Jujutsu Kaisen is the newest addition in the best selling mangas and high rated animes, which has picked up the pace quite quickly when it comes to its anime adaptation. Written and illustrated by Gege Akutami, the manga debuted in 2018, and anime came from MAPPA premiering on MBS in October of 2020. So far, being a new big gun in the game, the series has been applauded for characters, plots, settings, and internal mythology and was dubbed as a great combination of good action manga and horror manga. Although many have also criticized it for being generic, the series still has a lot to go and, for now, has been rising like ever.
Jujutsu Kaisen follows the story set in a world where Cursed Spirits feed on innocent humans with Yuji Itadori, a normal teenager who excels at almost everything at school who is possessed by the ancient curse Sukuna that he can somehow control and sometimes it can control him. With these new powers, he tries to protect people and give them a respectful death. Indeed the series is quite new to the field, but there are some really interesting facts that may intrigue you to watch it if you haven’t yet. So here we are counting all of these facts out. With no further adieu, let’s begin.
20. Jujutsu Kaisen -Deeper Meaning
Okay, let’s start with the deep meaning the anime’s title suggests. The complete framework for enhancement in Jujutsu Kaisen works on the basis of cursed energy and how Magicians utilize it as weapons. The amount of Vitality highly depends on Magician’s emotions and needs in a battle. Well, that technique kind of sounds heard, right? Because it is indeed inspired some other popular work that we have mentioned in fact below. Keep Reading.
19. Megumi Fushiguro met Gojo way back before
Megumi Fushiguro is considered one of the most mysterious characters that have appeared in the series so far. It’s been revealed that he met Satoru Gojo way back before he joined the Technical School. It’s kind of intriguing to see the backstory behind what happened when they met the first time since it can clearly be seen that things weren’t easy for Megumi Ishiguro. It’s said that the story will be revealed in the upcoming episodes, so all we have to do is stay tuned.
18. A Villain Might Remind You Of Thanos
Not just a villain, but a major villain. We are talking about Mahito, who is recently introduced in the Anime. The goals of this villain will somewhat remind you of what Marvel’s Thanos wanted in the Infinity War saga. We can’t blame and just call Mahito the evil being. He is just acting because the purpose calls for in the show. Of course, we won’t tell you his purpose because it would be a spoiler for anime fans.
The creator of Jujutsu Kaisen, Gege Akutami, has revealed that he likes to avoid the age-old cliche of evil beings just being good secretly, and Mahito is an example of doing things that can be agreed or not agreed upon to some extent. The creator has occasionally compared him to Thanos because, much like him, Mahito can’t be proven wrong if we look from some ways.
17. Inspired By American Horror Movies And Evangelion
Jujutsu Kaisen isn’t exactly a completely original idea if we look at it. It’s kind of a mixed bag with elements like Lovecraftian Horror, Freudian hulks, Human’s Scares for death. This mixed bag comes from the writer’s inspirations he has cited for. The creator of Jujutsu Kaisen, Gege Akutami, has cited taking cues from Evangelion, especially the use of Biblical imagery and the conflict between Man & God. Talking about the scares used in the series, Akutami cited popular horror movies like “Get Out,” “Hereditary,” and Several Found Footage Films as his inspiration.
16. Gege Akutami Sees Yoshihiro Togashi As An Inspiration
Akutami has always considered Yoshihiro Togashi as his main inspiration. Yoshihiro Togashi is known for writing highly popular mangas like Hunter X Hunter and Yu Yu Hakusho. Akutami has occasionally cited that Togashi’s storytelling, gimmicks, and his technique to connect past and present are what intrigues him the most. The writer considers h the Chapter Black Saga from Yu Yu Hakusho as his biggest influence. He used these elements for some of his evil characters at the moment in the series.
15. Nobara Likes Shopping In Her Freetime
Although Nobara, throughout the series, is portrayed more like a heavy-hitting serious one, there are some things that bring out the cute side of her too. One thing that portrays the cute side is her love for shopping, and she has been waiting to do so since she came to the city. Her sole purpose for becoming Jujutsu Sorcerer was true because she wanted to shop. There is a light novel which follows Nobara’s one day in shopping, which we have mentioned in fact below.
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14. Sukuna’s Control Gives Itadori A Third Eye
Itadori Yuuji is one kind character but also a hell of a strong guy for sure. Even in high school, he is treated with respect for being a human with superhumans strength. But some things change when Sukuna takes control of his body. He indeed receives a third eye, which can also talk on its own. Now that’s scary!
13. Itadori Has an Immunity Towards Poison
Isadora is a host to a completely special graded cursed spirit named Sukuna, which gives him a third eye, as mentioned above. But the specialty about this spirit’s characteristic doesn’t end there. It also helps Itadori become immune to the poison, which no longer affects any part of Itadori’s body. All thanks to Sukuna!
12. Fushiguro Never Shows Pain
Fushiguro is indeed quite mysterious, as mentioned above. All we know from anime is that the guy has actually gone through a lot. But for some reason, he hides away his pain and decides to stay strong no matter what. Although the show is yet to explore his sad part, the personality of his has already given a lot of hints about it.
