From his earliest moments in the anime series, Jujutsu Kaisen, Yuji Itadori has consistently demonstrated his status as a juggernaut in the making. As a sorcerer teeming with potential, he’s been steadily building his power, evolving into an absolute force to be reckoned with.
Recent chapters of the manga have only heightened this sensation, but Yuji’s innate power and determination were evident from the start. Fearlessly confronting curse spirits and miraculously withstanding Sukuna‘s possession, he showcases his tenacity and indomitable spirit. And with the mighty Gojo Satoru, the manga’s most formidable figure, taking him under his wing, there’s no telling the heights Yuji can reach in his journey to becoming a true powerhouse.
Yuji’s Growing Power
As an avid manga enthusiast or even someone familiar with the events of the Shibuya Incident Arc, it’s impossible to ignore Yuji’s relentless trajectory toward monstrous growth. Key encounters with adversaries like the Grasshopper Curse, Mahito, and Choso reveal the depths of Yuji’s combat strength and untapped potential.
Yuji’s encounter with Mahito in chapter 27 demonstrated the most significant growth in his character thus far. This emotionally charged battle with Mahito left an indelible mark on Yuji, fostering his development as a character and revealing his strategic and thoughtful approach to combat.
While in his battle against the Grasshopper in chapter 86, Yuji’s lightning-fast reflexes and immense strength are on full display as he overwhelms the grade 2-level cursed spirit. His exceptional close-quarters combat skills and raw power enable him to overcome the Grasshopper’s limb advantage, further solidifying his status as a force to be reckoned with.
On the physical front, Yuji has proven that in high-stakes situations, when it’s crucial to eliminate a menacing curse, he will rise to the occasion with his signature Black Flash attacks. Keep note that executing Black Flash demands immense focus, and no Jujutsu sorcerer can wield it effortlessly, not even the strongest Satoru Gojo. During his showdown with Mahito, Yuji unleashed three Black Flashes, ultimately vanquishing the malevolent spirit that had relentlessly tormented and provoked him.
In his confrontation with Choso in the Shibuya Incident Arc, despite facing defeat, Yuji exhibited exceptional mental and physical fortitude. He managed to react to and evade one of the series’ swiftest attacks while simultaneously pushing Choso to the brink of his capabilities with just a few decisive strikes.
Chapter 139 of the manga leaves no room for doubt that Yuji is a reliable and intimidating presence in times of dire need. The harrowing experiences Yuji endured at the hands of Mahito, Sukuna, and during the Shibuya Incident have forged him into a character of exceptional strength, earning him the moniker of “demon god” from the special grade curse, Choso.
Through adversity and turmoil, Yuji has transformed into a battle-hardened sorcerer, capable of harnessing a fraction of his immense potential. Despite Choso’s dramatic characterization of Yuji as a demon god, it wasn’t until recently that Yuji truly showcased his prodigious aptitude in chapter 214.
One might ponder the reasoning behind Yuji Itadori’s status as Jujutsu Kaisen’s main protagonist, but Chapter 214 masterfully reinforces the idea that he truly deserves the protagonist spotlight, he is the GOAT.
In Chapter 214, Yuji reemerges as a durable character, living up to Choso’s description of him as a “demon god.” Fans of the series have eagerly anticipated Yuji’s evolution, hoping to witness his ascension to the next level and his readiness to contend with the most powerful adversaries. The latest chapter suggests that Yuji’s extraordinary growth as a sorcerer is once again taking shape, signaling a thrilling new phase in his development.
The recent chapter was nothing short of spectacular, as we wholeheartedly cheered on Yuji’s path toward self-discovery and empowerment. He’s well on his way to rivaling the series’ mightiest character, Gojo Satoru. However, there is an underlying concern that history could echo itself, with Yuji potentially facing the heart-wrenching decision to kill his closest friend Megumi, mirroring Gojo’s tragic choice to eliminate Suguru Geto.
Chapter 214 opens with Yuji reeling from a crushing strike delivered by Sukuna. He bears witness to Hana Kurusu or Angel’s descent following a sudden assault by the King of Curses. As Yuji reenters the battle, it’s evident that a profound shift has occurred within him, a breaking point reminiscent of his fury towards Mahito after the death of Junpei. This anger has consistently fueled Yuji’s remarkable speed and strength throughout the series. However, in this instance, the transformation feels distinctly unique.
Yuji’s epic demonstration of power, annihilating a building’s rooftop, is a remarkable achievement that only a select few sorcerers, namely special grades, have accomplished. What distinguishes Yuji is his ability to execute this feat relying solely on his raw physical strength, without employing any cursed techniques.
Yuji’s movements caught even Sukuna off guard. Initially surprised by the immense surge of power, Sukuna recognizes Yuji from their past encounters and proceeds to label Kenjaku as twisted in his thoughts. Yuji manages to land a punch on Sakuna’s face.
It’s revealed that Megumi is gradually regaining control, causing fluctuations in Sakuna’s cursed energy, at times dropping below 10%. This fluctuation saves Yuji from being fatally wounded, as Sakuna is unable to generate a cleave or dismantle with enough power to cause more than minor injuries. Despite this, Sakuna’s physical movements stay unaffected, as the battle impacts only his cursed energy. The chapter wraps up with this development.
Chapter 215 picks up right where the previous chapter left off, with the battle between Yuji and Sakuna continuing. The opening page features a conversation between Sakuna, Kenjaku, and Uraume. As the fight progresses, Yuji’s attacks on Sakuna seem to have minimal effect. However, it’s evident that Yuji can only keep Sakuna at bay.
Just as things are getting intense, Maki makes her appearance. She was previously going after Sukuna but her efforts were thwarted by cursed lightning. Despite this, Maki survives and immediately joins Yuji to confront Sukuna.
Sakuna needs more consistent power to fight at the capacity he desires, and he realizes that the body resists him and drops curse energy when he’s harming Megumi’s allies. Consequently, he opts for a different variation of the cleave technique, creating a spiderweb pattern on the ground and causing destruction in that manner. The resulting debris allows him to separate from Maki and Yuji.
Suddenly, Uraume appears in the distance, using their maximum technique called Dead Calm. This powerful attack, comparable to Gojo’s maximum technique, instantly freezes Maki and Yuji. In the meantime, Sukuna wants to “polish up his form” (a phrase yet to be explained in the manga) and summons Nue. Uraume informs him that a “bath” is already prepared, though it necessitates a brief journey. As the chapter approaches its end, Yuji angrily breaks free from the ice. Uraume wonders if they should eliminate him, but Sukuna is amused by the situation, comparing Yuji to a Harima statue. They proceed to ridicule Yuji as the gripping chapter comes to a close.