Yuta Okkotsu

Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the most popular anime out there and for good reason. It’s a modern shonen that does not only what its predecessors did but adds a fresh new spin onto everything along with its gorgeous animation. One thing that really stands out about Jujutsu Kaisen are its many interesting and unique characters, all of whom are well developed and realized.

Today, we are going to be talking about one such character, Yuta Okkotsu. He is the main protagonist of the Jujutsu Kaisen movie and more than holds up against someone like Itadori in his role as the main character. Yuta Okkotsu is one of the newer sorcerer’s we get introduced to in the movie. By the time of the anime, he is already a senior to our new main cast.

In this article we are going to be taking a look at just about everything that makes Yuta tick. We are going to be talking about his appearance and personality, diving into his list of skills and abilities. The wait for season 2 of the anime is a long one but hopefully this will tide some people over in the meanwhile.

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Table of Content

Appearance

One of the things that Jujutsu Kaisen really has going for it are the character designs. They might not be as outlandish as many people are used to in anime but just about all of them are unique and memorable. It’s really hard to forget any of the characters when they get introduced and it’s really hard not to automatically know when a character is coming from Jujutsu Kaisen.

Yuta Okkotsu is much the same as far as his character design goes. By all accounts, he initially just looks like a normal teenager. Yuta is just about average in everything including things like his height. He is usually seen with a crop of messy black hair. Yuta also has darker eyes (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-1)

One important thing to note about his character design, especially when we first meet him, is the fact that he always looks at least somewhat lethargic and worn out. Yuta’s usually hunching, not really trying to look people in the eye too much. This is something so obvious that some characters even mention it over the course of the show.

This part of his appearance is also very crucial to his character. As the series progresses, he starts to get more confident and becomes more sure of himself. Soon enough, you can barely see the timid man Yuta used to be. When this happens, he is no longer seen slouching or being lethargic. Instead, Yuta has a calm and collected disposition that can only come from him being confident in his abilities (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-4).

In the series, we have seen Yuta wear a few different outfits. When we first saw him, he was still in his old school and was seen wearing what must have been their school uniform. This outfit of his is very plain, basically just boiling down to him wearing a black shirt over a pair of plain green pants.

The other outfit of his is much more interesting and more recognizable. As he eventually becomes a member of Tokyo High, Yuta is often seen wearing their standard uniform. Still, even his uniform is slightly customized just for him. This is shown by the pale jacket he is rarely seen without (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 137).

The last important part about his character design has to be the very large and obvious sword he is always seen carrying around on his back. Not only does this hint at his abilities and skills, it also serves to highlight that he’s always prepared.

Yuta Okkotsu

Character Info

Alive

Gender: Male

Species: Human

Birthday: March 7th, 2001

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: Dark Blue

Age: 16 (Prequel)

           17

More Information

Occupation: Jujutsu Sorcerer

                 2nd Year Student

Grade: Special Grade

Affiliation: Tokyo Jujutsu High

Relations

Family: Unnamed Younger Sister

      Satoru Gojo (Distant Relative)

                  Michizane Sugawara (Ancestor)

Appearances in ANIME/MANGA

Manga Debut: Chapter 0-1

          Chapter 11 (Fantasy)

                                   Chapter 137

Anime Debut: Episode 6 (Fantasy)

Voice Actor/Actress

Japanese: Megumi Ogata

Personality

Interesting and eye catching appearances can only really get you so far. At the end of the day, it’s the personality of the characters that either make fans hate or love them. Jujutsu Kaisen is one of those rare shows where it’s hard to really find a character you can dislike.

Even all of the villains are usually unique enough that you can’t help but want to see more of them. This is to say nothing of the protagonists, all of whom carry the show. Yuta, being one of the main protagonists in the whole series, does the show more than enough justice. Yuta is a very layered and complex character, so we need to look at each facet of his personality separately.

Shyness

Yuta has led a tragic life. Even from a very early age, Yuta was haunted by the spirit of Rika, a special grade cursed spirit. Due to this, Yuta couldn’t really get close to other people without putting them in danger. So, Yuta prefers to just not talk to other people in order to protect and care for them. Even if this wasn’t the case, Yuta was dealt a bad hand in life. From early childhood, Yuta was frequently bullied and abused, leading to him being more reserved than most people (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-1).

Yuta Kindness

Kindness

Despite not being treated well by many of the people around him, Yuta never lost that feeling of kindness in his heart. He is almost painfully lonely, to the point where it has affected his personality and his future aspirations, but he still cares so much about other people that he doesn’t want to put them in danger. From what we know, Yuta hasn’t broken this conviction even once during his life.

Yuta Resolve

Resolve

Given his tragic and hard life made him into a more shy and reserved person, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he doesn’t have much of a backbone. This isn’t the case at all. Despite the fact that he is very clearly damaged, Yuta does not want to live his whole life in his shell. He is in fact always looking for a way to make himself someone different. Thus, when he got the chance to change his entire life by becoming a Sorcerer, he took it with everything he had (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-1).

