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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021): A Review

Jujutsu Kaisen (2021): A Review

There’s No Curse More Twisted Than Love

Your greatest weakness begets your greatest strength. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a film based on the 2020 paranormal anime series Jujutsu Kaisen. The show is sure to pique the interest of connoisseurs of anything and everything related to ouija boards, ghost stories, and urban legends. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a spectacular prequel to the series’ spectral universe of spiritual maladies and supernatural combat. Keep reading for the dish on who to root for, who to hate, and the storm of unsavory emotions between them that amalgamate into gruesome curses.

Is This Some Kind Of Test 

Imagine a world in which all thoughts and feelings have energetic substance. Every dream, wish, and wondering would contribute to an expanding mass of creative expression dependent on the climate, weather, and season. The converse would, hypothetically of course, also be true. What would bigotry, animosity, and ignorance look like if they resurfaced in some physical form? To grossly generalize, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 conjures up creeps and freaks that look like teratomas. Low vibrational landmarks like schools, hospitals, and malls act as karmic receptacles for the humanoid curses, which can only be seen by individuals with cursed frequencies themselves.

Lifelong weakest link Yuta Okkotsu is recruited to Jujutsu High after he nearly kills four classmates tormenting him after school. Timid, soft-spoken, and never seen without eye bags, Yuta is still dealing with something heavy from his past. Until someone explains to him how the world really works, Yuta unknowingly carries the pain with him, hurting anyone that threatens the vulnerability it guards. That someone turns out to be Satoro Gojo, a cocky instructor from a school for students with extrasensory gifts outside of Tokyo.

Jujutsu Kaisen (2021): A Review

I’m Your Good-Looking Teacher

Jujutsu High School teaches students how to harness curses for good. Yuta joins a freshman cohort of three, made up of a near mute, an abrasive know-it-all, and a talking panda. The overconfident, at times unbearable, alumni Satoro leads the group of first-years to their doom on one of the worst field trips ever. The students tag-team fight against dark apparitions to train for service in the real world one day. 

The originality of the curses in Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is unparalleled. Their backstories are even more elaborated on in the show. In the first season, a spirit called Hanami avenges humanity’s mistreatment of nature, born from the collective fear of natural disasters. Kechizu is another formidable foe, with the power to decay his opponents’ flesh at a distance. It’s a matter of opinion, but the movie doesn’t have enough curses in it, although it does end with a solid urban brawl scene.

If You’re Out Of Money, I Have No Further Use For You  

The movie does portray some pretty harrowing matchups within the first fifteen minutes. However, Jujutsu Kaisen 0’s cardinal antagonist is a mortal: an old classmate of Satoro’s, Suguru Geto. With a little charisma and a lot of chauvinism, Suguru manages to seed a religion of his own with the support of distant admirers and underage groupies. Suguru has made a career of deceit: as a result, he can summon over four thousand curses at will. With false humility poorly cloaked as stoicism, he declares war on the meek, pinning Satoro and Yuta to defend those who can’t see what’s coming.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 does the Jujutsu Kaisen series a great justice by drawing on a larger sense of context to set the stage for the upcoming season. A word to Demon Slayer and Attack On Titan fans: season two premieres on July 6th. Catch up. The movie and series is available on Crunchyroll. Watch the trailer below.

Jujutsu Kaisen (2021): A Review

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021) Official Crunchyroll Trailer

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Avery Pearson has written long-form print pieces, thought leadership articles, and web copy for startups and nonprofits. Her work has been featured in Ocean News & Technology.