Namanie Nienami (贄波 生煮, Nienami Namanie) is a member of the Nienami family, and was one of the six suitors who took part in the second Jet Black Wedding Feast to marry Medaka Kurokami.
Nienami is very violent, preparing to attack Misogi Kumagawa just for telling her to take a nap. While fighting, she chants "Ruki", a made-up word that uses the kanji from "cut" (with a sword). Despite this, she expresses little interest in those she intends to kill, neither bothering to learn their names nor give her own. If her opponents prove interesting enough however, Nienami will ask for their names. Nienami shows little regard for her body, driving multiple blades into her arms without batting an eyelid. Despite this, she reveals a surprisingly meek face when bitten by Zenkichi Hitoyoshi, asking him to stop before his teeth leave a mark. Alongside this, she also seems to have a soft spot for romance and love, being moved to tears by Mukae Emukae's confession. Nienami has a habit of acting surprised when she hears shocking revelations, even though she should already know of them. Nienami labels herself as a half-baked girl without anything she holds precious. While she may take interest and decide to help others, she can just as easily change her mind in a matter of seconds.
Nienami has pink eyes and long, thick, red hair that hangs in front of her face. She wears a ragged, dark red school uniform that exposes her midriff, as well as pink knee high socks and dark red shoes. She has and a band of white bandages wrapped around her neck, upper arms, lower arms, upper legs, and lower legs. She has a tattoo on her tongue. Ten years later, Nienami has cut her hair short, and wears more formal clothing.
Jet Black Bride Arc
Nienami appears on the aircraft carrier Black after Najimi Ajimu manages to defeat the six doubles the suitors had sent in their place. When Kumagawa points out that, with six victories, the All Jokers have already won, Nienami readies her sword to attack. She is stopped by one of the other suitors however before she can. When the Hakoniwa Academy Student Council arrives on the ship in search of the All Jokers, Nienami attacks them, slicing their helicopter in half. When four of the Student Council surround her, Nienami decides to go for the strongest, and attacks Youka Naze. She cuts through both Naze's fire sword and ice sword, and even the aircraft carrier itself. As the four are left unable to move, Nienami moves to finish them off. Zenkichi apologizes to her; she tells him there is no point in trying to save his life. However, he reveals he was apologizing for misleading her about the Student Council's strength; Nienami is shocked to find Kudaki Torai behind her. Interested, she asks for their names. After the other members introduce themselves, Torai delivers a crippling blow to Nienami's middle, knocking her to the ground. As the Student Council prepares to leave, Nienami shakily rises to her feet, coughing up blood, and declares that she will tell them the second stage of the Jet Black Wedding Feast if they can defeat her. Still bent over, she prepares to fight one on one with Zenkichi.
As she faces down Zenkichi, Nienami introduces herself again, this time adding that she is Medaka's fifth suitor. Nienami attacks, chanting "Ruki", and goes for Zenkichi's legs. When he dodges, she grabs his jacket and swings at his head, though he escapes her again by sacrificing his jacket. Nienami labels her sword style, and tells Zenkichi that she had no say in becoming Medaka's suitor. Despite this, and that she thinks Medaka an idiot, Nienami claims it would have been wonderful to enter the Kurokami family. Using his arms alone, Zenkichi cuts through Nienami's top, surprising her. She dodges his next attack however, and declares if he will use a two sword style, she will use her seven sword style. She reveals six short swords hidden beneath her skirt, and then stabs three through each arm. Nienami tells Zenkichi it doesn't hurt at all, and asks him why he is chasing Medaka, sarcastically telling him not to say he will be the one to marry Medaka. Zenkichi charges Nienami, declaring that he is fighting for Medaka's tomorrow. Nienami cuts his arms; Zenkichi tells her he will use his legs, only to find they have been slashed as well. Nienami tells him that even with his legs, he still has three less swords than she does, and turns away. Zenkichi retaliates however by biting her shoulder. Nienami shrieks in pain, and tearfully asks Zenkichi to stop. He does so, and orders her to tell them where Medaka is. Nienami tells him that out of the six suitors, she was the first to be defeated, thus why she was left on the ship. She then tells them the second location, but warns them of the evil of the Kurokami family.
