Zhu Jin (ヂュジン Jujin?) was one of the seven members of Lord Tensen, as well as a partial ruler of Kotaku. They wore the title of Ragnant Nyoi Genkun ( (にょ) (げん) (くん) Nyoi genkun?) as part of a façade to maintain control over the Hōko. After their near demise at the hands of Yamada Asaemon Shion, Zhu Jin resorted to assimilating themselves with the Banko to gather Tao of all elements in Hōrai for the Rite of Just Consumption to be complete. In the process of being killed by Aza Chōbē, Zhu Jin's plant ovule was transferred over to the Basin for cultivation, which would allow him to be revived after a millennium had passed.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Zhu Jin has golden eyes, prominent eyelashes, and orange flower petal shaped hair, along with long strands of antenna. For their attire, Zhu Jin wore a shirt with a large collar, a beaded necklace, a fancy dark skirt, a hakama, and dark boots. On top, Zhu Jin wore a hanfu decorated with dark markings and two long sashes that float around him.

When entering in their Kishikai, Zhu Jin's body takes the form of a huge flower resembling a hibiscus with flower tentacles at the bottom. Two bodies representing Zhu Jin's Yin and Yang forms act as the flower's style and has four anthers protruding from the top. When partially transformed, some of Zhu Jin's hair, arms all the way to their chest, and torso darkened with sprouted bulbs and long leaves formed from behind their body, making their form resemble somewhat like a revealing coat. Their ears are also more pointed and their fingers become claws.

After fusing with the Banko, the giant flower took on the form of Zhu Jin's head with plant vines and anthers protruding from it and holds a flower bed within the top of the head with a replica of Zhu Jin's Yin body as a stigma. Upon it being morning, the Zhu Jin-fused Banko's form further evolved where it developed a body with veins and flowers sprouted from holes layered around it, two pairs of breasts, and four arms. Strands of vines also started to freely hang from its body.

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Personality[edit | edit source]

Zhu Jin carried themselves with a calm and relaxed demeanor even when handling threats. Like their fellow Tensen, Zhu Jin had no sympathy for humans when it came to killing them in order to create Tan. Zhu Jin was also very perceptive of their opponent's skills whenever they try to attack them but did not show signs of being fazed due to their Tao ability to sense whatever move their opponent makes. Upon facing Tensa, Zhu Jin took note of his speed and confidently told him that they were used to it as they dodged each attack. Zhu Jin had also been shown to toy with their opponents as they smiled when Tensa was viciously beating them while knowing that it was futile because of their regeneration.

Zhu Jin could become easily irritated and would kill anything they deemed annoying. After confronting Tensa, Zhu Jin felt annoyed with their attempts at trying to attack them and decided to kill him instead of keeping him alive in order to turn him into Tan as originally planned. During their confrontation with Gabimaru, Zhu Jin became infuriated with fighting the ninja and opted to using Tao attacks to kill him. Zhu Jin also found it annoying to be put with a certain amount of workload. After running into Gabimaru at the gates to Hōrai once they were finish dealing with Tensa and his comrades, they expressed their depression in having to do their job twice, and rather than fighting Gabimaru at first, they asked for him to leave.

Despite usually keeping a straight face at all times, when faced with an unbelievable crisis, Zhu Jin would break into a state of panic and fear and would take matters seriously. After being reduced to their weaken state by Shion, Zhu Jin became wary of his attacks to make sure they would recover and became fearful of their life after seeing Shion's rage. Zhu Jin was also shown to be rather cocky as they thought Shion had no chance of winner against them once they partially transformed into their Kishikai.

Unlike the other Tensens (with Gui Fa as an exception), Zhu Jin does not carry a preference to either being male or female and allows themselves to switch in and out of the two chi's over time.

