The fight between Hajime Kashimo and Kinji Hakari ends with both fighters exhausted and alive. At the end of the last chapter Kashimo used his cursed energy to create an explosion of steam. In order to survive, Hakari makes a “binding vow” sacrificing his left arm. By making this vow he shifted his curse energy to protect the rest of his body. I’ve enjoyed this epic fight but Hakari’s is a broken character and this fight had a number of ass pulls including how he survived the explosion. However, it appears that he might have lost his ability to use his curse technique without his arm.
Out of cursed energy, Hajime Kashimo accepts death, telling Hakari to “kill him.” Hakari refuses because he needs Hajime’s points. He also doesn’t consider himself the winner because Hajime “never used his cursed technique.” Hajime claims that he “can only use his cursed technique once,” and he wants to use it on Sukuna. To this end, he strikes a bargain with Hakari. Another rule is added: Rule 10 – players may transfer a number of points of their choosing to another player. Hakari returns to talk to Charles Bernard and asks to read his manga series. I turns out that he’s a “noob” and hasn’t even published anything yet. Irritated, Hakari begins kicking Charles and tells him to “start drawing.”
Suddenly, Nishimiya arrives. Her arrival acts as a recap, reminding us what the plan is. By adding four new rules, making point transference possible (preventing death), allowing 100 points to be used to “create a substitute” so individuals can escape the culling game, the removal of communication blocks between colonies, and permitting players to leave barriers. With all the fighting I’ve completely lost track of the main narrative, so I found the recap helpful. Anyway, Nishimiya says that they should “postpone,” establishing the third rule.
Maki can pass through barriers now and with the aid of Ui Ui they wouldn’t need the rule anyway. Maki is shown bursting through several cursed spirits while entering the Sakurajima Colony. She’s greeted by Noritoshi Kamo. He’s got a new look and according to him has “fallen from grace,” due to a new head of the Kamo Family, making him (a bastard) unnecessary. So far Jujutsu Kaisen hasn’t explored the Kamo family much save, Noritoshi and Choso, so I’m interested in how that family’s dynamic functions. I’m excited to see Maki fight more, but I expect to get some updates on Yuji, Megumi, and Yuta first.
In the last chapter of Jujutsu Kaisen, Yuji Itadori and Megumi Fushiguro enter a underground fight club to gain access to Kinji Hakari. The elusive jujutsu sorcerer was suspended by Jujutsu High for unknown reasons. Regardless, he’s leery of the institution and would likely flee if confronted directly by Megumi and Yuji. In Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 154, Yuji meets with Hakari, Panda and Megumi conspire to help Yuji’s meeting. Panda mentions that he was incapable of reaching the door to the roof. When he nears the door the “distance never decreases.” He compares this effect to that of Satoru Gojo’s Infinity curse technique. Panda is unsure whether it’s Kirara or Hakari curse technique. It’s important for Panda and Megumi to avoid arising Hakari’s suspicions. However, his distain for Jujutsu High requires them to sneak around, which makes them more suspicious.
Panda and Megumi’s plan fails
Megumi rises from the shadows, ambushing two guards within the blind spots. Panda takes out the others. The two assume they’re in the clear. However, Kirara notices Panda, and sees Megumi. He correctly concludes that Megumi and Yuji are together and incorrectly assumes they’re a threat to Hakari. Kirara grabs his phone, while Panda jumps down and Megumi releases Divine Dog. Kirara takes a defense position but appears to repel the Divine Dog back towards Megumi. When Kirara rushes to get to the roof, the Divine Dog blocks his path. Suddenly, Megumi crashes into the Divine Dog. Inside, Hakari asks Yuji “would he believe that he can work one hour a day and make a million yen a month?”
I don’t think Yuji’s answer to that question will be relevant. Despite his lack of intellect, Yuji possess the same qualities Gon, from Hunter X Hunter and Luffy from One Piece. Which is an uncanny ability to make friends. That said I predict Hakari will fight either Yuji, Panda or Megumi, especially because we need to see this power everyone’s talking about. It’s now clear that Kirara is the reason for Panda being unable to reach the door. His power seems to resemble the effects of magnets. The mechanism seems to be a “mark” Kirara places on surfaces. It’s a largely defense ability, but it depends on how he uses it.
