Satoru Gojo is one of the coolest and most interesting characters in anime history. What makes his character so magnetic is not just his immense power, his refreshing personality or the amazing character art, but the mystery behind the character.
He is the most powerful character in Jujutsu Kaisen and the most simped character in the manga or anime. So who is Gojo Satoru? Why is he the strongest character in the world of Jujutsu Kaisen? What is the mystery behind his covered eyes?
Who is Gojo Satoru?
Gojo Satoru is one of the main protagonists of the popular anime Jujutsu Kaisen. He is also the strongest curse user or Jujutsu Sorcerer in the world. His powers rival those of the King of Curses, Sukuna.
Born on December 7th, 1989, his birth altered the course and balance of the world. Balance plays a huge role in the world of Jujutsu Kaisen and upon Gojo’s birth, the balance of power was shifted, making the side of sorcerers’ power much stronger than the cursed beings’.
However, this imbalance in power didn’t last long as his birth charged everything, even the power of cursed spirits. This means that to regain balance, the powers of cursed spirits also grew.
It was mentioned in the manga that Gojo terrifies people even more than the main antagonist of the story, Sukuna.
This isn’t at all baffling since the author, Gege Akutami, drew inspiration from the Buddha as he was creating Gojo. You can see this through Gojo being the only ‘enlightened’ character in the whole Jujutsu Kaisen universe. Another case of religion inspiring art.
The resemblance between them carries over to what Gojo has become after his enlightenment.
At present, Satoru Gojo teaches at Jujutsu High, a school for Jujutsu Sorcerers. Although not very good at teaching, his intentions are good and he’s good enough to teach the next generation of sorcerers.
Like many sorcerers, he only wants to protect the world from the evil caused by Cursed Spirits. But Gojo is far advanced and he saw the flawed system of the Jujutsu Sorcerer society. His mission is to change it for the better.
Gojo Satoru: Personality
Gojo is known for his easy-going and goofy personality but any tinge of lightheartedness is replaced by dominance and authoritativeness once he gets serious.
He wasn’t always so approachable.
When Gojo was younger, he had a god complex, was very arrogant and he didn’t have an ounce of compassion for the weak. As with almost all anime storylines, a tragic incident in the past will change Gojo’s perception of strength and the world. The tragic incident was the reason behind Gojo’s renewed sense of purpose which is to have a world where curses don’t even exist.
Though partially a changed man with a strong sense of morality, Gojo remains self-centered and it’s still difficult for him to understand people who are weaker than him. For Gojo, what constitutes a good life is having strength. For him, strength means having control over the world, your own life and the life of others.
Gojo Satoru: Powers and Strength
Being the strongest character in the story, Satoru Gojo serves as the benchmark for viewers to know what’s possible in the world of Jujutsu Kaisen, what level of strength the characters possess or how strong or weak a character is.
At the start of the story, Gojo was already at his absolute prime. He has very sharp reflexes, he’s a genius and a bright tactician. When it comes to cursed energy and physical strength, he is just the ceiling of power in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Gojo has many abilities, but what makes him very special is that he was blessed with two inherent abilities which are domain expansion and infinite void, which will be explained below.
The extent of Gojo’s powers is unknown but the fact that a drop of rain wouldn’t be able to touch him without his permission says a lot about his powers.
Below are some of his most popular abilities.
It’s an ability that allows absolute control over space. It enables the user to manipulate space and matter at an atomic level. This move enables him to slow down movement and attract or repulse matter, which enables him to decide what can or can’t touch him.
Limitless has gravity (Hollow Blue) and anti-gravity (Hollow Red) characteristics that when combined produced Hollow Purple.
Hollow Technique Purple
It’s a technique born from combining two limitless attributes which are Hollow Blue and Hollow Purple. This is a powerful secret technique passed down in the Gojo family.
The collision of limitless results in the complete destruction of any matter caught in the attack.
