Jujutsu Kaisen Gojo and Geto: Past and Friendship (Explained)

The Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie expanded our understanding of the Jujutsu world and offered some background on the lore. For example, we learned about cursed users, as well as saw the introduction of new characters like Yuta and Miguel. The most captivating part of the movie, however, was the unexpected revelation of Gojo and Geto’s bond. Between the first and the upcoming season, this prequel movie provided fans a seamless explanation for many things. And if you remember, the movie ended with a short flashback from Gojo and Geto’s past. But they were left searching for answers and wondering why Geto chose the road of evil while he was on the good side. They now eagerly await the strongest pair of Jujutsu sorcerers to share the screen in the second season of Jujutsu Kaisen to learn more about their friendship. But you can read this article to learn more about Gojo and Geto’s connection and what led them to move in polar opposite directions.

Gojo Satoru and Geto Suguru Relationship (Explained)

We have explained in detail Geto and Gojo’s friendship in the past and present, along with a breakdown of the events which triggered Geto to go down the path of evil. We have detailed their relationship with manga panels from Gojo’s Past Arc/ Hidden Inventory Arc (fifth arc in JJK) and Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0. Here are the events as follows:

Spoiler Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the mentioned characters and the story of Jujutsu Kaisen. We suggest you read the Jujutsu Kaisen manga (Chapters 64-79) to avoid ruining the intended experience.

Who Are Gojo and Geto in Jujutsu Kaisen?

In the Jujutsu Kaisen universe, Gojo Satoru and Geto Suguru are two special-grade sorcerers. They first met at Tokyo Jujutsu High in 2006 and quickly became good friends. Alongside Shoko Ieiri, they were second-year students under Jujutsu High’s current principal Masamichi Yaga. This trio was fairly similar to the now well-liked trio made up of Itadori, Megumi, and Nobara.

Gojo Satoru

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen 0 – The Movie by MAPPA Studios

Gojo Satoru comes from a prominent clan and is a descendant of the legendary sorcerer, Michizane Sugawara (like Yuta in Jujutsu Kaisen). As the only individual in 400 years to inherit both the “Six Eyes” and “Limitless” skills, Satoru is regarded as the pride of the Gojo family in the Jujutsu world. He is presently considered the world’s most powerful jujutsu sorcerer.

Geto Suguru

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen 0 – The Movie by MAPPA Studios

Geto Suguru was one of the most powerful Jujutsu sorcerers in comparison to or on par with Satoru despite coming from a non-sorcerer background. Capable of using the “Cursed Spirit Manipulation” technique to exert control over all of the cursed spirits, he consumed and transformed the curses into little orbs. Geto is presently regarded as the most infamous curse user of all time, as opposed to Gojo.

What Is the Relationship Between Gojo and Geto?

Geto Suguru (L) and Gojo Satoru (R) | Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen 0 – The Movie by MAPPA Studios

Before they split up and went their own ways, Geto Suguru and Gojo Satoru had a special connection and were regarded as best friends. They met while studying at Tokyo Jujutsu High, as described above. Clearly, Gojo Satoru behaved nonchalantly at the time, whereas Geto was a strongly principled man. Despite their many differences in characters, they were united in their desire to defend and help the weak in the Jujutsu world.

Gojo and Geto soon became best friends as they learned sorcery and completed missions together. They were dubbed the “Strongest Duo” among sorcerers at Tokyo Jujutsu High because they assisted each other to grow into their strongest selves. Without a doubt, the duo will receive greater recognition when Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 adapts the Hidden Inventory Arc next year.

Change in Geto’s Mindset About Curses and Jujutsu World

Though Geto was a principled man, several factors played an important part in altering his outlook towards curses and the Jujutsu world. By exploring Geto and Gojo’s past, we will explain how Geto’s character underwent a complete 180-degree change. We have shared all the events in the order that shaped Geto’s life and turned him from a Jujutsu sorcerer to a cursed user.

Star Plasma Vessel Mission (Riko Incident)

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 64 (Shonen Jump)

First up, we have the Star Plasma Vessel Mission. Gojo and Geto are assigned a significant task by their teacher Masamichi Yaga since they are chosen by Master Tengen. They have the duty of returning Riko Amanai (Star Vessel) to Tokyo Jujutsu High in time for its merger with Master Tengen.

In the manga, it is stated that Master Tengen’s barrier technique, which he uses to safeguard the foundations of the Jujutsu universe, is one of the important elements of the story. This fusion must, thus, occur every 500 years in order to improve Master Tengen’s immortality. The protesters from religious organizations declared a bounty on the vessel. Given its importance, the mission gets assigned to the top-ranking sorcerer duo at Tokyo Jujutsu High.

