In Jujutsu Kaisen, our main man, Yuji Itadori, has swallowed a body part or a finger of a very powerful cursed spirit – Ryoumen Sukuna. In the process, Sukuna was incarnated or revived through Itadori, which meant that the jujutsu society and the world itself is in danger. Sukuna is evil as he relishes on feasting on women and children when he got revived. Therefore, Itadori can be considered ‘dangerous’ and the safest option is to get rid of him.
However, this changed when Megumi pleaded with Gojo Satoru to save and protect Itadori. Gojo then asked if this is due to Megumi’s personal feelings, which the latter affirmed.
What exactly is Megumi’s personal feelings? What was he thinking of deciding to save Itadori? Why is he making such a big risk?
Megumi has his own conscience
Megumi is not someone with an expected or predictable morality. He is not like Yuji Itadori who has the desire to save and protect people regardless of who they are. He is also not exactly the kind of shounen protagonist who wants to save the world by using his abilities. Notably, Megumi does not identify himself as a ‘hero’, instead, he is a jujustu sorcerer.
Megumi’s own perception of right and wrong depends on what kind of person he is trying to protect or save. He is not a hero with great and noble ideals of valuing the lives of just about anyone. He is also not the hero who can easily sympathize with everyone with a big heart. Rather, he is inclined to selectively save people instead. Particularly, people who are actually a good person.
This was made apparent during one of his first missions with Itadori and Nobara. They investigated a juvenile detention center, and Itadori wanted to retrieve Tadashi Okazaki’s corpse back to his family. Megumi is strongly opposed to this idea, because he believed Tadashi does not deserve it due to his criminal records. He thought that saving bad people can only lead to the risk of them posing danger to others in the future.
This was actually challenged by Itadori himself because he is aware he can be dangerous in the future due to being the vessel of Sukuna. This actually led to Megumi contemplating whether or not he made the right decision.
Megumi has a kind sister
When it comes to good people, Megumi has a stepsister he cared so much about. Her name is Tsumiki Fushiguro, and she grew up together with Megumi. She is the only family Megumi has left. Unfortunately, Tsumiki got cursed and fell into a coma. This is what drove Megumi to be a jujutsu sorcerer, so that he can save Tsumiki.
It is possible that Itadori reminded Megumi of Tsumiki. Both Itadori and Tsumiki are good people who looks out for others. They are also naturally caring and merciful. Tsumiki even asked Megumi to stop tormenting the school bullies. Megumi claimed her to be a hypocrite, which meant that he disliked good people being too merciful despite their misgivings.
Megumi believes Itadori is a good person
Considering Megumi’s principles, it is clear that he found Itadori to be a good person. In their first battle together, Itadori literally risked his life when he swallowed Sukuna’s finger. He did it to save his school friends from the cursed spirit. Megumi was able to see Itadori’s care for others, and the extent the latter would do just to save them.
This is why Megumi made the decision to let Itadori live, even though he was unable to figure out the reason why he did it at first. Despite Itadori’s potential danger in the future, Megumi cannot find it in himself to let a good person like Itadori die.
At the same time, it is possible Megumi shared beliefs with his mentor, Gojo: Itadori has great potential. Although at first, he seemed doubtful, but after doing missions together, Megumi had faith in Itadori’s capabilities. He even pointed this out to Maki during the Goodwill Event, in which he trusts that Itadori would win if the Kyoto students went after him.
It is with acknowledging Itadori’s strength that pushed Megumi to get stronger. He also did not seem to like the idea of Itadori surpassing him.
Overall, Megumi’s interpretation of justice is that good people deserved fairness in a world full of unfairness. Upon doing so, he would not mind being selective when it comes to saving people.
Since in the Jujutsu Kaisen world, the cursed spirits originated from humans’ negative emotions which is due to life being cruel. In a way, Megumi wanted to make sure good people do not suffer from the cursed spirits plaguing the world. Unfortunately, the opposite has happened to Tsumiki, hence he had never regretted saving Itadori.
Along the way, Itadori’s impending struggle with Sukuna adds a deeper layer to Megumi’s decision. It becomes more complicated. Itadori is well aware of this, and he felt that he should not have been saved. When Sukuna taunted Itadori that the latter will soon bring trouble as the former is getting stronger, Itadori insisted that Megumi should not hear about it. This is because Itadori does not want Megumi to have regrets for making the choice. At the same time, Megumi is quite aware that Itadori will feel guilty at the prospect of making Sukuna strong.
This makes us wonder of what will happen on the long run. If Sukuna is getting stronger by Itadori’s consumption of his fingers, then that would make Itadori’s existence as a vessel dangerous. At the same time, Itadori’s life is also at risk, because who knows what Sukuna is capable of doing? Even with just the a few fingers returned, Sukuna effortlessly defeats any opponent.
Would Megumi eventually regret his decision? Will Itadori get swallowed by guilt? What will Megumi do when it comes to the point Sukuna becomes unstoppable? What will Itadori himself do?
Guess we will have to find out eventually in the future seasons of Jujutsu Kaisen.