Believe it or not, I just went to watch Kaisen Jujutsu for a very short time.
I know, I’m a little late to the party, but I finally made it through and I couldn’t hold back, guys. I needed to make a video / text to talk to you about this great anime.
Yes, it’s a great anime, with a really cool plot, great characters and interesting discussions, which are not just on the surface (I’ll explain better during the video/text).
So stick around, ’cause I’ll tell you all about Kaisen Jujutsuin addition to offering you 3 reasons why you should give anime a chance, even if you’re not that big a fan of Japanese animations!
What is Kaisen Jujutsu?
Before listing the 3 main reasons for you to know and watch Kaisen Jujutsu, let’s understand a little about this production? That way, we understand each other better and stay on the same page.
Well, Kaisen Jujutsu is an anime, produced by MAPPA studio, and released worldwide in 2020.
Like most productions of the genre, the anime is based on a manga of the same name, which was written and illustrated by Gege Akutami, and released in 2018.
The manga already has 20 issues, at least until the production of this video/text, and has become one of the biggest commercial successes of Japanese publications in history.
For you to have an idea, there are already about 70 million (that’s right) copies of the manga in circulation, adding the physical and digital versions.
And to top it all off, came the anime, which quickly became a resounding success and remains one of the best shounen anime today.
In addition to a great debut season, Kaisen Jujutsu also won a prequel movie, which brings things that happened before those seen in the anime.
the name of the movie is Kaisen Jujutsu: 0, work that was released in 2021 and guess what? It had an amazing comeback too.
With revenue of around $180 million worldwide, the film has become, at least as of the publication date of this video/text, the 8th biggest anime film of all time.
Yeah, folks, it’s not a small thing, no.
Now that you know more about Jujutsu Kaisen and all the hype around the anime, let’s go to the 3 reasons that will make you fall in love with this animation!
3 reasons to watch Jujutsu Kaisen
3 – Magnetic characters
Let’s start with the characters Kaisen Jujutsuwhich are amazing and captivating, while being simple and with well-defined features.
The protagonist Yuji Itadori, for example, is an extremely charismatic boy and, from the beginning, the script makes us easily identify with him.
That’s because he is presented as a super nice guy, who values friendship, is humble and very dedicated. In short, that friend that everyone would like to have around.
Additionally, the beginning of Itadori’s arc also reveals that he is a naturally strong, open-minded protagonist who is always willing to solve any problems that get in the way of him and his friends.
Features that, right away, leave room for growth and that are very interesting for good shounen anime protagonists.
But make no mistake. Kaisen Jujutsu does not appeal to that famous “protagonism syndrome”, in which the entire narrative is centered on the figure of a single hero and there is only room for him to shine.
Yes, Itadori is the protagonist of Kaisen Jujutsu, but the narrative makes it very clear, as the episodes go by, that it is his relationships with the other characters that make him stronger. And not, simply, training and exhausting battles, as is common to see in many other productions.
That is, all characters contribute to the central arc of the anime, to the macro story, and are important as a whole. And this is how the protagonist, as well as the other characters, evolve throughout Kaisen Jujutsu.
And the icing on the cake is the dual personality of Itadori, who is the host of Sukuna, the so-called King of Curses, who lives inside the protagonist and appears at certain times as a way to break the young man’s kind personality a little. A pretty cool contrast to watch, by the way.
Speaking of other characters, it is also worth mentioning Itadori’s classmates at the Jujutsu school.
In the anime, we also meet Megumi, a student full of potential, much more introverted and mysterious than Itadori, but equally loyal and brave.
There is also Nobara, who is a super independent, strong, outgoing girl who is looking for her place in the world.
Together with Itadori, these characters form a very interesting and fun tripod for the anime, as it brings together contrasting characters, but who have a very similar essence, full of courage, loyalty and strength.
We also need to talk a little bit about Gojo, the strongest sorcerer of the Jujutsu school and who serves as a kind of mentor and a glimpse of the future for Itadori, since Gojo embodies everything the protagonist dreams of being.
He is a very cool character, shall we say, with a very light and fun posture, despite all his power and wisdom.
And here, it is worth noting, again, how screenwriters use contrasting characteristics to create multidimensional characters, who are more than they appear.
We just don’t know much yet about Gojo’s past: where did he come from? How did he gain his powers and position? Does he have weaknesses?