Escorting the Star Vessel

After successfully evading the bounty hunters, Gojo and Geto escorted Riko back to Jujutsu High. But the infamous Sorcerer Killer “Toji Fushiguro,” a powerful bounty hunter assigned to kill the vessel, caught them off guard. This led to a fierce battle between Gojo and Toji, but Toji ultimately succeeded in killing Gojo. Yes, killing Gojo.

Then, without leaving a trace, Toji entered the star’s tomb and shockingly murdered Riko Amanai in front of Geto. As a consequence, Riko passed away, setting off Geto’s rage. In the end, Toji also triumphs against Geto, just like he did with Gojo. Toji mocks them by saying, “You guys lost to a monkey like me who can’t even use Jujutsu,” and then he lets Geto live. Later, we learn this event totally shaped the future of both Geto and Gojo.

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 75 (Shonen Jump)

Events After the Riko incident

By employing a reverse cursed technique to cure his body, Gojo is able to rise from the dead. And understanding the full extent of his abilities, he utterly destroys Toji with his Hollow Purple technique and successfully recovers Riko’s dead body. In the meantime, Geto was seen grieving his friends’ deaths and felt guilty for not being able to save them.

When Gojo returned with Riko’s body, Geto was shocked to see him alive. They both assumed responsibility for her death, but things got a little heated as the followers of the Star religious group began to applaud on seeing the Star Vessel’s corpse. As a result, Gojo snapped and asked Geto, “Do you want to murder them all?

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 76 (Shonen Jump)

Geto rejects the offer and assures Gojo that it’s pointless to kill them without a reason. He also teaches Gojo the importance of reason before killing, especially since they were Jujutsu sorcerers and had an image to uphold. That day ends up being one of the most traumatic experiences for them, and their lives course were permanently altered as a result.

Geto’s Contemplation

In August 2007, a year after the Riko Incident, we get to meet Gojo and Geto once again. Gojo Satoru made the most of this time to put in a lot of effort and fix the flaw Toji had exploited in this technique. Satoru was then declared to be “the strongest” as a result of his progress in mastering his skills and prowess. Thanks to his tremendous growth, Gojo started going on solo missions and Geto becomes trapped in a never-ending exorcism and consumption cycle on his solo missions. Geto is seen to be depressed in the interim.

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 76 (Shonen Jump)

As a Jujutsu sorcerer, he starts to wonder about his existence and goals. He struggles to understand why he is trying to help non-sorcerers and refers to them as “monkeys,” the same way Toji did. Both Gojo and Geto were both traumatized by the Riko incident. But Gojo made the decision to work on himself, while Geto began to spiral into darkness.

Conversation with Tsukumo

Geto’s junior Yu Haibara and special-grade sorcerer Yuki Tsukumo visit him while he mulled over his principles. After a while, Yu departs, and Yuki begins to discuss her mission to end all curses in the world. In order to put an end to them once and for all, Yuki sought to destroy the main source. She wants to teach non-sorcerers jujutsu or find a means to remove cursed energy from their body because they expel it at a pace considerably higher than that of sorcerers.

Suguru abruptly cuts the conversation short by asking Tsukumo, “Why not just kill all non-jujutsu sorcerers?” Yuki dismisses such a possibility by stating, “I ain’t that crazy” and instructs Geto to make his decision in accordance with his true feelings. This is the moment Geto’s mind starts getting inclined towards adopting the path of evil.

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 77 (Shonen Jump)

Haibara’s Death

Up next, Geto learns that Haibara was killed during a mission and Nanami was severely injured. Haibara was more than a friendly junior who always looked up to his seniors — Gojo and Geto. He respected them, and they did as well. As a result, his death further affected Geto, and he started to compare a sorcerer’s life to a marathon. At the end of the line, he will find nothing but a mountain of his fellow sorcerer’s dead bodies, he exclaimed.

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 77 (Shonen Jump)

Why Did Geto Adopt the Path of Evil in Jujutsu Kaisen?

As explained above, several tragedies during his time as a Special-Grade sorcerer had already started to get the better of him and his mind was already leaning toward the path of evil. The following incident proved to be the breaking point in Geto’s life, where he officially renounced the Jujutsu learning and became a curse user.

Village Genocide incident

During his next mission, we see Goto visit a haunted village where kidnappings and abnormal deaths have been happening for some time now. The villagers take him to a place where they had locked up the alleged culprits, two little girl sorcerers, in a cage. Geto loses his mind after witnessing the pitiful condition of the two little girls, who had needlessly suffered at the hands of the non-sorcerers.

