Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 8, begin with Gojo’s Past Arc takes us back a decade to follow Satoru Gojo during his years as a second-year student. He’s given a mission along with Suguru Geto to escort the next vessel for Master Tengen.

Jujutsu Sorcerers protect the weak

In Hamamatsu City, Mei Mei and Utahime Lori investigate a cursed mansion. However, they get caught in the curses barrier. They deduce that it “overlaps space,” causing them to walk along a never ending hallway. None of the marker they placed remain and the walls are “squishy,” making them unbreakable. They plan on “splitting up and move unpredictably,” to break the curse. However, the mansion is torn apart by Satoru Gojo’s Cursed Technique Lapse: Blue. Gojo teases Utahime, asking if she’s “crying.” Suddenly, a giant curse appears behind her. A second later a n even large curse begins to swallow that curse. Suguru Geto appears and orders his curse “not to swallow it.” He tells Gojo, it’s “not nice to pick on the weak.” Gojo asks “who the heck would pick on someone strong?”

Gojo and Geto are both arrogant, but Geto doesn’t believe he is, whereas Gojo doesn’t care. Among all the excitement, they forget to erect a curtain. Without it the events at the mansion make the news. Masamichi Yaga questions the three students, Gojo, Geto, and Shoko Leiri. The latter two point to Gojo as the one responsible. Gojo believes curtains are pointless, especially considering that “regular people,” can’t even see cursed spirits or jujutsu. Geto argues that curtains “are important for citizen’s peace of mind.” We continue to see the gap between the two’s view on the “weak.” Gojo thinks it’s too troublesome to “look out” for the weak and Geto believes “society should protect the weak and keep the strong in check.” He believes jujutsu sorcerers exist to protect non-jujutsu users.

The two organizations that are trying to kill Riko
The two organizations that are trying to kill Riko

Master Tengen’s significance

Master Tengen is a character that was vaguely mentioned previously. He possesses the cursed technique of immortality, which fails to keep him from aging. Once he reaches a certain age, he forced to evolve. If he does he “will no longer be human and will ascend to a higher state.” Master Tengen is responsible for strengthening the barriers that protect both Jujutsu Schools, the Pillars of the Jujutsu world, and the assistant managers barrier techniques. Without him Jujutsu sorcerers would have a harder time completing missions. Furthermore, he could “become an enemy to humanity,” if he doesn’t merge with the “star plasma vessel and rewrite the bodies genetic information.”

So becoming MetalGreymon is fine, but it’d be a problem if he became SkullGreymon . . . so we reset back to Koromon, right?

Satoru Gojo

According to Yaga, the location of the vessel has been leaked a two groups are now targeting her. The first group, Q is an organization of curse users who aim to overturn the modern jujutsu world. If they can kill the vessel then Master Tengen would “lose all reason.” The second group, the Time Vessel Association, worships Master Tengen as a God. They believe if Tengen merges with the vessel he’ll become impure. Gojo and Geto have to escort the girl, protecting her for two days. As Geto and Gojo head to her location, she’s thrown out a window by the Q soldier, Kokun. Geto rescues her with a flying curse, meanwhile, Gojo briefly battles Q soldier, Bayer. Elsewhere, the representative of the Time Vessel Association meets with a former member of the Zenin clan, Toji Fushiguro.

Toji Fushiguro accepts the offer to kill Riko
Toji Fushiguro accepts the offer to kill Riko

Fushiguro places a bounty on Riko

After easily defeating the Q soldiers, Geto and Gojo meet Riko Amanai and her caretaker Misato Kuroi. The tendency of Gojo and Geto to rudely insult someone in their presences is humorous. Riko is an orphan. While she claims to have no issue merging with Master Tengen, Geto seems unsure she’s sincerer. Toji Fushiguro puts a 30 million yen bounty on Riko. His intention is to use the bounty hunters to “wear Gojo down.” Two Curse Users, an old man and a man with a bag on his head look to claim the bounty. Suguru heads to confront the intruders, while, Satoru and Kuroi go to find Riko.

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Geto encounters the old man first. The two size each other up. The old man correctly deduces that Geto uses curse manipulation. The old man is too confident and assumes Geto is afraid of close combat. When Suguru attacks a giant worm curse, the old man falls for his trap. He avoids the curse by exiting through a window and re-enters a window next to Geto. Suddenly, the old man receives a flashback of his dog Tasuke, as Geto beats the hell out of him. Elsewhere, Gojo finds Riko in her music class. With the target in custody, Gojo flees with her. However, the Bag head curse user surrounds them with clones.

Gojo takes on the Bag Head Curse user
Gojo takes on the Bag Head Curse user

The Limits of Limitless

The curse techniques of Jujutsu Kaisen can be difficult to comprehend. Gege Akutami seems to be inspired by complicated concepts. Gojo mentions that his curse technique, the infinity, is from “Achilles and the tortoise,” or the Zeno’s Achilles paradox. In the paradox, Greek philosopher, Zeno explains how it’s possible for a tortoise to defeat Achilles in a race:

First, the tortoise is given a slight head start. Anyone fancying a flutter would still rush to put their money on Achilles, but Zeno pointed out that to overtake him, Achilles would first have to cover the distance to the point where the tortoise began.