Yuta Empathy

Empathy

Yuta is not someone that has interacted with many people by the time he makes his way into the series. As such, he doesn’t have too much experience interacting with people or understanding what they might be thinking. As a result, he frequently mistakes people’s intentions or mis-categorizes them in one way or another. This is something he works on over time, and he gradually learns more and more about the people around him.

The best example of this has to be Inumaki. Initially, Yuta couldn’t help but think that Inumaki was just someone weird who seemed to be aloof and out of reach. Thanks to all of their time spent together, Yuta slowly realizes that Inumaki is someone a lot like him, someone who’s powers endanger people and as a result he has to constantly struggle to keep them safe (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-3).

Yuta Responsibility

Responsibility

Yuta is the kind of person who always feels at least somewhat responsible for the safety of others and is more than willing to go the other mile if it means doing right by them. When he cares about someone, he won’t let anything stop him from looking out for them. If he ever does something wrong, he will do anything in his power to try and make up for it.

In his childhood, Yuta accidentally cursed his childhood friend Rika, turning her into a cursed spirit. Ever since he found that out, Yuta threw himself into learning how to become a sorcerer so that he can someday help her break free from this curse. This is all despite the fact that Rika has made his life miserable for years and years at this point. When it’s one of his friends in trouble, he isn’t shy or reserved at all. This is where we see him be the most confident and determined version of himself (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-2).

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Vengefulness

There aren’t a lot of things or people Yuta cares about but what he does care for he cares for very deeply. If someone threatens his friends he will show absolutely no hesitation in wanting to stop them, no matter what that might take. He also seems to have no problem going so far as to trying to kill them if that’s what he needs to do. All in all, Yuta is the type of person who is going to really look after you if you end up being lucky enough to become his friend (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-4).

Strengths and Skills

When he is first introduced, Yuta is more or less a completely normal person with few if any special abilities or powers. By the time the anime starts though, he is recognized as one of the very few special grade sorcerers on the entire planet (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-4). This raises an important question, just how did Yuta become so strong? Well, there are quite a few reasons.

One important thing to note is that Yuta was more or less assigned his special grade from the very moment he first stepped into Jujutsu High. This wasn’t because of any skills he had, this was because of Rika, the special grade cursed spirit that was always following him around. This was for good reason, considering he was strong enough to even beat Suguru Geto when he finally ended up using all of Rika’s power (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-4).

When he first comes into Jujutsu High, Yuta couldn’t even so much as see or control cursed energy. This is where he first starts out, learning to master the very basic abilities that just about any sorcerer already knows. Still, once he can consciously use his cursed energy, he is very, very strong.

Gojo himself says that Yuta is one of the few people on the planet who could one day be as strong or stronger than him. Coming from someone like Gojo, that’s saying everything that needs to be said (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 11). This is because while Yuta might look like a normal person, he’s actually related to one of the three big vengeful spirits in Japan. He has so much power that even when he wasn’t aware of it, he was still able to curse Rika and turn her into a cursed spirit.

During most of the interim between the movies and the main series, Yuta is busy training abroad. He is under the tutorship of Miguel, who is one of the few Jujutsu Sorcerers capable enough to earn Gojo’s trust. By the time he returns back home, he is already one of the strongest people around. Many people even go so far as to compare his strength to Gojo himself (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 140).

He is very talented and took to his training very quickly. He easily mastered advanced cursed techniques that took other characters years to master. He is a talent who is blessed without the need to work hard. That’s the true secret behind his immense strength.

There are clearly many different aspects to his strength, so it’s good to take the time to look at all of them one by one.

Yuta swordsmanship

Swordsmanship

When he first came into Jujutsu High, Yuta was trained in using weapons. In particular, he was given a katana that was specially designed so he could use some of Rika’s power alongside it. Yuta took to his training in earnest, practicing alongside Maki, one of the strongest cursed weapon users in the entire series. During this time, Yuta already becomes more than capable with a sword. He has the ability to take out most cursed spirits with little effort (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-2). At this point, he was even strong enough to go toe to toe with someone like Suguru Geto.

By the time the main series rolls around, Yuta has gotten much, much better with his sword. At this point, Yuta is capable of using his cursed energy alongside his base swordsmanship to give his abilities more power. He is so strong that he can easily take out the highest levels of cursed spirits with little effort using just his sword skills alone.

Yuta Cursed Energy

Cursed Energy

Yuta’s immense cursed energy stems from his kinship with Michizane Sugawara. This was something that we only recently found out once we learned the truth of how he ended up cursing Rika. Rika grew into a powerful and vindictive spirit, she was so strong she even ended up earning the nickname “Queen Of Curses”. Due to his connection to Rika, Yuta was more than capable of easily handling advanced cursed techniques that other people would have had to struggle much more with.

Yuta has so much cursed energy that many characters comment on how comparable it is with Gojo himself (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 139). At some point, Yuta loses his connection to Rika but still has the immense amount of cursed energy that Rika used to give him. Now, instead of having to channel his power from a third party, he can use it all himself. This opened many doors for him in terms of his growth.

