Itadori Isn’t the “Disgraced One” Who Has to Die


The following article contains spoilers for Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 199, “Resentful Names,” by Gege Akutami, John Werry, and Snir Aharon, available in English on Viz Media.

with how exciting jujutsu kaisenIt’s been the “Culling Game” arc of, it’s pretty easy to forget that one of the Tokyo Jujutsu High students’ main goals for the tournament is to free Gojo Satoru from the Prison Realm. After many fierce battles, Itadori Yuji and Megumi Fushiguro finally managed to secure an advantage on this front.

Unfortunately, his only method of freeing Gojo appears to be at the cost of Itadori’s life. Although many jujutsu kaisen fans, and Itadori himself, have accepted that he is, in fact, the “Wretched One”, there is surprisingly little evidence linking the moniker to him.

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Why do Itadori and Megumi need the angel’s help?

Itadori and Megumi joined the Culling Game in search of a mysterious player known as “The Angel”. Their cursed technique allows them to nullify all other cursed techniques, including barrier abilities like the one that keeps Gojo trapped in the prison realm. Although they have finally achieved their goal, the celebrations are still premature as the Angel demands a high payment for help. Before freeing Gojo, they want Itadori and Megumi to defeat and kill a sorcerer known as the Wretch.

Once Itadori heard that name, the part of Sukuna’s cursed spirit within him immediately revealed that he was the Disgraced One and advised Itadori to keep this a secret from the Angel. Upon hearing this, Itadori immediately assumed that he was the sorcerer the Angel was hunting, but in his willingness to sacrifice his life for Gojo’s sake, it is possible that he jumped to conclusions.

Before Ryomen Sukuna became the cursed spirit jujutsu kaisen fans now recognize that he was a flesh and blood sorcerer who lived over a thousand years ago in the golden age of jujutsu. In his life, he fought and killed many: a sorcerer for sport, always eager to test his strength against worthy opponents. He was reviled and feared enough that, upon his death, Sukuna reappeared as a cursed spirit, part of which currently resides in Itadori.

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Why Itadori Might Not Be The Disgraced One In Jujutsu Kaisen

It is possible that before his death, Sukuna was one of the sorcerers who signed binding contracts with Kenjaku to be revived at a later date. Based on the personality of his cursed spirit, the living sorcerer Sukuna would have jumped at the chance to participate in a jujutsu battle royal like the Culling Games. Binding vows are usually unbreakable, so he wouldn’t have feared the vulnerability of entrusting his resurrection to another wizard. If this theory is true, there may be a reincarnated version of Sukuna that our heroes have yet to encounter, wreaking havoc elsewhere in the Culling Games.

This theory is supported by the fact that the Angel specifically stated that his goal was to wipe out all the sorcerers who had been reincarnated to participate in the Sacrificial Games. Being more or less a normal human being, Itadori shouldn’t be on his radar, not on Sukuna’s ship or anyone else. In fact, his relationship with Sukuna is strikingly similar to the symbiotic one the Angel has with his host, Hana. They also mentioned that the “Wretch” was a sorcerer they especially wanted to massacre, implying that they already knew the identity of his target. However, the Angel has spent at least two days in Itadori’s company without attempting to harm him.

Itadori’s willingness to accept that he has to die as the “Wretched One” to save Gojo is not surprising. Since the beginning of the series, he has accepted that he is living on borrowed time and has developed very unhealthy self-sacrifice habits. Despite the best attempts of his friends and mentors to restore his self-esteem, Itadori continues to see himself as nothing more than an unimportant “cog” in the gears of jujutsu society. His death at the end of jujutsu kaisen it’s an event that many fans dread, but hopefully it’s still quite a ways away.

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