The recently released movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0 enriches the franchise in more ways than one. From clarifying the lore of the curse of Jujutsu to exploring events that will be pivotal to the series later, JJK 0 is the prequel we all needed and deserved.
The movie quickly bonded anime and manga fans, not just because of the emotional portrayal between Yuta Okkotsu and Rika Orimoto, but because of the glimpses we see of Satoru Gojo’s past and his relationship with Suguru Geto.
JJK 0 is based on Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Jujutsu High by Gege Akutami, a 4-chapter limited manga written before the main JJK series. But the film also includes parts of The Hidden Inventory / Gojo’s Past manga arc that follows The time Gojo and Geto spent as students and the strong bond they shared despite their differences.
In this article, I’ll dive into the bond between the two most powerful wizards, Gojo and Geto, the rocky journey of their friendship, and how it all ended.
This page contains spoilers for Jujutsu Kaisen.
Satoru Gojo and Suguru Geto met at Tokyo Jujutsu High as second-year students somewhere in 2005-2006. They are introduced in the Gojo’s Past arc.
They were both born at the beginning of the Heisiei period, in very different families from each other.
Gojo comes from a powerful family of wizards, descended from the great Michizane Sugawara, one of the 3 vengeful spirits. He is the first in over 400 years to possess the cursed techniques, 6 Eyes and Limitless. He is so strong that his existence alters the balance of the whole world.
Equally powerful is Geto, born of non-wizards but with the innate cursed techniques Cursed Spirit Manipulation and Uzumaki, it allowed him to absorb other curses and combine them into one powerful attack.
Both are similar and yet completely different – having conflicting beliefs and ideals. While Gojo has a reckless attitude, Geto exhibits a strong moral compass, believing that the strong should protect the weak.
Despite their differences, the two quickly become best friends, the strongest duo wizards at Jujutsu High.
2. Who was Geto and Gojo’s third Friend?
Geto and Gojo have a third friend named Shoko Ieiri, who is also a sophomore.
Their trio is similar to Yuji, Megumi, and Nobara. As if they were the only freshmen in their class, Gojo, Geto and Shoko are the only 3 second-year Tokyo Jujutsu students in their class.
We first see Shoko in Episode 5/Chapter 10, when she comes as a doctor to dissect Yuji’s body. She can release reverse cursed energy on others to heal them.
Shoko Ieiri is the perfect opposite of Geto and Gojo, bringing balance to their unstable duo. She is laid-back and non-confrontational, unlike the explosive and free-spirited Gojo, and the unpredictable and principled Geto.
3. The Star Plasma Vessel Mission
In the Gojo’s Past arc, Gojo and Geto’s teacher Masamichi Yaga assigns them the task of finding the Star Plasma Vessel for Master Tengen.
When Geto and Gojo are sent to complete this task as students, many things happen that foreshadow the future of their relationship.
The Star Plasma Vessel is a girl called Riko Amanai, whom Geto and Gojo are supposed to protect and escort to Tengen so he can merge with her and refresh her immortality.
First of all, they are given this task only because they are the strongest students. They fight together, running away in various instances.
It is also during the mission that the infamous Toji Fushiguro is introduced as the main antagonist. Toji, aware that Gojo has 6 eyes, fights and immobilizes him, then comes to get Geto and Riko.
I mention Toji here, because without him, Geto probably wouldn’t have started his downward spiral.
Toji tells Geto that he killed Gojo and this is the first blow to Geto’s stability. Toji continues to kill Riko in front of his eyes.which is the second shot. Geto blames himself for both of these deaths, though Gojo is later revealed to be alive.
One important thing to cover here is that at the end of the failed mission, Geto stops Gojo from killing a whole bunch of members of the Star religious group. He says a wizard must always have a reason for taking a life.
If Geto hadn’t stopped him, he would have been Gojo who became a serial killerand things would have been very different for Jujutsu Kaisen.
4. What turns Geto’s Downfall from hero to villain?
The death of the innocent girl, the selfish wizards of Jujutsu and the non-wizards like Toji, begin to change Geto. Between 2006 and 2007, he begins to lose his faith in humanity.
When the duo returns after the mission, Gojo takes care of training his already powerful techniques and surpasses his best friend in strength. Shoko and Geto help him master his Limitless Technique, but Geto himself sinks into a state of sadness and despair.
Gojo is sent on dangerous missions alone, while Geto becomes more and more isolated, questioning his morals and ideals. Previously, he believed wizards had an obligation to protect non-wizards, but now he thinks they might not even be worthy of that protection.
