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Jujutsu Kaisen Series Visual

The newest anime review is a follow-up to my review from the series premiere of Jujutsu Kaisen, adapted from Gege Akutami’s successful manga series; tells of a tale of a story about a young man named Itadori Yuuji who has tremendous physical strength, though he lives a completely ordinary high school life. One day, to save a classmate who has been attacked by curses, he eats the finger of Ryomen Sukuna, taking the curse into his soul. From then on, he shares one body with Ryomen Sukuna. Guided by the most powerful of sorcerers, Gojou Satoru, Itadori is admitted to Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, an organization that fights the curses… and thus begins the heroic tale of a boy who became a curse to exorcise a curse, a life from which he could never turn back.

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In the first review, we discussed the incredible animation that Mappa has produced for this series, the two-part episode “Curse Womb Must Die” was one of the stronger episodes of the first cour, the battle with the Finger Bearer, Itadori’s brush with death and the realization that he can’t save everyone was one of the most emotional parts of the series, going up against the special-grade cursed spirit when the only choice they had was to run or die. This also brought on the King of Curses, Sukuna, Yuuji switched out with Sukuna but didn’t realize once he made the switch it would be his last.

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This gave Sukuna the perfect opportunity to test his new vessel and to punish the attempted assassination by the Cursed Spirit. Immediately this cursed spirit was overwhelmed by the power Sukuna had. One of his techniques he uses in battle was beautifully animated (thanks to the team of animators and Art Director Jeong Ryeon Kim.) And intriguing; the technique I am referring to was the Reverse Cursed Technique, using the reverse cursed technique he can regenerate lost limbs in an instant. Regained limbs maintain the same integrity as the rest of Sukuna’s body.

Sukuna moves on battling Megumi Fushiguro and taking Itadori’s body for a joyride. Finding out that Itadori was being held captive in his own body was a fascinating idea. The stakes were already high enough as it is when they were dealing with the Finger Bearer but now Fushiguro was being tested by the King of Curses while toying with our young hero in his head, taking sadism to a new level. It also introduced the new pact between the King of Curses and our protagonist, “Binding Vows“. Sukuna agreed to revive Itadori but under two conditions, the first condition being he could take over the boy’s body when a certain word is mentioned, forcing the king to promise that he wouldn’t kill or hurt anyone during that minute. When the minute was over Itadori would immediately forget about it.

After the battle took place, Itadori was presumed dead by his friends and the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College. A clever tactic but it was also heartless at the same time. Satoru Gojo took Itadori to help him train but doesn’t realize that they were followed by another Cursed Spirit, Jougo, who is strong but has immense pride is part of a group that wants Sukuna to join their cause and destroy all of the humans. This fight was another well animated and well-drawn fight, each move was choreographed right and stood out far above the fights we watched so far, this was the perfect opportunity to watch Satoru in action. Satoru has immense cursed energy, strength, fast reflexes, in other words, he is the whole package when it comes to what most people believe is too OPed (Overpowered).

Overall, this first cour was great and has proved to be one of the best Shōnen anime currently airing on television and streaming services today. I may be biased to say this but out of the events that happened on the first cour, I would have to say that Mahito’s appearance and fight with Itadori was my favorite, and here’s why: Mahito is a sadistic being, he used a human to get the attention of our hero (and entice Sukuna). Mahito might be immature but it is clear that he is well-written and is one of the show’s most sinister antagonists.

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Final Grade:

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Megumi Fushiguro StatueFrom Jujutsu Kaisen comes the Jujutsu Kaisen Megumi Fushiguro Statue! The first-year student at Jujutsu High is poised for battle, taking a stance to use his Ten Shadows Technique. This descendant of the Zenin Family is perfect for any Jujutsu Kaisen fan’s collection! Measures roughly 7 3/4-inches tall.
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