Jujutsu Kaisen, episode 24, ends the Death Painting Arc. They executed the last episode of season 1 of Jujutsu Kaisen perfectly. I always fear the marginalization of female characters in Shonen series (trauma from Naruto). Often they fall by the waist side and become cheerleaders and damsels. Nobara was heading in that direction. I’m grateful that they did not regulate her to “sakura” status (I love Sakura, but she’s not a great female character). Anyway, Nobara and Yuji face the Death Painting brothers, Eso and Kechizu. The episode opens with high-speed action. Yuji and Nobara attempt to avoid the “poisonous” blood from Eso’s Rot Technique Maximum: Wing King. Nobara isn’t fast enough to avoid the technique’s so Yuji carries her while sprinting. It impressed both Nobara and Eso.
Most Evil Sorcerer in History
Kechizu ambushes them, spraying Yuji with his acidic blood. Eso explains that their blood is painful but not lethal. He activates his Rot Technique Decay. Floral patterns appear across the face and arm of Yuji and Nobara. In a flashback, we learn the history of the Death Painting Wombs. During the Meiji Era, they ostracized a woman because of her child being born with a mixed of cursed spirit and human blood. Afterward, she found herself the victim of the “most evil sorcerer in history,” Noritoshi Kamo. He impregnates her nine times and aborts each pregnancy, creating the Death Wombs. Jujutsu Kaisen doesn’t state that there are nine wombs, but it seems like it would make sense. Death Wombs 1-3, Eso, Kechizu, and the introduced Choso side with Mahito.
Choso argues the world Mahito wishes to create is more favorable to them. The three brothers agreed to live for each other. The creation of the wombs is tragic but their relationship with each other is touching. Being trapped for 150 years with only each other has left them alone. With very little time, Jujutsu Kaisen made men like Eso and Kechizu. In the present, Nobara admits the curses are strong but a “matchup” for her. She activates her Straw Doll Technique: Resonance and stabs herself, injuring both Eso and Kechizu. By “linking” them with their Decay ability, Nobara can harm both brothers. Despite this, Eso is certain that they’ll win.
As Sukuna’s vessel, Yuji is afforded several perks. One is that he’s immune to poisons. This permits him to continue moving while under the curses technique and he dominates Kechizu. Yuji and Nobara switch places. Eso attempts to reach his brother before he’s killed. However, Nobara kills Kechizu with Straw Doll Technique: Hairpin. Witnessing his brother die cause Eso to cry. Nobara notices that Kechizu’s corpse didn’t disappear, meaning it’s not just a curse spirit but flesh and blood. When a truck comes barreling out of the tunnel, Eso hops on and takes the passenger hostage. Yuji pursues him, while Nobara uses her Resonance technique, piercing Eso through the chest. As he falls off the truck, Yuji apologizes before killing him with a Divergent Fist through the chest.
What does it mean to take a life
After killing Eso and Kechizu, Nobara and Yuji discuss what’s it like to kill someone. We understand Yuji hates killing any living, even if it’s no longer human. Nobara on the other doesn’t care. She’s self aware enough to know how she sounds, but I like her attitude. However, neither are wrong. Yuji knows why the brothers had to die, but still regrets having to kill them. I would expect they will test both of their morals in the future. Megumi wakes up, and it relieves Yuji and Nobara.
Still, they have to do something with Sukuna’s finger. Megumi gives it to Yuji mainly because he has the most strength, but not so he can eat it. Suddenly, Sukuna manifests a mouth in Yuji’s hand and swallows the finger. It’s one of the subtle comedic moments in this episode. Yuji notes that not only didn’t Sukuna help them, he hasn’t even lead them to fingers like Gojo thought. It’s odd that Sukuna doesn’t appear preoccupied with getting his limbs back.
Later, Megumi tells Nobara that Sukuna’s “incarnation triggered the Yasohachi Bridge curse,” and she should tell Yuji. Elsewhere, Sukuna taunts Yuji for “killing all those people,” Yuji warns Sukuna “not to tell Megumi.” He remembers Megumi asking him “what are you going to do when someone you saved kills someone else?” Yuji saved Megumi by eating Sukuna’s finger and triggered the activation of the bridge curse. From Megumi’s perspective, he’s the person who Yuji saved that caused innocent people to die. He doesn’t want Yuji to feel guilty, and Yuji doesn’t want Megumi to either. Finally, after killing a special grade each, Nobara, Megumi, and Yuji, along with Panda and Maki, are recommended by Aoi Todo and Mei Mei for Grade 1 status. Jujutsu Kaisen’s first season ends with an action pact, emotionally touching, and occasionally funny episode. It’s the perfect ending for an amazing first season.
