THIS IS KILLING ME – Rika x Yuta fanart causing heartbreak among Jujutsu Kaisen fans

The recent leak of Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 262 revealed that due to author Gege Akutami’s health problems, the chapter was shorter than usual with only seven pages. However, the final page, which showed Rika crying over Yuta’s lifeless body, sparked a strong reaction from fans online. This was further emphasized by a fanart depicting the two characters, which highlights the widespread belief that Yuta has been killed by Sukuna.

Despite the likelihood of Akutami choosing to not have Yuta’s death occur offscreen in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga, many believe that the series is leading towards his demise in a battle against Sukuna. While this theory aligns with the context and circumstances of the battle, it has also sparked strong reactions from the fandom.

Please note that this article includes spoilers for the series.

Jujutsu Kaisen Fans React to Recent Rika and Yuta Fanart Based on Final Page of Chapter 262

@Novalise1, an X user, created a fanart of Rika in her human form embracing Yuta’s motionless body while he battles Sukuna in Gojo’s. The original panel was almost identical, except Rika was depicted as a Curse and crying. This caused speculation that Yuta had perished in his fight against Sukuna.

Although it is worth noting that Gege Akutami is unlikely to remove Yuta from the story without showing it onscreen, as he is currently inhabiting Gojo’s body and such a development would demand significant attention. Nevertheless, the fandom continues to have strong reactions to the possibility.

“shot myself in the foot 7 times,”someone said.

“I’m a non smoker and seeing this beautiful yet heartwrenching art makes me feel like the equivalent of wanting to take a cig outside,”someone else said.

“Why do you hurt me so much I don’t even know you,”another person.

Yuta took over Gojo's body (Image via MAPPA).
Yuta took over Gojo’s body (Image via MAPPA).

Despite only publishing seven pages for this chapter due to his health issues, Akutami’s dedication to the story suggests that Yuta will continue to battle Sukuna in future chapters. Despite this, fans were still deeply moved by Rika’s tears in chapter 262.

“Put that pen down,”someone said.

“this artstyle is peak ngl so much emotion,”another person said.

More Reactions Online

The upcoming installments of Jujutsu Kaisen will follow the tried and true formula established since the passing of Satoru Gojo, with multiple sorcerers taking on the daunting task of battling Ryomen Sukuna. It is likely that the focus of the next few chapters will be on Yuta’s fight, and the possibility of his demise as his Copy technique has a limited duration of five minutes.

“Rika lost yuuta exactly a year after she told him not to come to the other side anytime soon… my heart just clenched so bad,”a person said.


“I swear the gun just appeared under my chin idk how it got there…”another person said.

Yuji Itadori and Aoi Todo may potentially intervene once more, should Yuta successfully dismantle Sukuna’s Domain. This specific technique is one that the two have yet to overcome. However, such a scenario remains mere fan conjecture at this point.

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