11. Nanami Was Originally An Office Worker
The 27-year-old Kento Nanami is one of the most professional Jujustsu Sorceror in the series. Often seen as calm and silent, he has always sported a neat and tidy dress. The reason behind this is because he was originally an office worker before he quit his job. After quitting it, he still adores the same discipline in his life and the reason why he sports the same tidy dress while fighting. This makes him one of the most attractive characters in the series at the moment.
10. Gojo Is The Strongest Jujustu Sorcerer
Standing at 6’3, Gojo is at the moment considered the strongest jujutsu sorcerer to ever exist. As seen, he is indeed attractive; his strength has often made a lot of his opponents think about before messing up with him. The anime is yet to explore more on him, but indeed, due to his unlimited potential, he makes up to be an opponent, not be in a fight with.
9. Nobara’s Tolerance
Quite rude but full of energy, Nobara Kurgisaki is someone who is considered to have a completely unreal tolerance in Jujutsu Kaisen. Yes, she is good-looking, she is a perfect Jujustsu Sorcerer, but her tolerance is what makes her stand out among others. Her fight with Eso and Kechizu is a prime example of her improvements in battle strength and how she pertained tolerance.
8. The Magic System Comes From Hunter X Hunter & World Trigger
So, as we promised above. Here is the inspiration for Jujutsu Kaisen explained, in fact, no.20. A quick look at the Magic System in Jujutsu Kaisen works with Cursed Energy and how the magician looks forward to weaponizing it depending upon their emotions and needs. We have heard this before because Akutami has clearly taken cues from Hunter X Hunter where power levels are determined according to the character’s use of Nen, as in life energy.
The technique was quite perfect, as introduced by Togashi. So, Akutami added some spice taking inspiration from Daisuke Ashihara’s World Trigger, where characters are seen channeling their energy using unique weapons and abilities. So Hunter X Hunter and World Trigger mix up to form Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen, which we are watching today.
7. The Series Has Light Novels
A successful manga tends to have an anime adaptation, some light novels, and sometimes even spin-offs. So, Jujustus Kaisen is also not far behind in this tradition as it has two light novels on its name. These two light novels are “Jujutsu Kaisen: Soaring Summer and Returning Autumn” and “Jujutsu Kaisen: The Path of Roses at Dawn.” The first one tells the story of Yuji during the timeline between his temporary death and the Kyoto Sister-School Goodwill Event. The second one follows a day in the life of Nobara as she goes out shopping and bumps into a powerful curse user.
6. Gege Akutami’s Inspirations Include Some More Popular Anime
If Togashi’s works and American horror movies weren’t enough, there are more anime that has helped to blend in for Jujutsu Kaisen. Akutami has classically trained at an art school and has looked at many Mangaka as his inspiration. Apart from Togashi, he looks up to Yusuke Murata, who is known for Eyeshield 21 and One-Punch Man, Kubo Tite, who is known for Bleach, and finally, Masashi Kishimoto is known for Naruto. For now, most of us have seen Akutami taking cues from the techniques of Togashi, as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen. But let’s not leave hope for influence from these other popular works.
5. The Story’s End Is Planned
The ending for a good story needs a lot of planning and thinking. Especially for the fact that it should be satisfying for the story itself as wells as the audience. Certain times decisions are changed, effectively, leaving the story aloof, but this is not the same with Jujutsu Kaisen. According to Akutame, the plan on how to end Jujutsu Kaisen is clear, and he is just building up puzzles to fit it into a good story.
4. The Manga Became A Sleeper Hit
Okay, we all know how Jujutsu Kaisen as anime became a huge hit in a matter of few episodes. Such a quick success of anime also depends on the manga readers too. Indeed it is seen because The Manga too was a hit, but it took its time to flourish among the readers. It debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2018 and sold decently 600,000 copies. After few months, it picked up the pace, and in a year, the sales went high up in the air and currently sells around 10 million copies making it one of the biggest manga sellers at the moment.
3. The Manga Has A Lot More In The Tank
Jujutsu Kaisen’s Shibuya Incident was like a really great grand finale, but in fact, the party has just begun. Geto’s plans are just the beginning steps into a broader goal, and our main characters to are still maturing so we have a long way to go on when the story ends
2. The Main Character Is Inspired From Author’s Brother
Yes, Yuuji is just another new Shonen anime protagonist but not for the creator of the show itself. Akutami has revealed that the main character of Jujutsu Kaisen is basically based on his older brother who is quite the opposite in traits from him. Akutami’s brother was almost great at everything ranging from studies and sports and these similar traits are seen in the character of Yuuji. So, the character of Yuuji is basically a tie-up of Akutami and his brother’s traits who is willing to sacrifice himself if it means saving others.
1. The Series Depicts The Fine Line Between Good And Evil
Probably the main motive of the whole series. The series is not going to showcase the good old stories of good vs evil with the protagonist beating up the evil antagonist in the end making a win for good. According to the creator Akutami, in his words, he has called humanity as in “Scourge” saying that whenever an evil villain wants to kill someone based on their logic, readers will come and side with him. Akutami has also stated that he believes in people being good and evil both. No one knows about each other’s truth and everyone has to find their own way when it comes to being a good person or evil person.