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Gege Akutami Reveals Editor’s Role In Yuta Okkotsu’s Delayed Jujutsu Kaisen Introduction

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Gege Akutami, the author of Jujutsu Kaisen manga, recently revealed the reasons behind the delayed introduction of Yuta Okkotsu, the protagonist of the prequel Jujutsu Kaisen 0, in the main series.

In a comment that came to light during the ongoing Gege Akutami ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ exhibition at Shibuya, Akutami explained the initial plan he had for JJK.

This involved Gojo Satoru guiding the main protagonist Yuji Itadori and introducing him to other characters at Jujutsu High.

Akutami considered Gojo’s role as a mentor crucial to the story’s development.

However, before the serialization of Jujutsu Kaisen, Akutami’s editor, Mr. Katayama, suggested simplifying the narrative by omitting Yuta from the beginning. Akutami agreed with this suggestion and decided to postpone Yuta’s introduction.

This probably let Akutami streamline his narrative, and focus more on the new protagonists – Yuji, Megumi and even Nobara.

With Yuta’s delayed entry, Akutami also went on to establish Jujutsu Kaisen 0, initially serialized in Jump GIGA, as a separate, almost mythical work within the JJK universe.

Though he was mentioned in the early chapters and featured on a chapter cover, Yuta only made a proper appearance post the Shibuya arc in chapter 137 – after the conclusion of the first big saga in the manga.

Despite choosing to delay Yuta’s entrance, Akutami emphasized that removing Gojo from the narrative was never an option.

He compared it to a situation where My Hero Academia would have been without All Might, a central character in that series.

Gege stating Gojo’s importance to the story might come as a surprise to readers who have always speculated that the author hated the character.

This was not the only major suggestion that Katayama had made for the manga. In fact, the name of the manga – Jujutsu Kaisen, was also something that was suggested by the editor. This was revealed during Akutami’s interview with Mando Kobayashi.

It is also believed in the fandom that including Nobara in the story and creating a main trio was also the editor’s suggestion.

Jujutsu Kaisen manga, which began serializing in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 2018, is believed to be in its final phases.

Akutami had revealed during Jump Festa 2024 that the manga will end in 2024. However, an official announcement of the final arc is yet to be made.

As of July 2024, the chapters of the manga have been collected into 27 tankobon volumes, with over 90 million copies in circulation.

Source: JJK Exhibition via X

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