Why is Jujutsu Kaisen 240 designed with an integral cliffhanger of the Kenjaku vs Takaba battle?

Kenjaku vs Takaba battle in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 240 and try to understand why it was suspended in midair without any proper conclusion

Jujutsu Kaisen 240 has managed to end with an intriguing and interesting cliffhanger following the Kenjaku vs Takaba battle. While it is mostly redundant and repetitive, with many fans claiming it to be one of the most bland chapters in the recent past, it also has some interesting and intriguing thoughts to it. In this article, we will look at the Kenjaku vs Takaba battle in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 240 and try to understand why it was suspended in midair without any proper conclusion, and what that might hold for the upcoming course of the story.

Jujutsu Kaisen 240 – a brief overview of the chapter

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 240 begins with an interesting digression into the past. It shows a conversation among Angel, Yuta, Hakari, including others, who believe that she should attack Kenjaku before the battle between Gojo and Sukuna ends. They are aware of Kenjaku’s plans and his idea to merge the entirety of Japan with Tengen. While they were contemplating on whom to send to fight Kenjaku, they concluded that Takaba should be the one taking up the responsibility.

Kenjaku vs Takaba battle in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 240 and try to understand why it was suspended in midair without any proper conclusion
Kenjaku vs Takaba battle. (Image credit goes to Shueisha)
  • Before Angel can say and reveal any further about Takaba, the scene shifts to the battle and shows an unwavering and unaffected Takaba standing tall before Kenjaku’s curses.
  • It was consecutively revealed that Kenjaku’s cursed technique is his imagination which allows him to materialize things, which led the ancient curse user to believe that even his thousand years of knowledge would prove to be equal to nothing before Takaba.

After ensuing in a battle of words and Kenjaku demeaning Takaba, the former came to the conclusion that the latter’s CT is sourced from their confidence in battle. This allowed Kenjaku to land a hit on Takaba and the following hits made him land near Hazenoki’s dead body.

While these have proved to be severe for Takaba, one must understand that the chapter was left off here and there is still a lot of uncertainty in the air regarding the future course of the battle.

Why is the cliffhanger such a necessary element in Jujutsu Kaisen 240?

The cliffhanger in Jujutsu Kaisen 240 is one of the most necessary elements due to the shadowing of Takaba’s fate. There is a sense of hope attached to this suspension and after Takaba sees Hazenoki’s dead body, he might pull himself together and prove to be a threat to Kenjaku’s counterattacks. While this character development is highly likely, it is also very likely that the chapter will probably answer Takaba’s questioning of the self as to why he chose to become a comedian.

Kenjaku vs Takaba battle in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 240 and try to understand why it was suspended in midair without any proper conclusion
Kenjaku vs Takaba battle. (Image credit goes to Shueisha)

The cliffhanger also suggests that the Kenjaku vs Takaba battle is not very definitive in nature. It suggests that the two characters are polar opposites and yet they are striving for a sense of achievement in their actions and inactions. While both of the characters are driven by personal motivations, these motivations also collide in the sense that their aspirations are driven by a sense of consolidation to the self and to convince themself that their existence and their journey deserve a suitable outcome.

What might happen in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 241?

Jujutsu Kaisen 241 might be a character development-oriented chapter. It will probably show Takaba’s true potential and his hidden rage which has for so long been subdued and his frustrations which have been neglected and disposed of. It will be a chapter that will put forth a new identity for Takaba and the battle might take a fatal turn for Kenjaku.

Kenjaku vs Takaba battle in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 240 and try to understand why it was suspended in midair without any proper conclusion
Kenjaku in Jujutsu Kaisen anime. (Image credit goes to Studio MAPPA)

While that remains a question for the future, one can also expect that once Kenjaku is weakened by Takaba’s attacks, the others might sweep in and finish him off. This will eliminate a large threat from the scene and will allow the sorcerers to solely focus on Sukuna. That being said, the chapter is also expected to show glimpses and events from the Yuji vs Sukuna battle, which has been a growing concern for the fans.

Conclusion

Jujutsu Kaisen 240 is undoubtedly one of the most basic yet unravelling chapters in the manga so far. It sets the stage for a larger agenda to unfold and at the same time allows the characters to rest for a while as the battle goes on.

While it manages to portray Kenjaku as a superior being, it also threatens him through a very minor character and this in itself questions the leanings of the narrative. For more anime updates, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter at Spiel Anime!

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