History[edit | edit source]

Past[edit | edit source]

1,000 years ago on Kotaku, Zhu Jin and the other Tensens were unknowingly born from the Tao of a single Tao puppet created by Rien as part of her and Xu Fu's research in discovering the secrets to immortality. Together, the Tensens served as the rulers of Kotaku known as Lord Tensen and lived to serve Xu Fu, who they believed was their creator and master and was secretly busy with his research alone, which forbidden the Tensens, other than Rien, from meeting him. Throughout their life, Zhu Jin and the other young Tensens trained in the ways of Tao by Rien and were each assigned one of the five forms of training in immortality; with Zhu Jin being assigned in the realm of Taisoku. They were also introduced to the Hōko as tools they could use to replenish their Tao. However, after 200 years passed, the Hōko began undergoing Arborification and left the Tensens at risk of dying if they were to run out of Tao. Desperate, the Tensens, Tao Fa, Mu Dan, and Ju Fa, plotted on luring out humans from Japan as replacements by sending out an Arborifed Hōko in a boat as bait.

After several centuries had passed, the Tensens successfully managed to lure in the first group of humans to Kotaku and attacked. Since then, Lord Tensen has been turning humans that came to the island into an elixir known as Tan that could increase their life spans and gain a step closer to creating an Elixir of Life. At one point in time, Zhu Jin asked Rien if it would be simpler to consume the Banko rather than tolerate its fail trails, only for the leader to object since the consequences would be severe.

Edo Period[edit | edit source]

Lord Tensen Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Lord Tensen Arc

Zhu Jin kills Tensa.

Zhu Jin appears in front of Tensa and Nurugai after inspecting the dead Sōshin in the forest. Zhu Jin angrily turns into their Yang form and attacks Tensa and Nurugai. After rapidly slashing his body, Tensa and Nurugai try to escape but is caught up by Zhu Jin while regenerating. He is then beheaded by a thrown sword by Yamada Asaemon Shion who gives them an opportunity to run. Later, Zhu Jin returns in their Yin form and appears behind Tensa and Nurugai. Shion grabs the two out of the way but has his throat cut by Zhu Jin attempting to remove his head. Tensa attacks Zhu Jin but manages to dodge everyone of them, saying that she was already accustomed to his swordplay and delivers a devastating blow. Despite his injures, Tensa continues to fight back but Zhu Jin delivers a fatal blow to Tensa's stomach and finishes him off while Shion and Nurugai escapes.

Zhu Jin returns to Hōrai but encounters Gabimaru at the gate. Not wanting to be bothered after dealing with the earlier group of humans, she asked for Gabimaru to leave. However, after Gabimaru figured out that she was using the humans to turn them into the Elixir of Life, the two engage in battle. After receiving damage and being incinerated, Zhu Jin counter attacks and regenerates into their Yang form. He then witnesses Gabimaru still standing and asked if he was truly human. Zhu Jin continues to fight Gabimaru and regenerates from every one of his attacks. After Gabimaru lands a fatal blow to his tanden, Zhu Jin switches back into a female and uses Tao against him. Though effective, Gabimaru pushed throw and delivered a barrage of attacks to Zhu Jin. She becomes overwhelmed and is unable to quickly regenerate from all of his attacks. Just after Gabimaru ceases his assault and asked Zhu Jin where was the elixir, Zhu Jin begins to bloom flowers and states that the Tensens would be angry with her. She then transforms into her Kishikai in front of Gabimaru.

Zhu Jin overwhelms Gabimaru.

The transformed Zhu Jin overwhelms Gabimaru with its attacks and prepares to kill him. However, Gabimaru sets himself ablaze and tries to kill Zhu Jin along with himself. After losing its grasp, Zhu Jin sees Mei appear besides Gabimaru and creates a crater leading them down a the Sōshin Nest. Zhu Jin fails in killing the both of them and allows them to escape. Zhu Jin Kishikai ends and has lost too much Tao, reducing them to a weaken body. Zhu Jin then wonders what was the reason for Mei's actions.

Zhu Jin joins with her fellow Lord Tensen members in a meeting to discuss matters about the humans on the island. Ju Fa becomes disappointed in Zhu Jin's failure and destroys her head. Rien scolds Ju Fa for this action and asked Zhu Jin if she killed the human she encountered earlier. After reporting that she did, Lord Tensen toast to their longevity. Zhu Jin then drinks a cup of Tan, restoring her back to normal.

