Satoru Gojō is not the protagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen, but he is, by all standards, its strongest and most important persona. Basically overpowered, Satoru Gojō is able to defeat anyone he comes across, including – by his own assumption – the fully-powered Sukuna (although he has said that it would wear him down a little). Gojō deserves praise as he is one of the franchise’s best-written characters. But, despite all of his powers and abilities, as well as his popularity, author Gege Akutami has – on multiple occasions – openly stated that he hates Gojō and in this article, we are going to explore that issue and reveal why Akutami actually hates one of his best characters.
The exact reason why Gege Akutami openly hates Gojō is unknown, but on multiple occasions, he has confirmed and openly expressed his dislike for the character and urged people not to love him. It is probably because Gojō has such a flamboyant personality. Still, regardless of the open hatred for him, Akutami has never put in any less effort to portray his character in the best way possible.
This article will focus solely on Gojō and his personality but also on the author’s relationship to him. You’re going to find out all of the relevant facts that are related to Satoru Gojō’s personality, as they might be essential in understanding why the author hates him so much, despite the fact that the fans love him. Due to his popularity, it is completely understandable that people want to know about Gojō and this status in the author’s eyes, so this article is going to be your go-to guide to the issue.
Satoru Gojō is not the series’ protagonist, but is by far its best-known character
Satoru Gojō, the series’ most popular character, is often a topic of numerous debates and discussions. Most of them focus on his powers and abilities rather than his private life and personality. But this article is going to focus on the latter. Namely, if you go around the Internet, you’ll notice that people often talk about the fact that Gege Akutami, the series’ author, actually hates Gojō. People have tried to explore the root of this issue, and we are going to tell you that it all started with a Tweet post long ago:
The Tweet has since been deleted, but we do have an image for you, so you can check it out. It then continued with this:
This reply actually started an avalanche of comments online that actually confirmed that Gege Akutami did, indeed, hate his popular character, and here is what the Internet told us:
And finally, this:
As you can see, Gege Akutami never really expressed much love for Gojō, which surprised us, seeing how popular the character is with fans. Interestingly enough, Gojō’s voice actor, Yūichi Nakamura, also told the media how he disliked the character, finding him quite annoying (but we cannot deny that he is doing an excellent job voicing him, just as Akutami is doing a great job portraying him and layering him). Now, the roots of the author’s issue with Gojō are unknown.
It could be that he initially wanted Gojō to be an annoying side character, but that he was – due to the guy’s popularity – forced to focus on him, something that he did not want to do, which made him frustrated and thus resulted in the hate. This could very well be the reason, and we can also corroborate it by saying that almost everyone was annoyed when meeting Gojō in the manga:
Now, this could be a coincidence, but knowing how much Akutami hates Gojō, this is probably a reflection of the author’s own hatred towards the character, portrayed from the perspective of those who’ve actually met the guy. And people being annoyed with Gojō is something completely normal, as we’ve had the pleasure of seeing in the series. Some theories even go that far as to claim that Gojō being sealed off for such a long time (and the author has even hinted at him himself, see above) is a consequence of the author’s hate for him, i.e., that Akutami simply removed him from the plot because he hated him and did not want to write about him.
Gojō has recently been freed from his prison, something we knew would happen, but nevertheless, even if Akutami actually did do it simply because he did not want to write about Gojō for a while, he explained it well plot-wise, as Gojō participating in the Culling Game would have made the whole arc quite underwhelming, as Gojō would have been able to defeat everyone with relative ease so yeah – even if the reasons were personal, his disappearance and reappearance made sense from a plot-wise perspective.
It is not known why Akutami hates Gojō
The exact reason why Akutami hates Gojō has never been made public, but fans have speculated that it might be due to Gojō’s specific personality. And Gojō does really have a flamboyant personality that is not easy to like. Satoru is actually a very complex person. In his role as a teacher, he can be an authoritative figure charged with introducing beginners to the perilous world of jujutsu, but he can also be casual, jovial, and humorous with his students and coworkers while remaining uninterested in them.
He has a strong sense of self-assurance in his skills and standing as a strong shaman. He might easily overcome the Curse King by casually rejecting Sukuna’s personal threats.
He was rather conceited when he was younger and frequently asked himself why he should aid humanity. However, the loss of Riko Amanai and Misato Kuroi and the treachery of his former best friend Suguru Getō led to a significant maturation in him. Despite his carefree and innocent demeanor, Satoru occasionally adopts a stern and unyielding demeanor. When fighting against curses and curse users, he becomes especially brutal. He defeated Hanami by breaking his antlers, pinning him on the ground, and then killing him.
Suguru Getō claims that Satoru only employs his full power when no one is nearby, albeit he only does so because he finds them to be a bother. He, too, has no difficulty taking the lives of defenseless people if doing so will enable him to cast off the Curses. Satoru killed a thousand enhanced humans in Shibuya while his heart did not tremble. Satoru, in contrast to Kento Nanami, can be incredibly callous and apathetic to the deaths of innocent people, yet he cares deeply about the lives of his pupils and other shamans, feeling bad when Itadori was on the verge of being slain by Sukuna. Despite his arrogance and power, Satoru is more human than he lets on.
He felt strongly about his friends’ losses, and when he found out, his former friend, Suguru Getō, became evil. Satoru’s grief for losing his best friend ultimately led to his demise in Shibuya after he had to kill Suguru quickly to avert further disaster. He was also upset when Yūji reportedly passed away. Satoru regularly annoys people by disobeying orders from superiors and breaking laws. One example of this is when he chooses not to report that Yūji Itadori is alive while everyone assumes he was dead.
So, as you can see, Gojō is not really such a bad guy, and he has a very complex and layered personality. Why Akutami hates him is, thus, unknown because the theory that it is simply his personality doesn’t make much sense, as Akutami himself has portrayed Gojō as a very layered and psychologically complex individual. We hope to find out whatever it might be before the manga ends.