It’s an inherent ability passed down through Gojo’s bloodline. Very little is known about it but so far, with this ability, he can read the world around him in terms of mass, cursed energy, and so on. Combined with his analytical and strategic prowess, he can quickly deduce the perfect plan in any situation.
It’s a part of Limitless that controls domain expansion. Here, Gojo floods the mind of the target with raw information, overwhelming them to the point where they’re immobilized.
When the target is completely incapacitated, one can feel and see everything while not being able to see and feel anything at the same time. The target then dies slowly as he witnesses and experiences all the actions he had taken in their life.
Reverse Curse Technique
It’s a special technique that takes cursed energy and turns it into something positive. This is an ability that Gojo perfected when he was young and was in one of the worst situations of his life.
How does the reverse curse technique work? It turns negative energy into positive energy by taking the cursed energy and multiplying it. By multiplying cursed energy that’s supposed to destroy, the reverse curse energy then converts it into energy that creates.
The reverse curse technique is the reason behind Gojo’s healing abilities. This is known to be a highly advanced technique among jujutsu users.
From the abilities listed above, one can see that Gojo has powers that make him more of a god than a man. He has something that the world of Jujutsu values most which is an unmatched raw power that enables him to mold and shape the world around him in any way he wants.
Gojo Satoru Eyes: Why Does Gojo Need to Cover His Eyes?
Gojo covers his eyes because of his inborn ability called the Six Eyes. As mentioned above, it’s a type of ocular jujutsu that can only be passed down through Gojo’s family bloodline.
The power of The Six Eyes is so strong that Gojo’s eyes are like a high-resolution camera and an x-ray at the same time. He sees everything. He can even see an individual’s cursed energy, speed, power and potential at all times.
This is a very tiring ability and one that he doesn’t need to be activated every day. With a blindfold or sunglasses on, his sight is still very superior but it allows him to see people as people instead of mere matter.
So, when does Gojo take off his blindfold?
Gojo only reveals his eyes when he’s going to use Domain Expansion or he needs the full ability of the Six Eyes.
Understanding Gojo Satoru
Though the most powerful character in the series, Gojo Satoru is far from perfect. He’s a lonely being who can’t relate to the people he vows to protect.
His way of constantly referencing pop culture and movies to understand people around him shows how he’s merely an observer on the sidelines.
His effort to ‘blind’ himself or dumb down his powers to see people is proof that with all the power in the world, there are things he still can’t do. But it also proves that he cares for people and he’s aware of that.
Gojo Satoru: Character Design
One of the most famous anime characters in the new generation of anime, there’s no doubt that to anime fans, Gojo Satoru resembles a few anime characters of the past. This is one of Gege Akutami’s strong points. He was able to study old anime characters and put his own spin on them to create more complex and interesting ones.
Gojo Satoru is one of them.
One of the more obvious similarities would come from Naruto’s Hatake Kakashi. To start off, they both always cover a part of their face, most specifically, their eyes. They’re both mentors to the main three-person team and both are fun, easy-going and can be goofy at times.
Both Hatake Kakashi and Gojo were born geniuses and were both conceited in their youth.
Another character that resembles Gojo is Kisuke Urahara from Bleach. Urahara is a soul reaper that’s been banned from Soul Society. He now lives on earth as a simple candy shop owner.
He was introduced as a goofy, weird and eccentric character, much like how Gojo was introduced. Later, we find out that he’s a talented swordsman and one of the most gifted scientists in Soul Society. He also plays a key role in the entire series.
Although the author didn’t directly state the inspiration behind Gojo, he did say in an interview that Naruto’s Masashi Kishimoto, along with Hunter x Hunter’s Yoshihiro Togashi, did inspire him to become a Mangaka artist.
There are still so many things we have yet to learn about Gojo. He hasn’t been serious as far as the story goes. Well, the Jujutsu Kaisen series isn’t ending anytime soon. The creator did say that he plans to end the manga in 2023, so you can expect to see more from the all-powerful Gojo and the rest of the characters over the next few years.