Hōrai Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hōrai Arc

After allowing Chōbē to join them, Lord Tensen introduces to him the Hermit Ascendance Rite. Later, Rien announces that he will be initiating the Rite of Just Consumption after Chōbē reveals information on the humans that preparing to invade the palace. The Tensens then enter their temples and waited for their arrival.

Zhu Jin reunites with Shion and Nurugai.

Zhu Jin encounters Shion and Nurugai in the Taisoku Temple. Shion attacks Zhu Jin by constantly slashing away at his body until he loses Tao. After Zhu Jin has his body cut two hundred and fifteen times, his regeneration speed slows down and tries to avoid Shion's next attack. He gets some distance from Shion and manages to recover in a weakened state due to losing too much Tao. In a desperate attempt, Zhu Jin uses his Tao to control his remains and throws them towards Shion and Nurugai to earn some time to recover, however, Shion cuts them to bits and throws the tip of his broken sword at Zhu Jin's tanden. Zhu Jin sees that Shion is on the verge of death after using too much of his Tao and takes the opportunity to crush him with his remains. He laughs thinking that he has killed Shion but is shocked to see him cut his way out. Zhu Jin asked why he would go so far for his deceased comrade, to which he explains that by killing him he would have the chance to mourn over Tensa's death. Zhu Jin then becomes frighten for his life after Shion asks him angrily how many times he should cut him until he dies. As a last attempt, Zhu Jin manipulates the tip of Shion's broken sword and sends it towards him. Shion dodges and gives Zhu Jin the chance to drop down into the water behind him. They then emerges out fully recovered in their combined Yin and Yang form, having taking a cue from Gui Fa. Zhu Jin enters into a partial transformed Kishikai state and prepares themselves to face Shion again.

Zhu Jin fights Shion.

Zhu Jin fends off Shion and Nurugai's attacks and tells them that they have no chance at winning now that they wield their Kishikai abilities, however, they are silenced by Shion who says that he is not intimidated by their tricks. Zhu Jin prepares to fire a Tao lightning bolt but has their arm cut off and stabbed through their tanden by Shion. He then manages to disembody Zhu Jin with his sword pierced through their ovule and presses down while being assaulted by the vines protecting Zhu Jin's ovule with no regards for his life. However, Nurugai jumps in to push Shion away from his blade before he could continue with his plan. She then manages to persuade Shion into leaving and reunite with their allies, leaving Zhu Jin alive to regenerate at a slow process.

Zhu Jin fuses with the Banko.

With their body completely destroyed and only being left with just a head, Zhu Jin uses the underwater currents to make their way to the Main Temple. Upon arriving, Zhu Jin's head approaches the Banko while remembering Rien's warning that the consumption of the giant flower was forbidden and dangerous despite its many failures. However, Zhu Jin disregards this warning and merges with the Banko. The Zhu Jin-fused Banko then erupts out of the temple and takes over Hōrai. Using the power of the Banko, Zhu Jin tasks themselves with extracting the Tao of the Five Elements of everyone in Hōrai to complete the Rite of Just Consumption as planned from the start. Later, having sensed trouble at the Earth tanden, Zhu Jin creates multiple clones of each member of Lord Tensen from each tanden to fight off the humans trying to destroy them.

The Zhu Jin-fused Banko brought down by Aza Chōbē.

After receiving a bit of morning sunlight, the Zhu Jin-fused Banko undergoes a metamorphous and defends itself after sensing Jikka approaching it. However, Jikka avoids being fatally injured from the monster's branch attacks and decapitates its head from a distance. The Asaemon then delivers the final blow to its tanden at the same time the other tandens are destroyed by the survivors, bringing the monster down. However, due to it being morning, the monster's giant body surprises both Jikka and Gantetsusai as it automatically picks itself up and has its tandens slowly regenerate. With one last resort instore, Aza Chōbē uses his vines to reach the tandens and destroy their roots connected to the main body, causing the regeneration link to be cut off and ultimately demolishing the monster.

Departure Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Departure Arc

Upon their death, Zhu Jin's plant ovule was soon transferred over to the Basin, along with the other deceased Tensens, and were looked after by Gui Fa until they were resurrected after a millennium had passed.

