Satoru Gojo is not Jujutsu Kaisen’s protagonist; by all standards, he is its strongest and most important persona. Basically overpowered, Satoru Gojo can 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). Gojo deserves praise as he is one of the franchise’s best-written characters. But, despite all of his powers and abilities, Gojo’s fate, due to his status, is up in the air, and it might just be that he will die soon. This article will tell you what you need to know about Gojo and whether he will survive in Jujutsu Kaisen.
As of the time of writing, Satoru Gojo is presumably dead. After being released from the Prison Realm, Gojo commenced his epic clash against Sukuna in Megumi’s body, and after more than a dozen chapters, Gojo seemingly won. But, Chapter 236 revealed that Sukuna somehow managed to manipulate Mahoraga’s abilities to counter Gojo’s Limitless, as he sliced him in half, seemingly killing him. Of course, there is still a glimpse of hope that Gojo might come back, but the chances are now very slim.
The rest of this article will focus on Satoru Gojo and his fate in the Jujutsu Kaisen series. Gojo is a popular and beloved character in the series whose impact on the series as a whole cannot be overstated. His fate is, thus, of interest to all fans, so we will reveal what might happen to him in this article. This article will contain some spoilers from the Jujutsu Kaisen manga, so be careful how you approach it.
Gojo is seemingly dead, but Akutami seemingly left a glimpse of hope for fans, although his return seems unlikely at this time
Satoru Gojō, the series’ most popular character, is often a topic of numerous debates and discussions. Long story short, Gojo is an exceptionally powerful Jujutsu sorcerer whose mere birth disrupted the balance of the world. By his own admission, he is the most powerful character in the series and could defeat anyone, even the fully-powered Sukuna. Currently, he works as a teacher in Tokyo and is responsible for recruiting Yuta Okkotsu and Yuji Itadori.
But, those who have read the Jujutsu Kaisen manga know that Satoru Gojō had been sealed inside the Prison Realm by Pseudo-Geto. This event happened in Chapter 91 of the Jujutsu Kaisen manga. As he was sealing him away, Pseudo-Geto told him that he would be released after ten centuries, i.e., after a whole Millenium; by then, Pseudo-Geto would have created his “New World,” and Gojō would be able to witness it (this is possible due to the Prison Realm destroying the notion of time as it is known in the real world).
Of course, Gojo was saved by his allies and released after spending some time in the Prison Realm. And while he wanted to face off against Kenjaku, who sealed him there, both of them agreed that there were more important things to take care of – namely, Sukuna, who had earlier taken over Megumi’s body. Then, Gojo goes to face the monster, and their fight is still ongoing in the series.
There is no doubt that the fight between Sukuna and Gojo is the pinnacle of the series – the big fight that Akutami was preparing us for and the ultimate moment of the series. And while we truly enjoyed an epic fight, with Chapter 235 declaring Gojo the winner, Chapter 236 happened.
In that chapter, Sukuna manages to use Mahoraga’s adaptation abilities to adapt to Gojo’s Limitless in such a way that it adapts to the very space that Gojo is in, which enables Sukuna to slice Gojo in half from inside Gojo himself. So, did Gojo die? Well, as far as things stand now – he actually did.
Satoru Gojo was seen in the afterlife with all his deceased friends (Geto, Nanami, Riko, etc.), and he himself stated that he gave it his best but that he couldn’t even make Sukuna give it his all in that fight. When the plot changes back to the present, Gojo is split in half and is apparently dead, with Hajime Kashimo entering the fight in Gojo’s place.
So, what happens now? First of all, we can confirm that there are still a lot of unresolved issues, as Gojo’s death seems rushed and confusing from a narrative standpoint.
Gojo himself stated that he could defeat Sukuna and has surely honed his powers while being in the Prison Realm, but so has Sukuna. And yet, the fight ended like this, and it seemed that all of Gojo’s efforts were completely in vain. Also, what about Megumi?
Regardless of which option we choose about Megumi’s fate, the situation becomes more complex, and there is no easy solution. Plus, even if he manages to defeat Sukuna, there is still Kenjaku to take care of. Okay, you can argue that Itadori and Yuta could potentially take down Kenjaku, and you wouldn’t really be wrong there, but where does that leave Gojo?
His fight with Kenjaku was supposed to take place on December 24, the day that Gojo’s old friend, Geto, whose body had been taken over by Kenjaku, died. Many fans thought that Akutami would kill Gojo, but not now – he would kill him on the same day that Geto died, giving Gojo a proper emotional send-off. It would make sense from a symbolic perspective, as it would allow the plot to simply move on.
Gojo was perceived as the series’ most powerful character, and that usually means that he has to die so that the other characters can evolve (this is why, for example, Yamamoto had to die in Bleach, as did Madara and Itachi in Naruto, they were all simply too powerful). Plus, there’s also the fact that Akutami hates Gojo, and he would probably want to get rid of him. And while this makes sense, this outcome, the one presented in Chapter 236, just seems too… simple.
Sure, it’s not certain, but sending Gojo off in such a manner would be outright cruel, and there wouldn’t really be any surprise in it; everyone would just go with: “Yeah, this is what we expected.” And while Jujutsu Kaisen is a shonen series, it has broken several shonen tropes so far, so why would this one be an exception? We shall have to see in the future.
So far, it seems that Gojo did, indeed, die. Being cut in half is an injury that even Gojo would have trouble recovering from, but he has, we suppose, recovered from a similarly brutal set of injuries inflicted on him by the only character, aside from Sukuna now, who has beaten him – Toji Fushiguro. And this is where fans of the series see a glimpse of hope for Gojo.
Namely, when Toji mauled Gojo, Gojo survived after using his Reversed Curse Technique to heal himself, telling Toji that he should have cut off his head. Sukuna also did not cut off Gojo’s head, and fans see this as a glimpse of hope that Akutami has at least one additional surprise for us up his sleeve, even though he is probably happy to be able to do this to Gojo, as he hates him very much.
There is also the fact that Gojo bids farewell to his deceased friends, which could imply that he is not done yet and that he is saying that he will see them later on.
Be that as it may, we shall have to wait at least until next week to see what happens to Gojo. His return is unlikely, based on what happened and how such situations usually play out in manga titles, but Akutami could surprise us in the end, as this death simply raises more questions, and no one is really satisfied, from a narrative standpoint, that Gojo’s death was executed in such a simplified way.