Did JJK Volume 26 Cover Make Gojo’s Revival Theories Fall Flat?

Gojo Satoru’s death at the hands of Sukuna has been a hard pill to swallow for the fans who adore him. There’s still a very vocal section of these fans who refuse to believe Gojo will stay dead.

This copium is supported by some elaborately concocted theories, which connect far-fetched symbolisms and dots in order to support their assumption that Gojo will return in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga in some manner or form.

The first stage is often denial.

Not that I am against Gojo returning, but knowing Gege, I don’t want to be too invested in such an outcome. To add to my skepticism, it seems that art featuring Gojo JJK volume 26 cover was the final nail in the coffin by Gege, confirming beyond any doubt (my opinion ofcourse) that Gojo Satoru truly is dead.

Analyzing the JJK volume 26 cover:

In case you missed the volume 26 cover – take a look at the high resolution image shared by the official twitter account of Jujutsu Kaisen below.

JJK volume 26 cover

While majority of the reactions surrounding the cover art focused on how badly Gege had portrayed Gojo in it, there were others (like me) who also noticed the subtle symbolisms in the cover.

First things first, some people in the fandom have pointed out that JJK volume 26 cover has the makings of a funeral photo. And that’s a very interesting observation.

The black kimono, the snow and the flowers on the cover do paint a very ominous picture, especially the black get-up which is reminiscent of the funeral photos.

So this could be Gege’s way of once again saying that Gojo is really dead. But considering how the numerous statements confirming Gojo’s demise from the manga have been straight up ignored by his utterly loyal fanbase, it needs to be seen if this cover will be enough to get them over their copium.

The opinion on funeral photo aside, there are a couple of more symbolisms in the cover that make a lot of sense. Allow me to explain those!

The snow and the flowers:

When it comes to the flowers that are shown in the cover, there are two common assumptions based on how it looks – its either the camellia (tsubaki) or the peony (botan). And depending on who believes what, different theories have spawned.

My thoughts? I believe that the flowers shown in the volume 26 cover are the camellia (Tsubaki).

The Tsubaki is commonly found in the Japan during the winter and snow. It blooms between the months of January and March or from December to springtime.

On the other hand, the standard varieties of peonies bloom from April to May, and are commonly known as spring peonies. There are a species of cold peonies in Japan, but they aren’t commonly found and require great care.

Since the flowers in the cover are depicted along with the snow, I think that Gege has gone with Tsubaki in this case.

Check out the following painting by Hiroshige Utagawa depicting the camellia in the snow with sparrows.

Let’s move on to the symbolism part now.

The camellia was considered the flower of death. It symbolized a noble death among the warriors and samurai during the past.

Unlike other flowers, which withered and lost one petal after the other, the camellia flower falls completely from the plant suddenly – symbolizing a swift death akin to beheading. However, there’s another interesting connection that we can make here.

The camellias’ swift/sudden falling off is very close to how Gojo was cut in half suddenly out of nowhere by Sukuna.

Another detail I found out was that these camellias, especially the Higo camellias, were often used to adorn the graves of samurais. In fact, this flower reminisces human death soo much that it is prohibited in Japan to give the camellia to someone who is sick or recovering.

Additionally, the snow itself has a negative connotation – once again representing death in this case (probably).

One user in particular pointed out that the pre-fight clothes that Gojo was wearing, combined with the snow and flowers makes it feel like a warrior’s last stand kinda image.

Gege’s choice of cover art not only confirms that Gojo is dead indeed, but it also serves as a reminder for how he died. I believe it is a final nail in the coffin for the copium theories.

Once you get the whole picture, the cover is actually quite haunting. Combine it with the fact that Gojo is smiling with all the dark symbolisms that are around him.


There’s always a but….

The camellia, though representing a noble death, were also the samurais’ favorite flowers, because it was a symbol of sturdiness and bravery as they survived the harshest of colds.

For hopefuls, this could also be a hint for Gojo surviving the ordeals of his fight with Sukuna. No?

What are your thoughts on the cover, and the implications it has on Gojo’s revival theories. Let me know them in the comments below!

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