Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 28 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 28 Review

The Other Talk-no-Jutsu

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 28 did something that I’ve never seen another series do. It gave an explanation for why the characters explain their abilities in battle. Apparently, the more you reveal to your opponent, the stronger you get.

During his fight against Getou, Touji begins explaining how he fights. He doesn’t have cursed energy, so he relies on other means. He uses cursed tools, a cursed spirit to carry those tools, and a heavenly pact. And, as he’s explaining all of this, Getou cuts him off.

Getou says, “I know revealing information about your ability increases its fundamental strength…” And when he says this, he’s referring to Touji’s heavenly pact. Episode 27 taught us that Touji’s heavenly pact enhances his physical abilities.

So, we finally have a reason why characters like to talk about their abilities to their opponents.

Touji Fushiguro explaining how he fights without cursed energy from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 28
Touji Fushiguro explaining how he fights without cursed energy

But, it doesn’t stop there. Getou’s quote actually continues with, “…just like for a sorcerer.” This implies strengthening abilities by talking about them isn’t unique to heavenly pacts. A cursed technique user can similarly enhance their abilities.

And, as you’d expect, we often see sorcerers talking about their abilities. Though, there does seem to be a balancing act here.

Revealing information about your ability makes it stronger. But, at the same time, it removes the element of surprise. So, a sorcerer or other combatant should only reveal as much information as is necessary.

Something interesting to think about is whether this also applies to general knowledge. Gojou mentions that a lot of people know about his technique because it’s inherited. So, does that alone make his technique stronger? Or does it only become stronger when he reveals information about it?

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“I Alone Am the Honored One”

In Episode 28, Satoru Gojou received some pretty powerful buffs to his cursed technique(s). We still haven’t seen him use any kind of domain expansion. But, at this point, it looks like he has the rest of his abilities.

At the start of the season, he could only really use his Limitless technique in two ways. First, there was the neutral use of it. This is how Gojou protects himself from incoming attacks. As an attack approaches him, it gets slower and slower until it stops.

Second, he has Cursed Technique: Blue, which pulls objects toward his body. But, that was it. In Episode 26, when saving Riko, he attempted to use Cursed Technique Reversal: Red. However, he failed — and from what I remember, he mentioned that he hadn’t gotten it to work yet.

Satoru Gojou using his Cursed Technique Reversal: Red from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 28
Satoru Gojou using his Cursed Technique Reversal: Red

Now, Gojou can use the neutral, Blue, Red, and Purple variants of his Limitless technique. Red is the opposite of Blue — it repels objects away from Gojou’s body. And, while I don’t really understand Purple, it combines Blue and Red. The result is a destructive beam-type attack.

That’s not all, though. Thanks to his near-death experience, Gojou also learned reversed cursed energy. This is what’s used for healing. From what we’ve heard, it’s what Shouko Ieiri specializes in. This is how Gojou healed his wounds. And, this is actually the key to everything else Gojou figured out.

While he was dying, Gojou figured out reversed cursed energy so he could save himself. That knowledge then allowed him to perfect his Cursed Technique Reversal: Red. And once he did that, he could use his clan’s secret knowledge to combine the Blue and Red techniques to make Purple.

He knew this was all possible, but needed the foundation.

Is This What Breaks Getou?

We know that, at some point between now and the events of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, Suguru Getou becomes evil. But, so far this season, Getou doesn’t seem evil at all. And, at times, he even seems more “good” than Gojou does.

For example, there’s the post-credit scene in this episode. After retrieving Riko’s body from the cult, Gojou says something out of character to Getou. He asks Getou if they should kill every cult member there. He even says that as he is now, he probably wouldn’t feel anything about killing them.

But, Getou is the one who talks Gojou out of doing that. He says that the cultists present are all just followers. The cult leaders who are to blame have already fled. So, it’s not worth killing those present. And while Gojou didn’t necessarily agree with that reasoning, he accepted it.

Satoru Gojou carrying Riko Amanai's body from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 28
Satoru Gojou carrying Riko Amanai’s body

However, this looks like it could be where Getou begins to crack. At the very end of the episode, we see a representation of him struggling to hold back. Despite what he said to Gojou, it looks like he also wants to slaughter the cultists.

This is important because the cultists are non-sorcerers. Earlier this season, Getou said it was the job of sorcerers to protect non-sorcerers. But, in JJK0, Getou views non-sorcerers as beneath him. So, it’s clear that something happened to make his views on non-sorcerers change. And, Riko’s death could be that something — or at least the start of it.

Also, I want to point out something about the cursed spirit Touji used. Before Getou finds Gojou, the cursed spirit makes its way to him. And, in JJK0, we actually see Getou using this same cursed spirit. Discord user Key Mochi pointed that out to me.

Conclusion

What do you think of Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 28? Do you like the explanation that talking about your abilities makes them stronger? Were you expecting Gojou to be the one to heal his own wounds? And, do you think this is the start of Getou’s descent into madness? Let me know in the comments.

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