Just like the electric energy of a Harajuku fashion walk, “Jujutsu Kaisen” pops with vibrant characters and a riveting narrative. Created by Gege Akutami, this supernatural manga and anime series plunges you into a world where curses are as real as the chills you feel walking past a dark alley at midnight in Tokyo.
Jujutsu Kaisen Story Summary
“Jujutsu Kaisen” introduces us to a reality where Cursed Spirits – malevolent entities born from negative human emotions – pose a serious threat to humanity. The story kicks off with Yuji Itadori, a seemingly ordinary high school boy with exceptional physical prowess. He spends his days in the Occult Club until he stumbles upon a sealed cursed object – a rotting finger of the legendary curse, Ryomen Sukuna.
When his fellow club members unseal the object, it attracts Curses to the school. In the heat of the moment, to protect his friends, Yuji makes the reckless decision to swallow the finger, becoming the host for Sukuna. Remarkably, Yuji remains in control of his body, drawing the attention of jujutsu sorcerers, including the stoic Megumi Fushiguro and the enigmatic Satoru Gojo.
Yuji is sentenced to death due to the threat Sukuna poses, but Gojo proposes an alternative: Yuji should consume all of Sukuna’s remaining fingers to completely eradicate the curse once he’s executed. Thus, Yuji joins Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School to learn to control his cursed energy and fight against the Curses, alongside other students including the fiery Nobara Kugisaki.
What follows is a darkly thrilling journey through a world of powerful curses, strategic battles, and complex relationships, as Yuji, Megumi, and Nobara navigate the dangers of their duty as jujutsu sorcerers, encountering diverse allies and adversaries, and slowly uncovering the hidden machinations within the jujutsu society.
Jujutsu Kaisen Characters
- Yuji Itadori: A brave, kind-hearted individual with extraordinary physical abilities. He’s the host of Sukuna and has an unwavering sense of justice.
- Megumi Fushiguro: A stoic, highly-skilled jujutsu sorcerer who comes across as cold but cares deeply for his comrades.
- Nobara Kugisaki: A bold and confident sorceress, not afraid to speak her mind. She’s equally passionate about her friends and fashion.
- Satoru Gojo: One of the most powerful jujutsu sorcerers who also serves as a teacher. He’s laid-back, often teases his students, but is ruthless when it comes to protecting them.
Summary of First Arcs
The initial arcs of “Jujutsu Kaisen,” including the “Introduction,” “Cursed Womb,” and “Vs. Mahito” arcs, dive into Yuji’s introduction to the world of jujutsu, his execution sentence, the decision for him to consume all of Sukuna’s fingers, and the development of Yuji, Megumi, and Nobara as they combat various Curses and a dangerous curse user, Mahito.
Reading Order of Titles
“Jujutsu Kaisen” should be read in order from the first volume onward. The main story is ongoing, and a prequel series, “Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical School,” provides additional context to the main series.
My Personal Review/Reading Experience
Getting into “Jujutsu Kaisen” felt like exploring the winding, vibrant streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya district – you’re intrigued by every corner you turn, every character you meet, and every secret you uncover. The manga wonderfully weaves together a unique blend of dark fantasy, captivating action, and sprinkles of humor that keep you engrossed from the get-go. The complex and personable characters, coupled with a plot that seamlessly blends emotional depth with high-stakes action, make it a stand-out series.
Jujutsu Kaisen Quotes from the Anime Series
- “I don’t know what’s right anymore. But I want to protect people.”
- “When it comes to killing a human or dying, you should choose to die.”
- “A world without curses. And a world where no sorcerers exist.”
- “There are two kinds of fears. The fear you feel because you don’t know and the fear you feel despite knowing.”
- “I’m the strongest. There’s no need to worry.”
- “It’s not that the world is full of monsters; it’s that we were weak.”
- “Pride in one’s work is fine, but when it leads to stubbornness, it’s dreadful.”
About the Author/Artist
Gege Akutami is the creator of “Jujutsu Kaisen.” Akutami’s intricate artwork and knack for developing layered, engaging characters, and thrilling arcs make “Jujutsu Kaisen” an undeniable standout in the realm of shonen manga and anime.
TV or Movie Adaptations
The manga has been adapted into an anime series, produced by MAPPA, known for its excellent animation quality and faithfulness to the manga’s narrative. It has also been adapted into a prequel film titled “Jujutsu Kaisen 0.”
Jujutsu Kaisen FAQ
- Is “Jujutsu Kaisen” appropriate for younger viewers? “Jujutsu Kaisen” involves intense violence and mature themes, making it more suitable for older teens and adults.
- Is the anime faithful to the manga? Yes, the anime follows the plot of the manga very closely.
- Where can I watch “Jujutsu Kaisen”? “Jujutsu Kaisen” is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Netflix.
Diving into “Jujutsu Kaisen” feels like a thrilling, unpredictable journey through Tokyo’s mystic underworld. It’s a captivating story that draws you in with its blend of horror, action, and supernatural elements, all while exploring themes of mortality, sacrifice, and the human spirit.