In that time, the tortoise would have moved, so Achilles would have to cover that distance giving the tortoise time to amble forwards a bit more.

Logically, this would carry on forever. However small the gap between them, the tortoise would still be able to move forward while Achilles was catching up. Meaning that Achilles could never overtake.” – britannica.com

I still can’t comprehend the paradox completely. Regardless, Satoru Gojo’s limitless technique allows him to slow things down, permitting “impossible situations” to manifest. Of course if they’re impossible then they can’t manifest at all right? Anyway, Gojo can create a magnetic effect. This process requires Gojo to use a lot of curse energy, which cause fatigue. At this point in Gojo’s life he’s still learning to master his curse techniques. He attempts to use his Cursed Technique Reversal of the Limitless: Red, but it fails. He ends up knocking the Bag Head Curse User out with a punch. Suddenly, Riko gets a text. The enemies have captured Kuroi.

Toji ambushes Gojo
Toji ambushes Gojo

Toji Fushiguro’s ambush

Satoru Gojo, Suguru Geto, and Riko Amanai pursue Kuroi. She’s rescued off page. First Year students, Yu Haibara and Kento Nanami provide backup at the airport. On the beach, Geto notices that Gojo has been using his technique since yesterday. The next day, they return to Tokyo Jujutsu High four hours after the bounty was lifted. Assuming the danger is gone and the mission is complete, Gojo finally releases his curse technique. Suddenly, Toji Fushiguro stabs Gojo through the back, shocking everyone.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 8 expands the Jujutsu World. We learn the significance of Master Tengen and how his curse technique functions. Suguru Geto and Satoru Gojo are two of the most important characters in the series. In the current timeline, Geto is a curse user, however, in this arc he’s still a Jujutsu Sorcerer. We know of his down fall, but we don’t know how it can to be. Gojo and Geto share similar qualities. Their both powerful sorcerer’s, that look down of those that are weaker. However, Geto has more sympathy for them than Gojo. Which adds to the intrigue. How did the more sympathetic sorcerer become the villain?

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7 thoughts on “ Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 8: Satoru Gojo and Suguru Geto escort the Star Plasma Vessel ”

  1. Seeing Gojo like this- a guy who looks down on those who are weaker than him- makes me think about his character in the current story. I mean; this is a much weaker version of him that looked down on people that weren’t “on his level,” and now he’s the strongest of all who aims to guide the weak. The development from here to there is going to be interesting to watch unfold. And yeah; how did Geto become the villain….?
    You know; I didn’t peg Gojo as a Digimon fan. Myself personally; I’m a Pokemaniac all the way. I may not know EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of the franchise, but I know more about it than I do about Digimon.
    Seeing this unfold next season is going to ROCK the anime fandom. I can already see the various memes about this Gojo compared to his present. And about why he acts the way he does around Megumi- that one “Juju-scroll” where they messed with him while talking to a girl.
    Man; next season is going to be fun to watch……..despite all the controversy around MAPPA right now………I hope they manage to fix that soon…….

    1. I like the arrogance of Gojo. It’s not a good look but it’s refreshing. Most characters like Gojo (think Kakashi) are known for their power but they aren’t open about it. Other characters say how strong they are. I loved the first 2 seasons of Digimon then its fell off for me.

      1. I watched Digimon up until the middle of the stuff involving Edemon and Ty going to the Human world. I also watched a lot of “Digimon: Fusion.” Unlike others; I kind of liked watching it.
        Those kinds of characters are rather humble, aren’t they? I think they experience enough to get that strong that they never let it go to their head. They know that there is someone out their potentially stronger than them. So they don’t let their power go to their head because their enemies do, and that usually leads to their downfall.
        Though, in the case of Kakashi- he didn’t seem to have an ego problem. Just an attitude problem. Gojo- VERY ARROGANT.

  2. Toji would quickly go on to be one of my favorite characters in the series. I think part of what makes this flashback volume so good is that the characters are great. I like the banter between Gojo and Geto as well

    1. Toji is an interesting character especially considering he has no curse energy and was rejected by the Zenin family. Gojo and Geto were similar in power but their views on the powerful resulted in some fun banter.

      1. I think that’s why I like Toji a lot. I’ve always been a fan of characters who weren’t born with crazy abilities or lots of spirit energy and so they had to just study and train from the ground up.

        Rock Lee, Asta, Toji, are all characters like that. I respect the hustle and it just makes them very easy to root for.

      2. I think you could argue in Jujutsu Kaisen Toji has the “crazy” powers, ironically because he doesn’t have any. He’s invisible because he doesn’t have cursed energy to detect. But I take your point.

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