Yuta Okkotsu is a teenager who is surrounded and helped by the spirit of Rika Orimoto, his childhood friend who died six years before the story and is cursed because both of them promised to get married when they grow up. In November 2016, Yuta meets Satoru Gojo, a Jujutsu sorcerer in whose guidance he joins Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School to control the Curse of the Rika. Yuta also appears in the sequel Jujutsu Kaisen as an experienced warrior. Akutami created Yuta alongside Rika before the creation of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 as a duo who work together. He compared Yuta with the Jujutsu Kaisen protagonist Yuji Itadori, whose roles in the narratives are similar as a result of having to deal with inner curses have different personalities. In the 2021 animated film adaptation of the manga, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, Yuta is voiced by Megumi Ogata in the Japanese version and Kayleigh McKee in the English version. Ogata's role was picked by Akutami himself, finding her ideal for the role while McKee felt pressure over her work because of her lack of experience when the movie was dubbed as well as the tone needed. Yuta has met with a mixed critical response; some critics found him to be more appealing than Itadori as a result of their powers and backstories.
His appearance in Jujutsu Kaisen was also surprised critics due to his changed traits. Nevertheless, Yuta has been a popular character within the series appearing in marketing and polls. Ogata's and McKee's performances of Yuta also drew positive responses in the media. Manga author Gege Akutami said Yuta and Rika were created as "a combo" for the a story before he envisioned the manga' publication. The name Okkotsu (乙骨) sounded appealing to the author while Yuta (憂太) was given for his kanji's meaning; "One With Many Friends", which the mangaka also liked. Akutami never intended his series Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School to be serialized as it was Yuta's character arc was the focus of this short series. As a result, when Jujutsu Kaisen was created, Akutami replaced used a new character, Yuji Itadori, in the leading role while Yuta became supporting. Similarities between Yuta and Itadori include their introduction to jujutsu, tragedy, naivety and having faced death. Akutami included Michizane Sugawara, a famous figure in Japanese history, as an ancestor of Yuta and Gojo to explain their powers, as a tribute to the late editor Yamanaka. Akutami recounts that a scene where Yuta comforts his friend Maki Zennin surprised his editor Katayama; Katayama commented that Yuta understood Maki's feelings in their interactions.
His clothing was also altered to represent his different ranking of sorcerer.
Akutami decided to revise this scene in the storyboard following his editor's praise. In retrospect, Akutami found the early design of Yuta was too similar to that of fellow jujutsu sorcerer Megumi Fushiguro who is recurring more in the main series to the point they might confuse readers. As a result, Akutami changed Yuta's look for the main series. His clothing was also altered to represent his different ranking of sorcerer. For the series, Akutami teased readers with the possibility Yuta might be romantically involved with another woman since Rika's death. Sunghoo Park, who directed the first season of the series' anime adaptation and prequel film, originally wanted to cover Yuta's story in the anime's first few episodes but later decided to begin the show with Yuji's introduction to the world of sorcerers and curses. In the original format, Park would dedicate the series' first three episodes to develop Yuji Itadori and then replace him with Okkotsu but the idea was scrapped. Although Yuta is not present in the anime's first season, he was given a brief cameo in the second introduction sequence, which was created months before the studio MAPPA confirmed the production of the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 anime film.
Park said that while Yuta and Rika are the main focus of the movie, he still wanted to explore more on his relationship with the supporting cast. Sunghoo Park cast Yuta's voice actor; Ogata's job surprised them because Yuta is a young male being voiced by a woman. In regards to the film's theme song King Gnu's "Ichizu" (一途, "The Only Way"), the lyrics places focus on the relationship between Yuta and Rika. Following the film's release, Park's favorite fight sequence is when Yuta calls Rika to Geto in terms of animation. Gege Akutami cast Megumi Ogata as Yuta's Japanese voice following Park's advice and other staff members. The manga author claimed that he voice he envisioned was "neutral, soft, and kind, and there is also a big emotional swing and head". Ogata further said Yuta is one of the most relatable characters she has ever found due to the parallels she found when comparing his lonely childhood with hers and how both became sociable people. Additionally, she also found Yuta relatable because he continues suffering pain and overcomes his internal struggles. Ogata had to interact with the director Park in order to get a better understanding of him.
39;s work, making the character loveable.
With the help of Park and other staff members, Ogata managed to understand Yuta as a character. When the film premiered, Ogata said she was satisfied with her work and looked forward to her future projects. Fellow voice actors Yuichi Nakamura and Takahiro Sakurai felt that the feeling of "synchronization" is great in regards to Ogata's performance as Yuta. When asked about Ogata, Hanazawa commented through her work, she managed to feel Yuta's love through her partner's work, making the character loveable. In response to that, Ogata praised Hanazawa's work as Rika. In retrospect, Ogata said that voicing Yuta was a difficult work due to social distancing protocols. In the English dub, Yuta is voiced by Kayleigh McKee. McKee expressed satisfaction over being selected for Yuta's voice, calling the work "amazing, challenging, and so fun". McKee related to Yuta's lonely life during the curse and his eventual growth, which helped her find the pitch required to voice the character. She also found Yuta's story is similar to that a coming-of-age story due to his need to control the Rika while making friends. McKee, who was new to voice work, had fun doing fight scenes because her character makes several types pf sounds, especially because of Yuta's troubled experiences. McKee found the moments where Yuta calms down and makes touch with Rika as the most important for her because they shows how kind he can be. Yuta's leading role in the movie made McKee nervous because she never had such a big role in her career.
