Akutami reveals method behind every Jujutsu Kaisen death

Gege Akutami has become known in the manga community for being one of the few mangakas who consistently and mercilessly kills beloved characters. As the deaths in Jujutsu Kaisen continue, fans are left increasingly heartbroken.

Fans have long pondered the motivation behind Akutami’s fixation on repeatedly eliminating beloved characters. With the ongoing fight against Sukuna in the manga resulting in a mounting death toll, many fans have begun to emotionally distance themselves from the characters, bracing for their eventual deaths in future chapters.

Despite the overwhelming number of deaths in the Jujutsu Kaisen series, Akutami’s recent exhibition revealed his reasoning behind it. Although not surprising, his justification for the deaths of impactful characters was deemed cruel and heartless.

Gege Akutami reveals the actual reason for the Jujutsu Kaisen deaths at a recent exhibition

At a recent Jujutsu Kaisen exhibition, Gege Akutami was questioned about the survival of Mei Mei during the Shibuya Incident, despite her being a despicable character. In response, Akutami stated that characters like Kento Nanami and Nobara Kugisaki, who elicit strong emotions of sadness when they die, were killed off while those who do not evoke such feelings do not need to be eliminated.

Despite being a predictable decision from Gege Akutami, this answer served as a cruel justification for his merciless slaughter of beloved characters. It also effectively clarifies the reasons behind the premature deaths of fan-favorite characters such as Nanami, Nobara, Choso, and Gojo.

Kento Nanami's death shocked the entire Jujutsu Kaisen fandom to their core (image via MAPPA)
Kento Nanami’s death shocked the entire Jujutsu Kaisen fandom to their core (image via MAPPA)

In recent months, there has been speculation among fans that Akutami has been carefully observing the Jujutsu Kaisen popularity polls in order to potentially include certain characters on his “list”for elimination.

After the mangaka’s confirmation as to why he frequently kills off beloved characters, fans are questioning whether choosing Mei Mei as their favorite character would ultimately result in her demise.

Overall, this writing method is quite engaging and showcases Akutami’s skill in crafting both the characters and the overall story. This goes against the belief held by some members of the fandom, who often argue that Akutami simply improvises and lacks direction in his storytelling.

Satoru Gojo as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (image via MAPPA)
Satoru Gojo as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (image via MAPPA)

Eliminating well-liked and cherished characters is a tactic that introduces an element of unpredictability to a specific series, demonstrating that no character is immune to death. It also increases the viewer’s investment in a series, compelling them to follow each chapter closely in order to discover the fate of their beloved character.

On the other hand, this strategy also has its downsides. If Akutami persists in killing off only the beloved characters, the deaths in Jujutsu Kaisen would become too foreseeable and diminish their impact over time.

Additionally, this would result in the series having a fixed group of characters that fans currently do not have an interest in and would not want to form a connection with in the future. This is because their ultimate fate would be predetermined as soon as they become popular in the community.

The deaths in Jujutsu Kaisen can be divided into two types: those that were necessary for the advancement of the plot and those that led to the personal growth of other characters. Satoru Gojo’s death is a prime example of the former, while Kento Nanami’s death perfectly exemplifies the latter.

According to Gege Akutami, there are certain deaths in Jujutsu Kaisen that evoke intense sadness from readers, while others have little impact on the story or readers. Regardless, Jujutsu Kaisen stands out among other shonen series in terms of character deaths.

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