The beginning of a new week can only mean one thing: time for new Weekly Shonen Jump! This is where Jacob investigates the latest and greatest in the magazine, telling you what’s worth your time and what’s not. You can find coverage of other series under the tag Jump Time. Here’s Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 149.
For better or worse, through thick and thin, Maki and Mai have always been bound together as biological twins. They might not like it, but it’s a fact of their births: in Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 149, that connection is taken to its logical conclusion… and used to pay the ultimate price.
Last week was full of surprising developments, not least of which was the worry that Maki might die at the hands of her father, Obi. Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 149 opens by telling us that while Mai is okay, Maki certainly is not: she’s unconscious as Obi throws her and her sister down the stairs into a training room full of Cursed Spirits. As a setting, this room very much reminds me of the worm chamber glimpsed in Fate/stay night, so I have to wonder whether that was an inspiration for Gege Akutami.
Once Maki and Mai are left to die, Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 149 changes tracks to explore a conversation between the two twins. Whether this conversation is real or simply metaphorical is not explained, but the setting sure is a classic one: sat on the beach with the tide lapping at their feet, it signifies somewhat literally the border between life and death.
‘You are me, and I am you.’ Another classic line from Mai that backs up what many readers already inferred from last week’s title page: the fact that her and Maki’s identity as twins has something to do with their abilities. More specifically, Mai explains in Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 149 that ‘Cursed Techniques treat identical twins as one individual.’ As a result, the two are linked in more ways than one.
The potential for Maki’s future character development is signalled by the line ‘As long as I’m around, you, Maki, will never fully develop.’ Even if she tries to get stronger, there wouldn’t be much point as Mai has already given up on doing so: this suggests that Maki has been held back by Mai this entire time. So when she departs the world of the living and leaves Maki with her one wish to ‘Destroy everything,’ Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 149 provides us with a taste of her new power in the most effective way possible: placing us into Obi’s headspace and conjuring up his memories of Toji Fushiguro.
This is because Mai trades her life for the Cursed Tool that Maki is seen grasping above, presumably making her look like the famed Sorcerer Killer. Contrary to popular belief, Maki doesn’t now have Cursed Energy, because then the comparison with Toji wouldn’t make sense. Furthermore, Mai is actually the one who says that line ‘I’ll take the Cursed Energy and everything with me.’ It’s a bit confusing, but that’s my understanding.
Regardless, Maki has always been one of my favorite Jujutsu Kaisen characters, and chapter 149 makes it clear that her journey isn’t quite over yet.
You can read Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 149 for free via VIZ Media.