Jujutsu Kaisen’s beloved Satoru Gojo dies in the battle of the strongest – however, his death still remains underwhelming as the series neglects to answer certain questions.

Jujutsu Kaisen is currently one of the most popular new-gen Shonen anime and manga series. With a complex power system and incredible character design, the series instantly became popular among fans.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Satoru Gojo contributes a lot to the series’ global popularity. After all, he has every quality that Shonen fans adore: he’s a teacher, is unparalleled in battle, has an eccentric personality, and is kind enough to help anyone in need. He may come off as arrogant at first, but he only shows off his superiority in front of his enemies – which isn’t necessarily bad.

Additionally, the manga has ended the battle of the strongest in the most tragic way possible. Chapter 235 seemed to confirm Gojo’s victory. However, before fans can celebrate for long, Gege Akutami drops a huge bomb in the next chapter. Here’s how the mangaka gives the most underwhelming death to a fan-favorite character.

How does Gojo die in Jujutsu Kaisen?

An image of Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen Shibuya opening Gege

Satoru Gojo dies in Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 236.

Chapter 236 begins with Gojo talking with the spirits of his friends, Geto, Nanami, and Haibara. He also meets Riko and Kuroi and bids them farewell before the scene changes to his lifeless body lying on the ground.

Sukuna explains how Mahoraga’s adaptability works. It depends on the amount of time passed after the Shikigami receive a hit. He wanted the Shikigami to be a “role model” that passes through Gojo’s Infinity. Instead of directly attacking Gojo, Mahoraga targeted the space around him.

Therefore, Gojo’s Infinity doesn’t matter as long as he is present in that space where Mahoraga can literally cut off anything. As a result, Gojo gets cut in half along with that space. We find out in chapter 238 that Sukuna’s technique, “Dismantle,” landed the final blow. Hence, the crown of victory immediately passes on to Sukuna.

Gojo never doubted his victory

Two panels from JJK manga featuring Gojo

Gojo’s arrogance and confidence stem from his unparalleled strength. In Chapter 3, Yuji asks Gojo if he can win against Sukuna. Gojo says that if the King of Curses has the power of all 20 fingers, the fight will be challenging, but he will win in the end. Even moments before the battle, Gojo declared his victory.

This shows how much Gojo believed in his own strength. What’s odd about it is that Sukuna only had the power of 19 fingers, whereas Gojo’s abilities were amplified to 120% thanks to Utahime’s cursed technique. However, during his conversation with Geto, Gojo claims that Sukuna is too strong and doesn’t need Megumi’s powers to defeat him.

The strongest sorcerer alive even feels sorry for the King of Curses, who didn’t have a chance to display his true strength – meaning Sukuna held back while Gojo was going all out. But in the entire fight, Sukuna mostly relied on Mahoraga’s abilities, and that’s how he managed to get the upper hand.

In chapter 237, Sukuna reincarnates into his original form. He is now stronger than ever. However, that still doesn’t change the fact that Sukuna needed Mahoraga’s ability to pass through Gojo’s barrier.

The first round was the battle of domains, where Sukuna lost terribly. Therefore, Mahoraga was his final trump card – or at least that’s what Gege intended to show. All in all, the transition between chapters 235 and 236 was too much.

Why is Gojo’s death in Jujutsu Kaisen so underwhelming?

A panel from Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 236 with Gojo

Considering Gojo’s influence, his death could be executed in a much better. First off, he literally dies off-screen. We don’t even see how and when the attack hit him. Seeing the end result was shocking, but at the same time, it didn’t make sense at all. It was difficult to process what transpired in the battle, which resulted in our beloved character ending up in such a horrible state.

We don’t even get to see Gojo saying his final words to his students. Furthermore, the fight between the two wasn’t some personal vendetta, but the future of the Jujutsu society rests on the outcome. Therefore, Gojo’s death fails to meet the level of impact it should’ve created. As one of the most popular characters, he didn’t manage to accomplish any of his goals.

Not only that, but we don’t see reactions from his students and the other sorcerers. The fight is being broadcast to everyone thanks to Mei Mei’s cursed technique. We only see Yuji’s heartbroken expression and Yuta drawing out his sword while Maki tries to calm him. But what about the others? The lack of reaction fails to create the emotional impact needed to follow up with the tragedy of Gojo’s death in Jujutsu Kaisen.

It was as if Gojo’s death had to be suddenly incorporated, making it all the more disappointing. The entire fight had a perfect pace until chapter 235, but the ending seemed rushed. The only good thing was that Gojo didn’t regret dying at the hands of someone stronger. Even until chapter 239, the series has yet to show any reaction from Gojo’s students.

How to watch Crunchyroll from outside your location in 2023

Crunchyroll is the world’s best hub for streaming anime, whether it’s One Piece, Attack on Titan, or Jujutsu Kaisen – and thanks to ExpressVPN, you can access the platform’s full library even if you’re outside the US.

If you’re abroad, here’s what you need to do to access Crunchyroll’s full selection – and it really is this simple:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN, which has ultra-fast servers and offers a secure, private connection wherever you are in the world
  2. Connect to a location anywhere in the US; Express VPN allows you to choose from 24 different spots, from New Jersey to Santa Monica
  3. Visit Crunchyroll online and start streaming all of your favorite animes – and perhaps some you’ve never watched

Accessing Crunchyroll’s US roster makes a difference; for example, Hong Kong users only have access to less than 100 titles, while the US has nearly 1,000 movies and TV shows.

You can also stream anime on Crunchyroll for free with an ad-supported plan, or you can pay for a subscription – there’s even a 14-day free trial if you can’t quite make up your mind.

See our other JJK coverage below, and you can check out our other anime coverage here.

  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Toji Fushiguro’s return in Shibuya arc explained
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Gege Akutami explains Gojo vs Sukuna panels
  • Jujutsu Kaisen fans discover a new technique can revive Gojo
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 240 color spread finally reveals Yuji’s new power

Please note that if you click on a product link on this page we may earn a small affiliate commission.