He becomes truly existential, questioning the purpose of it all, his purpose in life, the pointlessness of him constantly ingesting and exorcising curses. His faith and resolve in himself, wizards and non-wizards completely crumbles.
It’s only accelerated when he encounters the Special Quality Curse user, Yuki Tsukumo. She says she wants to rid the world of cursed spirits by eliminating the root cause: non-wizards. Their negative energy turns into cursed energy which makes spirits cursed.
It’s because of Yuki that Suguru Geto starts ruminating on his true feelings – his distaste for non-wizards and his perceived duty as a wizard.
When his younger brother, Yu Haibara, dies on a mission, the darkness consumes him almost entirely.
But the the final tipping point is when he goes on a single player mission to a village who blames two little girls for the actions of a curse. Geto massacres the villagers, killing 112 people – everyone except the two little wizards, Nanako and Mimiko.
He compares non-wizards to monkeys, a link to Toji, during the Star Plasma Vessel mission. He had laughed at them saying that two powerful wizards like Gojo and Geto couldn’t even defeat a monkey like him.
After committing genocide, Geto says:
I don’t like monkeys. It is the truth that I have chosen.
When this is Geto becomes a curse userand transforms into a full-fledged antagonist.
He reveals to Shoko later that:
Humanity must review its survival strategy […] I want to kill all non Jujutsu wizards and create a world with only Jujutsu wizards […]
5. Gojo and Geto in Shinjuku
Shoko arranges for Gojo to meet Geto in Shinjuku. During the confrontation, Geto tells Gojo of his plan to murder all non-wizards, even his own parents.
Gojo tries to remind him of his own principle Wizards never kill without a purpose, but Geto tells him there is a purpose.
As Geto walks away, he also says that Gojo was free to kill him, but Gojo can’t kill his best friend.
6. What happens between Gojo and Geto during JJK 0?
JJK 0 covers the Cursed Child arc, which occurs almost 10 years later. Geto’s aforementioned plan continues, but becomes more complicated and ambitious as things progress.
He arrives at Jujutsu High and teaches Gojo students about his ideology of killing non-wizards, primarily targeting Yuta Okkotsu, who he knew possessed the special grade cursed spirit, Rika.
During the Night Parade on December 24, 2017, Geto wanted to release 1000 cursed spirits all over Japan, but his main goal was to use his cursed technique to kill Yuta and absorb Rika to become more powerful.
Geto’s plan is foiled by Yuta, and he is seriously injured after Yuta blasts him with the full power of Rika. After the battle, Gojo reunites with his old friend in an alley and confronts Geto one last time.
7. What does Gojo whisper to Geto before he dies?
Gojo admits to Geto that he still had some confidence in him which is why he was sure he wouldn’t kill any of the students. Geto returns Yuta’s student card. map to Gojo. The two share a final laugh. Gojo whispers something inaudible to him, after which Geto replies:
At least curse me a little at the very end.
When asked about the inaudible dialogue in an interview, mangaka Gege Akutami said that in the movie Gojo tells Geto the same thing he told him in Volume 0.
While watching the manga, when Yuta asks Gojo if he was the one who found his ID card, Gojo replies:
My best friend did. The only one I have.
The use of the present tense indicates that Gojo still considers Geto his best friend, despite his betrayal and transformation into a maniacal psychopath. Even if Gojo kills Geto at the end, he will always remain his best friend.
The friendship was so powerful that it still shapes Gojo and his life.
In chapter 90, when the pseudo-Geto confronts him, Gojo is immediately able to tell that although the body belongs to his best friend, it is not Geto who stands in front of him.
My six eyes tell me that you are Suguru Geto. But my soul knows otherwise!
Later, during the Shibuya incident, the spirits of the two girls Geto had saved, Mimiko and Nanako, confront Pseudo-Geto and order him to return Geto’s body.
In chapter 112 they say:
Satoru Gojo is Master Geto’s one and only best friend, after all.
The connection and bond that Gojo and Geto share – yes, shared and unshared, is immortal.
8. About Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen, also known as Sorcery Fight, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by GegeAkutami, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2018.
An anime television series adaptation produced by MAPPA premiered in October 2020.
The story revolves around Yuuji Itadori, a high school student who, despite hating athletics, is incredibly fit. Yuuji becomes involved in the wizarding world when he swallows a powerful talisman to protect his friends from its curse.
Observing that Yuuji was not affected much even when inflicted with this curse, Satoru decides to send Yuuji on a quest to save the world.
Originally written by Epic Dope