Yuta Okkotsu (
Yuta is currently a second-year student at Jujutsu High where he works as a jujutsu sorcerer. He was training overseas in Africa with Miguel until after the Shibuya Incident when he returned to Tokyo.
Yuta is a young man of average height with disheveled black hair and dark blue eyes. His body language makes it easy to tell that Yuta is very stressed. His posture is very unconfident, and he has dark eyelids due to lack of sleep.
At his old school, Yuta wore a suit for their uniform. He sports a long-sleeve shirt that stops at his forearms or a black t-shirt and dark green pants for casual wear.
After transferring to Tokyo Jujutsu High, Yuta received a specialized uniform. Yuta has a loose white jacket with sleeves that stop at his forearms. The rest of his uniform appears to be the usual Jujutsu High dark colors. He also often carries his sword on his back.
Yuta was a very timid and lonely boy who was bullied a lot while growing up. Due to Rika haunting much of his early life, Yuta was unable to connect with other people and has lost all confidence in himself. This makes it difficult for Yuta to interact with others, as they often scare him without meaning to, or he's just too shy to speak to them.
Even so, Yuta genuinely cared about other people and decided to isolate himself from them even if it means remaining alone. Maki Zenin called Yuta out for being a moody kid who's lived his entire life without goals. He acknowledged that this was true and used her advice to gain a resolve for being a jujutsu sorcerer. This helps Yuta realize that deep down, he truly desires the confidence to feel like he belongs.
While his timid nature stays intact, Yuta slowly becomes more social and interacts with others normally. Even after early signs of improvement, Yuta still struggled to understand someone like Toge Inumaki. He was initially scared of Toge until he realized how kind of a person he truly is and made an effort to establish a social connection.
Gaining friends helps Yuta gain confidence in himself and establish the goal to help set Rika free. He felt responsible for her turning into a curse in the first place and worked extremely hard to find a way to help her. He pushed himself during training and took all his friends' and mentors' words to heart, showing a more determined side of himself. At his core, Yuta wants to become someone who can help keep others out of danger.
Against Suguru Geto, Yuta showed the darkest side of himself. Geto hurt Yuta's only friends, and the young man was more than willing to kill him for it. Yuta's rage allowed him to even command Rika's power at will. He was willing to sacrifice his life to use Rika to kill Geto to avenge his friends, the only people who give him the confidence to continue living.
When Yuta returned to Jujutsu High after time away overseas, he was accompanied by a new Rika and it appeared as if he was lost in his darkness. He agreed to kill Gojo's other pupil, Yuji Itadori for the higher-ups and claimed it was revenge for cutting off Toge's arm. Yuta carried a deathly serious and cold persona who was straight to the point. He attempted to kill Yuji before so much as exchanging words and then apologized while committing the act.
However, this was all an act to help protect Yuji from the higher-ups. Yuta had to act a certain way to make it believable and he healed Yuji before the first-year died permanently. Even though Yuta has never met Yuji, he went out of his way to deceive authority and help Yuji because Gojo asked him to. Yuji is important to people who are precious to Yuta and that was more than enough reason for him to help. He also sympathizes with Yuji because he was in the exact same situation, up for execution bearing a power he could not hope to contain. Yuta doesn't blame Yuji for Sukuna's actions. 
Without the false guise of a cold killer, Yuta is still a naturally friendly person who has developed a lot as a person. He's much more social and is less timid than he used to be. When Gojo visited Yuta in Africa, the outspoken teacher was surprised his student was even telling jokes.
Yuta assimilated comfortably back into interacting with his peers and dedicated himself to helping them. He agreed to help Megumi rescue his sister from the Culling Game. He also did his diligence as a senpai and agreed to stop Sukuna should he ever take control of Yuji's body again. Upon reuniting with Maki, Yuta was excited to see her and expressed concern about her injuries.
When it appeared as if Master Tengen's barrier had rejected their group, Yuta was concerned and quick to suggest they turn back because Megumi's sister doesn't have time. Once Tengen allowed them inside and provided crucial information, Yuta agreed to enter the Culling Game right away by himself. He also suggested they get Kinji Hakari's help despite his moodiness and was modest enough to say that Hakari's strength sometimes surpasses his own.
