Jujutsu Kaisen, the ongoing anime adaptation of Gege Akutami’s manga by the same name is what all anime fans are recently talking about. From the animation studio MAPPA and under the directory of Sunghoo Park, Jujutsu Kaisen is the newest buzz in the anime fandom. The anime started airing in October 2020. Within the first few episodes, the anime was already winning hearts. The manga has also sold 36 million copies to date.
Jujutsu Kaisen released its first season in two cours. The first cour held 13 episodes which aired from October 3 2020 to December 26, 2020. The series regained from January 16 2021 from the fourteenth episode. The opening song of the first cour, Kaikai Kitan by Eve had over 2 million views in just two days. Jujutsu Kaisen has been growing in terms of fame ever since its release and getting amazing reviews from fans all over the world.
If you still haven’t watched Jujutsu Kaisen and are still contemplating if you should watch it, here is a quick guide for you to make your decision!
Jujutsu Kaisen: An overview
Jujutsu Kaisen is a dark anime that deals with supernatural elements such as curses, spirits, and sorcery. The anime begins with the death of our protagonist, Itadori Yuji’s grandfather out of old age. Before dying, he tells Itadori to live a life so that he can choose how he dies in the end without regrets. Itadori did not have anyone else except his grandfather so he was pretty much alone now. At school, he belongs to the occult club despite his superhuman strength and athletic build. He refuses to join a sports club even after being asked to join by the teacher.
In the occult club, the members pick up an object that is packed in bandages. Out of curiosity, they unpack it only to find a finger in it. It turns out that this is, in fact, the finger of Ryomen Sukuna, who was also known as the King of curses. The mere presence of this object in the open attracts curses towards it due to its cursed energy. When the other two members face fatal dangers, Itadori eats the finger, hoping that it might save them. Instead, he ends up getting possessed by Sukuna. For reasons, Sukuna cannot take over Itadori Yuji’s body. So, Itadori still has his awareness and higher control over his body.
Knowing the threat that Yuji would pose since he ate a cursed object, the higher-ups want Yuji dead. However, Gojo Satoru presents a different deal towards him. He can live if he eats all the fingers of Sukuna. Once he has eaten all the fingers, Gojo wants Itadori to die along with Sukuna’s soul so that Sukuna does not resurface.
The story then revolves around Itadori and the various characters of the anime who fight curses of different levels and exorcise them.
Jujutsu Kaisen: What are Curses and Jujutsushi?
The story of Jujutsu Kaisen is set in a world where curses exist. Humans emit both positive and negative emotions. Negative emotions like anger, envy, fear, etcetera often manifest themselves into curses. These curses are obviously bad news. They cause chaos and harm in the world thus destroying the peace in it. Curses are classified into different grades according to the threat they pose. Grade 4 is considered weakest following Grade 3 and Grade 2. Grade 1 possesses a high level of threat. There are special grade curses that are overpowered and need powerful sorcerers to exorcise them. Curses cannot generally converse. However, special grade curses can not only learn how to converse but also how to use their cursed energy against people.
Curses are invisible to normal humans. They can only be seen by those who possess at least some amount of cursed energy in them. This special group of people can not only see the curses but also exorcise them. They are called the Jujutsushi. Jujutsushi literally translates to shamans. Like the curses, shamans are also classified as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade sorcerers. Likewise, 4th-grade sorcerers are the weakest and the first-grade sorcerers are strongest among them. There is special grade Jujutsushi too like Gojo Satoru who have unmatched powers.
Schools in Jujutsu Kaisen
There are only two schools where sorcerers can learn more about their powers. These schools are Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College and Kyoto Metropolitan Curse Technical College.
After ingesting Sukuna’s finger successfully without any side effects, Itadori Yuji enrolls into Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College with Megumi Fushiguro and Nobara Kugisaki. Here, the young sorcerers work on their techniques and try to get stronger.
Major Characters That You Need To Know About
If you are planning to watch the anime, here are the main characters that you need to remember.
Itadori Yuji is the protagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen. He is voiced by the voice actor Junya Enoki. Yuji is a boy in his teens who has a very athletic built. Even before getting possessed by Sukuna, Itadori showed massive strength and high speed. Yuji has a very kind heart and cares for those around him. He is also goofy and a very cute troublemaker at times.
Megumi Fushiguro is a member of one of the three prestigious clans of Jujutsushi, Zenin. He is a tsundere character who almost always has a grumpy look on his face. It is however a known fact that he cares deeply about his comrades. Megumi is voiced by Uchida Yuuma.
Nobara is Yuji’s third classmate. She is quite sassy and a fun character. Like Itadori, she often looks pretty dumb. She came from a small village to Tokyo to learn cursed techniques. Nobara loves cute girly things even if her personality is not as feminine. This character is voiced by Asami Seto.
Gojo Satoru has the reputation of being the strongest Jujutsushi. He belongs to the famous Gojo clan and now works as a teacher at Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College. Gojo is always cheerful and tends to annoy other people. He does not obey orders from the higher-ups. Nakamura Yuichi dubbed the Japanese voice of Gojo Satoru.
Like Megumi, Maki belongs to the Zenin clan. She is a calm and laid-back senior of Megumi and Nobara. She was born without any cursed energy in her body, so she uses special spectacles that help her see curses. Maki Zenin’s voice actress is Komatsu Mikako.
Toge Inumaki belongs to the same class as Maki. He always keeps his mouth covered and says only a few words. This is because of his unique curse technique. Inumaki Toge is voiced by Uchiyama Kouki.
Another classmate of the seniors is Panda, who is a cursed corpse. Panda can speak and produce cursed powers. He is very strong and takes good care of the juniors. Seki Tomokazu voices Panda in the anime.
Major Antagonists, you need to know about.
Antagonists in Jujutsu Kaisen are not only insanely strong but also very interestingly built. Here are the major antagonists that you will find in the anime.
Ryomen Sukuna is a powerful antagonist who has possessed Itadori Yuji. He is voiced by Suwabe Junichi. Sukuna often mocks Yuji and enjoys it when Yuji goes through despair.
Geto Suguru is another antagonist of the series. It seems like he is collecting an army of curses. He has been voiced by Sakurai Takahiro.
Mahito, voiced by Shimazaki Nobunaga, is a cursed spirit. He works with Geto Suguru. Mahito is uncannily sadistic and takes pleasure in hurting people.
One of the first villains introduced in the series after Ryomen was Jogo. Like Mahito, he works for Geto Suguru too. He has been voiced by Chiba Shigeru
Hanami is another villain under Geto’s army of curses. She has her ideas and reasons for being a part of the war.
The Jujutsu Kaisen anime is yet to end. So far, the anime has been a total hit. There has been no controversial flaw in the anime and most of the fans wait in anticipation for the next episode. Jujutsu Kaisen can be streamed on Crunchyroll. New episodes come out every Thursday. You can also stream the English dubbed version on HBO max.
Even after keeping aside the supernatural aspects of the anime, Jujutsu Kaisen is still a great anime. Gege Akutami’s idea behind the manga was to portray that there is no such thing as actual truth. Even if there is a truth no one knows it, be it a bad guy or a good guy. People only do whatever they do keeping their ethics in perspective. Making sure that nobody is right also ensures that nobody is wrong.
Jujutsu Kaisen offers magic, bonding, and comedy altogether, packaged with the brilliance of plot twists. The series is unpredictable at some parts and mind-blowing at other times.