In Jujutsu Kaisen’s Culling Game, Hiromi Higuruma’s highly moral background can shed light on Megumi Fushiguro’s downward spiral.
The following contains spoilers for Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 161, “Tokyo No. 1 Colony, Part 1” onwards by Gege Akutami, John Werry and Snir Aharon, available in English from Viz Media.
The characters of Jujutsu Kaisen are currently fighting for their lives in the Culling Game, and the murderous event is taking its toll on its victims. Upon entering Tokyo Colony 1, Megumi Fushiguro and Yuji Itadori were separated and were immediately ambushed. Both overpowered their opponents with ease and continued to probe the enemy for their target locations — but while Itadori was led to Hiromi Higuruma, Fushiguro went straight into a trap.
As the former battles the defense to convince him to turn over the points he has accumulated, Fushiguro is up against Reggie Star and many of his allies. While these two separate battles took place, the different stances between Megumi and Higuruma highlighted some of the emerging flaws of the young Fushiguro.
Fushiguro and Higuruma try to uphold justice in different ways
Both characters serve as interesting shields for each other as Higuruma, like Fushiguro, is trying to uphold the higher principles of justice to make the world of Jujutsu Kaisen a more just place. However, they differ greatly in their approach to weakness. Fushiguro despises weak people, mainly because he doesn’t want to be weak, but also because he was taught to be. Satoru Gojo told the young wizard that in order to have full control over his life, he must reach his full potential as a witch. If he does this, he will never feel the overwhelming circumstances of his childhood again.
Fushiguro despises people like Remi, who panic in the face of death or danger — even though this is a normal human reaction. He sees her weakness and believes that she should be punished for feeling this way instead of becoming greater than these feelings. Fushiguro acts like a prosecutor who wants to deliver punishment and make the world a better place, provoking those who violate boundaries.
However, Higuruma’s approach is based on the law, ensuring it works correctly and protecting those who find themselves unjustly convicted. As a defense attorney, this attitude towards making the world fairer makes sense, but he also translates this philosophy into his Jujutsu. Higuruma wants to see the weakness and ugliness that Fushiguro opposes because he believes this is what makes man. Every character has a weakness – even the strongest wizard finds himself trapped in a Prison Realm – but there’s nothing wrong with this. To Higuruma, it was admittedly human nature, but to Fushiguro, it was an anomaly worthy of beholding.
Higuruma’s speech contrasts with Fushiguro’s senseless murder
The most important point between Higuruma and Fushiguro is how they kill people. Before the Elimination Game, Higuruma lost control in court and murdered a Judge and Prosecutor who were unjustly adjusting a case. In his eyes, their deaths were justifiable because they were committing crimes, but he still felt immense guilt. When discussing murder with Itadori, the lawyer said he felt horrible doing so.
Higuruma’s personal beliefs and beliefs about what defines crime never directly influenced his guilt over righteous actions. He still believes it’s fair to kill judges and prosecutors – they corrupt and put an innocent person in jail – but this doesn’t stop him from feeling bad for what he’s done. As this realization unfolds, on the other side of the colony, Fushiguro prepares to do something directly against Higuruma’s admirable stance.
After being led by Remi to the Reggie Stars’ base, Fushiguro was quickly attacked by Iori Hazenoki and Chizuru Hari. He fought against the group until the rule that allowed the transfer of points between players was announced. When this happened, Fushiguro aimed at Chizuru, pushing him out of the building and attacking the sorcerer mid-air. His actions were reasonable up to this point — but by the time the two landed, Chizuru was already unconscious and unable to act. Instead of running away, Fushiguro delivered an unnecessary final blow.
It didn’t matter that the sorcerer killed someone, but his attitude towards the murder raised alarm bells. Fushiguro no longer has to kill anyone to get points thanks to a rule Itadori has established, so he can threaten opponents with injury, or just leave him at that. Instead, Fushiguro brutally killed Chizuru while he was already unconscious, while recounting how he was removing obstacles in his way. He feels no remorse and is basically just killing people for the sake of it. Compared to Higuruma, who rightfully murdered but still feels guilty, Fushiguro’s senseless murder shows the negative impact that Jujutsu Kaisen’s Sorting Game has had on him.
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