Abilities and Powers
Overall Skill Level: Yuta is one of only four special grade sorcerers recognized by Jujutsu High. While being haunted by Rika's vengeful spirit, Yuta was immediately registered as a special grade due to Rika's immense power, making him the most recent person to receive the ranking.
Yuta was completely unaware of how to fight or control his cursed energy when Satoru threw him into his first mission. He relied on Maki until they were swallowed by a curse and it came down to Yuta to rescue everyone inside. Yuta was able to tap into his emotions and fully manifest Rika, ripping the other curse apart and freeing everyone. Yuta barely carried everyone outside the barrier but he used what little physical strength and stamina he had to finish the mission.
This made Yuta painfully aware of how weak he was, so Maki trained him on the basics of armed combat for three months before his next assignment. He was never able to land a hit on Maki but always trained hard to improve himself and started to move a lot better. However, in his second mission, an exorcism with Toge, Yuta still found himself relying on his classmate's skill. When a semi-grade 1 curse ambushed them, Toge was injured saving Yuta. This time Yuta stepped up on his own without relying on Rika and helped Toge exorcise it. Yuta's training allowed him to avoid most of the cursed spirit's attacks and he even landed a counterattack. It was just a shallow slash, however, due to the toughness of the curse and Yuta's poor cursed energy control at the time.
Apparently, during the 2017 Goodwill Event, Yuta completely dominated all of the Kyoto Jujutsu High competitors, including Aoi Todo. There is no record of him fully manifesting Rika at that time but Maki noted she was still around and was likely the reason Yuta won the event.
Continuing training throughout his tenure at Jujutsu High, Yuta continued to grow stronger and build a solid foundation as a sorcerer. On December 24, 2017, Suguru Geto targeted him in an attempt to take Rika for himself and Satoru sent Toge and Panda to intercept him. Satoru knew that Suguru wouldn't kill Yuta's friends, but that he would injure them enough to set off Yuta. This was exactly the case when Yuta confronted Geto after the curse user hurt Maki, Toge, and Panda. Yuta's emotions exploded and his power along with it, sending extraordinary levels of cursed energy coursing through his body. This resulted in an almighty increase of Yuta's physical abilities and the fine-tuning of his senses.
Alongside Rika, Yuta was able to match Geto one-on-one. He revealed not only the ability to use the extremely rare reverse cursed technique but the capacity to copy other cursed techniques like cursed speech as well. Geto claimed he was glad that he attacked Yuta before the student learned to properly wield Rika's power. Yuta was only able to defeat Geto by vowing to give his life one exchange for removing the limiters on Rika's boundless power, ultimately overpowering Maximum: Uzumaki and Tamamo-no-Mae Incarnate. The major difference in their battle was that Yuta was willing to give his life to win while the cursed manipulator didn't have the vast majority of his curses, with over four thousand serving the Night Parade of a Hundred Demons.
Following his victory, Yuta discovered he was the one who cursed Rika when they were young, not the other way around. He is a descendant of Michizane Sugawara, one of the greatest sorcerers to ever live, making Yuta a distant cousin of the Gojo clan. Yuta severed the bond tying servant to master and Rika didn't desire to punish him, so the curse was broken, freeing Orimoto's soul.
Yuta originally thought that after Rika passed away he wouldn't be able to be a sorcerer anymore. Kenjaku believes that Yuta's vast cursed energy and his ability to copy cursed techniques were tied to detaining his loved one's soul. However, these are incorrect assumptions and Satoru Gojo has stated on more than one occasion that Yuta still has the potential to surpass him.
