobara with a gun that is loaded with bullets formed of cursed energy as Maki’s arrival stops her. Nobara recovers and wrestles Mai to the ground. After warning their adversaries, Nobara still aspires to become a jujutsu sorcerer to disprove others.

The Kyoto Goodwill Event Arc

Nobara fights Momo Nishimiya and nearly defeats Momo, but Mai interrupts the battle and eliminates Nobara.

Death Painting Arc

Yuji and Nobara fight the Eso and Kechizu and are victorious, resulting in their (Eso and Kenchizu) deaths.

Shibuya Incident Arc

After Mahito destroys Yuji, he debilitates Nobara. Todo then takes control of the situation and sees Yuji’s fighting spirit revived.

What are Some of Nobara’s Relationships?

What are Some of Nobara's Relationships?

Only newcomers to her village, like Fumi and Saori, drew Nobara’s attention, particularly the latter. She had great respect for Saori, so when she was made to leave the neighborhood, she was disappointed. Nobara yearned to meet Saori again and wanted to go to the hamlet more once Saori left. Nobara promised Fumi that the three would meet in Tokyo before she entered Jujutsu High. And after several missions together, fellow allies Yugi and Megumi have formed a bond with Nobara. Especially Yugi. After Yuji’s passing during the events at the Detention Center, Nobara was seen to be upset. When he returned, she cried and asked him to apologize for upsetting her.


Trivia about Nobara Kugisaki

Did You Know?

  • Nobara’s hairstyle of her bangs swept to one side is similar to Ichigo/Code: 015 from DARLING in the FRANXX.
  • Her favorite brands are Balenciaga and Onitsuka Tiger.
  • Nobara loves shopping and fashion.
  • Nobara’s favorite food is watermelon and food that is popular. Nobara’s Grandmother gave Nobara the recommendation to go to Jujitsu School (Though they disagreed on it first.)
  • Gege Akutami selected “Seishun Kyosokyoku” by Sunny Day Service and “Ano Depaato” by Natsuko Nisshoku as the theme songs for Nobara.

Is Nobara Kugisaki Really Dead?

Is Nobara Kugisaki Really Dead?

It is stated that Nobara Kugisaki died in Jujutsu Kaisen during the Shinjuku arc. She was fighting alongside Itadori Yuji when she was murdered by the curse Mahito.