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【Jujutsu Kaisen】Anime adaptation already decided! What makes Jump’s dark fantasy so popular?

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Updated on January 22, 2020

We picked up “Jujutsu Kaisen”, a serialized work from Weekly Shonen Jump that has been adapted into an anime in less than two years! Here is a summary of the appeal of this work, and why dark fantasy is so popular at Jump!

A dark fantasy about a “curse”

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Jujutsu Kaisen is a manga series that has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump by Akutami Shita since 2018.
As of January 2020, the manga has sold over 2.5 million copies up to volume 9, making it a huge hit.
Although this is Akutami’s first serialized work, he has suddenly become one of the most popular authors.

Like a comet, “Jujutsu Kaisen” is a dark fantasy about “curses” (spells).
The story depicts the battles of the spellcasters who use the power of “curses” to exorcise the spirits that have turned into deformed monsters through the embodiment of negative human emotions such as “bitterness,” “regret,” and “shame,” as well as their days at the “Spellcraft College,” their educational institution.

One of the features of this work is that it has the misery and grotesqueness of a dark fantasy, even though it is a shonen manga.
Many of the haunting spirits are quite creepy in design, and there are descriptions of physical damage from battles and slaughtered corpses.
However, the damage is not depicted realistically, so it is not so gruesome that you can’t cover your eyes.

The story is fast-paced, especially in the beginning.
Also, the main character dies (but is later revived) at the beginning of the second volume, which is quite unexpected and draws you into the story.

The illustrations are reminiscent of NARUTO and HUNTERxHUNTER, and the protagonist’s character design is reminiscent of Ichigo from Bleach, so I think this work will have a strong pull on people who liked Jump in the 2000s.

Characters with jump-like characteristics

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The protagonist of this story is Yuji Itadori, a member of a psychic phenomenon (occult) research group.
He has the appearance of a juvenile delinquent, but his character is a friendly and straightforward young man.
He has extraordinary physical abilities, such as his liner throw in the cannonball and his amazing sprinting ability, which is rumored to be able to run 50 meters in 3 seconds.

Until then, Itadori had been leading a peaceful life, but things took a big turn when he unknowingly picked up a finger of Double-sided lodging, a special-grade spell.
Megumi Fushiguro, the spellcaster who was collecting the special-grade spell, responds to the attack, but she is injured while protecting Eugene.
In order to save his senior and Fushiguro, Itadori takes the finger of Double-sided lodging into his body to gain the spell power to fight against the spell, and defeats the spell with overwhelming power.

However, the special grade spell was poisonous.
Normally, he would surely die, but …… Double-sided lodging’s finger fits into his body, and he incarnates.

The conservative faction of the witchcraft world, who regard Double-sided lodging, the “King of Curses”, as an absolute threat, want the secret death penalty for the Double-sided lodging-infused cane, but Satoru Gojo, a special-grade spellcaster and teacher at the Tokyo National College of Witchcraft and Wizardry, appeals for the value of the cane, which is still alive even with the Double-sided lodging inside it. who is still alive even though he has captured Tsuina.
At his suggestion, Itadori’s treatment was set to “die after capturing all 20 of Double-sided lodging’s fingers in this world”, and he got a certain reprieve.

Although it’s a dark fantasy, Toratsukane, with his carefree personality, and Fushikuro, who wants Toratsukane to survive for his own personal reason of not wanting to see good people die, are characters that can be said to be the royal road of shonen magazines.
Therefore, this work is a “JUMP dark fantasy” with characters that are not from the JUMP genre but have JUMP characteristics.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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