Kanji and meanings of LIMITLESS
Hi, everyone! This is Junko.
Gojo Satoru’s “Limitless” originally says MUKAGEN JUJUTSU in Japanese. I’ll explain what each kanji letter means, and what’s this technique is!
MU means “nothing” in Japanese.
KA = under, below, bottom
GEN = limit
KAGEN means “lower limit”. So the word MUKAGEN intends “has no limit” = limitless.
This one is easy! It’s exactly the same as Jujutsu Kasen’s JUJUTSU that means sorcery.
JU = curse
JUTSU = spell, magic, skill, technique
I think the word “cursed technique” would be a proper translation for Jujutsu, but it’s used for another term JUTSUSHIKI’s English translation.
It’s a bit confusing, but Jutsushiki is a special ability that Jujutsu sorcerers have by nature. In the English version of Jujutsu Kaisen, the word “cursed technique” is used for insisting on them.
Maybe that’s why the translation for Jujutsu is abbreviated to avoid confusion and it’s simply said “Limitless”.
Cursed technique Limitless explained
Now you’ve learned that the Limitless’s original meaning is “sorcery technique that has no lower limit”. But it doesn’t make sense and we can’t imagine what it is!
To understand what is Limitless, you should understand the theory of Achilles and the tortoise.
In the paradox of Achilles and the tortoise, Achilles is in a footrace with the tortoise. Achilles allows the tortoise a head start of 100 meters, for example. Suppose that each racer starts running at some constant speed, one faster than the other. After some finite time, Achilles will have run 100 meters, bringing him to the tortoise’s starting point. During this time, the tortoise has run a much shorter distance, say 2 meters. It will then take Achilles some further time to run that distance, by which time the tortoise will have advanced farther; and then more time still to reach this third point, while the tortoise moves ahead. Thus, whenever Achilles arrives somewhere the tortoise has been, he still has some distance to go before he can even reach the tortoise. As Aristotle noted, this argument is similar to the Dichotomy. It lacks, however, the apparent conclusion of motionlessness.from Wikipedia, Zeno’s paradoxes
Achilles can NEVER take over the tortoise. Actually, he could easily pass over the tortoise and it doesn’t happen in reality. But Gojo Satoru’s cursed technique CAN make it a reality.
That’s why none of the attacks by Jogo reached Gojo. You can review the battle scene on the video. Teacher Gojo is extremely cool whenever I see him!