Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 29 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 29 Review

Two Paths

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 29 was pretty surprising. I knew we were going to learn about how Suguru Getou became a villain in this season. But, I wasn’t expecting it to happen so suddenly. Last week, he was a champion for good. And this week, he’s slaughtering civilians.

However, things didn’t have to turn out that way for Getou. There were two distinct paths he could have gone down, as explained by Yuki Tsukumo. He could either decide that he likes and wants to protect non-sorcerers, or that he hates and wants to kill them.

The choice is a bit more nuanced than that. But, based on how quickly Getou comes to his conclusion, you wouldn’t think so. He decides that he’s going to kill all non-sorcerers and create a world only for sorcerers. Why is this the solution he settled on, though? And what problem is it a solution to?

Suguru Getou disassociating in the shower from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 29
Suguru Getou disassociating in the shower

After the death of Riko, you might have thought Getou would hate sorcerers. After all, it was the sorcerers who planned to sacrifice her. She had a target put on her back because of the role the sorcerers forced upon her. But, that’s not how Getou saw it.

What Getou saw was the non-sorcerer cult celebrating Riko’s death. That’s what made him question whether or not non-sorcerers were worth protecting. But, then, it was what Yuki said to him that pushed him over the edge. Jujutsu High is cleaning up after a problem, not fixing it at the source.

Where do curses come from? Non-sorcerers. So, if you could eliminate cursed energy or teach non-sorcerers to use it, that would solve the problem. Or, you know, you could kill all non-sorcerers. If you did that, sorcerers wouldn’t have to die fighting curses.

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Burning the Monkeys

So, what exactly caused Getou to snap? It wasn’t any of the things I’ve already mentioned. Those are just the things that pushed him toward the sorcerer supremacy path. There were two distinct events that pushed him over the edge after all that.

The first was the death of Haibara. Haibara was one of Getou’s friends and classmates. And when he died, it’s pretty easy to see how Getou felt. He felt that if only there were no non-sorcerers, Haibara would still be alive. Haibara wouldn’t have had to fight a curse.

This was the point of no return. After this, any negative interaction with non-sorcerers was going to set Getou off. And, that negative interaction came when some non-sorcerers had a “witch hunt.” They were convinced that two, young girls were the source of their village’s problems.

Suguru Getou using a cursed spirit to burn non-sorcerers from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 29
Suguru Getou using a cursed spirit to burn non-sorcerers

However, these girls were not the source of the village’s problems. How do we know this? Getou already got rid of the curse that was causing problems. And yet, the villagers continued to insist that these girls were the issue. On top of that, these girls are sorcerers.

But, how do I know that, and why does it matter? I know they’re sorcerers because they’re part of Getou’s crew in Jujutsu Kaisen 0. And that matters because, at this point, Getou knows non-sorcerers are the source of curses. So, the villagers are blaming these sorcerer girls for problems of their own creation.

Getou probably saw this as the persecution of sorcerers, which it is. And since he was already pro-sorcerer and anti-non-sorcerer, he snapped. He used his technique to bring out a large curse and had it burn all 112 non-sorcerers in the village to death. And then, he went about his day.

Cult Leader Getou

When we see him in JJK0, Getou is already the leader of his own religious cult. And he’s using that cult to collect curses. His followers come to him with their problems, and he fixes those problems by eating their curses.

As we then found out, his reason for doing this was to amass an army of curses. With this army, he could finally eradicate non-sorcerers from the world. But, as we know, he never got that far. He was defeated before he could get enough powerful curses to achieve his goal.

However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new we learned about Getou’s cult in this episode. It turns out that he became a cult leader by taking over another cult by force. Which cult did he take over? The very same one that celebrated Riko’s death as a sign from their God.

Suguru Getou taking over a cult from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 29
Suguru Getou taking over a cult

Why did Getou take over this cult, though? Shouldn’t he have just wanted to kill everyone associated with it? Well, his plan was to eventually kill them. But, before doing that, he’s going to use them to bring about the end of the non-sorcerer world.

Without even knowing it, his followers are contributing to their own deaths. Every curse they give Getou puts him closer to wiping them out. And, in a way, this is poetic justice. Think back to what the original goal of this cult was. They wanted to prevent Riko from assimilating with Tengen-sama.

Without a new vessel, Tengen-sama would go out of control. And that would lead to the destruction of the sorcerers. But now, Getou is using those same people to destroy the non-sorcerers. And because they view him as their new messenger from God, they follow him. They really are nothing more than monkeys.

Conclusion

What do you think of Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 29? Were you surprised to see how quickly we got to Getou’s downfall? How were you expecting him to become a villain? And, would you become a member of Getou’s cult? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of Episode 30 is available now.

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