Jujutsu Kaisen is currently one of the most popular new generation Shonen anime and manga series. With its complex power system and incredible character designs, the series immediately became popular with fans.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Satoru Gojo contributed greatly to the global popularity of the series. After all, he has all the qualities that Shonen fans love: he’s a teacher, unparalleled in combat, has an eccentric personality, and is kind when it comes to helping anyone in need. He may appear arrogant at first, but he’s just showing off his superiority to his enemies – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Additionally, the manga ended the battle of the strongest in the most tragic way possible. Chapter 235 seems to confirm Gojo’s victory. However, before fans could celebrate for long, Gege Akutami dropped a major bombshell on the upcoming Chapter. This is how the mangaka gave the most painful death to a fan-favorite character.
How did Gojo die in Jujutsu Kaisen?
Chapter 236 begins with Gojo talking to the souls of his friends, Geto, Nanami and Haibara. He also meets Riko and Kuroi and bids them farewell before the scene changes to his lifeless body lying on the ground.
Sukuna explains how Mahoraga’s adaptability works. It depends on the amount of time that passes after the Shikigami receives the attack. He wants the Shikigami to be a “model” of Gojo’s passage through Infinity. Instead of attacking Gojo directly, Mahoraga aimed at the space around him.
So Gojo’s Infinity doesn’t matter as long as he’s present in space where Mahoraga can literally cut through anything. As a result, Gojo was cut in half along with that space. We find out in Chapter 238 that it was Sukuna’s “Dismantle” technique that dealt the final blow. Therefore, the victory crown was immediately awarded to Sukuna.
Gojo is confident in his victory
Gojo’s arrogance and confidence stem from his unparalleled strength. In Chapter 3, Yuji asks Gojo if he can win against Sukuna. Gojo says that if the Cursed King had the power of all 20 fingers, the battle would be challenging but he would win in the end. Just before the battle, Gojo declared victory.
This shows how much Gojo believes in his own strength. The strange thing is that Sukuna only has the strength of 19 fingers, while Gojo’s abilities are amplified by 120% thanks to Utahime’s cursed technique. However, during a conversation with Geto, Gojo states that Sukuna is too strong and does not need Megumi’s power to defeat him.
The strongest mage alive even felt sorry for the Cursed King, who didn’t get a chance to show off his true power – meaning Sukuna had to hold back while Gojo went all out. But throughout the entire fight, Sukuna relied heavily on Mahoraga’s abilities and that’s how he gained the upper hand.
In Chapter 237, Sukuna is reincarnated into her original form. Now he is stronger than ever. However, that still doesn’t change the fact that Sukuna needs Mahoraga’s ability to get past Gojo’s barrier.
The first round was a battle of territory, where Sukuna lost miserably. So Mahoraga was his final trump card – or at least that’s what Gege intended to show. Overall, the transition between Chapters 235 and 236 is too much.
Why did Gojo’s death in Jujutsu Kaisen make such a strong impression?
Considering Gojo’s influence, his death was not done properly. First of all, he literally died off-screen. We don’t even know how and when the attack happened to him. Seeing the end result was shocking, but at the same time, it made no sense. It’s hard to process what happened during the battle, leaving our beloved character in such a terrible state.
We don’t even get to see Gojo say his last words to his students. Furthermore, the fight between the two was not a personal revenge on which the future of Jujutsu society depended on the outcome. So Gojo’s death falls short of the impact it should have had. Being one of the most famous personalities, he was not able to accomplish any of his goals.
Not only that, we don’t even see a reaction from his students and other witches. The match is being broadcast to everyone thanks to Mei Mei’s cursed move. We only see Yuji’s pained expression and Yuta drawing his sword while Maki tries to calm him down. But what about the others? The lack of reaction fails to create the emotional impact needed to follow up the tragedy of Gojo’s death in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Additionally, the technique or ability to “cut through space” is not used at all and just appears out of nowhere. It’s as if Gojo’s death had to be thrown together in a drastic way, making it all the more disappointing. The entire fight took place at a perfect pace until Chapter 235 but the ending was too hasty. The only good thing is that Gojo doesn’t regret dying at the hands of someone stronger.