When it opened on Dec. 24, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 offered over 1 million tickets and earned more than 1 billion yen. Over the weekend, the prequel to the favored anime sequence Jujutsu Kaisen, primarily based on the manga by Gege Akutami, almost tripled its field workplace, giving the record-breaking Demon Slayer film a run for its cash. This was no Christmas miracle. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 earns its success by doing what so many prequels fail at: telling a satisfying story that connects to and enhances the primary sequence whereas additionally welcoming newcomers to the franchise.
Set in a world the place people emanate Cursed Vitality that may create eldritch creatures referred to as Curses/Cursed Spirits, the Jujutsu Kaisen anime focuses on Yuji Itadori, a excessive schooler who turns into a vessel for Ryomen Sukuna, some of the highly effective Curses in existence. Following this, a gaggle of Jujutsu Sorcerers — individuals who can management their Cursed Vitality to combat evil spirits — enroll Yuji within the Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu Excessive College to assist him management his energy whereas maintaining a tally of him. That’s the barebones abstract of the anime sequence that aired from October 2020 to March 2021 … and the fundamental synopsis for Jujutsu Kaisen 0.
The prequel tells the story of Yuta Okkotsu, a excessive schooler who beneficial properties management of a particularly highly effective Cursed Spirit and will get enrolled within the Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu Excessive College by Jujutsu Sorcerers to assist him management his energy and control him. Yuta and Yuji are two very completely different folks, with the previous beginning out as a timid, gloomy, bullied child, and the latter being a hyperenergetic extrovert with the form of energy and stamina that will make Batman jealous. Nonetheless, the similarities between the setups of the TV sequence and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 can’t be missed. It’s nearly just like the film is each a prequel and a remake. A premake? Requel? No matter you wish to name it, 105-minute film hits most of the identical notes because the present through the use of a residing weapon outsider character to introduce the viewers to the world of Jujutsu sorcery and Cursed Spirits and many others.
There’s loads to get pleasure from for longtime followers. For one, Yuta Okkotsu will not be a brand new character, having been talked about within the sequence a couple of instances however by no means making an look till now. And he’s given a fantastically tragic backstory, because it seems that the highly effective Curse that latched on to Yuta is his childhood love, Rika. After dying in a site visitors accident, the light and caring woman remodeled right into a snake-haired, fang-faced monstrosity that will not have essentially the most disturbing design on the market however makes up for it by the way in which she acts. When the cursed Rika talks to Yuta in a baby’s voice about how a lot she loves him or kills individuals who bully him with out seemingly feeling unhealthy about it, the juxtaposition of her horrifying look together with her candy however generally additionally capricious, child-like demeanor ends in some of the memorable Jujutsu Kaisen cursed spirits ever.
The film additionally provides extra screentime to its villain, Suguru Geto, who has been a relentless presence on Jujutsu Kaisen, although principally driving backseat to the resident Large Dangerous Mahito. In Jujutsu Kaisen 0, although, Geto is given heart stage, which he proceeds to eat up with a lot gusto. Geto is a particularly enjoyable antagonist with a larger-than-life persona that’s lastly on full show within the film. You may actually see why Curses and different sorcerers would gravitate in the direction of him, and the way his happy-go-lucky angle whereas attempting to commit atrocities would infuriate the movie’s predominant characters.
This ends in an important combat between him and Yuta. With the digital camera motion attempting to duplicate the sensation of a regular-sized character shifting with lightning pace towards Geto’s gigantic Curses — together with a Blob kaiju made up of fats demon infants — the battle is moreover enhanced by Yuta’s sudden rage, including a complete different layer to the expertise. However that’s to be anticipated from combat scenes overseen by director Sunghoo Park, whom you may bear in mind from The God of Excessive College anime sequence and its spectacular battles. It’s greater than sufficient to maintain Jujutsu-heads glad in the course of the 105-minute run of the film.
However newcomers will get essentially the most out of Jujutsu Kaisen 0. The prequel is mainly the essence of Jujutsu Kaisen trimmed all the way down to its most accessible parts, which isn’t stunning on condition that the film is predicated on a manga that truly precedes the Jujutsu Kaisen comedian. First revealed as Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College within the 2017 subject of Bounce GIGA, this standalone quick sequence about Curses and Jujutsu Sorcerers was meant to conclude after simply 4 chapters. But it surely quickly gained sufficient recognition for Gege Akutami to broaden its premise and the world he solely hinted at within the unique comedian, in the end culminating within the creation of Yuji Itadori and the story that took the world by storm.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 could be very easy, focusing totally on Yuta, his trainer Satoru Gojo, Suguru Geto, and the second-year college students of the Tokyo Jujutsu Excessive College that followers know from the TV sequence: Maki Zenin, Toge Inumaki, and Panda. Most of them get a adequate clarification that permits whole novices to comply with the story, and which can persuade them to later plunge into the deep waters of the anime. For these much less acquainted, Jujutsu Kaisen issues itself with Yuji attempting to offer folks a “correct loss of life.” To first decide what a correct loss of life is, although, the anime spends quite a lot of time determining what a correct life means. By means of the characters of Kento Nanami, the present explores the worth of serving to others over cash, whereas Maki’s arc is the story of going towards the circulation and the consolation of being a part of a gaggle/household and doing your personal factor. Even the cursed wombs from the final episode of the TV sequence discover the “correct” option to dwell because the characters are literally touching examples of the significance of household.
There are traces of this theme within the film; one can interpret Yuta’s arc as a lesson about letting go and shifting on. His selections round Rika are stirring however the anime sequence goes a lot deeper into its philosophical messages. That’s alright, although, as a result of by maintaining issues easy, the film makes you need extra, gently main new followers to the TV present. And any media that manages to introduce extra folks to a present that’s redefining shōnen anime is unquestionably doing one thing proper.
So whether or not you’ve been following Jujutsu Kaisen for years or are simply listening to about it for the primary time now, try Jujutsu Kaisen 0 if you happen to ever get the prospect. It’s the form of uncommon film that truly has one thing (superior) for everybody.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is out now in Japan. The film at present doesn’t have a U.S. launch date.