I must admit that it took me a while to warm up to Jujutsu Kaisen unlike some of the new gen anime that captured my interest from the first epi. The story about cursed spirits and objects was a bit more complex and it took me a while to completely grasp it. When I started to understand it better, I didn’t want it to end.
Synopsis: Orphaned high school student Itadori Yuji finds himself in a unique situation when he tries to save his friends from a cursed object and ends up becoming a vessel for the malevolent spirit who owns it.
On the surface, Jujutsu Kaisen has the regular ingredients of a good anime. A loudmouthed and purehearted hero that has plenty of raw talent, a powerful tsundere character, an equally loudmouthed friend who is intellectually level with MC and a rogue mentor figure.
Unlike Haikyu, My Hero Academia or Black Clover, Jujutsu Kaisen is made up of a smaller number of characters. Other than Yuji, the first years in Jujutsu High’s Tokyo campus total three students, including Megumi Fushiguro and Nobara Kurasagi. Three second years — Panda, Inumaki and Maki make up the entire school roster. Oh and there’s also one elusive third year who has yet to show himself.
There are a lot of interesting characters both from the hero and villain side. Gojo Satoru, the OP sorcerer who suspects corruption among the higher ups, Nanami, his comrade who is realizing his calling as a Jujutsu sorcerer after a near death battle with Mahito, the students from the Kyoto campus and their rich backstories that are interconnected with the Tokyo campus students also made the stories and the battles more interesting.
I love how the battles played out. They were heart pounding and exciting because of the genuine sense of danger brought about by the early death of Yuji because of Sukuna. The series is also unafraid to raise the stakes by doing away with characters that it painstakingly built up.
I liked how the team ups worked in the series. Yuji and Fushiguro, Fushiguro, Kamo and Inumaki, Yuji and Nobara, especially Yuji and Toda. I truly got a kick when they became instant “best friends.”. As you can see, Yuji is the king of cooperation.
I also liked the solo battles that were so intense. Nanami vs Mahito, Gojo’s ambush, Panda vs Mechamaru and Fushiguro’s battle with Sukuna and subsequently, his finger’s barrier. It really made me fear for the characters’ lives. They were that close.
What’s great about this anime is the great character build up. Each character is more than what they seem. Toda is a smart fighter that uses his strength, technique, and skills in winning and he even helped Yuji grow stronger in a matter of hours. Gojo seems like a man who always has an ace up his sleeve but I am always worried about him because of his provocative ways of getting results. He made himself the target of everyone, not that he cared particularly.
Megumi’s backstory is also interesting as well as the potential of his dark powers and Sukuna’s fascination with him. As he is getting closer to completing his domain expansion, its thrilling to see when he would accomplish it. Being an animal lover though, I always feel worried about his shikigami.
All in all, kudos to Studio Mappa for the high quality animation of Jujutsu Kaisen. There was also great use of soundtrack and a perfect set up for season 2. I was already having separation anxiety even before the series ended. Excited to see where this will go.
But for the meantime, feel better Gege Akutami sensei