Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 31 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 31 Review

Koukichi vs. Mahito

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 31 featured the fight between Koukichi and Mahito. We saw the very beginning of this fight in Episode 30. But, the majority of the fight came in this week’s episode. And, I wasn’t expecting the fight to go how it did.

Despite how large and in charge Ultimate Mechamaru is, it can’t hurt Mahito. It can deal physical damage to him. But, physical damage doesn’t matter when it comes to curses. You have to deal damage to their soul. I don’t know why Ultimate Mechamaru can’t do this.

Its normal attacks are powered by cursed energy. So, shouldn’t they be able to damage the souls of cursed spirits? I guess not. But, luckily for Koukichi, he has a trick up his sleeve. He has four projectiles that can damage Mahito’s soul. He just needs to use them at the right moment.

Mahito expanding his domain from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 31
Mahito expanding his domain

As we saw, Koukichi surprised Mahito with the first of these attacks. And, that was the plan. He first used a bunch of attacks that couldn’t damage Mahito’s soul so he’d let his guard down. Then, he hit him with one attack that could. This led to Mahito not knowing why that one attack worked.

If Mahito doesn’t know why one of the attacks hurt him, he has to dodge all of the attacks. He can’t risk taking another direct hit to his soul. The problem I see with this strategy, though, is that it still relies on being able to hit Mahito.

Why not ensure the first hit was the one to finish him off? Now that he knows any attack could be one that hurts him, it’s going to be hard to hit him again. But, this plan also came from the guy banking on Gojou saving him.

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RIP Mechamaru

Technically, Mechamaru’s (Koukichi’s) death wasn’t confirmed. But, it seems pretty obvious, to me, that he’s dead. However, because it seems so obvious, that means there’s a good chance that he’s still alive. You know, just to throw us off.

So, why should we believe Mechamaru is dead? Well, we saw Ultimate Mechamaru destroyed on the ground. And we saw both Getou and Mahito leaving the scene of the battle together. So, that should mean that Mechamaru is dead. After all, do they have any reason to leave him alive? Not that I’m aware of.

On top of that, we got a huge death flag for Mechamaru before the fight concluded. Miwa was sitting next to one of the Mechamaru puppets talking about how she wants to meet him in person one day. For her to say that while we know Mechamaru is fighting for his life is a major flag.

Kasumi Miwa sitting with Mechamaru from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 31
Kasumi Miwa sitting with Mechamaru

But, the biggest piece of evidence for Mechamaru’s death is the attack on Shibuya. Surely, if Mechamaru survived, he would have warned the other sorcerers of the attack. That’s what he planned to do. So, since they weren’t prepared to thwart the attack, they must not have known.

I will say that there’s the possibility that Mechamaru is alive and couldn’t warn of the attack. He may have been too injured and had no way to communicate with the others. So, by the time he got in contact with them, it was too late.

If that’s the route we’re going down, then it’s unlikely he’s made contact yet. I’m feeling like this might be what ends up happening. Otherwise, the only way the other sorcerers will know he didn’t betray them is if they find his remains. The destroyed landscape will be evidence he fought.

Halloween Night

Do you think there’s significance to the attack on Shibuya being on Halloween night? Did Getou and the gang just decide that was a good date for the attack? Did they plan it for that date because there would be a lot of people in the area?

If it’s the latter, I wonder how many more people would be there than usual. Aren’t there always a lot of people in Shibuya? Or, there’s also the possibility that curses are stronger on Halloween. That would make sense to me considering what the holiday is all about.

In the end, it could be a combination of factors. Curses might be stronger on Halloween. And, Shibuya might be the most packed place on Halloween. That could be why they chose that time and place for their attack. As far as I know, Shibuya doesn’t have any significance for the sorcerers.

Halloween partygoers in Shibuya from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 31
Halloween partygoers in Shibuya

Now, there are a few things I want to go over about the veil that was cast over Shibuya. First of all, one woman was able to see it. Does this mean she can see curses, too? Is she Mieruko-chan? Or, could she only see the veil, for some reason?

Second, there was the sorcerer who decided to give us an info dump on how veils work. This was obviously information for the viewer, not for the other characters. And, to that, I say, “cringe.” This kind of dumping of information never feels satisfying. It’s lazy writing.

And finally, there’s one piece of information from the info dump I want to highlight. Why did he call out the lack of cell service within a veil, in particular? Was anyone actually questioning this? I accepted it as a feature of veils without the need for an explanation.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 31? Were you expecting Koukichi to win against Mahito? Do you think Koukichi is actually still alive? And, why do you think Halloween night was chosen for the attack on Shibuya? Let me know in the comments.

I wasn’t expecting Koukichi to win. But, that doesn’t mean I expected him to die, either. And, for now, I’m going to predict that he’s alive. As for the date of the attack, I already explained my thought process. Halloween makes curses stronger and Shibuya happens to be packed on Halloween.

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My review of Episode 32 is available now.

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