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Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 ( Part – 1 )

Hello Everyone!
Welcome back to another anime review.

It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed this manga and I thought better late than never. Let’s discuss Jujutsu Kaisen.

Jujutsu Kaisen is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami. It revolves around a highschool boy who swallows a cursed object and then shares his body with an evil spirit. He learns how to control that power and becomes a jujutsu sorcerer. The mysteries and emotions behind death are one of the highlights that this manga follows.

Chapter 2: Secret Execution

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Yuji wakes up and realizes that he is shackled to a chair. Sitting in front of him is an unfamiliar character who goes by the name, Satoru Goju. He introduces himself as a teacher at Jujustsu Highschool.

He warns Itadori that this is his secret execution. According to Jujustsu sorcerer laws a cursed human has to be executed. Satoru Goju has plans to turn him into a vessel so that he can consume all 20 parts of Sakuna, the cursed spirit.

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Choices are given to Itadori on what he wishes to do. Die Now, or after consuming all Sakuna’s parts. Satoru Gojo tests Itadori back at school and sees if he can handle the monster within. He passes with flying colors but faints out of exhaustion.

A vessel like this only appears every 1000 years. The execution of Yuji might lead to slim chances to destroy Sakuna ever. Yuji visits his classmates in the hospital. He witnesses the after-effects of the damage caused to his friends. Sasaki weeps for her friend and blames herself. Yuji consoles her and tells her ints not her fault.

Yuji Itadori is portrayed as a caring character. He is not blind to the unfortunate circumstances people go through because of the curses. He wishes to sincerely do something to curb this outcome. He decides to go along with Satoru Goju’s plan and consume all Sakuna’s part before he is killed.

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His late grandfather said, “When its time to go, make sure you’re surrounded by others.” These words have been the driving force for Itadori to make this decision. He swallows the second piece of Sakuna’s body and gains control over the spirit.

Impressed by Itadori’s feats, Satoru Goju enrolls him in Tokyo Prefectural Jujustsu high school.

Chapter 3: For Myself

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The scenery of the highschool is traditional. It is located high up in the mountains and is also used as a base for Jujustsu sorcerers to reside. Yuji and Satoru walk through the bushes to meet the principal of the high school.

The artwork in the manga is breathtaking. Each page looks spectacular and bodes well for the genre of the series.

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Sakuna is a demon with four arms and two faces as per Gojo’s description. He is a demon of legend. Sakuna rears its mouth through Yuji and threatens to kill Goju first, once he possesses the kid’s body. Gojo is quite honored and accepts his challenge.

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Satoru Gojo’s character up until now is a breath of fresh air. He is calm all the time and fights like a professional. No loose ends and no messes.

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Yuji meets with the principal of Jujutsu High school, Masamichi Yaga. He looks like a cool guy but his morals and methods are different. Yuji is asked a question as to why he wants to be a Jujustsu sorcerer. He replies saying that he wants to consume Sakuna and pay homage to his grandfather’s last wish.

The reality of becoming a Jujutsu sorcerer is quite different. The motivation required to come to terms with death and curses must be your own. As Yuji goes against the principal’s puppet, he thinks about why he wants to do it. He realizes he cannot burden anyone with his decision and wants to do good.

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“I’m not gonna regret the way I live,” he says and passes the principal’s test. The series sets its basic premise up very well and the idealogy behind everyone’s action. The build-up of the story is very appreciative of the characters and that is what an anime should be like.

He moves into the dorm, meets Megumi who has been rested up and is now ready to go. Gojo tells them Yuji that he is a radar for the rest of the pieces of Sakuna and to find them is not an easy task. A large open world quest is about to begin according to these words.

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They set off to bring the third recruit back to Tokyo. Morioka is where they will find Jujutsu High first-year Nobara Kugisaki.

Chapter 4: Girl Of Steel

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Nobara Kugasaki is a typical high school girl. A bit quirky and a bit condescending. She judges people before she knows them but its a part of her charms and we cannot disagree.

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Now that all the three students are together they head off to the countryside for a test. Roppongi, a less populated area of Tokyo is their destination.

A cemetery and an abandoned building are seen in that area. Jujutsu Kaisen subtly iterates its premise and workings. Megumi points out that it’s not the cemetery that is the cause of the curse but the fear and feelings behind the notion of ghosts and spirits. It is quite a predicament that Jujutsu sorcerers have to go through but it is a necessary evil they have to face to protect people.

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The interactions between all members are very interesting. The story playfully presents the initial impressions of the characters and slowly creates situations for them to understand the worth of certain things. To change in different ways and to enhance themselves is the goal.

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This location is the place where Goju means to test Yuji and Nobara. He sens them in to face curses. Since Yuji is not familiar with using spells to expel curses he is given a dagger named slaughter demon. Yuji and Nobara instantly encounter curses and their test begins.

