Jujutsu Kaisen: Why Gege Akutami calls Gojo a man of “resignation”

An image of Gojo from Jujutsu KaisenCrunchyroll

The mangaka’s opinion about Gojo has always been confusing. Here’s why Gege Akutami once called Satoru Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen a man of resignation.

Jujutsu Kaisen has already confirmed Gojo’s death, which leaves behind a lot of unanswered questions. The battle of the strongest was the most highly-anticipated fight of the year, but it didn’t end in a way fans could be happy about. 

Fans’ beloved character dies in his fight against Sukuna, the King of Curses. Ever since the beginning of the series, Gojo has never once doubted his strength. However, he was no match against Sukuna, who is the embodiment of calamity.

Article continues after ad

Gege Akutami always jokes about Gojo, leading others to believe the author hates the series’ most popular character. Hate or not, Gege Akutami’s comment about Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen deviates from the way he has been described over the years. Delve deeper to find out more. 

Why Gege Akutami called Gojo a man of “resignation” mean

Twitter user Soukatsu, popular for translating Gege Akutami’s interviews, messages, and any related Jujutsu Kaisen updates, shared the English version of the author’s old comment from 2020.

Article continues after ad

Gege Akutami’s comment about Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen states, “Gojo Satoru is a man of resignation.” There was no elaboration from the author, meaning the statement was left to fans’ interpretation. 

Satoru is a popular Japanese name, which means “to know” or “understand.” “Satoru” can be written using different Kanji characters, all of which have different meanings, such as understanding, smart, knowledge, etc. However, Gege uses the character “悟,” which means “enlightenment.”

Gege uses Buddhist references for his story. The “resignation” in his comment isn’t in the usual context but instead means that the person has accepted one’s fate and has become enlightened. Buddhism doesn’t encourage resignation but instead supports acceptance.

Article continues after ad

How has Gojo been portrayed in Jujutsu Kaisen?

A panel from Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 236 with Gojo's farewellShueisha

Gojo was always shown as an egoistic character who had too much confidence in his abilities. However, he was also the first to help others. Being tired of the hierarchy system in the Jujutsu society, Gojo planned to reform it with the help of his allies. 

What he sought wasn’t as simple as overthrowing the higher-ups but to start a revolution that would rebuild the foundation of the Jujutsu society. Therefore, Gojo wasn’t someone who accepted things in their truest essence. He acknowledged the problems and aimed to solve them.

Article continues after ad

However, on a personal level, even though he was surrounded by his allies, Gojo was a very lonely person. He stood at the top, so there was no one who could understand him. Even during fights, Gojo never had to use all his strengths and was thus bored with his existence. He died against someone stronger than him – which he was glad about.

A panel of lotus from Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 236Manga Plus

In a way, Gojo didn’t die as the strongest sorcerer alive, but simply as Satoru and found peace with that. Gege Akutami’s comment from way back deviates from how he has portrayed Gojo in Jujutsu Kaisen. But it somehow made sense when he died at the hands of someone stronger. 

Sign up to Dexerto for free and receive:
Fewer Ads|Dark Mode|Deals in Gaming, TV and Movies, and Tech
Article continues after ad

In chapter 236, Gojo’s conversations with his deceased friends made him think about the choices he made over the years. When he talks about his experience while fighting with Sukuna, we see a panel with lotuses. The flower starts with its seed stage early in the karmic cycle and progresses to the bud rising from the unclean water.

In Buddhism, lotus signifies a person following the path of spirituality, leaving past attachments behind, and finally blossoming. This is when a person has become fully awakened and has attained enlightenment.

Article continues after ad

How to watch Crunchyroll from outside your location in 2023

Crunchyroll is the world’s best hub for streaming anime, whether it’s One PieceAttack on Titan, or Jujutsu Kaisen. And thanks to ExpressVPN, you can access the platform’s full library even if you’re outside the US.

If you’re abroad, here’s what you need to do to access Crunchyroll’s full selection – and it really is this simple:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN, which has ultra-fast servers and offers a secure, private connection wherever you are in the world
  2.  Connect to a location anywhere in the US. Express VPN allows you to choose from 24 different spots, from New Jersey to Santa Monica
  3.  Visit Crunchyroll online and start streaming all of your favorite animes – and perhaps some you’ve never watched

Accessing Crunchyroll’s US roster makes a difference. For example, Hong Kong users only have access to less than 100 titles, while the US has nearly 1,000 movies and TV shows.

Article continues after ad

You can also stream anime on Crunchyroll for free with an ad-supported plan. Or you can pay for a subscription. There’s even a 14-day free trial if you can’t quite make up your mind.

See our other JJK coverage below, and you can check out our other anime coverage here.

Please note that if you click on a product link on this page we may earn a small affiliate commission.

Related Topics