Crunchyroll’s Anime of the Year, Jujutsu Kaisen, is adapted from the manga series of the same name and illustrated by Gege Akutami in 2018. Since the supernatural shōnen manga and the anime cater to young minds with its genius storyline, it’s no doubt that it has gained immense acknowledgment and thus deserves its title.
The storyline revolves around the use of cursed energy, cursed techniques, and their manifestations in the form of curses or cursed spirits, due to which we have the privilege of encountering cursed energy users and their impressive techniques at every step of the way. One such truly impressive sorcerer is Suguru Geto, who specializes in the cursed technique of cursed spirit manipulation.
Chronologically we meet Geto as Gojo Satoru’s classmate and best friend, along with his cursed technique and his impressive ability to store such curses within himself. And since we have minimal information on what his ability is, we shall get into discussing the Cursed Power of Suguru Geto in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Cursed Power of Suguru Geto in Jujutsu Kaisen-
A person’s cursed power is fueled by a person’s cursed energy, which stems from all negative emotions. All humans exude this energy, but only jujutsu sorcerers can control the flow of the said energy. The cursed energy that leaks out from normal humans ultimately culminates and forms cursed spirits. As Geto specializes in cursed spirit manipulation, he’s able to exorcise, consume and later summon the spirits at will.
Many a time in the manga, we’re shown scenes of Geto consuming a black orb which he obtains after exorcising a spirit. Although there is no known limit to his cursed spirit holding capacity, it makes it easier for him during a fight due to the element of surprise and the ability to summon more than one cursed spirit at a time. In the Cursed child arc of Volume 0, we witness Geto release 2000 cursed spirits in Tokyo and then use more than 4000 cursed spirits in his Maximum: Uzumaki.
Concerning cursed energy, Geto naturally has a high supply. Possibly because of the cursed spirits he consumes through the grueling process. Even when he worked alongside Gojo, the versatility of his technique never decreased. And even after, in situations wherein he put up his Barrier Technique, the difference in power between him and the special grade curses were made clear.
Although Geto’s body is most probably controlled by the parasitic brain, the fact that his body was chosen proves the strength of his technique. And if he were to accomplish his dream of obtaining Rika from Yuta Okkotsu, I’m sure he’d even be more vital than most special grade curses combined.
Cursed Technique of Suguru Geto in Jujutsu Kaisen-
- 1. Cursed spirit manipulation-
As mentioned before, Geto has unrestricted control over the naturally occurring cursed spirits he exorcises and consumes with minimum complications, provided the difference between Geto and the cursed spirit is two Levels. While this technique is potent in numbers and versatile, its only downside is that once exorcised; the cursed spirit won’t grow stronger. And once used in Maximum: Uzumaki, the weak spirits are lost, making it a tedious, pitiful job to go around exorcising cursed spirits and then consuming their black orbs that are described to have the taste of a rag used to clean up vomit.
- 2. Maximum: Uzumaki-
We witnessed this technique in the Cursed child arc of Volume 0; wherein Geto combines more than 4000 cursed spirits and attempts to kill Yuta to obtain Rika. When he uses this technique on a semi-first grade cursed spirit or higher, he can technically use the cursed technique and the powers of the spirit he consumes at will. Thus, providing him with more than one cursed technique besides his original one of cursed spirit manipulation. At the end of the Shibuya incident arc, we’re shown how Geto ‘consumes’ Mahito and uses his Idle transfiguration technique. Further, he also uses another cursed technique from a cursed spirit that manages to alter the dimensions of space and turns Yuji Itadori on his side.
- 3. Barrier Technique-
Suguru Geto can use a curtain barrier that can trap anyone inside it and prevent the outside world from looking in. This barrier technique plays to his advantage because he can easily trap someone in his barrier and then bombard them with multiple cursed spirits. Thus, effectively trapping them and keeping them busy. It also works as an amazing diversion technique.
Special Grade Cursed Spirits of Suguru Geto-
- 1. Mahito-
He is one of the first primary antagonists we meet in the series and is a naturally occurring curse manifested from the hatred of humans towards each other. His cursed technique is idle transfiguration which allows him to alter the shape of a living being’s soul, thus making him a dangerous person to deal with.
- 2. Tamamo-no-Mae Incarnate-
Tamamo-no-Mae Incarnate is an imaginary vengeful cursed spirit and is said to be one of the 16 special grade cursed spirits. As per her last appearance in Japanese folklore, she takes the form of a woman with a white-colored kimono with long hair in the Cursed child arc of Volume 0. After Geto summons her, he uses her to boost the strength of his Maximum: Uzumaki technique in his attempt to defeat Yuta and Rika.
- 3. The Rainbow Dragon-
We were introduced to the Rainbow Dragon in Gojo’s past arc in chapter 73 that involves the ‘vessel‘ Riko Amanai. The Rainbow Dragon is the first cursed spirit that Geto summons in his fight against Toji Fushiguro, and it is said to be the cursed spirit with the toughest scaled skin. However, it is not officially mentioned that Rainbow Dragon was a Special Grade Cursed Spirit.
- 4. Kuchisake Onna-
Kuchisake Onna is the second cursed spirit summoned by Geto in his fight against Toji in chapter 73. She is based on actual Japanese folklore and is shown to have her mouth slit on both ends of her face. Even in the manga, she asks Toji if he finds her pretty, and when he doesn’t reply favorably, she tries to cut him with giant scissors. She is also capable of creating an innate domain.
As the manga proceeds and ‘Suguru Geto’s’ plans unfold, I’m sure we’re in for a ton of action, especially if we get a showdown between Geto and the new and improved Yuta. Until then, we can only wait for Gege Akutami to work their magic. Fans can read Jujutsu Kaisen officially from the Mangaplus Shueisha website or watch the anime on the Crunchyroll website.
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