I finally had a chance to sit down and watch Crunchyroll’s latest release, Jujutsu Kaisen.
A Japanese manga series turned anime revolving around the happenings in a world that contains cursed spirits. Crunchyroll has nine episodes available, ten if you are a premium member. Also, if you don’t want to read subtitles, you can always watch in German, French, English, and a few other languages. However, you’ll only be able to watch up to episode 3 at the moment.
I’ll be giving you my first impressions on why you should give this anime a chance, and then you can decide if you want to give it a try. As always, I will attempt not to spoil.
Why should you watch Jujutsu Kaisen?
You’re introduced to our main protagonist Itadori Yuuji. He’s a superior being, but he prefers to be mediocre because he hasn’t found a reason to step up yet. He doesn’t outright say this, but he does have a monologue in episode two that pretty much confirms he hasn’t found a reason worthwhile to be extraordinary. He has a close relationship with his grumpy grandfather, who passes in the first episode and leaves him with a dying wish to save as many people as he can, even if it’s only those he loves.
As story progression would have it, his friends from the cult club at school are almost killed by curses because they messed with some forces beyond their control.
Itadori meets Megumi Fushiguro, who is well versed in curses, etc. They both go to save Itadori’s friends and barely succeed. Without spoiling the surprise, I’ll say, he ends up being possessed by a curse that he can control. Megumi’s sensei, Satoru Gojo, arrives just as things are finishing up. Itadori ends up being handed an ultimatum that allows him to fulfill his grandfather’s dying wish and finally be extraordinary.
Some comparisons that I noted is that Satoru is Kakashi sensei adjacent. If for nothing else, he’s wearing a blindfold and is wildly talented. You could say Itadori has a Naruto comparison with a curse / Jinchūriki inside of him that he can control. But above all else, both characters are very likable.
So far, Satoru seems to want to help itadori do something extraordinary to save millions and millions of lives. There is a twist, and I wonder if the story creator will go through with it. We’ll see. I haven’t read the manga. I’m only watching the anime, so all of my opinions are based on that.
There will be 25 episodes right now, and only ten episodes are available so far. I think you will like this if you like anime if you like My Hero Academia, Naruto, Bleach, etc. It is rated TV-14, and it’s up on Crunchyroll right now.
If you decide to watch the anime, comment below in the thread, and let me know how you feel about it.