By March of 2018, only three months after the Night Parade of a Hundred Demons, Yuta regained his rank as a special grade sorcerer. He is a prodigy who boasts incredible power and unusual abilities second only to Satoru Gojo. Satoru forced Geto's comrade, Miguel, to train Yuta. Miguel mentored Yuta overseas while they searched for the Black Rope. Yuta didn't return to Tokyo until November of that year after the Shibuya Incident occurred and Satoru was sealed. In order to protect Satoru's student, Yuta purposely got himself chosen as Yuji's executioner and earned some of the trust of the higher-ups by dispatching curses throughout desolate Tokyo. He rescued a little girl from a large cursed spirit and then Rika instantly destroyed it without even physically appearing.
Upon arriving to execute Sukuna's vessel, Yuta was recognized as a major threat to everyone. Yuji, Choso, and Naoya, three strong jujutsu users, were all briefly stricken by Yuta's unsettling cursed energy. Naoya, who especially prides himself on his abilities, was quick to ally himself with Yuta in order to avoid any potential conflict. Choso, another special grade, told Yuji to run away immediately because he could feel Yuta's overwhelming strength is on a scale similar to Satoru Gojo's, ensuring death.
Following Choso's advice to get away from Yuta, Yuji attempted to flee but Yuta was able to run him down and engage his target one-on-one. Due to what occurred in Shibuya, Yuji was holding himself back, something Yuta noticed. Yuji was able to recognize that Yuta has even more cursed energy than Satoru and his reinforcement techniques are far beyond what an average sorcerer can achieve. Yuji could normally steel his own body with cursed energy to reduce damage but Yuta would easily pierce through that. This relegated Yuji to evading for most of the encounter.
Yuji attempted to fight back with his own weapon and Yuta noticed his opponent was overly focused on the katana. Yuta eventually sliced him open but got his katana broken as a result. Rika decided to intervene and this point by partially manifesting, immobilizing Yuji with ease. This allowed Yuta to stop Yuji's heart and perform the "execution", only to revive him with a reverse cursed technique. Yuta has mastered the ability to use a reverse cursed technique and output it as positive energy, something even Satoru can't do. When Yuji returned for Naoya, he confronted Choso and knocked out the special grade with one hit.
Expert Weapons Specialist: While first training as a sorcerer, Yuji was given a katana mainly as an object to stabilize his cursed energy. Through vigorous training with Maki, the most proficient cursed tool user at Jujutsu High, Yuta became decent with a sword, able to hold his own against cursed spirits and even Geto, who has exceptional physical prowess.
Yuta has continued to hone his skill as a swordsman and still wields a katana as his weapon of choice. His skills have improved dramatically and are perfectly balanced with his enhanced cursed energy manipulation, allowing Yuta to wield a blade with superhuman physical prowess. He's fast and makes decisive attacks that Yuji could barely avoid. The blade is constantly surging with cursed energy just like the rest of Yuta's body, giving it superior cutting ability. He defeated a large cursed spirit with a diving stab so powerful it cracked the ground beneath them.
Rika has gained the ability to store cursed tools, implying Yuta is now capable of utilizing a wide variety of weapons. He chose a steel arm attachment to fight Takako Uro and used it to further reinforce his close combat skills.
Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Yuta has grown into a very capable close-quarters combatant who is more than comfortable engaging his opponent's up close. He generally throws single powerful smashing blows that can crush his opponent in a single move. A mere front kick to Yuji's sternum was enough to send him reeling back and one backhand from Yuta knocked Choso out cold.
Yuta employs hand-to-hand combat consistently against extraordinary opponents in the Culling Game. He used his katana to disarm Kurorushi before hitting the special grade cockroach curse with a powerful backfist. Yuta fought the early stages of his battle with Takako Uro and Ryu Ishigori entirely barehanded against their powerful cursed techniques.
Battles & Events
- Yuta Okkotsu & Maki Zenin vs. Cursed Spirits
- Yuta Okkotsu & Toge Inumaki vs. Cursed Spirits
- Yuta Okkotsu vs. Suguru Geto
- Yuta Okkotsu vs. Kurourushi
- Yuta Okkotsu vs. Takako Uro vs. Ryu Ishigori
- Yuta ranked 7th place in the manga's 1st Character Popularity Poll with 7,934 votes.