39;s personal weaknesses, which are a result of an illness and his rejection of his surroundings.
According to the website Real Sound, Yuta is the main focus of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, whose narrative primarily focuses on his growth since Rika's death. Similarly, Polygon said the narrative's theme is Yuta's need to accept the death of Rika. Meanwhile, Anime News Network saw Yuta as an emotionally ambiguous character because of the way he deals with his feelings for Rika after her death. We Got This Covered Yuto stated it is a story focused on traumas, something the main series is known for. Park considers Yuta to be a straightforward teenager whose loneliness is caused by being chased by Rika's curse. While making the film, Megumi Ogata was surprised Park by giving Yuta a sensitive characterization. The actress describes Yuta as an attractive character because he becomes stronger when interacting with others. Komatsu noted while at first Yuta appears to be weak, Ogata's performance helps give the character a stronger impression. Rika's curse is also considered the idea of how Yuta can use a major power for a great good. Early in the film, Rika defends Yuta from bullies, which causes him to distance himself from society. However, this instead causes Yuta to distance himself from society. The film expands upon Yuta's personal weaknesses, which are a result of an illness and his rejection of his surroundings. Through encounters with his peers, Yuta learns he is accepted by others and he accepts others.
Satisfied with her role, McKee considered Yuta to have become more mature.
Yuta's reluctance to accept Rika's death is a parallel of Yuji Itadori's need to accept his grandfather's death. In the series' beginning, Yuta finds salvation in Satoru Gojo, who guides him into controlling Rika in Jujutsu High and to avoid isolation. The Mary Sue said Yuta's growth makes him appealing because he stops wanting to kill himself and starts appreciating his life. Yuta's hero's journey advances through his physical growth; when Maki starts training him to stand alone, allowing him to turn into a hero. Despite his early passivity, Yuta shows a more aggressive personality when his friends are wounded by Suguru Geto, especially when the scene is animated. Fighting Geto and confronting Rika's curse allows Yuta to accept death and recover from the trauma of losing her. McKee was moved by Yuta's motivational speech about being cherished by his classmates and noted a major change of expression towards the climax in his fight against Geto. Satisfied with her role, McKee considered Yuta to have become more mature. Cullture agreed with McKee in regards to how Yuta is portrayed as a more composed teenager who in one year when compared with his original persona. He is noted to keep a trust towards his mentor Gojo. Additionally, Yuta is noted to share friendly connection with his former partners despite his absence, most noticeably Maki though Cullture noted that there was no romance between them despite tease made by Panda and Akutami himself.
39;s curse, promising to join her if she helps him to defeat Geto.
Yuta Okkotsu is the protagonist of Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School, retitled Jujutsu Kaisen 0; initially he is a cursed victim of Special-Grade who is haunted by the spirit of his childhood friend Rika Orimoto. Satoru Gojo takes charge of Yuta's case and enrolls him at Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School, where he befriends Panda, Maki Zen'in and Toge Inumaki. After training with Gojo and the other students, Yuta learns to control his cursed energy and becomes a skilled swordsman, often sparing with Maki. The power of Rika attracts Suguru Geto, a sorcerer who is friendly with Gojo but is antagonistic towards him. Geto attacks Yuta and his friends, severely wounding them. Enraged by his actions, Yuta unleashes Rika's curse, promising to join her if she helps him to defeat Geto. Yuta overwhelms Geto, who escapes after losing an arm in combat. As Gojo kills the escapees, it is revealed Rika did not curse Yuta but after her death, Yuta's desire to make her survive Now familiar with his powers, Yuta frees Rika and she departs to the afterlife. In December 2021, Akutami wrote a new chapter based on Jujutsu Kaisen 0. After Rika's passing, Yuta's group has part-time jobs in a store, where Utahime Iori is a customer.
Yuta does not appear in the early chapters of Jujutsu Kaisen but Satoru Gojo mentions him as one of the upperclassmen attending Jujutsu High who may one day surpass him when discussing students with Yuji Itadori. Upon his return to Japan, Yuta saves a child from a spirit surrounded by a replica he calls Rika. Yuta returns to Jujutsu High as an executioner of Yuji for possessing a vengeful spirit called Ryomen Sukuna after his mentor by also avenging his wounded friend Inumaki after an encounter with Sukuna. Yuta finds Yuji and his ally Choso are fighting with one of Maki's relatives, Naoya Zen'in. Yuta easily defeats Yuji and Choso and pretends to kill the former. After telling Naoya to inform their superiors that Yuji is dead, Yuta reveals himself as an ally to the recently revived Yuji upon Gojo's request to protect him. Yuta then reunites with Maki and other sorcerers to help Gojo and promises to kill Yuji if he can no longer control the vengeful spirit. The group joins forces to defeat Kenjaku, one of Suguru Geto's predecessors, who aims to curse Japanese civilians through his Culling Game terrorist attack.