An hour away from the Black Bunker, Naze is flying a supersonic jet towards the South Pole. In the back seat, Nienami and the Student Council are cramped together. Nienami asks why they brought her along, as she has already told them the location of the second stage. She is surprised to hear from Torai that she will be used as a bargaining chip. Zenkichi asks Nienami if the girl on the wing is a suitor; Nienami replies in the affirmative, and tells him they will definitely crash as not even she could defeat the other suitor. Nienami is unsurprised to see Naze on the wing, but tells Zenkichi it is necessary to keep a low stance to avoid being blown off. She makes no reaction when Naze dodges Sui Kanaino's attack by jumping. Nienami is unperturbed when wounds erupt over Naze's body. When Kanaino slyly insults Nienami for losing the chance to enter the Kurokami family, Nienami says nothing. Unlike the others, Nienami seems less appalled by Naze's smile of masochistic pleasure. She is surprised when she realizes Naze seems to have figured out that the suitors do not use skills. Nienami listens on as Naze explains Kanaino's style. Nienami frowns for the first time as Kanaino drops her kama from her mouth. Nienami is less surprised than the others when Kanaino's bucking throws Naze off the plane. When Naze returns, Niename listens to Torai's explanation. Hearing the feast's true purpose, Nienami acts surprised as well, though Zenkichi calls her out on it. Nienami watches on as Naze melts the frozen gasoline on her own.
After crash landing, Nienami and the others make their way towards the Black Bunker. They find the suitors' abandoned drinks inside. Nienami brags that her initial interference allowed the others to get away; though she quickly butts head with Kanaino as the two argue over who is superior. She and the others later gather in Medaka's cell. She and Kanaino are both surprised by how shocked Shori Wanizuka is by Zenkichi's deduction skills. Nienami heads back to the plane with the others. Nienami is stunned to see that Mogura Kugurugi has been eliminated. She makes no comment when Naze suggests Emukae fight the new suitor. Nienami tells Zenkichi he should let Emukae fight alone, throwing his earlier words back at him. After Kugurugi reveals that she has yet to use her style, Nienami makes no comment. After Emukae cuts off her hair, Nienami tells Kanaino that the other girl did it for a very simple reason. Nienami calls out to Kugurugi, warning her not to hold back against Kumagawa. At Zenkichi's request, she allows him to borrow one of her swords, though wonders what he wants it for. Like everyone else, Nienami waits to hear Emukae's answer to Zenkichi's rejection. Watching the scene, Nienami is moved to tears. Nienami and Kanaino watch over Kugurugi as she fixes the plane in return for Kumagawa removing his Book Maker seal.
After crashing into Bukiko Udou's rocket with the Student Council's jet, the group emerge almost entirely unscathed, while Nienami is seen crouched on the floor. When Momo Momozono points out that even the Student Council has taken hostages, Nienami wonders why the other suitor is acting as though she cares. Nienami listens to Momozono's offer for a release of the hostages, with conditions. The group makes their way to another area to start the final round. In the new area, Nienami and the others listen on as the rules of the game are laid out. Nienami stands by as the game finally gets under way. After Medaka leaves the room and returns, Nienami accuses her of cheating, but is quieted by Momozono. Having heard Momozono's explanation, Nienami acts surprised, even though she should already have been aware of everything said. She is seemingly unfazed when Momozono turns on her fellow suitors. As the game nears its climax, Nienami is completely confused about who is winning. Nienami listens on as Momozono reveals Medaka's true plan; to force the suitor to end with "surrender" by manipulating the entire audience not to use the necessary syllables. With the Jet Black Wedding Feast finished, Nienami joins the Student Council and the All Jokers in returning to Hakoniwa Academy, much to Naze's surprise.
Unknown Shiranui Arc
Nienami is approached by Medaka asking about Hansode Shiranui; she does not remember her, and reverses the order of her response. Nienami and Kamome Tsurubami show up at the clock tower as Medaka and Hanten Shiranui are arguing. Taking a train and then renting bikes, Nienami, Medaka, and Tsurubami travel towards Medaka's home. Nienami comments that Medaka is probably the only one who would consider such means of transportation fast. She is surprised to hear that the Kurokami Group owns the entire town, and she and Tsurubami think that Medaka could move on a daily basis with the number of houses her family owns. Making their way through the garden, Nienami questions how Medaka can be sure Kajiki Kurokami will be present. Nienami and Tsurubami both are shocked by Kajiki's appearance, as well as Medaka's reaction. Inside, Nienami changes into a dress to meet the house's dress code. When Kajiki offers his visitors a small platinum mine, Nienami accepts without hesitation. After Tsurubami explains his reasons for coming, Nienami admits she only came to ask for money. As the conversation continues, she wonders just where Fukurou Tsurubami is. Hearing that Shiranui will become Fukurou's double, Nienami declares it a good opportunity to outwit the Shiranui Village. Nienami is speechless when Medaka declares her intent to take over the Kurokami Group.
