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'Jujutsu Kaisen': 2021’s Anime of the Year returns

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Jujutsu Kaisen

"Jujutsu Kaisen" won Anime of the Year in 2021 with its first season. Season two will premiere in early 2023.

“Jujutsu Kaisen” is ready to excite again with season two coming out soon.

“Jujutsu Kaisen” is a battle shounen anime adapted from the manga of the same name. The “Jujutsu Kaisen” anime was released in October 2020 and ran the majority of its episodes in 2021. “Jujutsu Kaisen” was nominated for a number of awards at the 2021 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, and won best Anime of the Year along with best antagonist and best ending song.

Mappa Studios, the same studio that adapted season four of “Attack on Titan” and the new hit anime series “Chainsawman,” adapted “Jujutsu Kaisen.” Season two of “Jujutsu Kaisen” will release in early 2023, likely in January or February.

“Jujutsu Kaisen” takes place in a world similar to ours except cures infect the world. Curses are the physical manifestation of negative human emotions such anger, sorrow or disgust through the use of cursed energy. Cursed energy is the power system of “Jujutsu Kaisen” and is the manifestation of negative emotions that can be altered into a different array of powers called cursed techniques. Jujutsu sorcerers are the only ones capable of getting rid of these curses because they are the only ones able to see curses and use cursed energy.

“Jujutsu Kaisen” follows Yuji Itadori, a Japanese high school student, who gets wrapped up in Jujutsu sorcerer business. Unbeknownst to Itadori, he eats a powerful cursed object that seals the soul of Sukuna, the King of Curses, within him. While the higher ups in the jujutsu world believe that he should be executed right away, his teacher and fan-favorite character, Satoru Gojo, proposes a different approach. To postpone his execution, Itadori is tasked with eating all 20 of Sukuna’s fingers, so the King of Curses can finally be taken down once and for all. Despite his impending execution, Itadori is filled with joy and excitement because all he wants to do in his life is be able to save people.

“Jujutsu Kaisen” is a great series filled with humor, action and horror elements. “Jujutsu Kaisen” is full of eye-appealing animation and has some of the best choreographed fights of the past decade. Unlike many mainstream shonen anime, “Jujutsu Kaisen” favors clean and crisp hand-to-hand fight sequences over big explosions and floods of bright colors to make the fights easier to follow.

The power system in “Jujutsu Kaisen” is also one of the better ones that we have seen in recent years. Cursed energy’s property of being fueled by negative emotions works very well to help the flow of the story as well as make fights incredibly interesting. Cursed techniques are also diverse where the majority of the characters in the show stand out with their personalities and in fights.

The characters in “Jujutsu Kaisen” are Gege Akutami’s, the creator of “Jujutsu Kaisen,” greatest strong suit. From the protagonist Itadori to Gojo and the other side characters to all the antagonists, Akutami writes his characters perfectly into the story. “Jujutsu Kaisen” has some of the best dynamics between characters among new generation anime, and these dynamics help the show in not being dull or ever feeling stale.

Jujutsu Kaisen’s second season has even more potential. The season will cover the Shibuya incident story arc, and manga readers of “Jujutsu Kaisen” for the most part see this as the best arc in the story as of now. If Mappa adapts season two as well as they did with season one, then “Jujutsu Kaisen” might win another award.