Akutami’s Draft Sketch for Gojo’s Death in Jujutsu Kaisen is Far Sinister Than Anyone Would Have Imagined

Despite the passing of fan-favorite character Satoru Gojo in chapter 236, fans of Jujutsu Kaisen have held onto the hope of his dramatic return. However, their hopes were crushed when Yuta Okkotsu used Kenjaku’s innate cursed technique to take over the body of the strongest sorcerer.

Consequently, fans were devastated at the thought of never witnessing Satoru Gojo in action again. However, their despair was soon alleviated when they discovered a draft sketch of Gojo, expertly drawn by manga creator Gege Akutami. Despite the initial hope for new and uplifting content featuring the beloved character, the sketch proved to be more sinister than anyone could have predicted.

Please be aware that this article includes spoilers from the Jujutsu Kaisen manga.

Jujutsu Kaisen: What made Akutami’s draft sketch for Gojo sinister?

It is evident from the tweet above that Gege Akutami’s initial sketch for Satoru Gojo appeared much darker compared to the final version. This stark contrast between the rough draft and the finished product was significant.

Although the final illustration of Gojo showed his death as a result of Ryomen Sukuna’s World Cutting Slash, the initial sketch portrayed the character struggling with inner turmoil.

Satoru Gojo as seen in the manga series (Image via Shueisha)
Satoru Gojo as seen in the manga series (Image via Shueisha)

As seen in other media, distorted drawings are commonly used to portray individuals who are struggling with psychological issues. Given the scattered nature of Gojo’s draft sketch, fans were left horrified at the thought of what Akutami could have potentially published through Shueisha if he had chosen to do so.

How Fans Reacted to Akutami’s Draft Sketch of Gojo’s Death

There is a pervasive belief within the Jujutsu Kaisen fandom that Gege Akutami harbors animosity towards Satoru Gojo, leading to the character being sealed and ultimately killed off in order to avoid drawing him.

Satoru Gojo as seen in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga series (Image via Shueisha)
Satoru Gojo as seen in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga series (Image via Shueisha)

Despite fans’ assumptions that manga creator Gege Akutami deliberately wanted to make them feel miserable by having the publication company Shueisha release the draft sketch, it is likely that the editors intervened and pressured Akutami to complete the artwork.

“I know Gege wanted to release the first panel as the final version but the editors didn’t let it happen,”one fan said.

“Gojo is in depression in first panel,”another fan said.

Some fans paid close attention to Gojo’s appearance in the draft sketch. One fan noted that Gojo appeared to be downcast in the artwork, while another observed that his hair was missing in the same sketch.

“He don’t even have hair,”another said.

“Crazy ow this is one of geges most detailed and best drawn panels,”other fan expressed.

Simultaneously, numerous fans were stunned by the spectacle before them. It could be argued that Satoru Gojo’s death scene illustration, created by manga artist Gege Akutami, was one of the most intricately designed pieces of art. Therefore, it came as a surprise to many when they saw the initial draft sketch, which appeared rather ominous.

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