With a season and a movie under its wing, Jujutsu Kaisen has become one of the biggest series in anime, and we have its characters to thank. Sure, Gojo might be an obvious mascot for the series, but all of its sorcerers have founded fandoms worldwide. Of these, one of the most engaged groups belongs to Nobara as the heroine has won fans over far and wide. And now, the actress behind Nobara is breaking down what makes the heroine one of the best in the shonen world.
During Crunchyroll Expo, ComicBook got the chance to speak with Anne Yatco who voices Nobara in the English dub. It was there the star spoke about Nobara's best qualities, and Yatco admitted the heroine has become a role model in her own life.
"I think what resonates with everybody is that Nobara is a person who is fully realized. She walks in already fully comfortable with who she is. I think that speaks to people because it is like she is saying and doing the things that we wish we had the courage to do on an everyday basis. So she's my hero," Yatco shared.
"I want to be like her when I grow up and be like that. And for women specifically, she is outside the usual mold of what is shown in female protagonists. I think that sparks an interest in women and girls because they realize this is what I can be. This is what we all can be. It's such an honor to be able to play a role that is so interesting. And she's so all over the place, just like a real teenage girl is. She talks like a teenage girl and she's kind of one of the guys but also very much a girl."
Whether she's hammering curses or planning a trip into the big city, Nobara has the kind of agency few shonen heroines ever get to experience. There is no illusion of the girl being a damsel in distress, and when compared to other series, Nobara isn't an afterthought on her team. The sorcerer can swing as hard as anyone else, and Gojo recognizes the strength lurking within Nobara that's just waiting to let loose. So as Jujutsu Kaisen season two gets started, fans can expect to see more of Nobara's skills.
Where does Nobara rank on your list of shonen's best heroines? Why do you think the sorcerer has become so popular? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.