From the start of Season 1, the new MAPPA anime Jujutsu Kaisen was a success, capturing new fans with its amazing animation, compelling plot, and humorous scenes.
However, it was his influential teacher Satoru Gojo, not protagonist Yuji Itadori, who won the hearts of fans. Gojo is a special-grade Jujutsu sorcerer who teaches at Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College, as well as one of the world’s most powerful sorcerers.
Gojo’s technological ability to exorcise curses isn’t the only thing that makes him a fan favorite.
Despite the presence of other great characters, it’s the combination of his personality, jujutsu skills, and casual kindness that helps him to take over any scene he’s in.
Satoru Gojo is extremely threatening as he threatens Yuji that he will be executed in the first scene of Jujutsu Kaisen.
However, Gojo becomes much more approachable and even likable after that. It doesn’t help that he normally wears a blindfold over his eyes, giving him a mysterious aura that never completely vanishes.
We only see his piercing blue eyes when the blindfold is removed, and we discover he’s about to win a fight quickly.
Outside of the battle scenes, however, Gojo appears to be a completely different individual.
Gojo possesses a special duality that no other character in Jujutsu Kaisen possesses. When it comes to curses, enemies, or Principal Gakuganji, he is sweet, humorous, and super casual with colleagues, students, and friends, but when it comes to curses, enemies, or Principal Gakuganji, his other side emerges.
Gojo becomes haughty, frank, and unafraid to say exactly what he’s thinking. Although this isn’t entirely a bad trait, his arrogance can get the best of him at times.
He recognizes that he is extremely powerful, arguably stronger than anyone else, but this can cloud his judgement of others.
Because of this duality, he can be highly relatable at times. Gojo’s rude arrogance fades away around his coworkers, and he becomes playful and aloof.
Gojo is asked who his kind of girl is in a scene near the end of Season 1, Episode 15. He fumbles around and says it’s “that girl who seemed cool,” with the “notable bangs,” instead of offering a name.
Although the whole scene is supposed to be amusing, Gojo’s simple reaction provides the majority of the laughs. He has no idea what the girl’s name is, so he tries to come up with a way to identify her. It helps that his animation style shifts when he’s portrayed in a silly way.
Gojo is usually depicted as perfectly angular to appear dominant or domineering, but in comic scenes, he is depicted with more curves and other traditional anime comedy style tropes, shrinking and being chibi.
Gojo’s jujutsu skills are also impressive, particularly when compared to the abilities of other characters. His vast fighting experience aids his strength, pace, and tactical abilities.
Gojo also possesses an enormous amount of cursed energy, which he can masterfully control and manipulate. Infinity, one of his most useful methods, helps him to monitor the very small space between himself and other objects, whether they are people or inanimate objects.
He will progressively slow things down in this small space to the point that nothing can get any closer to him. This is his primary defensive strategy, which allows him to strike with greater freedom.
Gojo’s Limitless capacity also grants him near-total control over the environment around him, allowing him to manipulate matter at the atomic level.
Gojo is the most amusing character to watch in Jujutsu Kaisen because of his strength and his funny antics. This duality is ideal for shonen-style anime because it makes him relevant in any scene.
Gojo steals the show every time, whether he’s exorcising a near-impossible curse or just hanging out with his students.
His character design and animation style have a strong hold over the audience. Furthermore, his pure-heartedness for his students and the well-being of the group still casts him in a good light, so it’s easy to forgive him even when he’s acting selfish.