Key points for JJK Season 2 Review:
- Season 2 of JJK impresses with a chaotic and unpredictable plot, surpassing Season 1 in detail and execution.
- While the focus on plot and intense fights slightly weakens character development, standout figures like Touji bring depth to the season.
- Real-life issues at Mappa affect animation quality, leading to a mixed visual experience with both impressive and simplistic moments.
- Despite animation challenges, the soundtracks, including the catchy opening themes, maintain their quality and contribute to the overall enjoyment.
“Chaotic” is the right word to describe JJK Season 2. Everything from the anime itself to the real-life circumstances surrounding it, to the animation quality and Mappa’s reputation has been chaotic. It was fine for the first few weeks of the hidden inventory arc, just some distant rumblings here and there. But as the Shibuya arc disrupted the anime story, it did the same to the real-life circumstances surrounding it and the perception of Mappa as a whole.
There had always been Mappa haters out there, but till now, they didn’t have an actual reason other than hating on their stylistic choices. However, the recent chaos provided people with genuine reasons to hate Mappa. And I understand where they are coming from. But, I have talked about the Mappa stuff plenty in other articles, I think I have like 3 articles talking about it. So I will try my best to keep that out of this review.
Before we get into the review though, I have to acknowledge just how popular Jujutsu Kaisen has become over these past few months. You can basically see the “Nah, I’d win” or the “Stand proud, you are strong” memes everywhere. And I mean, literally everywhere. Even in posts that have nothing to do with JJK. That said though, welcome to another review. It is a bit early but we are here to talk about JJK Season 2 today. Let’s go.
Spoilers ahead, please catch up before reading further.
If you look at it from the outside, this season didn’t have much. The Hidden Inventory arc showed why Suguru left the “good side” and the Shibuya arc is basically a trap for Gojo and the battle to save him. But I think that this is oversimplifying things. Because the fun part of the Shounen anime is in the detail and execution, and I have to say, Season 2 blows Season 1 out of the water when it comes to the plot.
After a certain point, nothing is predictable in Season 2. You think a certain character won’t die, low and behold, they actually end up dying. You think Gojo wouldn’t lose and get sealed? Well, that’s exactly what happens. As I said, the plot is pure and utter chaos, you can’t tell what is going to happen next and the same carries over to the fights. Both of Sukuna’s fights were pure showcases of power, all of Yuuji’s fights were a desperate struggle to survive and win, and so on. All this makes this season enjoyable as hell and keeps you begging for more.
If you read the manga, you KNOW that the things go to even more shit past this point. The last 4 episodes of the anime will carry this chaos on and I cannot wait for it. But I sure wish that they take a LONG break before making Season 3, you should know why I am saying this.
I think that this season is a little weak on the character side of things. It focuses a lot on the plot and the excitement of the fights and as a result, the character writing isn’t as good as Season 1. Now, I don’t mean to say that is bad by any means, just that we have seen the anime do better character work. I think the most memorable character from this season is Touji. He is the embodiment of the chaos of this season, you cannot predict his behavior; he IS a douchebag but he does care for his son and you just can’t bring yourself to hate him. Such a cool character.
The other standout characters in this season would of course be Gojo, Mechamaru, and Sukuna. Yes, the moment between Mechamaru and Miwa in this week’s episode was beautiful. We got to see how Gojo acts when he is at the end of his rope and of course, we got a good glimpse of how twisted Sukuna can be. I have a feeling that the events of this season will, of course, have a big effect on Yuuji’s character. And I cannot wait to see more of that. Nobara and Nanami, you will be missed.
Animations and Soundtracks
This is where most of the controversy surrounding JJK Season 2 comes into the picture. As I said, I will keep all the real-life stuff away from this review, as I have already talked about it at length on multiple occasions. It is like beating a dead horse at this point. But I cannot ignore those factors when I talk about the production quality either. Because of all the BS at Mappa recently, the production quality of this season has been pretty bad. You can see a noticeable drop in animation quality compared to season 1.
The animation quality in Season 2 is all over the place. It is very good at times (like Yuuji vs. Choso or Gojo vs. Touji) but then we get very simplistic animations. The biggest victims of this are probably both of Sukuna’s fights. They could have been a true visual feast but they end up looking pretty choppy at the end. They’re still cool but if they had more time like Season 1, they could’ve made those fights so much better. The soundtracks though are still pretty good. Both opening themes are fun and Specialz by King Gnu has pretty much become a meme at this point.
Here are my final scores for JJK Season 2:
- Plot – 9/10
- Characters – 8/10
- Animations – 7/10
- Soundtracks – 8/10
- Enjoyment – 8/10
- Mappa, PLEASE – 10/10
- Overall – 8/10
That is all for now. Thank you for sticking with me through a long review like this. This anime needs a long review like this, I can’t do this review justice in 600 words. Either way, let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. I’m off to fight a Dark Souls boss. Would I lose? Nah, I’d Win. See ya!!