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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 192: Naoya Zenin’s cursed evolution

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 192, Sakurajima Colony, Part 2, is mostly the beginning battle between Maki, Noritoshi Kamo, and Naoya Zenin. Prior to that we get is a brief confirmation of what causes the creation of a vengeful curse spirit. Yoshinobu Gakuganji reminds Noritoshi that a sorcerer must use jujutsu to prevent another sorcerer from becoming a curse spirit. I mentioned this in my last chapter review but what’s interesting is that apparently Maki who has no curse energy potentially could create vengeful spirits. It’s not made clear if she could do this, as Naoya Zenin makes a point of saying that Maki’s mother killed him.

It’s possible that Maki being a bit of an anomaly wouldn’t function as a normal human and/or a jujutsu sorcerer. Toji Fushiguro hasn’t been credited with creating any vengeful spirits so I’m doubtful. Anyway, Naoya states the obvious that he’s going to kill Maki. While he has her pinned down, Noritoshi Kamo shoots an arrow distracting Naoya. Maki escapes, while Naoya notes how much he “hates” Kamo’s cursed technique. Noritoshi can’t sense Maki with his eyes closed. He can of course tell where Cursed Naoya is. Still Naoya is too fast for Noritoshi to hit with his arrows.

Despite this Maki is able to grab Naoya and toss him to the ground. Noritoshi manages to hit Naoya with three arrows then Maki cuts him with her sword. Naoya notices that he can feel pain as a curse. I’m not sure if it was ever explicitly mention that curse spirits experience pain but I just assumed they did. Naoya feints regret for killing so many curse spirits now that he knows they have pain. When it looks like Naoya might go down easy he begins to transform. Turns out he was a curse womb. Like Dagon he was a sentient curse womb. Once they shed the old skin they become more powerful beings. Noritoshi uses Piercing Blood to try to stop his transformation, but fails. Naoya emerges in a skeleton form. He quickly attacks Noritoshi, sending him flying.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 163: Yuji Itadori and Megumi Fushiguro prepare to fight

Tokyo No.1 Colony, Part 3

Have you ever killed someone who ticks you off . . . it feels better than I expected

Hiromi Higuruma

Summary of Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 163:

After the last chapter set up Yuji and Megumi, we wondered which one would get betrayed. I over thought it, assuming the obvious choice Remi wouldn’t be the traitor. I was wrong, she does set Megumi up to face Reggie. They don’t waste much time and Megumi quickly summons his divine dogs. Yuji is the one that meets Hiromi Higuruma. The former prosecutor, is taking a “bath” in his clothes on, while centered on a stage.

Yuji asks him to use his 100 points to “end the culling game.” Higuruma bluntly says no. He sees the culling games as a substitute for the “powerless” law. Ever if rules are imperfect, he could use the games mechanics to enforce “natural law.” Yuji warns him that “everyone in the country would die.” Higuruma isn’t so sure. He claims the culling game “celebrates permanence.” Feed up, Yuji threatens Higuruma and prepares to fight. Higuruma get out of the tub and releases his cursed spirit.


Hiromi Higuruma’s plan

Analysis

In the beginning of the chapter we get a flashback from Rin Amai. He assesses his classmates, as they pick on someone, as being neither “smart or athletic.” He decides it’s best to avoid “pissing them off” and chooses to “just smile and go with the flow.” Rin is presented as the type avoid being seen as a target. Inside the culling game he did become a target and is being forced to do things against his will.

He’s contrasted with Yuji who appears, an instead tells them to “knock it off.” Yuji’s unwilling to just stand by and allow others to be picked. We already knew this about him but it’s necessary to set up the rest of this chapter. Yuji manhandles all three of the bullies. Rin remains a coward, whereas, Yuji is eager to see Higuruma despite the danger. Megumi is also willing to risk his life for others but in this arc he seems more willing than Yuji to harm his opposition. This doesn’t mean Yuji won’t do it but he resists more.

Megumi is far less trusting than Yuji and in this case he’s right for doing so. After Megumi is betrayed he gives Remi a death stare. She’s not scared but I think she should be. I’m don’t think Higuruma’s plan makes much sense. The culling game doesn’t apply to all of society and Kenjaku wants to eliminate all non-curse users. Basically Kenjaku wants to commit genocide. Will Higuruma consent to that? I suspect Yuji will be able to convince him to choose to save lives. But first, we’ll get to witness what abilities Higuruma has.