Yuta Energy Control

Energy Control

Yuta is also exceptionally talented at using his immense amount of cursed energy. He can easily reinforce his body with cursed energy whenever he needs to in order to keep himself safe from blasts and impacts. He can also use this cursed energy to harden his whole body or parts of it so that his blows pack a bigger punch. Just him jumping from a high place onto the ground was more than enough to shatter the pavement.

In addition, he can use it to increase his physical strength. Yuta is so strong that he can even keep up with Itadori, someone known in the whole series for being physically stronger than everyone else. He is even able to pick up a full blown car. This isn’t something that most other people in Jujutsu Kaisen can easily do (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 140).

Yuta Rika Manifestation

Manifesting Rika

When he is with Rika, Rika will go out of her way to make sure Yuta is safe and secure. Rika is one of the strongest cursed spirits on the entire planet, and Yuta can use her power in addition to his own. She is a cursed spirit so powerful that just capturing her was the entire plot of Yuta’s initial character arc.

When we see him again later, he still seems to have the ability to summon Rika. Unlike before, he appears to have a lot more control over manifesting her and using her abilities. Before, he didn’t really have all that much control but that doesn’t seem to be much of a problem at this point. We don’t currently know if this is the same Rika from before or if it’s something else (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 141).

Yuta Healing 2

Healing

Being able to heal someone is one of the hardest things for any Jujutsu Sorcerer and is definitely not something that just anyone can do. Thanks to his vast stores of cursed energy, Yuta is more than capable of using the reversed curse technique to heal his allies. This is a technique he learned after only one year of studying, if you wanted to make him any more impressive than it already was.

Yuta Copy Techniques

Copying Techniques

Yuta has also shown some ability to copy other people’s cursed techniques, even if they are things that would require years and years of training and effort to do. He was able to use Inumaki’s cursed speech, to a frighteningly powerful degree. Unlike Inumaki, he did need to use a special microphone for this, but being able to use this power at all says a lot (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-4).

Facts

  • Yuta is one out of the  four Special Grade Sorcerers.
  • He killed Yuji Itadori and brought him back to life to deceive the higher-ups of Jujutsu Tech (Jujutsu Kaisen manga Chapter 143).
  •  Yuta is the Gojo’s distant relative and a descendant Sugawara-No-Michizane who is one of the three greatest vengeful spirits (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-4).
  • Yuta’s trainer while he was abroad was Miguel. Miguel was once affiliated with Geto.
  •  Yuta is one of the few people Gojo said could grow to become sorcerers that can surpass even him.
  • We do not know if the Rika Yuta can summon later on in the series, is the same Rika he could manifest before.
  •  Not only is Yuta strong, by using cursed energy, he is also extremely fast.

  •  Yuta is one of the most popular characters in the series and was in the top ten during the first character poll.

Past/History

Yuta Past

In the past, Yuta and Rika were as close as any two people could be. They had both even gone so far as to promise to marry each other. Unfortunately, Rika was killed in an accident. Unknowingly, Yuta cursed her and made her into a special grade cursed spirit. For many years he would go on to think that Rika was haunting him, when she was in fact, trying to protect him (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-1).

Affiliations

Yuta Affiliations 1

Tokyo Jujutsu High

Yuta is a sophomore at Tokyo Jujutsu High. Yuta seems to really value the fact that he did get the chance to go to Jujutsu High, as that more or less completely changed his life. Yuta wears his school outfit proudly. He was even seen wearing it when he was abroad, where he definitely didn’t need to still dress the same way.

Relationships

Satoru Gojo

Satoru Gojo

Gojo is something of a mentor figure for Yuta. He is more than willing to help Yuta out especially when he isn’t very strong. He is the one who gave Yuta his sword and Yuta seems to value this gift greatly (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-1).

Toge Inumaki

Yuta obviously cares a great deal for all of his classmates and is more than willing to go to extremes if it means taking care of them and protecting them. Still, even then, he seems to share a special bond with Inumaki. Initially, this isn’t a connection that Yuta seemed to value too much, since he didn’t really understand the strange cursed user.

Later on though, as he learns more and more about him, Yuta learns that Inumaki is someone who is a lot like him. He respects the young man a lot and out of anyone, it is Inumaki that Yuta turns to most frequently. Just like all of his close friends, Yuta is easily able to understand everything that Inumaki is saying despite his odd speech (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-3).

Voice Actor

Megumi Ogata

Megumi Ogata is the official voice actress for Yuta Okkotsu in the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie. Ogata-san is known for her roles in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Yugi-Oh!, Dragonball Z, and Yu Yu Hakusho.

Final Verdict

In conclusion, Yuta is a great character in an already great series. He is going to be the star in the new Jujutsu Kaisen movie and it is obvious that the movie is destined from the start to be a success. Many new fans are going to be introduced to this new character and he will likely only explode more in popularity soon. Many manga readers will doubtless be very eager to see one of their favorite characters animated for the first time.

References

1: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-1

2: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-2

3: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-3

4: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 0-4

5: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 11

6: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 137

7: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 139

8: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 140

9: Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Chapter 141

10: Jujutsu Kaisen manga Chapter 143

11: Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Episode 6

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