Geto claims he had already dealt with the curses responsible for the problem and decided to take matters in his own hands. He massacred all 112 villagers using his cursed manipulation technique and freed the girls and adopted them (as we saw in JJK 0 movie). This is the very day he decided to become a curse user and went on to become the most notorious curse user of all time.

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 77 (Shonen Jump)

Becoming a Curse User

After the slaughter, Geto fled with those young girls and started leading a life by his own principles — eliminate all the non-sorcerers to make a world that only includes Jujutsu sorcerers.

And the first jarring step that Geto took in this direction was to kill his own parents (non-sorcerors) in cold blood. He confirmed that all accusations against him were true to Shoko Ieiri, who called Gojo to confront Geto. Even though both Gojo and Geto come face to face here, the former doesn’t kill the latter because of obvious reasons (they were best friends).

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 78 (Shonen Jump)

Geto then explored the remnants of the time vessel association. He decided to exploit this organization to capture additional evil spirits and earn money. We then see Geto kill someone on the main stage in the face of opposition, compelling the remaining to follow him as he seizes control. He asserted, “I don’t like monkeys. That’s the truth I chose.” This confirmed that Geto had abandoned his previous morals and chose this path because of his hatred towards monkeys (non-sorcerers).

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Chapter 78 (Shonen Jump)

This is the very group we see Gojo and other Jujutsu High sorcerers fight in the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie. Those two little girls are the two young sorcerer girls we see during “The Night Parade of a Hundred Demons“.

What Happens Between Gojo and Geto in JJK 0 Movie?

Geto gets completely obliterated by Yuta and was seen escaping through an alley. But as he was severely injured, he couldn’t walk anymore and sat at the curb. Gojo finally arrived at the scene, and the two have a brief conversation about the events that transpired in JJK 0. Later, Gojo asks Geto for “any last words” before killing him and Geto still says, “No matter what, I’ll always hate those monkeys“.

Even on the verge of his death, Geto decided to stick with his principles. Gojo then leans towards him and mumbles something to him. To which Geto responds with a smile and says, “You should at least curse me at the end…” You can read what Gojo said to Geto in the ending of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in the linked article. After that Gojo kills him in the alley (a huge slash sound can be heard in the background).

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Volume 0 (Shonen Jump)

Why Did Gojo and Geto Stop Being Friends in JJK?

The answer to this question can be easily found in the last words Gojo said to Geto in the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie. You can check out the article above to understand the complete reason behind it.

And well, Gojo and Geto didn’t stop being friends. As we saw above, Gojo couldn’t even bring himself to kill Geto when he confronted him on becoming a curse user. We can confirm that Gojo and Geto considered each other best friends even though they chose different paths in life. Gojo said, “My best friend did, my one and only” to Yuta while returning his ID card. Gojo still considers Geto as the one and only best friend he ever had in his life.

Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami – Volume 0 (Shonen Jump)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is stronger – Gojo or Geto?

As termed by Geto himself in Jujutsu Kaisen manga chapter 76, Gojo became the strongest sorcerer of all time after their tussle with Toji Fushiguro. So Gojo is clearly the winner here.

Who does Geto call (or refer to as) Monkeys in JJK?

Geto refers to non-jujutsu sorcerers (normal humans) as monkeys in Jujutsu Kaisen. Toji Fushiguro, Megumi’s father, was the first to refer to himself as a monkey on defeating Gojo and Geto and killing the Star Plasma Vessel.

When did Geto become evil?

Geto’s ultimate goal was to kill all the non-sorcerers, whom he calls monkeys, in order to create a world with only Jujutsu sorcerers and curse users. So, upon realizing how people treat others they are scared of — be it cursed spirits or sorcerers — he decided to give new meaning to his life, adopting the path of evil and becoming a cursed user.

Why was Geto banished from Tokyo Jujutsu High?

Geto massacred over 112 villagers during his last mission, followed by his parents, as they were non-sorcerors. As a result, he was banished from Tokyo Jujutsu High.

Gojo Satoru and Geto Suguru’s Friendship Detailed

We hope our explanation of the connection between Geto Suguru and Gojo Satoru was detailed. We hope you were able to understand the sequence of events that culminated in Geto’s fall to the evil path. Hopefully, JJK anime season 2, which will adopt the Gojo Past arc, would do justice to this story. Meanwhile, let us know what you think of the friendship between Gojo and Geto in the comments section.


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