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Okay, so I started watching Jujutsu on Friday March 11th 2021 through a livestream. And initially I didn’t see why it became so popular. Simply because it felt more like an obscure series like Kekkaishi, or D. Grayman than a typical simple battle shonen like Naruto, One-Piece, Fairy Tail, or DragonBall Z. Yet by the end of the episode, Started to noticed some mild similarities to Bleach. But before I elaborate on that, let’s go over the summary.
Jujutsu Kaisen follows the life and exploits of Yuji Itadori, who lives with his ailed grandfather. After joining an occult club, Yuji came across the finger of a powerful demon that was used to ward off curses and evil spirits. From there, after Yuji meets an curse hunter named Megumi Fushiguro, he goes where you’d expect. Yuji’s school is attacked by a monster, and Yuji ate the finger, and gained the finger’s power.
And that goes where you’d expect as the cursed finger possessed by the demon that the finger was attached too. As a result the episode ends with Megumi wanting to kill him, despite Yuji still has control over his own body.
To get the negatives out of the way, as I feel not everyone will like our introductory cast. Yuki feels more down to Earth and mundane as a teenager, like Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach or Yusuke Urameshi from Yu Yu Hakusho. He has no grand ambition, just trying to figure life out. Megrim meanwhile comes off like Sasuke, or Hiei. i.e. a brooding edge-lord with a chip on his shoulder.
They're not as blatant with their character archetypes like Naruto and Sasuke, Asta and Yuno, and Natsu and Grey. Which won't appeal casual or average anime fans.
That and the pacing is slow, as this episode took a while to get going. And it ended on a cliffhanger that depending on the varied mileage might or might not get people invested. That and it leaning more to dark shonen like Attack On Titan, Deadman Wonderland, and D. GrayMan might not attract many who are used to more light hearted stories.
As a result it’s not gonna appeal to anyone who’s into light hearted anime like DragonBall, OnePiece, Fairy Tail, or Naruto.
The positives here are subjective, as I enjoyed how it felt different from battle shonen that I’m used to. This is thanks to the aforementioned fact that this leans to the dark shonen sub-genre. I like how Yuji feels like a normal teenager, as it offers potential in how he’ll develop as a character, despite the atypical happy-go-lucky trait he carries. And I’m interested to see how Yuji and Megrim’s partnership develops since they’re not introduced as rivals, but allies by circumstance.
That it’s slightly similar to Bleach with the monster of the week formula, Yuji borrowing supernatural power to help people, and Megumi acting as his partner as Rukia did to Ichigo. That and the spirit of the cursed finger is to Yuji, what Ichigo’s inner hollow was to him.
The difference being the execution as Yuji is more upbeat initially than Ichigo was, despite his rigged and stubborn streak. Megumi’s stoic nature contrast this, though unlike many of his kin, Megumi actually means well, as he feels more duty bound than anti-social due to past trauma.
In conclusion, it took me a minute, but
I see why many like Jujutsu Kaisen... Well if they like Bleach anyway... There's a lot that separates from Bleach, but the superficial aspects are there. I'm just more interested in what it does differently. So yeah, it’s safe to say I’m invested, and will continue this series.