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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 160: Is Yuji Itadori the son of Kenjaku?

I had reread Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 160 to believe what I just read. Did Gege Akutami confirm Kenjaku is Yuji’s mother? If that sounds weird it should. In chapter 143, we get a dream scene of Jin Itadori talking to his father, Wasuke Itadori. Yuji’s grandfather tells Jin to “live however he like’s, but give up on that woman.” Jin tells his father not to be so negative in front of Yuji, as “babies remember more that we think,” suggesting this is more than a random dream but a memory from Yuji. Wasuke loses his temper. He tells Jin he knows he wanted a child with a woman named Kaori. This seems to be Jin’s former wife. However, a woman walks in and asks “what are you talking about?”

The woman isn’t remarkable looking except for the stitching on her forehead. Kenjaku possess an innate ability which allows him to swap bodies with another. The transfer leaves a noticeable stitched scar across the forehead. Kenjaku can use the host’s curse energy, techniques, and has access to the hosts memory. Why would Kenjaku seek to parent Yuji? I suspect it likely has more to do with Yuji’s father than Yuji himself. Anyway, Kenjaku says something interesting in chapter 136, he tells Yuki that he “had” Yuji “ingest cursed objects (Sukuna’s finger).” At this point in the story it’s unclear why Kenjaku would inhabit the body of Yuji’s mother but Gege is slowly unraveling this mystery.

Noritoshi Kamo

Jin’s Second Partner

Pseudo-Geto

Thank you for getting along with my son

Setsuko Sasaki returns in this chapter. If you’ve forgotten her, she’s the friend of Yuji from the Occult Research Club. Kenjaku enters her dreams to bring her out of the barrier. He claims that “those who begin inside the barrier have the right to leave once.” When Sasaki opens her eyes she’s outside with Iguchi. It appears Kenjaku lead many civilians outside of the barriers but why does he care?

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 160 seems to confirm Kenjaku was Yuji’s mother

Elsewhere, Yuji, Panda, Megumi, Kinji and Kirara plan a course of action. They can’t locate Angel via the Kogane. Panda speculates that it might not be her real name. Megumi notes that Master Tengen said to go to colony number 2 in East Tokyo. Kinji decides he and Panda will head there, Yuji and Megumi will head to Tokyo number 1, with Kirara remaining outside. Kinji reasons that he should take on Kashimo best they’re the strongest. Panda, Kinji, Yuji, and Megumi enter the Culling Game.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 159: Hiromi Higuruma’s sense of judgement

At the end of my last review of Jujutsu Kaisen I assumed Hiromi Higuruma was a soul less mass murdered. It turns out he’s not or at least he use to have morals. In Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 159, “Judgement,” Gege Akutami explores the corruption in the justice system. Higuruma was a public defender, struggling to represent clients against a rigged system. The chapter presents Higuruma as “never changing.” A public servant is disadvantaged in a court that pits independent defense lawyers against the better funded and staffed public prosecutors. Higuruma claims he’s always had a strong sense of right and wrong. He understands the law isn’t impartial, it’s unfair and real people suffer.

Baring witness to this system and it’s consequences takes a toll on public defenders too. Why do they bother? Is there any hope? I’ve heard Japan has a near perfect conviction rate and Gege Akutami claims “99.9 % of criminal trails end in a guilty verdict.” While, that statistic is an exaggeration the point still stands, Higuruma’s clients were “branded guilty from the start.” Outside of court the lives of Higuruma clients aren’t much freer. The police illegally question them and crime is so common that Higuruma suspects that the murder weapon was just “lying around.” His client, Keita Oe works a live-in job for a shady non-profit. They make their employees work without wages, while paying them rent. Their not allowed to own cats, call the police or ambulances.

Oe is found guilty after a appeal

Hiromi Higuruma calls a retrial

Higuruma manages to get Oe an innocent verdict. He’s certain it will be appealed. It is and Oe is convicted and giving life imprison. Overwhelmed, Higuruma calls court into session after an petition for a final ends in disappointment. He claims they’re having a “retrial” as a curse spirit appears behind him. As we know, curses are created from negative human emotions. The criminal court is certainly a perfect source of negative emotions. I suspect that Higuruma will become like Light Yagami from Death Note, using the curse spirit to exact his own justice. Of course this would require Higuruma to have the ability to manipulate curses like Suguru Geto. Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 159 introduces another interesting character with Hiromi Higuruma. It’s possible Yuji will be able to reach him and finally provide some justice.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 157 and 158: Hakari joins and new players are revealed

In Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 157, Megumi Fushiguro manages to subdue Kirara. He quickly release Kirara and bows. Megumi begs to be heard. Suddenly, Yuji Itadori is knocked outside. Yuji tells Panda and Megumi to not “interfere.” Kinji Hakari begs wailing on Yuji who’s decided that it’s best to take the hits, so Hakari will accept him. Hakari agrees to “listen to his spiel,” as long as Yuji can remain standing. Yuji compares Hakari’s punches to being “hit with a serrated bat.” Jujutsu Kaisen has established Gojo as the standard. However, Gojo himself has suggested that Hakari, Yuta, Megumi, and Yuji have potential to surpass him. Hakari was never going to use the power Gojo suggested but like Yuta we get a small glimpse of it through Yuji’s eyes.

Hakari accuses Yuji of being a tool for Jujutsu High. Yuji agrees. He says that he’s a “cog.” He sees himself as a tool to eradicate curses. Hakari unsurprisingly isn’t impressed. He calls Yuji “boring” and knocks him into the wall. Hakari tells Panda and Megumi to leave, but Yuji has other ideas. Despite being hit three times unguarded, Yuji gets up. Impressed, Hakari agrees to “cut a deal.” In Chapter 158, Hakari is shocked to hear of Gojo’s sealing. Panda casually mentions the death of the Principal. Hakari agrees to help with the culling game. In exchange he wants Jujutsu Regulations changed. Megumi tells him he’s the head of the Zenin clan, even though we know (they don’t) that he and Maki are the only ones left.

Two new players are introduced

It’s likely Maki and Megumi will have to prove the Zenin clan still matters, but I doubt either will want to. Regardless, Hakari and Kirara are on board. Suddenly, a Kogane appears announcing the new rule added by Hajime Kashimo. A Kogane is a “liaison between players and the game,” and is assigned to specific players. This one is assigned to Yuji, which Megumi notes is strange. Yuji shouldn’t be counted as a player yet. Since Kenjaku (pseudo Geto) claimed he “had” Yuji ingest cursed objects (Sukuna’s finger) Yuji is automatically included in the game. Megumi still thinks it’s strange considering Yuji “ingested Sukuna’s finger of his own free will.”

I immediately thought of Aizen’s manipulation of Ichigo in Bleach, which always struck me as implausible. Is Kenjaku capable of that kind of planning? Hajime Kashimo adds a new rule granting players access to a players name, points, rules they add, and current location. They had scored 200 points prior to adding the new rule. Hajime is at least 400 years old considering they suggested Jujutsu Sorcerer’s were “tougher 400 years ago.” Kenjaku has implied that sorcerers were stronger in the past as well. Megumi asks for a list of player with 100 points or more. There’s only one other than Hajime, Hiromi Higuruma, Megumi hopes he can force them to create a rule to free his sister. If they add a rule allowing players to spend points to get out of the game with the condition that a substitute player be brought in.

If Megumi can use himself as the substitute it might work. However, trying to control Hajime or Hiromi seems unlikely. To amass that many points mean they’ve killed a lot of people. I doubt they will have much compassion for Megumi. Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 158 sets up the culling game well and I’m excited for the upcoming chapters.