But that’s okay, because the narrative leaves room for these answers to come in the future, possibly in the 2nd season of Jujutsu Kaisen, which has already been confirmed, including.
Anyway, there are more characters to comment, like the villains of the anime, which are also flashy, but that’s for a new video/text.
Jujutsu Kaisen (MAPPA/Reproduction)
2 – Beautiful animation
Another high point Kaisen Jujutsu is the quality of the animation. And look, I’m not even an expert on the subject, since my focus here is more on the narrative, on the story itself, but you don’t even need to be knowledgeable about the subject to see that the anime is beautiful.
The studio responsible for bringing the anime to life is MAPPA, a Japanese animation company that has also produced other great titles, such as the last season of Attack on Titan and the eccentric dorohedorofrom Netflix, for example.
In addition to bringing out very beautiful features, you can see how detailed the animation work of Kaisen Jujutsuwho doesn’t waste the opportunity to leave those watching with their jaws dropped whenever possible.
Always with very beautiful scenarios, a great use of lights and shadows, in addition to some character details that make any fan admire the work as a whole even more.
It’s an anime that, thanks to this special care with the animation, manages to create very cool atmospheres and provides a very pleasant experience for those who venture into this universe.
And, of course, I couldn’t help but mention the fight and action scenes of Kaisen Jujutsu, which are a separate show. They are super fluid passages, which at no time leave you lost, not knowing what is going on. Quite the opposite.
It’s noticeable how the beautiful tracings, along with the techniques of lights, shadows and reflections, help to create memorable and very well coordinated scenes, which really leave you hooked in every movement.
In short, it’s that kind of anime that I like to watch not only for the plot and interesting characters, but also for the technical aspects, which are very neat.
Jujutsu Kaisen (MAPPA/Reproduction)
1 – Intriguing plot
For those of you who still don’t know the plot of Kaisen JujutsuI will summarize everything here, without releasing spoilers, and explain to you why it is so addictive.
Basically, the anime takes place in a world where people’s negative feelings become curses, which manifest according to their intensities.
In all, there are 5 different degrees of curses: there are curses of degree 4, which would be the weakest, of degree 3, degree 2, degree 1, which is where the bug starts to catch, and of special degree, which would be the stronger and more difficult curses to face.
And just so you understand, these curses are not abstract things that are in the air and cannot be seen. They manifest through very frightening creatures, each with different characteristics and power levels.
In this cursed scenario, the only ones able to actually see these curses, classify them and face them are the Jujutsu sorcerers.
These sorcerers train at a school, called the Jujutsu School, located in Japan, in which they develop and learn to fight these monsters, or exorcise them, as it is said in the anime.
Just like curses, sorcerers also have different levels, which mirror the levels of curses. That is, they are degree 4, degree 3, degree 2, degree 1 and special degree sorcerers.
It is this hierarchy of power that defines which sorcerers will face certain curses. For example, a tier 3 curse will be dealt with by a tier 3 sorcerer. A special tier curse can only be countered by a tier witch sorcerer.
For clarity, check out the curse ratings, according to the anime itself:
- Grade 4: “A wooden stick is enough [para derrotá-la]”
- Grade 3: “If you have a firearm, you can rest easy”
- Semi-Grade 2
- Grade 2: “Hard to deal with with a shotgun”
- Semi-Grade 1
- Grade 1: “Even a main battle tank may not be enough”
- Special 1: For Zenin Family Members Only
- Special: “Bombing can work”
Jujutsu Kaisen (MAPPA/Reproduction)
As you can see, the plot of Kaisen Jujutsu it’s super interesting and explores, at its core, human nature. Or, rather, the bad side of human nature, as curses arise from people’s negative feelings.
This in itself constitutes a very pertinent criticism of how a person who is always pessimistic, who is always thinking the worst and emanating bad things, can become hostage to himself.
In that sense, she becomes her own curse and can still “infect” others around her, carrying on all this negativity that, of course, only hurts.
That’s why Itadori is such a kind, determined and positive guy. Precisely to be the counterpoint of these curses, creating a kind of light and relief for the story.
But let’s not forget that even so, Itadori still has a dark side too, as Sukuna lives inside him.
That is, he needs to fight not only with the bad things that surround him, but against himself, so that evil doesn’t take care of him too.
And this creates a very strong relationship between narrative and spectator, because it is something that generates a very strong identification. After all, we also need to deal with negativity and bad feelings not only externally, but internally as well.