Jujutsu Kaisen is no stranger to brutally killing off its characters in awesome fashion, but the manga just squanders the potential of its recent death.
Warning! Contains spoilers for Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 208!
Jujutsu Kaisen's latest battle, featuring death, was supposed to be the series' coolest, but it was also the most disappointing. Showrunner Akuta Migog has never been afraid to kill his characters, but often their deaths resonate emotionally or serve a bigger role in the story. Tsukishima's death could easily have been like this, but unfortunately, it was the opposite.
In chapter 208, Yuki's battle with Kenjaku ends in spectacular fashion. Already near death from the devastating wounds Kenjaku inflicted on her earlier, Yuki decides to sacrifice herself to bring down the evil wizard. She grabs him, then uses her cursed technology to increase her mass to such a massive extent that she turns into a black hole, obliterating everything around her. While this is very visually impressive, it ends up being surprisingly ineffective, as Kenjaku simply uses his anti-gravity technology to avoid the black hole's effects. It makes Yuki's sacrifice ultimately pointless, which is a shame because she could have been cool but was underused.
Yuki Tsukumo was one of the few warlocks in Jujutsu Kaisen to achieve this rank Special grade means that she is strong enough to overthrow a country single-handedly. She is also close to various other characters in the series, being a friend of Gojo and Saito and a mentor to Todo. Her curse technique, only revealed a few chapters ago, is also pretty cool, allowing her to manipulate the mass of herself and her curse tool, Garuda. All of this combined with her extreme personality makes Yuki potentially one of Jujutsu Kaisen's best characters, but her senseless death squanders that.
Yuki's Death Was Ruined by How Pointless It Was
Considering how few readers saw Yuki before her death, her death lacked the emotional resonance that other major deaths like Nohara have. Considering Kenjaku survived her last desperate attack, her death doesn't even make any real sense to the plot. Meanwhile, her black hole is one of the coolest-looking moments in the series, taking up two full pages of devastation that distorts even the comic's speech bubbles. This dissonance between how cool it looks and how pointless it is makes it all the more disappointing and totally ruins any impact it could have had on the world reader.
One benefit of this moment is that it shows how powerful Kenjaku is in Jujutsu Kaisen, while removing a potential threat to him. But as the end of Hakari's fight with Kashimo proves, a character doesn't need to die to lower their power level. Hopefully Jujutsu Kaisen can take its overpowering characters in more interesting directions in the future and avoid more flashy but ultimately pointless deaths.
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