Nienami and the others return to the academy to collect Zenkichi and Kumagawa. She asks where Fukurou is hiding, which prompts Zenkichi to ask whether she was with Medaka, and then to ask why she is with Medaka in the first place. Having not forgotten his bite, Nienami tells him to shut up. The group boards a train to reach Hakoniwa General Hospital. Wearing a white wig, Nienami imitates Ajimu, a tasteless joke that causes the others to collapse. She is quickly dealt with, courtesy of Kumagawa and his screws. Hearing Momozono's name, Nienami claims she might know the girl, and is told to shut up. When Medaka questions why Fukurou created the styles, Nienami finally becomes serious. Using bicycles to complete the journey, the group arrives at the hospital ruins.
Making their way through the hospital ruins, Nienami assures Medaka she should be able to learn a style, as Nienami was able to do so. Along with the rest, she is shocked to discover they have turned into children. Asked by Zenkichi if she knows anything, Nienami reveals it is Joutou Kotobuki's style while making a strange pose. She warns Medaka not to underestimate Kotobuki, who is a Nursery Rhyme User. Nienami continues her explanation, stating that whoever hears Kotobuki sing turns younger. She is upset by Zenkichi's seeming doubt, and tells him he shouldn't doubt his friends, especially ones that lend him money. Nienami remains quiet as the others discuss their predicament. As Medaka advances forward, Nienami stops Zenkichi from following her, and tells him to trust in Medaka. When Kotobuki sneaks up behind the group, Nienami and the others are reduced to babies. Kotobuki playfully asks the babies where Medaka is. Of course, the babies do not have a coherent answer. As Medaka is about to attack Kotobuki, she finds the babies are strapped to Kotobuki like a suit of armor, forcing her to pull back. Nienami knows full well that Medaka would never take a chance to harm her friends, while an aggravated Zenkichi tells Nienami that she talks like she knows everything about Medaka. With Kotobuki defeated, the group returns to their normal age, including their wounds. Nienami ties up Kotobuki. Kakegae Yuzuriha appears behind the group, expressing her slight surprise that Kotobuki lost. Nienami and the others leave Medaka behind to find Shiranui.
In some hallway, Nienami and the others get lost, but find Shiranui waiting for them. Nienami is shocked that All Fiction is not in its deteriorated state. Running away with Tsurubami, Nienami throws her hands up and shakes her head at how unpredictable Kumagawa is; they were supposed to save Shiranui, not fight her. Tsurubami still cannot comprehend why Kumagawa erased Zenkichi, but Nienami believes Kumagawa is not a person that goes in without a plan. Nienami and Tsurubami eventually manage to arrive at Fukurou's office. Congratulated by Fukurou for bringing Medaka, Nienami is confused. Fukurou laughs his congratulations off as another joke. Nienami is amazed to see the Kamome System fail, prompting Tsurubami to ask how she even knows about his Kamome System. Her verbal exchange with Fukurou only annoys Tsurubami further. She is surprised by the arrival of Zenkichi, not recognizing him. She is shocked by Iihiko Shishime's arrival. When Iihiko turns his attention to Shiranui, Nienami moves to defend her. Nienami is surprised by Medaka's appearance. She backs up Tsurubami's explanation of his father's corpse, much to his annoyance. She frustrates Tsurubami further as she points out the professor's duplicity. After Medaka punches Iihiko, Nienami thinks to herself that Medaka may have grasped the basics of styles from fighting Yuzuriha. She makes no expression when Medaka declares she will not give up on Shiranui even if she loses to Iihiko. As Medaka prepares to use Kurokami Phantom, Nienami suddenly cries out to her that she is not using styles correctly. When Medaka falls, Nienami and the others run to her. Nienami and the others form a circle around Medaka's corpse. She is amazed when Medaka regains consciousness and rises to her feet.
