Why Sukuna Hates Yuji's True Power
By Myanimethoughts | Otaku Boy

Why Sukuna Hates Yuji’s True Power

Yuji Itadori and Sukuna: A Symbiotic Rivalry

In Jujutsu Kaisen, a dark fantasy manga masterpiece of Gege Akutami, the unlikely tandem of Yuji Itadori, a naïve yet determined teenager, and Sukuna Ryomen, the King of Curses, represents an alluring, intricate relationship. Their dynamic goes beyond that of the standard good-bad dichotomy by clouding the line between good and evil as it delves into issues of identity, acceptance, the nature of power, etc.

One From Reluctant Partners to Uneasy Truce

The unusual partnership between Yuji and Megumi Fushiguro stems from Yuji’s choice to devour Sukuna’s finger with the intent to save Megumi. First opposing each other they are forced to live together, occupying the same body but not the same purpose. Yuji dreams of learning to harness the power of Sukuna and use it for good purposes, but Sukuna only sees Yuji as a pawn, wanting to dominate him.

Mutual Respect Through Conflict

Although they have conflicting agendas, a grudging respect is born between them. Sukuna recognizes Yuji’s tenacity and potential, as well as complimenting his unusual methods of fighting and adaptability. Yuji, on the other hand, admires Sukuna for his raw power and wit and learns from him how to sharpen his abilities in the art of cursed energy.

Clashing Ideologies: Selflessness vs. Egotism

The ideologies form a fundamental difference. Yuji personifies selflessness, motivated by the end to help his fellow people and grant them a peaceful death. On the other side, there is Sukuna, who represents egotism, and is more focused on her wishes and enjoys the destruction and chaos. The conflict between these ideals feeds their ongoing internal conflict, manifested in the opposing ways they conduct fighting and the varying views about life and death.

Breaking the Cog Mentality: Yuji’s Path to Individuality

Yuji struggles with his weaknesses and fears throughout the series. He often puts others first, acting as a “gear” in the gear of the Jujutsu Kaisen machine. However, Sukuna’s constant criticism and challenges to Yuji make him evolve into develop his sense of agency and self-worth. Yuji slowly starts developing his individuality, making his own decisions, and defining his path.

Sukuna’s Hidden Depths: Beyond the Malicious Facade

Although Sukuna seems purely evil at first, there are glimpses of his past and motivations that hint at a more intricate character. His violent upbringing and years of isolation only add to his distorted picture of the world, but his fleeting moments of tactical alliance and even come across as amusing hints at something more layered.

An Evolving Symbiosis: From Rivalry to Acceptance

As the series develops, their relationship takes unpredictable twists. They develop a grudging understanding between them based on shared experiences and life-or-death situations. Sukuna starts respecting Yuji’s power and determination, and at times, he guides him. In a constantly changing symbiosis, such random cooperation becomes sketchy cooperation, implying a tendency towards an equilibrium in the future.

Beyond Good and Evil: A Gray Morality Tale

Yuji’s relationship with Sukuna cannot be easily identified as a relationship between good and evil. The characters are morally ambiguous and their conflicting ideologies challenge readers to question traditional notions of heroism and villainy. Ultimately, Jujutsu Kaisen makes us reflect on the intricacies of human nature; where even the most monstrous creatures can have depths, where the boundaries between good and evil can be unclear.

A Lingering Question: Can Cooperation Truly Bloom?

Yuji and Sukuna’s relationship has an open-ended future. Only time will tell how this intricate dance of light and darkness unfolds, but one thing is certain: their synergistic partnership strengthens Jujutsu Kaisen long-standing popularity.

In Conclusion:

The relationship between Yuji Itadori and Sukuna is a major characteristic of Jujutsu Kaisen. It goes beyond the conventional hero-villain framework to present a multifaceted perspective on identity, ethics, and the essence of authority. Their transformation from unwilling associates to shaky allies forces us to challenge our ideas of good versus evil, as we are left in awe of the possibility for growth and transformation rooted even in the most unlikely of alliances.

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  • 13 January 2024

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