Anime Recommendation of the Week – Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen

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This anime’s source manga recently became the highest-selling manga in Japan. I am sure most of you have already watched this anime but, this one is more than good enough for a rewatch. This is our way of throwing a celebration for its sales.

You have read the title; you know we are talking about Jujutsu Kaisen. I went into this anime without knowing anything about it and man I loved it. Jujutsu Kaisen is a typical shonen manga yet, it is a little different from a shonen manga at the same time. As always, this is a recommendation and not a review, so don’t expect any scores at the end.

Let’s get started then.

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Introduction

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Jujutsu Kaisen is the anime adaptation of the manga of the same name by Akutami Gege-sensei. It aired from 3rd October 2020 to 27th March 2021. It is 24 episodes long and it is animated by Mappa. Jujutsu Kaisen followed by Attack on Titan is what plastered Mappa’s name in the list of big studios. Sure, Mappa had big anime and hits before these too but none of them compare to the hype and success of AoT Season 4 and Jujutsu Kaisen.

Jujutsu Kaisen’s setting is what you’d expect of a typical shonen but, the execution of its plot and setting make it different from a typical shonen. All the comedy bits aside, Jujutsu Kaisen is much darker than you’d first expect it to be.

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Plot

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Jujutsu Kaisen follows Itadori Yuuji who eats a cursed object to save someone and becomes possessed by the cursed spirit, Sukuna. Sukuna is a dangerous curse so; the higher ranking sorcerers decide to execute Yuuji. Gojou-sensei convinces them to keep Yuuji alive till he has swallowed all of Sukuna’s fingers and to make him a jujutsu sorcerer. Yuuji then joins Tokyo Jujutsu School and decides to become a Jujutsu sorcerer.

As I said, the premise is really simple. It is the execution of the premise that sets Jujutsu Kaisen apart. The pacing and constant barrage of plot twists of Jujutsu Kaisen are just amazing. The anime hasn’t gotten to that point yet, but the Shibuya arc really nails this all down. The world-building and explanation for things are also just amazing.

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Characters

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When it comes to characters, Jujutsu Kaisen prefers quality over quantity. All of the characters are well written; almost everyone is given a well-fleshed-out backstory. Some characters like Sukuna have unclear motivations and goals but, that just adds to their mystery and the plot. The backstory of some characters is also kept unclear once again for plot reasons.

Jujutsu Kaisen really knows when to show what part of a character. The character development of Yuuji and Megumi along with him is very well done. My personal favorite character in the anime though would easily be Gojou-sensei. Who doesn’t like good old Gojou-sensei?

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Animations and Soundtracks

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I don’t even need to say a word about animations. It is Mappa and they delivered much more than the hype of the anime. The animations are crisp and clean the fights look awesome and the light and shadow effects because of the techniques are just so well done. The same goes for the soundtracks, amazing fight BGMs, and then both of those opening themes just chef’s kiss. Then there’s the first ending that has meme’d a lot since its release.

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Why you should watch Jujutsu Kaisen?

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Some quick pointers on why you should check out this awesome anime.

  • Simple setting
  • Awesome plot execution
  • Great character development
  • God tier animations
  • Awesome opening themes

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 Conclusion

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That is it for now. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Also, feel free to drop any recommendation you may have for me down there as well. If you haven’t watched Jujutsu Kaisen yet for whatever reason, do yourself a favor and watch it. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!

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