Abilities and Powers[edit | edit source]

As one of the rulers of Kotaku, Zhu Jin had partial authority over everything that went on and could command the Dōshi, Mōnshin, and Sōshin. When they first encountered each other, Shion deemed Zhu Jin too dangerous to fight even if he were to receive assistance from Tensa and Nurugai. Zhu Jin was even strong enough to best Gabimaru and almost came close to killing the shinobi.

Physical Abilities[edit | edit source]

Zhu Jin possessed tremendous physical strength, able to create craters on the ground with their bare hands and caused massive destruction to the surrounding area of Hōjō. Zhu Jin was a powerful hand-to-hand fighter, capable of fighting on par with Gabimaru and match him in terms of speed and strength.

They were also extremely fast and had extraordinary reflexes. After witnessing his speed the first time, Zhu Jin was able to dodge every rapid sword strike from the incredible fast Tensa, as well as keep up with the same pace as Gabimaru.

Tao[edit | edit source]

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Zhu Jin attacks Tensa with Tao.

Zhu Jin possessed Water-attribute Tao and had complete mastery over it. After spending 1,000 years of training, Zhu Jin's Tao had been greatly refined where others could view their abilities as god-like. With its use, Zhu Jin could sense the presence of others, the movements and weak spots of their opponents, and enhance their physical attacks.

Their Tao-enhanced strikes were powerful enough to easily puncture their target's body, even with just a single finger, and bypass the durable bodies of inhuman combatants such as Gabimaru. Zhu Jin had also shown the ability to control the Tao of inanimate objects during their fight with Shion, manipulating the Tao of their corpses and the tip of Shion's sword to attack.

Techniques[edit | edit source]

  • Tōate (遠当? Literal meaning: Distant Strike): Zhu Jin can launch their Tao from a distance as invisible projectiles, which are strong enough to cause major damage from within the targets body.

Regeneration[edit | edit source]

Zhu Jin regenerates.

As a Tensen and a consumer of Tan, Zhu Jin possessed regenerative abilities and immortality to a certain degree. After having their upper body incinerated by Gabimaru, Zhu Jin was able to heal themselves in seconds. Zhu Jin's regeneration could only be weakened if they were to face an opponent that possessed the Earth-attribute and the only known way of killing them is if the said Earth-attribute user completely destroyed their tanden.

Yin-Yang[edit | edit source]

Zhu Jin was able to switch chi's of either Yin or Yang to augment their Tao and recover any lost. As Zhu Jin switched in and out, their sex changed to match the chi, which was put to use whenever they engaged in Bōchū Jutsu training. During their battle with Shion, Zhu Jin followed Gui Fa's example in combining both sexes together as a way to recover their Tao faster.

Kishikai Transformation[edit | edit source]

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Zhu Jin's Kishikai Transformation.

As a Tensen, Zhu Jin was able to enter into a Kishikai state. In this monstrous transformation, Zhu Jin could unleash devastating blasts of Tao in the form of lightning from the bulbs at the top of their form, capable of obliterating a large surrounding area and deal heavy damage to their targets. Zhu Jin could also use their tails to slash, pummel, restrain, and constrict their opponents. Upon their second encounter with Shion, Zhu Jin figured out how to assume a partial transformation. Since the Kishikai exerts too much Tao, Zhu Jin could only hold the transformation for up to half an hour before they became reduced to a weakened body.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Like the rest of Lord Tensen, Zhu Jin is named after a flower. Zhu Jin's name meaning "hibiscus". Interestingly, Zhu Jin's preference in allowing themselves to freely change from being female and male over time reflects how the hibiscus is identified as a hermaphrodite plant.
    • Also, like the other members of Lord Tensen, Mei shares similarities to one of the Eight Immortals, Zhongli Quan being the case. According to legend, Zhongli Quan possessed a magical fan that he could to revive the souls of the dead, which is similar to how Zhu Jin used the Banko to resurrect the deceased Tensens as multiple clones.
  • It was revealed in Chapter 24 that Zhu Jin is the blooming female on the color cover of Chapter 1.
  • Zhu Jin ranked 25th in the manga's 1st Character Popularity Poll.
  • The term "Tathātā", which is used in Zhu Jin's moniker, is a term used in Mahayana Buddhism which translates to "thusness" or "suchness".

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