While Panda’s appearance in Jujutsu Kaisen surprised us all, another surprise was waiting. A panda was already a reach, but a person who only speaks in onigiri ingredients? Of course, all of us were taken aback! This person was Inumaki Toge, a second-year at Tokyo Jujutsu High. And the onigiri language was an effect of his cursed speech!
He might seem weird, but this senpai is also very kind and considerate! And his cursed technique is as cool as it gets.
The onigiri language is really adorable too! Sometimes, however, we wish we could understand what Inumaki senpai is actually saying. Worry not, this article has got you! Thanks to Twitter user itsinumaki, we now have some idea about the onigiri language glossary.
But, but! Aren’t we too eager?
Let’s first find out why this language exists in the first place.
What is Cursed Speech?
Inumaki talks in onigiri ingredients because he is a Cursed Speech user.
Cursed Speech is exactly what it sounds like. The shaman imbues words with cursed energy to command another person to act as the user wills. Inumaki has Serpent Eyes and Fangs seals on his mouth and tongue. These seals are a necessity for using Cursed Speech. It is also the Inherited Cursed Technique of the Inumaki clan. However, Okkotsu Yuta could replicate this technique by using a megaphone with similar seals on it.
Cursed Speech is a powerful Cursed Technique without any doubt. Its range and usage are huge advantages to a shaman. Inumaki can even use it over a phone as he did against Miwa in the school event. As powerful it is, Cursed Speech also has quite a few downsides.
Even though a shaman can command their opponent, they can’t do anything extreme. The stronger is the command given to the opponent, the worse is the effect of the technique on the shaman. These “effects” include sore throat and inability to speak, amongst others. For this reason, Inumaki always has to carry a cough syrup bottle with him. However, Cursed Speech might even backfire when it comes to the worst.
Inumaki also has a limit beyond which he cannot use his Cursed Speech. If he does, it takes a severe toll on his body. He often coughs up blood, too. Thus, he has to be very careful with the intensity and frequency of its use.
Cursed Speech also renders Inumaki unable to speak in normal language lest he hurts others and himself in day-to-day conversations. And this is why Inumaki limits his speech to “safe words,” being the onigiri ingredients. Now then, let’s see what these safe words mean!
Meanings of Inumaki’s onigiri ingredients
Shake (鮭 しゃけ) and Shake sushi (鮭鮨 しゃけすし) are salmon in English. They indicate Inumaki’s agreement or affirmation of something.
Okaka [Katsuoboshi flakes] (おかか) are bonito/fish flakes. Okaka is the opposite of Shake and Shake sushi. It implies Inumaki’s disagreement or denial.
Konbu/kombu (昆布 こんぶ) is kelp. As you might have guessed from the beginning of this article, it is Inumaki greeting a person!
Takana (高菜 たかな) translates to pickled mustard leaf. It indicates concern and worry.
Sujiko (筋子 すじこ) and Ikura/Igura (イクラ) both mean salted/prepared salmon roe in English. However, they mean different things in Inumaki’s onigiri language! Sujiko is used to grab the other person’s attention and means something along the lines of “hey, look here!”. On the other hand, if Inumaki says Ikura/Igura to you, he is swearing at you. xD
Mentaiko (明太子 めんたいこ) is walleye pollack roe. It means you’re sweet. Ha, you thought! It is another Inumaki curse word! 😛 For being so kawaii, Inumaki-senpai sure swears a lot!
Lastly, Tuna tuna (ツナツナ) is Inumaki urging the person to look, and Tuna mayo (ツナマヨ) is him urging the person to talk! Incidentally, tuna mayo is also Inumaki’s favorite onigiri ingredient.
So now we know what Inumaki means when he talks in onigiri. For the thought process and such behind this key, visit this post by Twitter user itsinumaki.
What do you think? Is the glossary fun and fits most places? Let us know in the comments!