Jujutsu Kaisen is a manga written and illustrated by mangaka, Gege Akutami. This manga series was serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump, after which an anime adaptation was announced by MAPPA. Up till now, Jujutsu Kaisen has 15 volumes of manga and an anime that has 24 episodes scheduled, which started from October 2020. The release of the anime was highly awaited among the anime community. But, the true reason for its high popularity goes to its significant character, Satoru Gojo. He was present in the anime from the very beginning and was considered quite a mysterious yet chill character. But, in episode 7, we got to witness his powers firsthand against Jogo.
After this event, Jujutsu Kaisen soon became trending and became a staple within the current-gen anime community. No matter what the reason for viewers to watch this anime is, Jujutsu Kaisen has become quite popular. And even though it had only 13 of its episodes released in 2020, Jujutsu Kaisen won Crunchyroll’s Best Anime of the Year 2020. Alongside this, Ryomen Sukuna won the ‘Best Antagonist’ of the year as well.
Jujutsu Kaisen Plot
In Jujutsu Kaisen, all living beings produce energy called Cursed Energy. Not everyone is able to take control over it, thus they flow throughout the body, resulting in the creation of curses. Jujutsu Sorcerers are people who are able to manipulate their cursed energy, thus using it as they please. Some Jujutsu Sorcerers have greater control over this power and are able to conduct Domain Expansion. In this state, the Cursed energy gets stronger and is bound to hit the opponent.
Yuji Itadori is an unnaturally fit high school student who lived in Sendai with his sick grandfather. And to meet him, he is often unable to keep his commitments. Therefore he joins the Occult Research Club instead of the much suiting track team. On his deathbed, his grandfather instilled Itadori with two things, “Always help people” and “Die surrounded by people.” He interprets this message as everyone deserves a “Proper Death.”
During his time in the club, he finds an eerie-looking object which he brings for research purposes. Later, when Itadori confronts Megumi Fushigiro, a sorcerer, he realizes that the cursed charm Megumi was finding was what he found for the club. The charm was a rotting finger of a powerful curse, Ryomen Sukuna. This was unsealed by the Occult Research Club, which attracted a lot of creatures to the school. Unable to defeat the cursed creatures, Itadori consumed the cursed charm, which allowed him to host the powerful curse, Sukuna. Due to Sukuna’s evil nature, Itadori, who acted as his vessel, was to be killed. But as it turns out, Itadori was able to retain control over his body. So, Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School, decides to keep Itadori alive until he consumes all of Sukuna’s fingers.
Where to Watch Jujutsu Kaisen?
Now coming to the topic at hand, Jujutsu Kaisen is available to stream on Netflix Japan. While it may not be available to stream on Netflix in other countries, it may soon be added to their libraries. This might only happen after the on-going Season 1 ends. The other sources to watch Jujutsu Kaisen as it is on-going are Crunchyroll and Anime-Planet. The episodes release every Friday at 1:45 pm ET. Be sure to change the above time to your local time zone to watch the episode when it airs.
The anime adaptation of Jujutsu Kaisen was produced by MAPPA. This team was formed back in 2011 by a former producer of Madhouse, Masao Maruyama. This anime production house is popular for its works on Yuri!!! on Ice, Kakegurui, Dororo, Dorehodoro and Inuyashiki. Right now, alongside Jujutsu Kaisen, MAPPA is also producing the final season of Attack on Titan. This would be followed by the most awaited anime based on the manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto, Chainsaw Man. Jujutsu Kaisen, in itself, is highly acclaimed for its motion capture-enabled animation. MAPPA has been able to provide the right elements of the action-adventure anime using dynamic action scenes and slapstick comedy. Due to this, the popularity of Jujutsu Kaisen has remained high, evident from over 36 million copies of mangas in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time.