Akutami could have made Gojo and Geto’s parting more heartbreaking, and the Jujutsu Kaisen exhibit explains how

Throughout Jujutsu Kaisen, there have been numerous defining moments for its characters, including the emotional separation of Gojo and Geto. This friendship played a crucial role in Gojo’s character development and can be considered a significant element in the overall Jujutsu Kaisen narrative.

Despite initially succumbing to the allure of the “dark side”and choosing to eliminate all non-sorcerers to protect sorcerers from the curse spirits’ threat of death, Geto’s actions ultimately resulted in his demise at Gojo’s hands. While the final exchange between the two was already heart-wrenching for fans, the original version of their farewell could have made it even more devastating and intimate.

Disclaimer: This article includes spoilers for the Jujutsu Kaisen series.

Jujutsu Kaisen: The Tragic Parting of Geto and Gojo

Despite Gojo’s already well-established status as the strongest, his growth continued at an astronomical rate after Amanai’s death, causing a rift between Geto and Gojo.

This ultimately resulted in Geto fully embracing his dark thoughts and committing to his plan to eradicate non-sorcerers. The separation between Gojo and Geto was the pivotal event that shaped their character arcs and aided in Gojo’s growth as a mentor to the younger generation of sorcerers. The quote that came to be associated with their parting was:

“Are you the strongest because you’re Satoru Gojo? Or are you Satoru Gojo because you’re the strongest?”

However, Geto’s true final statements were:

“If you want to kill me, kill me. There’s meaning in that too.”

The significance of these words lies in how Gojo’s decision between killing Geto and letting him go would greatly affect his own allegiance.

Gojo as shown in the anime (Image via MAPPA)
Gojo as shown in the anime (Image via MAPPA)

Ultimately, Gojo’s decision to eliminate Geto would force him to take a clear stance on the moral complexities of the situation and align himself with the higher-ups. The final version effectively portrayed Gojo’s internal struggle and the difficult choice he had to make between his loyalty to his best friend and the safety of non-sorcerers. In a recent Jujutsu Kaisen exhibition, it was revealed that Gege initially intended for Gojo’s final words to be:

“If you want to kill me, go ahead. I don’t mind being killed by you. Just be careful not to kill anyone besides me.”

The draft version of the story focused on Geto’s personal connection to Gojo and highlighted his approval of Gojo ultimately killing him. Additionally, Geto pleaded with Gojo to spare innocent non-sorcerers and only target him.

This is essentially a reference to Gojo’s previous goal of eliminating the cult responsible for putting a bounty on Amanai, a goal that was quickly rejected by Geto. In the original version, there was a focus on Geto’s connection with Gojo and how Gojo’s kind nature had an impact on Geto even in his darkest moments.

Final Thoughts

Despite the fandom being divided on which version is superior, it can be argued that the draft version would have been a more intimate and emotionally devastating conversation compared to the final one.

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