Itadori Yuuji’s fate in Jujutsu Kaisen
From the moment he swallowed Ryomen Sukuna’s first finger, Yuuji’s fate was sealed. Itadori Yuuji had to be executed. Unable to save Yuuji from his death sentence, Gojo Satoru gave a him a choice of indefinitely postponing his execution. Yuuji accepted the proposal since it would make the world safer. This proposal not only allowed him to stay alive for a few more days, but he also discovered that it was good for the world.
As such, Yuuji was destined to die through and through, and his future even more so. Towards the ending of the first season of Jujutsu Kaisen, Kamo from Kyoto school asks Yuuji why he wants to be a jujutsu sorcerer. He replies by saying he wants to save lots of people and have them watch over him when he dies. Yuuji says “when” and not “if,” so it is still unclear what Yuuji meant to say. What is important, though, is that Yuuji develops his mentality even before he starts living on borrowed time.
As the Shibuya arc of Jujutsu Kaisen manga comes to an end, Yuuji has already eaten fifteen of Sukuna’s fingers. That leaves him with only five more fingers and a lot less time than if he had to find them all one by one. The jujutsu world has already issued an order against Yuuji after Sukuna’s rampage in Shibuya and with Gojo out of the picture.
But it is suspicious if even Gojo would be able to prevent Yuuji’s death in the end. Gojo could do what needs to be done even if he was in severe pain and sorrow after he killed his best friend Getou Suguru with his own hands at the end of Jujutsu Kaisen 0. If Yuuji eats all twenty fingers and Sukuna regains his full strength, it might end up by that Gojo have to kill one of his treasured students.
Does Yuuji want to die?
Since his grandfather’s death, Yuuji was obssessed with death and what constitutes a proper or even “good” death for other people and for himself. After only questioning his death sentence once, he accepts it with surprising nonchalance. This leads to him dying in the fifth episode of the Jujutsu Kaisen anime. His revival is only at the expense of an unfavorable contract with Sukuna, who develops an unusual interest in Megumi Fushiguro.
As the Jujutsu Kaisen manga progresses, we see Yuuji’s mental health becoming more and more damaged. After witnessing Mahito hurting Junpei, and then seeing Nanami and possibly Nobara dying right in front of his eyes, he is traumatized. Witnessing the extensive devastation that Sukunas rampage caused is the final nail on the coffin, convincing him that his life is not worth living anymore.
Furthermore, Yuuji is shown in the Jujutsu Kaisen anime to suffer from the dilemma of killing human beings who had been turned into curse-like existences or turned into death paintings. When Kenjaku reveals his true nature, Yuuji’s memories of his parents explain his connection to Choshi; however, those memories also destroy his sense of identity.
The only reason Yuuji is still fighting is because of his promise to Nanami and Fushiguro. He is determined to save as many people as he can.
In an interview in February 2021, Akutami admits that the Jujutsu Kaisen manga is almost sixty percent complete, and that he already has an ending in mind. Though Megumi and Yuuji’s endings have been decided, Akutami is not completely sure what to do with the King of Curses, Sukuna. Unless Sukuna can somehow separate himself from Yuuji’s body, we can assume that their fates are intertwined. Akutami is a master of the craft and notorious for surprise turns, so all that remains to do is to wait for weekly updates on Jujutsu Kaisen manga with anticipation.
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