WARNING: The following article contains spoilers from the latest chapters of Jujutsu Kaisen. Read ahead at your own discretion!
Okkotsu Yuta has emerged as quite an interesting character in Jujutsu Kaisen. His character development from a scared kid to a wielder of a unique technique is impeccable. The fact that he is a special-grade sorcerer speaks volumes about his ability.
It is striking that the same room that held Yuta once similarly held Yuji. A single person was defending them both? Gojo Satoru. He had faith that they would become strong, and they fulfilled it. Well, it is said that it is the greatest achievement of a teacher to enable his students to surpass him.
Despite being the strongest shaman, Gojo does not hesitate to foster promising students into shamans that may be stronger than him. While Yuji is nowhere close to Gojo, fans are curious if Yuta is stronger than Gojo. So, let’s find out, shall we?
How would these similar people stand in a battle? What will be the outcome of Yuta vs Gojo?
Is Yuta stronger than Gojo?
To answer in short, as things currently stand, Gojo can defeat Okkotsu in a battle. So we could say that Gojo is stronger than Yuta. However, Okkotsu has the potential to surpass Gojo in the future.
But before diving into this comparison, it is fascinating how Yuta is being placed in Yuji’s eyes. And since we’re the audience, in our eyes as well.
Yuta and Gojo in Yuji’s eyes:
The manga has repeatedly portrayed Yuta as Gojo’s shadow in the recent chapters. Right from when he enters the fight, he startles Yuji, Choso, and Naoya. Yuta’s presence felt eerily similar to Gojo, and Yuji even thought Gojo sensei…?. However, Yuta’s aura is different due to its sinisterness.
The first thing that comes to Yuji’s mind after witnessing Okkotsu’s power is that he is also a Special Grade sorcerer like Gojo. Just like Gojo, Okkotsu also possesses a tremendous amount of cursed energy.
In Yuji’s eyes, Yuta is the opposite of him and similar to Gojo. It is also notable that Yuta also compares himself to Gojo to put things in Yuji’s perspective.
The other similarity to note is that both Gojo and Yuta are Special Grade sorcerers. And since Yuta was tutored by Gojo, his values and principles are similar to that of his. He is someone who is able to think for himself, which is portrayed very well in the recent arc with his pursuit of Yuji!
Now that the similarities are out of the way, it’s time to highlight the details for our earlier reasoning! There are a few major factors to consider in a battle between Gojo and Yuta!
Both Gojo and Yuta have immense cursed energy, firstly because they are distant relatives. Their family is a descendant of one of Japan’s big three vengeful spirits, Sugawara no Michizane. But, their reserves still differ.
Okkotsu himself addresses a point of difference between him and his sensei. Okkotsu’s ability allows him to control a curse and even draw its energy to his katana. For this reason, it is natural that his reserves of cursed energy are much higher than Gojo.
So, Okkotsu has the edge over Gojo here.
Cursed Technique & Control
However, cursed energy is only as efficient as one’s technique and control are. Okkotsu’s ability is unique and probably one of the strongest ones. It was enough for Geto to risk false claims of Parade of a Hundred Curses. But does it match Gojo’s technique? As of now, no.
Gojo’s Six Eyes and Limitless is what makes him the strongest shaman. Even with cursed energy lower than Okkotsu, he basically would never run out of cursed energy, unlike other sorcerers in a fight. This is because he can control the flow of cursed energy to prevent unnecessary leakage of it.
On the other hand, even a newbie like Yuji notices that Yuta spends huge amounts of cursed energy to make up for his weak physique. Thus, there is a huge differential in their control.
Remember Volcano-san getting wrecked? Yep! Gojo’s Domain Expansion Unlimited Void quite literally paralyzes his opponents. He rarely even needs to use this power, but when he does, he is unstoppable. What awaits his opponent at the end of his Domain Expansion is definitely death.
We don’t know if Yuta has a Domain Expansion yet. And even if he does, is it powerful enough to counter Unlimited Void? He might have a shot at it with a Simple Domain that negates the effects of Domain Expansion.
However, this is a pretty slim chance to bet on because once one enters Unlimited Void, they are filled with any and all information immediately. The opponent is barely conscious of their surrounding, and it is nearly impossible to create a barrier in such a situation.
Gojo’s experience and foresight might also be things to look out for in a battle. He changes his fighting style depending upon his opponents. Even in the Shibuya Incident, Gojo improvised his Domain Expansion for 0.2 seconds. Yuta is also on the weaker physique side, as stated by him.
But there is no doubt that Okkotsu has incredibly grown in a short period of time. While it might not have been prominent earlier, Yuta’s training may have contributed to manifesting his potential.
Talking about potential, in chapter 11, Gojo himself stated that Yuta could rival him someday. Yuta may have already reached that stage because he is a rapid learner. In Jujutsu Kaisen 0, too, he learned to control Rika in a short period of time.
In conclusion, Gojo will emerge victorious in a battle with Yuta right now, even though Okkotsu has more cursed energy than him. This is mostly down to Gojo’s superb abilities and cursed techniques.
Gojo is very skillful in using his Six-Eyes technique which is one of the greatest techniques in the Jujutsu world. But in the future, Yuta might beat him. Do you think Okkotsu will beat Gojo anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!