Gege Akutami shocked us all in Chapter 91 by sealing away Satoru Gojo, one of the most popular and overpowered characters in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Ever since, I’ve been left holding my breath in anticipation– wondering when, how, and whether he can be freed at all.
The series of unfortunate events that followed, known as the Shibuya Arc, had me on the edge of my seat all throughout. Things escalated quickly, and by the end, Gojo was deemed an accomplice, banned from the Jujutsu world and removing the seal from the Prison Realm and freeing him deemed a criminal act.
According to Master Tengen, Satoru Gojo can be unsealed using the back end of the Prison Realm. Yuji, Yuta, and Megumi have to find a sorcerer named Angel, who can terminate all techniques to open the back end of the Prison Realm.
1. Why Was Satoru Gojo Sealed?
Kenshuku’s plan involves forcing the evolution of humans to optimize cursed energy by assimilating them with Master Tengen. He has also released a deluge of curses and awoken several cursed objects as part of the Culling Game– the first part of his elaborate plan.
Gojo was sealed alive to prevent interference in Kenshuku’s plans. Gojo is the first sorcerer to inherit both the Limitless and the Six Eyes in the last 100 years. He is capable of beating Kenshuku and foiling his plans like the previous users of the Six Eyes.
I. Kenshuku And The Six Eyes
Kenshuku’s plans have been thwarted by those possessing the Six Eyes before. Despite killing the Six Eyes before they were no less than one month old, the technique was inherited by another right away.
Since more than one person cannot possess the technique at a given time, Kenshku then shifted his focus to sealing away the Six Eyes rather than killing them and began his search for the Prison Realm.
II. Is Gojo Dead?
Gojo was sealed alive in Chapter 91 and is shown to be alive within the Prison Realm.
The Prison Realm is a living barrier capable of sealing nearly anything. Time does not pass within the Prison Realm, as stated by Gojo himself.
In Chapter 90, Kenshku states that the seal can be lifted in 100 or 1000 years. It is not clear whether Gojo will be kept alive within the Prison Realm for that long, but it is known that the Prison Realm can hold only one person at a given time and cannot be used again unless the person sealed within it kills themself.
The various skeletons surrounding Gojo in the Prison Realm may belong to those previously sealed within it.
2. Is Gojo Sealed Forever?
Yuji Itadori, Megumi Fushiguro, and Yuta Okkotsu are currently working towards freeing Gojo.
Yuta has already entered the Culling Game ahead of Yuji and Megumi to gather information. They have obtained the back end of the Prison Realm from Master Tengen and are looking for a sorcerer named Hana Kurusu, also known as Angel, whose Cursed Technique can terminate all other techniques.
The back end alone cannot simply be used to free Gojo as only the person in possession of the front end has the authority to open the Prison Realm.
Obtaining the front end from Kenshuku would be near to impossible. Thus, to open the back end, it would have to be broken open with a Cursed Technique such as Angel’s, which nullifies other Cursed Techniques.
I. If Angel is an ally
It is currently unclear whether Angel is an ally or a foe. If she is an ally and does agree to use her Cursed Technique, Gojo could instantly be unsealed.
II. If Angel is a foe
Angel may be a foe and may disagree with unsealing Gojo due to her own personal motives.
To further complicate matters, at the end of Chapter 137, Satoru Gojo was declared an accomplice in the Shibuya Incident and exiled from the Jujutsu world.
Unsealing him was also deemed a criminal act. Even if she has no vendetta against Gojo, she may disagree to help free him purely due to the orders from the higher-ups.
III. Other Ways Of Freeing Him
Cursed objects such as the Black Rope and the Inverted Spear of Heaven imbued with cursed techniques similar to Angel’s could also be used to open the back end of the Prison Realm.
- The Black Rope was first seen being used by a sorcerer named Miguel against Gojo during the Cursed Child Arc. It was woven over several decades by Miguel’s people in Africa and was strong enough to disrupt Gojo’s Limitless Technique. However, Megumi states Gojo got rid of all the Black Rope. Yuta and Miguel were unable to find any more of it in Africa either.
- The Inverted Spear of Heaven was last used 11 years ago by Toji Fushiguro. During his mission to kill the Plasma Star Vessel, Riko Amanai, Toji nearly killed Gojo using the cursed tool to nullify his Limitless Technique. Following these events, the Inverted Spear of Heaven too, however, was either sealed or destroyed by Gojo.
IV. Does It Make Sense Story-Wise?
Gojo Satoru is the most overpowered character in Jujutsu Kaisen so far. Kenshuku sealed him away because of how strong he is, recognizing that he wouldn’t be able to kill Gojo.
It is unlikely that Gojo will be unsealed any time soon as this is the perfect opportunity for Yuji and Megumi’s characters to grow. They will likely have to defeat Kenshuku themselves.
However, Gojo will have to be unsealed eventually. He is essential for Yuji and Megumi to realize their full potential as sorcerers and is needed to guide them as their Sensei.
Gojo is also best suited to control Sukuna if he manages to take control over Yuji’s body once again as he did in the Shibuya Arc.
The chances of Gojo being unsealed are slim but not non-existent. However, he likely won’t be unsealed just yet. Yuji and the others will likely have to deal with the Culling Game and Kenshuku themselves. We can only wait and hope to see our favorite blindfolded, Gojo-Sensei, again as the story unfolds.
3. About Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen, also known as Sorcery Fight, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by GegeAkutami, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2018.
An anime television series adaptation produced by MAPPA premiered in October 2020.
The story revolves around Yuuji Itadori, a high-school student who, despite hating athletics, is insanely fit. Yuuji gets involved in the world of sorcery when he swallows a powerful talisman to protect his friends from its curse.
On observing that Yuuji wasn’t affected much even when inflicted with this curse, Satoru decides to send Yuuji on a quest to save the world.