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Yuji takes down his enemy with brute force. He is rather impressed with himself. Nobara is next and she has a tough one on her hands.

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Until next time. See ya!

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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 1 : Ryomen Sukuna- A Review

Hey everyone!
Welcome back to your daily fill of anime reviews.
Today we will be checking out an interesting manga I recently read.
Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 1.
Let’s dive in.

Introduction:

Jujutsu Kaisen is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami. It revolves around a highschool boy who swallows a cursed object and then shares his body with an evil spirit. He learns how to control that power and becomes a jujutsu sorcerer.

Chapter 1 : Ryomen Sukuna

The story starts in the backdrop of a high school named Sugisawa Municipal Highschool. Yuji Itadori and his 2 friends Sasuka and Iguchi are members of the occult research club. A person interrupts them while summoning spirits. He explains that they are going to change the occult research club into the girls’ track and field changing room.

Yuji Itadori:

The main character of this story is Yuji Itadori. He is a high school student who is quite funny but deep inside he is a very caring person. The coach challenges him in hopes of him joining the track and field team. He accepts the challenge and participates in a short put match.

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The character possesses the natural physical ability and this will be a boon in future chapters. He does not wish to join the track team because he is taking care of his grandfather in the hospital. His grandfather tries to tell him the identity of his parents but he doesn’t want to know.

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Photo Courtesy : Jujutsu Kaisen : Chapter 1 – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

Yuji is a caring person who was abandoned by his parents for some reason. He cares for his grandfather but he doesn’t show it much. His grandfather passes away but leaves a message behind. ” When you die, make sure you surrounded by some close friends,” he said.

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While he is signing the discharge papers, a mysterious guy appears asking for his name.

Megumi Fushiguro:

Megumi Fushiguro and his purpose for being at the school is suspicious. He talks of cursed objects and he sees weird creatures in the air.

According to him, cursed are graded and the monster he saw was a grade 2. He is searching for a special grade curse that could potentially wreak havoc in society. He crosses paths with Yuji because he senses a bit of curse energy from him.

He follows him to the hospital and asks for the location of the special grade object. He says that it is with the occult research club and he only has an empty box. Megumi warns him about the consequences of peeling off the seal from the object.

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They rush towards the school to save his friends.

The Occurrence At The School:

Sasaki and Iguchi are members of the occult research club. I believe that they are really good additions to the story to bring out Yuji’s emotions. He is a friendly person and cares about people.

They are at the school and debunking the mystery behind the cursed object. They peel off the seal from the cursed object and find a finger, a human finger.

A portal opens up and many creatures come out of it. Yuji and Megumi rush towards the scene. Yuji instantly senses negative energy coming from the school. Megumi advises Yuji to stay back and he will handle the issue.

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Sasaki is panicking in a corner of the school and a monster just passes her by. She is trembling with fear. Some kind of cursed being has taken over Iguchi. Megumi rushes to the club room and fears that the curse may have escaped.

Megumi uses sorcery and summon wolfs and engages to attack the monster. Yuji thinks about what he is doing. He thinks about her grandfather’s death and what his emotions were to it. The word death has been highlighted and it will play a major part in his life.

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Megumi is too late, a curse is trying to absorb Sasaki and the finger. In that instant, Yuji rushed in through the window and attacked the monster. He saves Iguchi and Sasaki from danger. Yuji has some ability to see Megumi’s Shikigami (Summoned wolves ).

Yuji’s character is beautifully portrayed as a selfless friend and a level headed guy. He conveys to us that its better for someone to have the best possible death and not a frightening one. Reflecting on his grandfather’s word that shows a level of sincerity to one’s self.

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The grade 2 monster attacks Megumi. It is the same creature he had seen before. Dominated by its power, Megumi is flung from the building. He manages to save Yuji and the other before that happens.
Megumi injured and incapacitated he takes on the monster. In that instant, Yuji jumps in from nowhere and takes down the monster. Megumi explains that only a curse can exorcise a curse.

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Megumi Fushigoru advises Yuji to escape with his friends. Our valiant hero will not let anyone die. He eats the cursed finger. Shocken and scared of the consequences, Megumi knows that the object is poisonous and could kill him. But there is one in a million chance that things could turn around.

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Ryomen Sakuna takes over Yuji’s body and attacks the monster. It decimates the monster. Yuji loses control of his body and Ryome Sakuna, the curse takes over. It is on its way to rampage the land.

Strong-willed Yuji Itadori demands that he gets his body back. The curse is astonished because no one had the strength to do this to them before. In the end, Megumi wakes up and says that according to jujutsu regulations he will have to exorcise the curse known as Yuji Itadori.

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Review:


This series is something special. It is a fine example of how much Shonen Jump has changed. Bringing new and interesting stories to the masses. The personification of achieving the correct death is interesting. As the series continues it is going to get interesting. Looking forwards to more chapters.

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