[Expedientes GF] The meaning of ‘manji’ in Tokyo Revengers, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto and other anime

If you have ever read various popular ‘manga’ such as Tokyo Revengers, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto or any other, it is likely that you have come across a symbol that causes a lot of discomfort in the West, although in Japan they call it ‘manji’. It is about »卍«, which for us all our lives we have called a swastika and we believe that its meaning has always been related to the Nazi Party and racism.

On more than one occasion, people from the West who have come across this symbol have made wrong or unfair interpretations. The most common is to think that the artists are still sympathetic to the Nazis considering that Japan was an ally of Germany in World War II.

However, the meaning of what in Japan they call ‘manji’ dates back thousands of years and has nothing to do with racism.

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In which anime do we find the ‘manji’ 卍?

If you haven’t seen this ‘卍’ symbol yet, you probably only see the animated versions that are censored in the West. The best known case of censorship of the ‘manji’ is in Tokyo Revengers, case similar to those of Bleach, Naruto and One Piece, because the story revolves around the gang Tōkyō Manji – Food (Tokyo Revengers). Naturally, all the members wear this symbol, but in the anime scenes where this symbol is seen are cut out.

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But this has happened even in shōnen more famous. On Bleach, The technique ‘Miss Jutsu‘transforms the bearer’s sword into a’ manji ‘. On Naruto, the seal that secondary members of the Hyuga clan receive on their foreheads to be controlled and lose the ‘Byakugan‘when dying is actually a manji’ 卍 ‘and not an’ X ‘like in the anime. Finally, in One Piece the symbol of the Whitebeard Pirates is not a cross but this symbol.

Religious uses of the swastika (卐), swastika or ‘manji’ (卍) and their meaning

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The term “swastika” comes from Sanskrit suastika, which refers to its blades but also relates to concepts such as luck, well-being, fortune, etc.

In fact, it is not always used the same. It is called swastika when turning clockwise (卐) and swastika when it is the other way around (卍). If you ask yourself: “which is the good one?”, The truth is that many cultures used one or the other, and even both at the same time. The Nazis adopted the swastika (卐) with a slant, but it does not mean that it has always been used for supremacist purposes.

Meaning of Manji for the Boy Scouts Tokyo Revengers.

Being such a simple symbol, it has been used with many meanings around the world. It has been seen in Greco-Roman architecture, in the embroidery of pagan European peoples, in indigenous peoples throughout the Americas (the Navajos and the Moches, for example), in military groups of the 19th and early 20th centuries and, surprisingly enough it seems, it was used by the Boy Scouts in its early years.

Religious uses of the swastika (卐), swastika or ‘manji’ (卍) and their meaning

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The most common use of this symbol in any of its presentations has been in religion. For example, Christianity came to use it to avoid using the cross and that its faithful were not persecuted by the Romans.

Hinduism used it for both sides. ‘卐’ was used to represent the evolution of the universe through the god Brahmá, while ‘卍’ represented the opposite: the involution (or destruction) of the universe by Shivá. Ganesha also uses both symbols.

It can also be seen both ways in Buddha statues. Nevertheless, the followers of Buddhism decided to only use the swastika since the swastika began to be related to Nazism.

Today, seeing ‘卍’ symbols in Japan while using Google Maps is very common. In that country they call it ‘manji’, and its meaning is to indicate the location of a temple.

How is ‘manji’ used in Japan today and what is its meaning?

Traditionally in Japan it was called ‘manji’ and was listed as a kanji describing the Buddhist symbol. At first it was used exclusively for religion, but today its use has expanded to strange levels.

When queried in kanji dictionaries, is described as a way to emphasize different phrases, so it has taken the form of slang when writing in messaging applications such as Line.

Meaning of Manji in Japan One Piece Tokyo Revengers.

In fact, groupings like Asian Boss they have touched on this issue directly by asking Japanese people on the street what the meaning of ‘manji’ is to them. Most of those interviewed do not even identify it as a symbol similar to that of the Nazis and, in fact, report that it has become part of the popular culture of the country.

Similar to the word ‘yabai’, young people have popularized the phrase “majimanji” (マ ジ 卍) to highlight a phrase. Therefore, they use it all the time when writing messages and even when taking photos in booths. purikura (where they can edit them instantly). In fact, they make the symbol with their arms and / or their whole body. They just think it’s great to do it and they don’t see anything racist in it.

In China they can be found canned with the symbol to indicate that they are vegetarian products and safe for the strictest Buddhists.

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In conclusion, the swastika and swastika or ‘manji’ have many meanings. They don’t necessarily have to be linked to racism, and they have even become fun symbols. Keep this in mind when you see a ‘manji’ in Tokyo Revengers, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto or any other manganime.