As one of the darkest shonen manga currently in published, Jujutsu Kaisen is no stranger to brutal death. Unlike other series that seem to have their heroes Plot Armor to prevent them from dying, Jujutsu Kaisen will kill them almost indiscriminately. This is part of what makes mangaka Gege Akutami’s masterpiece even more fascinating that it can also deliver some incredibly sad moments.
Whеn it comеs to еvaluating a dеath’s brutality, it is important to kееp in mind both thе causе of dеath and thе еmotional stakеs bеhind it. Cеrtain dеaths in thе sеriеs arе incrеdibly physically brutal but may not hit as hard as a dеath with morе еmotional buildup to it. Shock factor can also play a major rolе in how brutal a dеath is, with thе killing off of a charactеr fans thought was safе oftеntimеs bеing much morе impactful than thе dеath of a charactеr who was clеarly mеant to bе foddеr. Thе popularity of thеsе charactеrs can also makе thеsе momеnts hit diffеrеntly, partly bеcausе fans havе oftеn formеd morе of a connеction to thе sorcеrs thеy havе sееn thе most of. With all that in mind, thеsе arе thе tеn most brutal dеaths in Jujutsu Kaisеn so far.
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Hanami wasn’t a particularly likablе charactеr givеn thеy wеrе a Disastеr Cursе intеnt on wiping out humanity, but thеir dеath in thе Shibuya Incidеnt still hit hard. Aftеr attеmpting to wеar Gojo down with Jogo and Choso, Hanami madе a fatal misstеp and Gojo was ablе to crush hеr against a wall with his cursеd tеchniquе aftеr ripping out hеr еyеstalks. This was an absolutеly brutal display of powеr on Gojo’s part, but sincе it lacks thе еmotional stakеs of many othеr dеaths on this list, it ranks in thе bottom spot.
Another Disaster Curse like Hanami that fought an enemy bigger than himself and lost in the incident of Shibuya Arc was Jogo. Jogo who also encountered his enemy whom he couldn’t match with, just like Hanami. Jogo tried to fight Sukuna but in such a The death Jogo makes is more tragic than that of Hanami who suffers a cruel death. This is because there was an emotional moment just before he died and Jogo apologised to all his dead friends for failing them.
Actually, Toji dies twice in rather savage ways, but only the first is important for this list. At the end of the Gojo’s Past, a new god-tier Gojo, who used Hollow purple technique wiped out one part of Toji’s body taking revenge on Riko. Gojo’s violence was made unbearable by the art he presented in the scene; in addition, after being such a cool character up to that time, Toji’s death appeared quite touching, albeit he was a true monster.
The Gojo’s Past arc circles around Riko Amai, a sixth grade student who should be protected from merging with Tengen by Gojo and Geto. Although she appears to have realized the sacrifice she would sacrifice, she tearfully agreed with Geto who gave her an opportunity to live in full life and make a runaway. Unfortunately, while she was discovering a reason for life, Toji shot a bullet into her head and she died. Such emotional weight that accompanies this death makes it unbelievable, and the anime has made the end more cruel with music.
In the Shibuya Incident, when Gojo was sealed away, many sorcerers he protected from the upper ranks in Jujutsu society got into danger. The principal who is called Masamichi Yaga did not escape death despite Principal’s Yuji evading dying because of Principal’s Yaga. He could have saved himself because he could have divulged his secret technique of creating cursed corpses. He refused because he was protecting his secrets and all his cursed corpses as well. Although Yaga was mostly a background character and his death was not overly graphic, the psychological aspect of it coupled with leaving the entities he created in a dire situation is what makes this ending so gut-wrenching.
Yuki Tsukumo is ranked among the few elite level mages such as Yuta, Geto, and Gojo. Unlike other sorcerers in their leagues fighting for Tengen’s body, Yuki’s scenes had less screen time. However, it was a very harsh battle where Yuki got much harm and still attacked Kenjaku. It made Yuki realize his immense power and she resorted to using Cursed technique to create a black hole that would swallow everything in the area including him. Sadly, this plan did not succeed as a result, Yuki had a brutal death where very little action was involved prior to the death.
The Zenin Clan
This can be termed as a special case because this part of the list deals with several deaths as opposed to a single death. However, some degree of ferocity characterizes Maki’s annihilation of the entire Zenin clan. Following the death of Mai who offers her life to strengthen Maki, the sorcerer develops similar abilities as those of Toji and ends up killing the rest of the Zenin clan in a bloody manner. At this site, one of the most brutal deaths occurs in the series with Maki going on a rampage slicing up individuals and even removing faces with her sword. It is more about cleaning house than emotional devastation, but on physical levels, this is one of the bleakest moments in Jujutsu Kaisen.
The Disaster Curse Dagon is avenged by burning alive those who had been accused of killing Nanami. However, this did not take down the sorcerer but fought transfigured humans as much as possible. However, while this was happening Mahito managed to find him and killed him right in front of Yuji causing more agony to the young sorcerer. Fans were equally devastated by this death, especially since the previous time they saw Nanami alive, she was burnt by Jogo. That hope came to a cruel end when Mahito brutally murdered Nanami.
The other one who died from Mahito during the Shibuya Incident was Nobara. In the process, Mahito led Nobara back to himself, and when she touched his face, her eye exploded. Nobara’s death was so gruesome that there are still fans who do not believe that she is actually dead, insisting that the show never actually confirmed it. This is true though we have not seen in a while and her brutal ending was probably the last time fans will ever see their favorite character in the story.
One of the most controversially events in recent chapters of the series is Gojo’s death. That is why he thought that he had vanquished Sukuna and that danger on him was over. Mostly at the moment when he starts to die, he shows a dialogue between Gojo and his dead comrades as a way to create an atmosphere of anticipation towards the revelation that Sukuna already split him into two parts and surprisingly defeats him. Splitting or cutting the image of gojo dead with an accompanying twist that he is dead, and also the emotional impact makes this very much among the best and most brutal deaths in the entire series.
Currently, Jujustu Kaisen’s final arc is ongoing; therefore, it can be expected that majority of its sorcerers including sukuna will end up facing more gory deaths before the story concludes. Nevertheless, the readiness of the manga to eliminate its characters in horrific and surprising manner creates the final arc even more involving than without it. Accordingly, while these ten harshest deaths that occurred within this series were no doubt difficult to swallow, their importance cannot be denied as it makes Jujutsu Kaisen, one of the best running mangas at Shonen Jump.