Warning: SPOILERS for Jujutsu Kaisen chapter #236Latest chapter of Jujutsu Kaisen has left fans everywhere heartbroken with the sudden death of Gojo Satoru. Bittersweet, this chapter may have a glimmer of hope as it hints that fan-favorite Nobara Kugisaki may not be dead after all and may return, reviving Jujutsu Kaisen’s iconic trio again before the finale.
While the series is no stranger to killing off characters regardless of their popularity, Chapter #236 is especially heartbreaking as several deceased characters appear, reminding viewers of mortality their tragedy. Gojo’s sudden death was made even more heartbreaking by his reunion with Geto, Nanami, Principal Yaga, and a few others in what seemed to be some kind of afterlife. That said, Nobara’s absence from the group that welcomed Gojo in the afterlife was obvious and gave fans hope that she might still be alive.
Gojo does not meet Nobara in the afterlife
Nobara was not among the people Gojo encountered in the afterlife in Chapter #236, suggesting that she may still be alive. Although not mentioned or referenced since the incident in Shibuya, fans of the series remained suspicious of Nobara’s death for a long time because her final moments were ambiguous. Furthermore, the series never explicitly confirmed her death, raising hopes that she may have been treated by Shoko off-screen and still recovering, which explains the silence of other characters in this regard as well as her absence from the Killing Game.
Although one could argue that Gojo only met people who were truly dear to him and who had an impact on his life like Toji, it cannot be denied that Gojo cared for his students. themselves, including Nobara, and saw her younger self in them. In fact, Gojo’s love for his student is one of the character’s defining characteristics. So there’s no reason why she wouldn’t be present unless she’s not actually dead, unless author Gege Akutami is cruelly toying with fans’ hopes. However, Nobara is a bright witch who is said to have as much potential as Megumi and Yuji and could become an outstanding warrior if given the chance.
Nobara’s return will make the finale of Jujutsu Kaisen even better
Due to the lack of well-represented female characters in shounen anime, Nobara is a breath of fresh air and remains a favorite in the series despite attempts to replace her with Hana. Overall, Chapter #236 raised a lot of doubts with many not sure how the series would progress after such an epic turn of events. In any case, Gojo’s death paved the way for potential young witches like Yuta, Yuji and Nobara to attract attention as well as have the series’ original trio reunite one last time albeit in a bittersweet battle before the big finale of Jujutsu Kaisen.
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