So, I’m a shallow person. Like, I will absolutely start an anime based on the fact that I find the characters hot. That’s how frivolous I can be. But I think when it comes to a show such as Jujutsu Kaisen, I know so many people who solely started watching it because, well, all the sorcerers are so, so good-looking. And I have to agree, anything that has Gojo Satoru in it? Sign me the hell up! But with rumors going around of possible character death in the manga, fans are worried. Is Gojo not going to be in our lives for long?
Strictly speaking, Gojo Satoru is not dead. And likely, he won’t be dying any time soon either, considering how integral he is to Jujutsu Kaisen’s plotline. But I can understand where this rumor stems from. In the current ongoing Shibuya arc, Gojo has been sealed away as per the decisions made by the Jujutsu Council. Hence, he’s been out of commission since. But by no means is he dead.
However, if he had died, it wouldn’t be the first time Jujutsu Kaisen pulled the rug from under us with unexpected character death. It doesn’t hold its punches regarding heart-wrenching moments involving characters we’ve gotten attached to. I mean, do we remember what happened to our boy, Junpei Yoshino? Because I still haven’t recovered from that one.
But that’s just how it goes in Jujutsu Kaisen; you never know when you’re seeing your favorite characters live their last moment. And though Gojo might not be dead now, he’s still just a human in the end. How do we know he won’t croak later? Let’s get down to it in another segment of Lore Analysis – where we take a deep dive into the mythos of a certain franchise and try to predict where the plot might be heading. And boy, is there a lot of subtexts to pick through in Jujutsu Kaisen. Let’s get started!
Gojo Satoru: The Man, The Myth, The Legend™
I often make this comparison, but Jujutsu Kaisen is very similar to Naruto Shippuden. The main focus is on a team of three students, two boys and one girl, who are training to be part of a special skill set while being mentored by one of the most feared and experienced workers in said skill set. Who just happens to be a laid-back white-haired man in his mid to late 20s and obscures part of his face? Like, you see where I’m going for this, right?
And just like Kakashi Hatake stole the heart of many teenage weebs in the Big 3 Shonen era, Gojo Satoru is breaking the anime internet daily. Gojo is iconic for more than just his extremely cool demeanor. Like, yeah, he’s hot, and he knows it. But he’s also passionate about changing the status quo of the Sorcerer world to make it better for the upcoming generation. Not to mention he is an extremely formidable opponent, infamous amongst the curses as someone to be actively feared. And we all know how Gojo gets when one of his own is threatened.
In the anime, we get a glimpse of that fiercely protective nature, but in the manga, it’s full-blown. Sure, he’s very casual, but at the same time, he cares very deeply about his students at Tokyo Jujutsu High. We saw that when he was trying to protect Megumi Fushigoro. We even saw it in how he defended keeping Yuji Itadori alive after he consumed Sukuna’s cursed fingers.
He’s not just a Special Grade Sorcerer for show; he really is the strongest person in the entire plot.
Why Gojo Was Sealed During The Shibuya Arc?
So, how did the strongest Sorcerer get blacklisted and shoved away by his own allies? It all comes back to Kenjaku. He had always been cautious of the Satoru family over their ability to inherit the Six Eyes technique. He tried killing their heirs before they reached maturity, but it didn’t work.
So, Kenjaku decided that if he couldn’t kill them, he could seal them away. This way, their powers don’t transfer to the next heir, and they don’t interfere with his plans. And so, inhabiting the body of Geto Suguru as Pseudo-Geto, he forges an alliance between cursed spirits and curse users with Mahito, and decides to make his move on Gojo by placing a curtain in Shibuya that trapped civilians, calling for Gojo to rescue them.
In a violent confrontation, many lives were lost. And Jujutsu Headquarters placed the blame on Gojo. He was now a fugitive, exiled from the Jujutsu world. He had been put away in a cursed object, which renders anything captured in it inescapable. And anyone deciding to help him will immediately be branded a criminal.
In a way, this ends up helping the Council, who felt endangered by how Gojo wanted to change the hierarchy of Sorcerers radically. So, for now, he remains in limbo, and all fans can do is hope he’s unsealed sometime soon.