The anime community is abuzz with the dominance of “Jujutsu Kaisen” in recent times, all thanks to its highly anticipated new season. With the Shibuya arc on the horizon, fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the show to catch a glimpse of the renowned Gojo. Although the series offered a nostalgic interlude with a throwback arc centered on Gojo and Geto, all attention is now shifting back to Gojo’s appearance as we remember it from the first season. Contrary to popular belief that his distinctive style was influenced by “Naruto’s” Kakashi, the truth is quite different.
The likeness to Naruto’s iconic mentor, Hatake Kakashi, has been a recurring comparison in the anime world, often used to assess new mentor figures. However, the creator of “Jujutsu Kaisen,” Gege Akutami, has revealed that Kakashi was not the source of inspiration for Gojo’s design. Akutami disclosed that the look was, in fact, influenced by a ninja who appeared during the Chunin Exams’ second phase, wearing bandages and a blindfold. This lesser-known character, despite his limited anime presence, had a lasting impact on Akutami.
The unnamed ninja, a member of Hidden Leaf’s analysis team, demonstrated considerable power during the Chunin Exams, leaving a strong impression on Akutami. This revelation sheds light on the design process and the unexpected sources of inspiration that shape beloved characters.
For those unfamiliar with “Jujutsu Kaisen” and intrigued by Gojo’s enigmatic persona, the anime is conveniently accessible for binge-watching. The anime adaptation can be enjoyed on Crunchyroll, while the manga is available through the Shonen Jump app. With its unique blend of supernatural elements and compelling characters, “Jujutsu Kaisen” continues to captivate audiences, making it a must-watch for anime enthusiasts seeking engaging narratives and memorable visuals.
Source: Comic Book