Is Nobara Kugisaki dead in Jujutsu Kaisen? Explained

Nobara Kugisaki as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via Studio MAPPA)
Is Nobara Kugisaki dead in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)

The Jujutsu Kaisen manga's Shibuya Incident was fraught with death as several major characters were either gravely injured or died altogether. Seems like creator Geje Akutami is not afraid to kill off characters as the story progresses.

One such character whose death has been questioned is the series' female protagonist, Nobara Kugisaki. Last seen fighting Mahito in the subway, Nobara has been missing from the scene. This has led to fans wondering - Is Nobara Kugisaki dead in the Jujutsu Kaisen Manga?

Does Nobara Kugisaki die in Jujutsu Kaisen's Shibuya arc?

Nobara in Episode 43 (Image via MAPPA)
Nobara in Episode 43 (Image via MAPPA)

Yes, Nobara Kugisaki died fighting the cursed spirit Mahito in Shibuya. Nobara's death occurs in chapter 125 of the manga and episode 43 (season 2 episode 19) of the anime. It is further shown in chapter 126.

However, the question remains whether Nobara Kugisaki has any chance of getting revived. Her status hasn't been confirmed as of chapter 247, so the possibility of Nobara's return exists too. Gege Akutami is known to have aces up his sleeve, which could very well be one of them.

How did Nobara die in Jujutsu Kaisen?

During the Shibuya incident, Yuji and Nobara were face to face with the curse Mahito. One of the strongest curses alive, Mahito's cursed technique allowed him to reshape a soul through a touch, his own or his target's. In doing so, he could painfully manipulate his target's body to match their soul.

Mahito in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)
Mahito in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)

Mahito split himself into two and faced Yuji and Nobara individually. However, Nobara's cursed technique allowed her to attack her opponents' souls through severed body parts, thus making her the perfect match to fight Mahito. The curse soon realized this and switched places with his double.

This left both sorcerers confused. While Yuji took down the double, Mahito seized the opportunity and took advantage of a confused Nobara to touch her. With Idle Transfiguration, the side of Nobara's head exploded.

Due to Yuji not having obtained control of Sukuna's powers, he was unable to use Reverse Cursed Energy to save her.

Will Nobara return?

Deaths in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga are normally clearly stated. The characters who die have their fate revealed in some way or the other. But there is good news for fans - Nobara's fate is still a mystery. With new chapters of the manga being released, nothing about her has been stated so far. There is reason to believe that Nobara could return.

Arriving on the scene with Todo Aoi was Arata Nitta. He is one of the few Jujutsu Sorcerers who possesses a healing ability. While he cannot raise the dead, he does use his cursed technique to freeze her body and its injuries. Essentially, with this technique, her body remained stuck in the brief moments after her passing.

This raises the chances for her to be healed and even so resurrected by someone who can use Reverse Cursed Techniques, like Okkotsu Yuta or Shoko Ieiri. Nonetheless, it is unclear whether any other Jujutsu Sorcerers got to her in time.

Final Thoughts

Yuji and Nobara in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)
Yuji and Nobara in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)

Nobara was part of the lead trio along with Yuji and Megumi and was very close with both. Her death was painful, to say the least, for Yuji, who had no family but just his friends. In the current scenario, he has already lost Megumi and Gojo to Sukuna. With most of his friends dead, he is engaged in a gruesome battle against the King of Curses.

The upcoming chapters might be perfect for Nobara's return. Being a fan favorite and a crucial part of Team Gojo, Nobara's return to the Jujutsu Kaisen story would be well-received and especially important if she played a role in defeating Kenjaku and Sukuna. With most of his friends and allies gone as of chapter 247, Yuji could use her support right now.

Check out our other Jujutsu Kaisen pieces here:

How did Sukuna take over Megumi? || Why did Yuta call Hakari stronger than him? || Fans debate over Gojo vs Goku || Yuta's return looks improbable after chapter 251

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