The Zenin Family (
The history of the Zenin Family embodies the problematic values that arose from the noble status granted to them as a major clan. The Zenin clan values powerful cursed techniques above all else and rejects their own family members if they don't deem their power acceptable. Even Toji Zenin, as powerful a fighter as he was, found himself rejected by them due to his lack of cursed energy and left the clan, even changing his surname.
In a similar situation to Toji's, Maki Zenin also left the clan to become a sorcerer as a way to spite the other members. The clan actively prevented Maki's promotion in grade and have forced her twin sister to become a sorcerer against her will. The girls are expected to be pretty and obedient, absolutely perfect members of the clan with unrealistic expectations compared to the male members.
Toji's son, born Megumi Fushiguro rather than Zenin, was initially raised outside the clan, but the Zenin Family was willing to pay top dollar to reintroduce him back into it. Megumi was born with the clan's celebrated hereditary Ten Shadows Technique. Under the protection of Satoru Gojo, Megumi was brought into the clan and eventually made his way to becoming a student at Tokyo Jujutsu High. By the summer of 2018, Megumi claimed to no longer have a connection with the Zenin clan.
Naobito Zenin was the most recent head of the Zenin Family before the events of Shibuya. He embodied the aforementioned ideals of the family in addition to its long-standing dislike for the Gojo Family.
In his will, Naobito left everything to his son Naoya, who much like himself, embodies the problematic traditions of the major clans. Eager to become the head of the family, Naoya openly welcomed his own father's death. However, in Naobito's will, there was a clause that stated if Satoru Gojo was incapacitated for any reason then Megumi was to become the heir. Trapped in a struggle for political power, Naoya didn't hesitate in his decision to kill Megumi.
Megumi learned about inheriting the Zenin Family's assets from Maki. Naturally, Megumi had no interest in being a member of the clan at all, let alone its head so he refused. He was prepared to step down so Maki could enter the role but she knew no one would accept her. Maki was very stern with him, pointing out he possesses the clan's inherited technique and Satoru favored him. Maki believed she wasn't good enough because she couldn't make the clan a place where Mai could belong. Understanding Maki's feelings, Megumi reluctantly accepted his new role.
Even Jinichi agreed that Megumi is better suited for the role than Naoya. Many of the clan's members would like to repair their relationship with the Gojo Family. Additionally, Megumi is friends with Noritoshi, the next head of the Kamo Family. Naoya's reckless idea of assassinating him would hurt the clan's standing among the Big Three Sorcerer Families.
Following their meeting with Master Tengen, Megumi gave Maki official permission to enter the clan's cursed warehouse. She used the key to enter the storeroom full of cursed tools only to find her father Ogi inside. Having foreseen Maki's plan, Ogi removed all the cursed tools and injured Mai to use as a hostage. Ogi and Jinichi came up with a more organized plan for getting rid of Megumi. Although he's a better fit than Naoya, they refuse to hand over the family's fortune and assets to him. Their plan was to execute Megumi, Maki, and Mai for plotting to free Satoru.
Ogi overpowered Maki in their initial exchange of blows. He brought both twins to a place filled with grade 2 and lower curses meant for training and discipline. Ogi left his own daughter's behind expecting the cursed spirits to claim their lives. However, Mai sacrificed herself to give Maki a new weapon and took all of their joined cursed energy with her. In exchange, Mai asked that Maki destroy everything.
Maki exorcised all the curses in seconds and confronted her father again immediately after. Her newfound strength frightened Ogi, reminding him of Toji. He was the first to be cut down on Maki's avenging rampage for her sister. The clan's alarm was rung after Ogi's death and the majority of the sorcerers at the household immediately went to deal with Maki.
Nobuaki and the Kukuru Unit attempted to subdue her first but Maki slaughtered the minor members of the squad. The Hei joined the battle to kill Maki but each of them fell one by one to her newfound prowess as well, leaving only Naoya. Maki had some trouble dealing with Naoya's technique while he fought to prove she was an imposter, not like Toji. Maki eventually overcame him and defeated Naoya after using her improved prowess to read his technique.
Naoya's face was smashed from the fight but he survived. Maki visited her mother and dealt her a fatal blow as well but the woman made sure to take Naoya with her to the afterlife. Afterward, Maki left the site of the massacre and annihilated the other members of the Hei that weren't present that day. With their ranks completely devastated, the Zenin clan was voted out of the Big Three Families by the two other major clans. However, Jujutsu Headquarters is still keeping that verdict on hold.
Base of Operations
The Kukuru Unit
- The Zenin family name contains the kanji for "dhyāna, Zen" (禪 zen?) and "temple, mansion, school" (院 in?).