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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.

Even though Manami's ghost never manifests itself, the apartment where she lived with Kobayashi also becomes cursed by the grudge. Manami's ghost, however, never manifests itself as Kayako's does. The couple's apartment is bought by a father, Tatsuya Suzuki, who moves him with his son Nobuyuki Suzuki. Noboyuki is gradually affected by the curse and Tatsuya asks his sensitive sister Kyoko for help. Both Kyoko and Tatsuya had stepped into the Saeki house before, as Tatsuya, a real estate agent, examined the place to put it on the market.

Already disturbed by the curse, Kyoko visits her nephew; she is told by a worried neighbor about a baby crying sounding off that room. Nobuyuki declines that there is any baby and has a vision of Manami's murder, and Takeo ripping her fetus off. As Takeo turns to Kyoko, she seemingly dies.

A possessed Kyoko is later shown at her parents' house, holding a baby doll and eerily moving back and forth.

Notes and triviaEdit

  • Differently from Kayako, Manami's spirit never appears itself even though her curse can affect or possess other individuals.
  • Beyond the first two films, Manami's background is completely absent from the remaining Ju-On films and from The Grudge film series, that focus on the character of Kayako only.
  • The grudge curse does not immediately kill Nobuyuki (a boy); this could be interpreted as Kayako identifying him to her own son Toshio, or Manami to the child she was prevented from giving birth to.
  • 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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