Does Nobara Kugisaki get replaced in Jujutsu Kaisen manga?

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The character of Nobara Kugisaki has been a significant part of the Jujutsu Kaisen series, especially as one of the central trio alongside Yuji Itadori and Megumi Fushiguro in the anime. However, her prominence has waned in the manga, leaving her fate uncertain, which has led some fans to question if she has been replaced by new characters introduced in the recent arc.

Regrettably, Nobara Kugisaki met a tragic end during the Shibuya Incident, facing Mahito and ultimately falling victim to his attack. Despite her valiant efforts, a critical error allowed Mahito to inflict a fatal blow to her face, resulting in her apparent demise. Although there was initial speculation about her survival, later implications from Megumi Fushiguro strongly suggested that she had indeed passed away due to the attack.

Since that pivotal moment, there has been scarce mention of Kugisaki in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga. The ambiguity surrounding her fate has led to numerous rumors and discussions among fans. However, the current trajectory of the narrative doesn’t indicate an immediate focus on her potential return, considering the direction the story has taken.

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Subsequent to the Shibuya arc, new characters were introduced, notably in the Culling Games arc. Among them is Hana Kurusu, who was initially speculated to potentially fill the void left by Kugisaki. However, despite her involvement and connections within the storyline, it’s evident that none of the newly introduced characters aim to replace Kugisaki’s unique presence and impact on the series.

In chapter 210 of the manga, Yuji Itadori’s reaction towards Hana Kurusu hinted at his discomfort with the idea of someone replacing Kugisaki. This moment reflected the deep value he placed on Kugisaki’s friendship, further emphasizing her significance within the story.

While the Culling Games arc brought forth compelling new characters, Kugisaki’s legacy and impact on both the narrative and audience remain irreplaceable. Her character’s demise has left an enduring impression on the series, and fans can anticipate a final farewell to Kugisaki in Episode 19 of Jujutsu Kaisen season 2, commemorating her role in the story.