Dip into the world of curses and sorcerers with Jujutsu Kaisen
Everybody loves a good shounen manga and anime. Whether you grew up with the Filipino dub of Yu Yu Hakusho every morning or skimmed a few chapters of Haikyuu!! after work, a title or two of this genre is bound to have wormed itself into your interests somehow. These shows and manga have become widely popular for everyone to enjoy even if they’re often marketed for teenage boys. Lately, it’s Jujutsu Kaisen that often gets raved about.
Jujutsu Kaisen or JJK is written by Gege Akutami and was first serialized in March of 2018 in Weekly Shounen Jump. Two years later, its anime adaptation premiered and received worldwide reception and popularity, to the point that the manga’s lifetime sales managed to rise by 590%. This just shows that Jujutsu Kaisen is getting that much hype.
If you need more reasons as to why Jujutsu Kaisen might be your next shounen favorite, keep scrolling.
Jujutsu Kaisen is set in a world where all living beings emit cursed energy, which is born from negative emotions. Once the energy leaves the body, it creates Curses that wreak havoc in the real world. Only Jujutsu sorcerers can control cursed energy flowing in and out of the body and ultimately being the only ones able to defeat curses.
Itadori Yuuji finds himself as the host of a powerful, old curse named Sukuna Ryoumen. Somehow, Itadori can still control his body (and Sukuna) despite being possessed. This piques the interest of a teacher from Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School, Gojo Satoru. He then takes the boy under his tutelage and proposes a different plan on what to do with the curse living in him.
The world upon Jujutsu Kaisen built is so unique and intricate that explaining the synopsis under a paragraph was, admittedly, impossible. But beyond the ultimate quest of purging Sukuna from Itadori, we’re introduced to a hidden world and its issues. Jujutsu sorcery’s reality is filled with warring clans, opposing organizations and different antagonists ready to foil their plans. It's more complex than the conventional plot—and if anything, that leaves us wanting more after each chapter and episode. So if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a new universe, then this title is right up your alley.
A trio of students makes up the main cast. There's the happy-go-lucky protagonist, the broody best friend, the fierce woman. Oh, and there's their blindfolded teacher, too.
Yes, the main characters are the formulaic trio and their dependable mentor: Itadori Yuuji, Fushiguro Megumi, Kugisaki Nobara and Gojo Satoru (who’s a scene-stealer in his own right). Don’t be fooled, though. The anime and manga breathe new life into the staple main character squad we’ve seen. Each has their own motivations, driving forces and personality.
Plus, Jujutsu Kaisen also brings forth a lineup of female characters. And yes, they're more than just accessories to their male characters. They’ve got their ideals to pursue and hurdles to jump over, each helping them in their quest to being a jujutsu sorcerer. I don’t know about you, but these kinds of characters (and most of them being female) checks my list, too.
If you need more evidence to know that Jujutsu Kaisen is worth watching, its anime adaptation is led by MAPPA. This is the studio that houses the amazing animators behind Kakegurui, Banana Fish and Attack On Titan. MAPPA already has an impressive track record and it definitely shows in this title.
Given that Jujutsu Kaisen is another supernatural-action anime, the Curses are designed to make you lurch or stare in awe; whatever floats your boat. Each battle scene will have you hyperfocused on what’s happening. At the end of each episode, we’d need to catch our breaths as if we came from a fight.
Catching up on Jujutsu Kaisen is easy, too. So far only its first season is up and running, while its manga currently has 150 chapters and counting. This makes it a shorter journey compared to popular but older titles. If anything, now’s the perfect time to ride the hype train.
Jujutsu Kaisen is now available for streaming on Netflix.
Art Alexandra Lara