It is difficult to put into words how exciting Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen has become over the chapters. The manga, recently animated into an anime, has become extremely popular, dominating sales volume after volume. Jujutsu Kaisen has completed more than 160 chapters, but it seems like we have barely scratched the surface of the huge mystery surrounding Ryomen Sukuna. In fact, every character is mysterious, and that’s what makes the story so juicy to experience. The plot of Jujutsu Kaisen places Yuji Itadori as the main character, but there’s so much related to the rest of the characters that we want to know. One such question is, why did Sukuna not kill Megumi? Gege Akutami has been hinting at something huge related to Megumi, and we are all dying to find out.
Both Megumi and Sukuna are fan-favorite characters. Megumi is a cursed technique user, while Sukuna is the King of Curses. The two characters have faced each other quite a number of times, and with every interaction, we find ourselves caught up in the same question: Why didn’t Sukuna kill Megumi? Megumi is only a high school student who is still learning to make full use of his cursed energy. There were some instances where Megumi could have died at the hands of Sukuna. But that never happened. Fans have wondered why and come up with several possible theories related to this situation. It is indeed an interesting part of the plot that needs complete analysis.
**Spoiler Alert: The following article contains some major spoilers from the Jujutsu Kaisen manga. Please read at your own risk!**
Also Read: Platinum End Manga Ending Explained: A Surprisingly Splendid End
Gege Akutami Hints At Megumi’s Importance For Sukuna
The only person who witnessed Yuji eat the special grade object was Megumi. Given the circumstances, he was also the first to see Yuji be taken over by Sukuna. It is difficult to point out if Gege Akutami was planning to make Megumi important for Sukuna at that point or not. However, slowly, he started making subtle hints at Sukuna’s interest in Megumi. When Sukuna entered the human world, all he wanted was to take over, but his plans failed the moment Yuji’s human instincts kicked in, and he could not take over his body. Probably, Sukuna began finding a new way at this very point.
Evacuation of the Eishu Detention Center
After their first interaction, Megumi stood face to face with Sukuna once again in the Detention Center case. However, unlike the first time, he was on the side of a major disadvantage. First, Gojo was out of reach. Second, Yuji was overpowered by Sukuna. While this is where Yuji faced death, this is also where we saw the first glimpse of Sukuna sparking his interest in Megumi Fushiguro. When Megumi uses shadow to create Shikigami, it takes less than a second for Sukuna to realize that Megumi has not been using his full potential, which is pointed out by Gojo too later in the series. Nevertheless, Sukuna views Megumi as an asset for the first time in this arc, which also acts as one of the reasons why he chose to resurrect Yuji again.
Inside Sukuna’s Domain
After Sukuna kills Yuji in front of Megumi, he shows another evidence of his interest in the Shikigami user. He forces Yuji into a pact, but his underlying motives of returning imply that he has a plan in his mind. What this plan is, is still a big mystery. All that we know is that Megumi is going to play a key role in Sukuna’s big plan, and we have a feeling it may not end well for one of the two characters.
Cursed Womb Arc:
Towards the finale of the anime, Megumi is the first among the students to create domain expansion, an ability limited to only expert curse users. Although incomplete, this was a big milestone in Megumi’s character arc. Although we see no interaction between Megumi and Sukuna, a quick glance at Sukuna reveals that he was especially impressed by this.
During Shibuya Incident
Sukuna heavily overpowers Yuji in the Shibuya Incident after the latter consumes more fingers. This leads to a huge explosion in his power levels, too, using which he kills several people. Before killing these people, Sukuna faces off against Jogo. In his battle, we see a certain superiority complex in Sukuna, one who even looks justified. Sukuna declares that he does not wish to follow Kenjaku’s plan. This is also a heavy implication of the fact that Sukuna has his own plan and the existence of Uraume further confirms it.
Amidst his battle with Jogo, his interest in Megumi is clarified further as he mentions that he would kill everyone because no one matters except Megumi. This also implies that not only did Sukuna not kill Megumi, but he also seeks to keep him alive.
Also Read: Gojo Satoru in the Shibuya Arc – Jujutsu Kaisen Character Analysis
Why Did Sukuna not kill Megumi?
Clearly, we have established that Sukuna has no intention of killing Megumi. He sees Megumi as a big advantage. There could be several ways he can and might use Megumi. Sukuna’s main motive has been to escape Yuji’s annoying ability to be able to stay in control. However, as he makes the pact, we also realize that Sukuna is in no hurry to get out either. This is actually quite understandable considering that he had met Gojo and thus knows that recklessly charging in might not be the best idea. To judge why Sukuna did not kill Megumi, we need to find Sukuna’s motive. Does he wish to simply reincarnate, or does he wish to power up? While these two motives might be quite interlinked, Megumi’s involvement would differ at least a little in both situations.
There are several theories related to this question, and we are going to lay these down so we can get some valid answers to our questions.
Sukuna wants to make Megumi his vessel?
This is probably one of the most popular theories that come up in one’s mind when one thinks of why Sukuna did not kill Megumi. Sukuna’s current vessel is not very (due to lack of a better word) cooperative. Moreover, Yuji’s cursed energy flows only due to Sukuna, meaning Yuji has no cursed energy of his own. On the other hand, we have Megumi of one of the most prestigious clans. Not only that, he has the ability to wield ten shikigami, which is inherited about once in 50 years. In this case, this is quite similar to Gojo’s six eyes. Using Megumi as a vessel might seem like a big success for Sukuna’s plans (whatever they are), and we can somewhat see why.
Sukuna Seeks to level up?
Sukuna seeks power, and he is the King of Curses, after all. Before when he was alive, Sukuna’s chef was Uraume, who would offer Sukuna humans to feed on. The Jujutsu Kaisen manga has completed 163 chapters at the time of writing, but we still do not know what Sukuna’s cursed technique is. Prior to the Shibuya Arc, we had doubts that his techniques might be his ability to slash and cut. But, our doubts were further blurred when he used fire in his fight against Jogo. Were we wrong all along after all? For whatever reason, Sukuna has two completely different cursed techniques, or so we think so far.
Going back to the Detention Center case, Sukuna’s interest in Megumi piqued when he saw the latter use shadow cursed technique. This in itself is evidence of the fact that for Sukuna, anybody won’t do but it has to be Megumi, and the reason for it has to be the technique that he uses. This could also mean that rather than being after Megumi, he seeks his abilities.
Jujutsu Kaisen is often surprising, so it won’t be a shocker if Akutami was to reveal that Sukuna’s cursed technique had to do something with stealing others’ abilities. This could be a big turn in the manga and a very interesting reason for why Sukuna did not kill Megumi.
Also Read: Strongest Clans In Naruto Shippuden: Ranked From Good To Best
Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen manga is currently dealing with Kenjaku’s culling game. The main characters are facing many challenges, and the manga is at its peak of thrill. However, Akutami has not addressed anything regarding why Sukuna did not kill Megumi. To discover the answer, you can read the Jujutsu Kaisen manga on Viz Media or Shueisha’s Manga Plus app. Also, the anime adaptation is streaming on Netflix.
Also Read: An Interview With Ken Arto: Animator of Jujutsu Kaisen, Demon Slayer, and Dragon Ball Super: Broly