Jujutsu Kaisen’s final arc of the season is fleshing out Megumi Fushiguro’s character. Megumi and Nobara are underdeveloped compared to Yuji. As we head towards the last episode, the trio realize that they’re in the presence of another Sukuna finger. Unfortunately, so are the newly resurrected Death Painting Wombs, Kechizu and Eso. A Cursed Womb: Death Painting are “Special Grade Cursed Objects created with the mixed blood of both Cursed Spirit and human.” There are nine. In the previous episode, Mahito stole Death Paintings 1-3 that Jujutsu High possessed. Kechizu attacks Yuji with acidic blood. It surprised the curse that Yuji is so strong. Meanwhile, Nobara and Megumi play a creepy game of “whack-a-mole.” Suddenly, Eso pulls Nobara out of the domain. Kechizu rushes out the domain to join with his “older brother.” Yuji chases them to help Nobara.
A Special Grade Curse Appears
After Megumi crushes the last curse with his Divine Dog: Totality, he notices the domain doesn’t disappear. A new tunnel appears and a curse similar to the one they fought in the detention center falls. This version of the curse is stronger. It snaps his cursed sword and then knocks him unconscious. In a flashback, we see Megumi and Gojo training. Gojo suggests that Megumi “doesn’t know how to bring out his best.” He reminds Megumi that jujutsu sorcerers fight alone. Gojo says “no matter how many allies a sorcerer has they always die alone.” That’s a very dark claim. It also conflicts with the message that Jujutsu Kaisen is trying to send. In this arc especially, they have emphasized that friendship matters. Is Gojo wrong? Or is the trio going to change what’s possible? It’s likely that Gojo is bitter or cynical after experiencing a tragedy. We’ll find out.
Domain Expansion: Chimera Shadow Garden
Jujutsu Kaisen has been teasing us regarding Megumi’s power. We finally get a glimpse. Picturing himself as a future Megumi that has surpassed his limits, he activates his incomplete Domain. He covers the floor with a shadow that releases darker version’s of his summons. The curse escapes by using a powerful explosion of cursed energy. It’s exorcised by Megumi’s Divine Dog: Totality. With Sukuna’s finger in hand, Megumi falls asleep. Elsewhere, Nobara and Eso sense Sukuna’s finger. Eso goes to get the finger, while Nobara gives chase. The Death Paintings are a weird pair. Their design reminded me of the mech’s from Gurren Lagann. Anyway, the rest of this episode sets up the next battles, Nobara vs Eso and Yuji vs Kechizu. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 23 adds important details to Megumi’s character. He’s steps out of his comfort zone and it pays off.
After the epic action from the last few episodes, we should expect Jujutsu Kaisen to take a break from the intensity. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 21 concludes the Kyoto Goodwill Evert. Haruta Shigemo regrets his failure. He notes Hanami was “working too hard.” The special grade curse spirit collapses with a massive hole in its body. Hanami doesn’t seem like it can heal the wounds from Gojo’s attack. Shigemo attempts to “kill” Hanami but is stopped by Mahito. They discussed what they achieved. Mahito could “steal two sets of special grade cursed objects that were sealed away,” Sukuna’s fingers and the Death Painting Wombs No. 1-3. I love this series, but Jujutsu High keeping all six of Sukuna’s fingers in one place is ridiculous. Sure, placing Mahito’s cursed energy on one finger made it easier, but still.
What was interesting was Suguru deducting that Sukuna cared about one student (Megumi)? He doesn’t know which student but suggests to Hanami that killing students could undermine the mission with Sukuna. Regardless, their mission to seal Gojo is still on for October 31st. In the present, Ijichi lists the casualties and confirms what they took. We’re introduced to a character Tengen who doesn’t seem to matter other than his barriers. According to Suguru, Tengen doesn’t interact with the outside world and compares him to a “tree.” It’s an odd choice for the Jujutsu Kaisen series to make. I wonder why Gege made him so neutral. Maybe he won’t remain so obscure.
Anyway, Baseball. Gojo manipulates the Goodwill event, so the students play a game of baseball instead of one-on-one battles. Understandably, Jujutsu Kaisen would not have more battles, there can be overkill with fighting. I didn’t find the baseball all that interesting but was dismayed that everyone hates Todo. He’s irritating but has become one of my favorite characters. I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him when Maki beamed him in the face with a baseball. Meanwhile, Yaga and Gakuganji discuss how to deal with Yuji. Gakuganji admits he doesn’t hate Yuji, but his existence is against the rules. They’re not sure how Yuji and Sukuna will turn out, but Yaga expects that the sorcerers will experience regret. The Goodwill Event ends with Tokyo High as the victors.