Gege Akutami, the mangaka behind “Jujutsu Kaisen,” seems to have an unconventional relationship with one of the fans’ most beloved characters in the series, Satoru Gojo. It’s widely accepted that Akutami harbours some form of playful aversion towards his own creation, Gojo, but it’s important to recognize that this sentiment is more of a persona he adopts rather than genuine animosity. While Akutami has made occasional remarks that might suggest a mild dislike for Gojo, it’s apparent that he enjoys surprising fans with these unconventional opinions about the character.
However, it’s undeniable that Gojo’s overpowering abilities pose a narrative challenge in the story’s progression. This became particularly evident during the Shibuya Arc when Gojo was sealed, prompting Akutami to express online that “Now that Gojo is gone, it’s looking like 2020’s gonna be a great year.” This indicates that Akutami views Gojo’s absence as an opportunity for the story to flourish.
Despite this, Gojo remains an undeniably likable character, characterized by his complex personality and profound relationship with his best friend, Suguru Geto. Akutami’s description of Gojo as “a man of resignation” is not meant to be derogatory, but rather a recognition of Gojo’s stoic acceptance of adversity and unfavorable outcomes. This trait coexists with Gojo’s immense power, showcasing a nuanced and multifaceted character.
Gojo’s moments of resignation are discernible throughout the series, with one pivotal instance being his inability to kill his best friend, Geto, during the Hidden Inventory Arc. This moment stands out due to the lingering emotional weight it carries, leading to a period of self-reflection. Subsequently, Gojo’s posture shifts towards a more carefree resignation, exemplified by his attitude of doing what he can and not dwelling on what is beyond his control.
In the Shibuya Arc, when Gojo is captured in the prison realm, he accepts his predicament without excessive resistance. His rare display of anger stems not from his inability to escape, but from the callous use of his deceased friend’s body by his captor. This attitude of carefree resignation is further exemplified when Gojo is sealed and calmly reflects on the situation.
In a dream sequence in manga chapter 236, Gojo doesn’t resist his fate vehemently. He acknowledges his situation with some irritation but ultimately implies to Yaga that the former Principal’s belief that no Jujutsu sorcerer dies without regrets doesn’t apply to him. This showcases Gojo’s distinctive perspective on loss and adversity.
In essence, while Akutami may adopt a playful stance of “hating” Gojo, the character’s depth, likability, and his ability to navigate challenges with a sense of resignation demonstrate the complexity of their creator’s feelings towards him.