As Medaka prepares to charge Iihiko, Nienami encourages the others to cheer her on. She watches on as Medaka launches herself at Iihiko. Nienami is surprised like everyone else by Medaka's clone gambit. When Iihiko dodges, she is appalled. Nienami is horrified to see Medaka stabbed through the stomach. Nienami and the others are protected by Medaka as Iihiko destroys the hospital. Nienami and the others are attacked by Iihiko; however, Nienami escapes unscathed. As Kotobuki and Yuzuriha discuss Medaka's behavior, Nienami explains they lost because they could not understand. Drawing her sword, Nienami confronts Iihiko. Nienami explains to the revived Zenkichi that Yuzuriha is buying them time by fighting Iihiko as her. Nienami takes Zenkichi's hands to pass on her style to him; she tells him he has to be the one to defeat Iihiko. As Zenkichi wonders at her behavior, she mimics Ajimu, only to reveal the next second that she is joking. Nienami discusses Zenkichi's chances of winning with Kotobuki and Yuzuriha. She explains why she chose to pass her style on to Zenkichi.She is stunned as the situation reverses itself. Nienami watches as Iihiko is defeated. With his defeat, Iihiko's damage becomes reversible, and Nienami is healed by Medaka with the Five Forks. She lifts her skirt to prove that she and the others are not ghosts (because they have legs). She overhears Medaka's phone conversation with Udou. At the end of the academic year, Nienami is among those present at the Hakoniwa Academy graduation ceremony. She darts out of line when Kumagawa declares he will be making a random joke. Strangely, Nienami is wearing a flower like the graduating seniors. She joins her friends for a group photo after the ceremony ends (she holds a diploma for some reason).
Bouquet Toss To The Future Arc
Nienami shows up in the Student Council's office as they discuss Medaka's upcoming departure, much to Zenkichi's annoyance. As the Student Council ponder how to convince Medaka to stay, they are interrupted by their faculty advisor, Messhi Kuguhara. Nienami looks to Zenkichi as to what they should do. After Zenkichi and Medaka's farewell in her classroom, Zenkichi orders Nienami out of hiding. Nienami steps out of a locker, wondering why Zenkichi refused Medaka's invitation to come with her. After he states his reasons, Nienami wonders if all that is left is the farewell party. Nienami and the other Language Users confront Medaka as part of the 100 Flowers Run in the Hakoniwa Academy library. She makes herself out to be the group's leader, annoying the others. Her message to Medaka is a series of "ruki" ending in "suki".
Inkendo Mugenbai (陰険道 無限倍, Sinister Path, Infinite Fold): Nienami is a highly proficient swordswoman, slicing a helicopter in two from considerable distance, and even cutting the aircraft carrier Black in half. Nienami states that her style was called Inkendo Mugenbai by her master.
- Shichitenbattou (死地点抜刀, Death at Sword Point): Nienami drives the six short swords she keeps hidden under skirt into her arms, three to each arm. She then attacks with all seven blades at once. With this technique, Nienami was able to grievously injure Zenkichi's upper body, as well as his lower body before he could notice.
Keen Intellect: Nienami has proven herself an intelligent strategist. When confronted with four opponents, she immediately decided her best option was to attack the strongest. However, this was proven to be a diversion from her true strategy, to split the battlefield in half, limiting her opponents' movements while drawing them towards her. When fighting Zenkichi one on one, she first goes for his legs; when that doesn't work, she immobilizes him, then aims for his head.
Enhanced Durability: Nienami was able to rise up after taking a crippling blow from Torai; Torai herself states the hit should have rendered her immobile. Her pain threshold is exceptionally high; Nienami can unflinchingly drive six blades into her arms. Despite all this, she seems to have a weakness to blunt weaponry, as she started screaming after Zenkichi bit her, and begged him to stop.
Contradictory Conjunction (Paradox) User (逆接(説)使い, Gyakusetsu(setsu) Tsukai): The inverse connection style that specializes in the use of the word "therefore" (だからこそ, dakarakoso). This style makes the impossible possible; it paradoxically materializes the lowest possible outcome of a situation, such as winning against a strong opponent, or cutting a huge, resilient object. Had Nienami used it to its full potential, she should have been able to win the Jet Black Wedding Feast. According to Nienami however, she uses it in moderation so as not to become overly reliant upon it. This style is most suited to contrarians. Because styles are patterns, Nienami can transfer her style temporarily to someone else using vibrations. All this apparently requires is that the recipient stay still and that Nienami holds their hands. Because this transfer relies on vibrations however, the vibrations will will weaken as time passes, and the style will ultimately disappear.
- Nienami's habit of saying "Ruki" (るき/る斬, Ruki) is the reversal of the hiragana for 斬 (Kiru) which means to behead or to murder.
- When translated from kanji, Shichitenbattou can mean To Writhe in Agony, but can also mean The Drawing of Seven Swords.
- The mark on Nienami's tongue is 逆, which can mean "Reverse" or "Inverted".
- Nienami's self-mutilating style seems to match Sakugo Nienami's fetish for a girl covered in blood.
- Nienami was voted the eighteenth most popular character in the series in the third popularity poll with 127 votes.