In Jujutsu Kaisen’s Culling Game, Hiromi Higuruma’s intense moral high ground may be shedding light on a downward spiral for Megumi Fushiguro.
The following contains spoilers for Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 161, “Tokyo No. 1 Colony, Part 1” onwards by Gege Akutami, John Werry, and Snir Aharon, available in English from Viz Media.
Jujutsu Kaisen‘s characters are currently fighting for their lives amid the Culling Game, and the homicidal event is taking its toll on its victims. Upon entering Tokyo Colony 1, Megumi Fushiguro and Yuji Itadori were dragged apart and instantly ambushed. Both overpowered their opponents with ease and continued to question the enemy on their target’s location — but while Itadori was led to Hiromi Higuruma, Fushiguro walked straight into a trap.
As the former battled the defense attorney to convince him to hand over the points he’d amassed, Fushiguro was going head-to-head with Reggie Star and his many allies. While these two separate battles unfolded, the differing stances between Megumi and Higuruma highlighted some of young Fushiguro’s emerging flaws.
Fushiguro and Higuruma Try to Uphold Justice in Different Ways
Both characters act as interesting foils to one another as Higuruma, like Fushiguro, is trying to sustain higher principles of justice to make Jujutsu Kaisen‘s world a fairer place. However, they differ massively in their approach to weakness. Fushiguro looks down on weak people, mainly because he doesn’t want to be weak, but also because he was taught to do so. Satoru Gojo has told the young sorcerer that to be in full control of his life, he must reach his full potential as a sorcerer. If he does this, he’ll never feel the overwhelming circumstances of his childhood again.
Fushiguro looks down on people like Remi who panic when faced with death or danger — despite this being a normal and human reaction. He sees her weakness and believes she should be punished for feeling this way instead of being greater than these emotions. Fushiguro acts like a prosecutor wanting to hand out punishment and make the world better, provoking those who transgress a boundary.
However, Higuruma’s approach is based on the law, making sure it works correctly and defending those who find themselves wrongfully convicted. As a defense attorney, this attitude toward making the world fairer makes sense, but he also transfers this philosophy into his Jujutsu. Higuruma wants to see the same weakness and ugliness Fushiguro so opposes because he believes this is what makes people human. Every character has a weakness — even the strongest sorcerer found himself trapped in the Prison Realm — but there’s nothing wrong with this. To Higuruma it’s acknowledged as human nature, but to Fushiguro it’s an anomaly to be looked down on.
Higuruma’s Speech Contrasts Fushiguro’s Senseless Murder
The most important foil between Higuruma and Fushiguro comes in their approach to killing. Before the Culling Game, Higuruma lost control in court and murdered a Judge and Prosecutor who were unjustly swaying a case. In his eyes, their deaths were justified because they were committing a crime, but he still felt intensely guilty. When discussing killing people with Itadori, the attorney said it felt awful when he did so.
Higuruma’s personal convictions and belief of what defines a crime never directly impacted his guilt toward justified actions. He still believes killing the judge and prosecutor was fair — they were corrupt and sending an innocent person to prison — but this didn’t stop him from feeling bad for what he did. As this realization is happening, on the other side of the colony Fushiguro was about to do something that directly opposed Higuruma’s admirable stance.
After being led to Reggie Stars base by Remi, Fushiguro was swiftly attacked by Iori Hazenoki and Chizuru Hari. He fought against the group until the rule that allowed points to be transferred between players was announced. As this happened, Fushiguro targeted Chizuru, pushed him out of the building and attacked the sorcerer in midair. His actions were justified up to this point — but when the pair landed, Chizuru was unconscious and out of action. Instead of walking away to his escape, Fushiguro dealt an unnecessary final blow.
That the sorcerer killed someone is not the issue, but his attitude toward the murder raises alarm bells. Fushiguro no longer had to kill anyone for points thanks to the rule Itadori established, so he could have threatened the injured opponent, or just left him there. Instead, Fushiguro brutally killed Chizuru while he was already unconscious, all while narrating how this was just him getting rid of obstacles in his way. He felt no remorse and was essentially just killing for the sake of it. Compared to Higuruma, who killed someone justifiably but is still wracked with guilt, Fushiguro’s senseless murder shows the negative impact Jujutsu Kaisen‘s Culling Game has had on him.