JUJUTSU KAIZEN REVIEW

Premiering towards the end of the 2020 Fall season on November twentieth, Jujutsu Kaisen, since its release, has left many in awe, including myself, at its stunning art and visual performance. George Akutami, the writer and illustrator of the series, had first published his four-chapter series in Shueisha’s Jump GIGA in 2017. The series was titled “Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School” in December 4, 2018; it was published as a single-volume gaining the new title, Jujutsu Kaisen.


Shonen anime is the most popular genre in the industry. When done well, they have reliable solid and fluid animation, epic fight scenes, extraordinary openings, quirky dialogue, easy-to-follow plot, entertaining characters with exaggerated but fun expressions, etc. In just one episode, Jujutsu Kaisen showed all those qualities, which indicated its potential to become the next hit shonen. The show has a more supernatural elemental moreover fantasy-centered aspect. Other shonen, making it refreshing and exciting. Nonetheless, if you enjoyed popular hits such as Naruto, Bleach, etc., Jujutsu Kaisen will feel right at home.


The story begins with the protagonist, Yuji Itadori, to find and explore strange and mysterious events with his not-so-popular Occult research club. The club is run by Itadori and two of his friends, Sasaki and Iguchi. However, things quickly go south for the trio when stumbles upon a Special Grade Cursed Object known as Ryomen Sukuna's finger. The anime has superb combat coordination and fight animations with an all-around fantastic sound-track that engages the audience. Every episode encompasses astonishing story telling with cliffhangers that leave the viewers on the edge of their seats, yearning for more. The quirky dialogue and light comedy allow the audience to pause storytelling between the more severe and “horror-filled” parts of the anime.


Many critics have argued that the leading trio of the anime: Itadori, Megumin, and Kugisaki, are “rip-offs” of the Naruto anime. I believe these are just vague similarities thrown up by haters of the anime. I won’t be going in-depth on about these “vague similarities'' seeing as how this article’s nature is to direct you as to whether or not this is a good watch. To conclude, if you skip this anime, trust me, you're missing out.


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