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Manami Kobayashi
小林真奈美
Ju-manam

Appeared in:

Ju-on: The Curse
Ju-on: The Curse 2

Relatives:

Shunsuke Kobayashi (husband)

Status:

Deceased

Gender:

Female

Ethnicity:

Japanese

Portrayed by:

Yue

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Manami Kobayashi (小林真奈美 Kobayashi Manami, neé 緑川 Midorikawa) is a character from the first Ju-On films. She was the pregnant wife of Shunsuke Kobayashi and the second victim of Takeo Saeki's insanity after finding out his wife Kayako is in love with Kobayashi. 

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

Manami attended college with her future husband Kobayashi and Kayako.

AdulthoodEdit

Manami married Kobayashi and later became pregnant. After she is asked by her husband about Kayako, Manami remarks that she was in some way "weird".

Juon1

A pregnant Manami speaks with her husband

Takeo Saeki after he discovers about his wife (who happens to be Kayako) secret love for her husband. After Kayako is killed, Manami is brutally murdered by Takeo and has her fetus extracted from her body afterwards. Takeo later has a conniption in the streets and throws her unborn child onto things, leaving a trail of blood behind. He is then surprised by a moving figure coming out of a plastic trash bag, and is made the second victim of the grudge curse he himself created.

AfterlifeEdit

Jumana

Manami is murdered.

The apartment where she lived with Kobayashi also becomes cursed by the grudge. Manami, however, never takes on a visible form as Kayako and Toshio do, at least on screen, and remains completely invisible to human eyes. The couple's apartment is bought by a real estate agent, Tatsuya Suzuki, who moves there with his son Nobuyuki Suzuki. Nobuyuki is gradually affected by the curse and Tatsuya asks his sensitive sister Kyoko for help. Already disturbed, Kyoko visits her nephew at Kobayashi's apartment. She is told by a worried neighbor about a baby crying sounding off that room. Kyoko declines that there is any baby. She and Nobuyuki then see Manami's murder and Takeo ripping her fetus off. As Takeo turns to Kyoko, she dies, possibly killed by Manami who then possesses her. Manami in Kyoko's body is later found with Nobuyuki in the apartment and taken to their parents' house by Tatsuya. She is later shown lamenting her lost child, holding a baby doll and eerily moving back and forth, rocking it as if it were her child. She probably is the one who kills Kyoko's mother, Fumi, but she explicitly ignores Nobuyuki who sits by her the whole time. Eventually, she leaves Kyoko's body and Nobuyuki alone at their house and her fate afterward is unknown.

Notes and triviaEdit

  • Differently from Kayako, Toshio and Takeo, Manami as a spirit never takes on a visible form, at least on screen, and remains completely invisible to human eyes, though a hand that appeared on Nobuyuki's back when he was sitting alone at the apartment, could be hers.
  • Beyond the first two films, Manami is completely absent from the remaining Ju-On films and from The Grudge film series.
  • Manami and the other spirits seemingly had something of a soft spot for Nobuyuki as they took an unusually long time to kill him. Kayako possibly identified him to her own son Toshio and Manami, to her lost child.
  • Even though Manami's background and her character are totally made absent in The Grudge, Kobayashi's american counterpart Peter Kirk also has a wife (Maria) that is not affected by Takeo's insanity nor the curse. After killing both Kayako and Toshio, rather than taunting Peter by murdering Maria, Takeo hangs himself still in the house (or is killed by Kayako's ghost itself). 

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