Jujutsu Kaisen Fans Remain in Denial Over Nobara’s Death, Despite Akutami’s Latest Interview

Despite the seemingly fatal injuries sustained by Kugisaki Nobara during the Shibuya Incident arc in the Jujutsu Kaisen series, readers were in denial and endlessly speculated about her fate. Despite the formidable Mahito’s attack, fans refused to give up hope for her survival.

During the Jujutsu Kaisen Exhibition in Shibuya on July 7, 2024, Akutami put an end to the speculation by confirming the tragic demise of the beloved female Jujutsu Sorcerer. Additionally, Akutami revealed details about the death of another fan-favorite, Kento Nanami.

Gege Akutami’s Revelation at the Jujutsu Kaisen Exhibition

The Jujutsu Kaisen Exhibition in Shibuya, which began on July 6, 2024, featured an announcement by Gege Akutami revealing that the decision to eliminate Kugisaki Nobara and Kento Nanami had been made even before the start of the Shibuya Incident arc.

Kugisaki Nobara during the Shibuya Incident arc (Image via MAPPA)
Kugisaki Nobara during the Shibuya Incident arc (Image via MAPPA)

Nobara’s passing was a heartbreaking event for fans all over the world, causing immense grief and leaving a lasting impact on the Jujutsu Kaisen series. Akutami’s recent reveal further solidifies the permanence of her fate, a choice that undoubtedly influenced the trajectory of the story and brought more complexity to the characters’ challenges.

The Jujutsu Kaisen Fandom’s Denial Despite Akutami’s Revelation

Despite receiving explicit confirmation from Gege Akutami himself, numerous devoted fans continue to doubt the death of Nobara Kugisaki. They have expressed their disbelief and refusal to accept this truth on multiple social media platforms such as X.

“I would have agreed with you had Gege only talked about Nobara here. But talking about both Nanami and Nobara’s fates together tells me they are both gone for good. Comparing a character to Nanami is like the most dead flag there is, look at Higuruma”, a fan said

“I’m still holding out hope. I believe that if he intended on confirming her death, he would’ve done so when Gojo was debriefed about Shibuya by Shoko and ijichi. It would seem out of character if he didn’t express anything about her”, said another fan while expressing denial.

“i’m sorry but i still believe she’s coming back!!!”, said a fan

Even devoted fans of the manga struggle to accept the revelation, as the denial surrounding Nobara’s passing extends beyond casual viewers. Despite the undeniable evidence, they are unable to come to terms with the idea of her death.

“Should have made it clear rather than stringing fans along for years. I was never a fan of it not being outright stated that Nobara was dead. Gave the fans what we now know to be false hope. And again, for YEARS., said a fan while criticizing Gege.

“I was hoping she would come back and save Megumi”, a fan expressed hope in the upcoming storyline.

“If she stays dead I won’t ever understand why he added that dialogue right after she died about how she could still make it. Yes I know the probability was always stated to be low, but I just don’t get what’s the point of writing that dialogue”, another fan said.

Despite this, the fandom’s hesitation stems from valid reasons as Jujutsu Kaisen has consistently delivered unexpected plot twists and revelations that challenge one’s expectations.

Additionally, Akutami skillfully delves into the theme of resurrection through the resurrection of Yuji Itadori from the verge of death. This has led fans to hold onto the belief that Nobara’s destiny may also be altered through an unpredictable twist in the storyline.

Final Thoughts

A snapshot from the anime series (Image via MAPPA)
A snapshot from the anime series (Image via MAPPA)

Gege­ Akutami’s unexpected revelation of Nobara Kugisaki’s fate in the­ Jujutsu Kaisen series has stirred up intense emotions in fans, who are struggling to come to terms with her potential demise. The­ir strong attachment and investment in Nobara’s character development is evident in their overwhelming denial and refusal to accept that her journey may have come to an end.

Although it may be a tough reality for fans to accept, Akutami’s choice to remove Nobara from the story must be recognized as a reflection of the author’s unique vision and the significant impact it could have on the narrative.

As the plot of Jujutsu Kaisen unfolds, the fandom’s response to this development and the enduring impact of Nobara Kugisaki will continue to be a subject of fervent discussion and conjecture among the devoted followers of the series.

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