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Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 2 : For Myself – Yuji Itadori’s Journey Begins!

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to another exciting anime review.

Jujutsu Kaisen is back with its 2nd episode and, it is all that we have ever wanted. The story unravels in an exciting turn of events.

Satoru Gojo arrives at the scene of the massacre. Fushigoru is down and suffering from injuries.

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Satoru Gojo is a goofy guy, fun-loving but, when he buckles down, he is a monster at martial arts. He is intrigued by Yuji, who has swallowed the cursed object.

He wants to go head first against him in his transformed state for 10 seconds. Satoru Gojo is so confident that if Yuji goes out of control, he can definitely stop him.

Being a manga reader, Satoru Gojo is a literal beast. He is powerful and one of the most entertaining characters that Jujutsu Kaisen has to offer.

For 10 seconds, Yuji, possessed by Sukuna, spars against Gojou and still couldn’t lay a finger on him. He was so fast that he whooped the living daylights out of Sukuna. It’s just the second episode, and the fight was truly impressive. The animation was clean and, Gojou Satoru is my favorite, hands down.

Yuji shockingly gains control of Sukuna as promised and, he is subdued by Gojou after. Fushigoru requests Gojou that Yuji not be executed as a curse and, his teacher gladly acknowledges his request.

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Back in the creepy room where Itadori is shackled, Gojo explains to him about the fingers and the demon that is Ryoumen Sukuna. Yuji is given two options. Either be executed directly or consume all 20 parts of the fingers and be executed. In the end, he has to die, but the notion behind the decision is what counts.

The great thing about this anime adaptation is that they are sticking as close as they can to the source material. The continuity is not being interrupted and, the world-building of Jujutsu Kaisen given importance.

Unlike God of Highschool, Jujutsu Kaisen focuses on fleshing out its characters and the world before entering into the fight sequences. The animators did a great job regarding this, and it is to be appreciated.

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Yuji Itadori is a highschool kid, and facing such circumstances in his life is traumatizing. He visits the hospital to meet his seniors who, were injured in the aftermath of the incident at school. He sees for himself that leaving curses to roam free around the aura of Sukuna’s cursed fingers is not something he can allow. He also cremates his grandfather, who passed away on the night of the incident. The author subtly compares death and unnatural death in such a way as to pave the way for Yuji to make a difficult decision.

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Gojo tells Itadori that it isn’t an easy task to become a Jujutsu sorcerer, and he may come across unnatural and gruesome deaths along the way. Yuji decided that for the greater good, he has to do it. He decides to follow his grandfather’s last words and eat all the parts of Sukuna. He doesn’t care what happens after that, but the choice of choosing how you die is what will drive him forward. It sounds like twisted logic, but the emotion and belief behind it are what matters. Freedom to choose is what is conveyed.

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When I first read the manga, Jujutsu technical school in Tokyo was a spectacle to behold. The architecture, the environment it was situated in was so engaging. The anime has brought that same feeling to me. The environments, the Japanese culture, and the artistic originality of the vicinity is mesmerizing and needs to be appreciated. They have done so much justice to this anime that it makes me teary-eyed thinking about it.

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Ryoumen Sukuna surfaces on Yuji’s skin and threatens Gojo. After possessing Yuji’s body, the first person he was going to kill was Gojo. Gojo being a confident guy is honored that Ryoumen Sukuna wants to kill him. He accepts the challenge.

Satoru Gojon describes Ryomen Sukana as a demon with four arms who revealed over the world 1000 years ago and was considered the King of curses.

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Let’s dig a bit deeper into Japanese Folklore. The Sukuna was a two-faced demon who, according to the “Chronicles of Japan” (compiled in 720), ruled the Hida region with an iron fist until it was conquered by Emperor Nintoku (313-399). It had one face in front and one in the back and had four arms and legs. In two arms it held bows and arrows.
Woodworking people of Hida, Enku depicted him with an ax instead.
He put the two faces in front, one friendly, one with a wild expression.
In Hida, this deity is seen, as the founder of the domain, Hida no Kuni. Hida folklore, however, claims that he defeated an evil dragon and is an incarnation of Kannon with the power to grant salvation. While “Nihonshoki” described Ryomen-sukuna as a villain and an enemy of the emperor, people in Hida and Mino Provinces treated Ryomen-sukuna as a hero and benefactor and worshipped him. I believe that this is the same character that the author has based his demon on. According to the lore, maybe Ryoumen Sukuna could turn out to be a savior, but a villainous one at that.

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Yuji is introduced to the principal Yaga Masamichi. He looks like a cool guy but is seen, making toys. It was very contradictory at first, but when we saw the use of his skills, the world was introduced to a really cute and fierce form of fighting.

The principal was quite straightforward at asking the reasons behind Yuji joining the school. He sets his green bear doll to attack Yuji and was ordered to not back down until he got a proper answer from Yuji.

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The conversation between the principal and Yuji was really interesting. It was a battle between the convictions and beliefs of 2 different people. Trying to find common ground and the hope of educating Yuji of what it means to be a Jujutsu sorcerer.

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Yuji Itadori, tells him straight forward that he doesn’t know how he will die or what will be the circumstances, but he doesn’t want to live a life in regret. He is the only one who can consume Sukuna and, he is going to achieve that. The story is well thought out and, the characteristics of each person are very well portrayed in this anime. It especially conveys to the audience.

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Yuji is accepted into Jujutsu technical Highschool. His journey begins. Satoru Gojo is a friendly and likable character. More than anything, I feel he cares for his students the most. He tells Yuji that he is now a vessel and a tracker to find the missing pieces of Sukuna. It’s a bumpy road ahead and, they are off to pick up the 3rd first-year student.

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The highlight of this episode is the ending song. It reminds of the ’70s with its hip-hop genre and, watching it you, just want to groove with your favorite characters. I have been watching it on repeat for two days now. It’s just unbelievable. This anime is looking better and better with each passing episode. For an anime that is surrounded by eerie mystery, curses, and demons, there is a little fun in it as well.

Until Next time. See ya!

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God of High School reviews

God Of Highschool Episode 8 & 9 – A New Tiger Cub Is Born

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to another fun-filled anime review.
Today we will be discussing God of Highschool episodes 8 and 9.
Let’s dive in

God of Highschool is a Webtoon Korean Manhwa written and illustrated by Yongje Park and the anime produced by Crunchyroll and Mappa studios.

It revolves around Jin Mori and the GOH tournament in which people from different backgrounds, fighting styles come together to take part. Beneath all that, there is something more in the midst of all this.

To be honest, after watching 9 episodes of God Of Highschool I have noticed a few issues about the anime. I will discuss that further in the post but a quick recap to the event that transpired in episode 8

The magician, a member of the SIX watches from a distance as his grandson undergoes surgery. Park Mujin has to answer his questions on why Jegal Taek is not disqualified.

The mysterious key everyone talks about comes up again. The key is somewhat like ‘the chosen one’ sort of thing and it’s quite clear as to what it is.

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Another match wages on between Chungcheongnam-do V Jeollanam – Do. Jeollanam-Do wins the first round rather easily but the next two rounds Chungcheongnam – do teams for the taking. The Park cousins splendidly win their matches with ease.

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The highlight of this episode is Park Illpyo. He uses an old martial arts form called Tekkyon, forgotten for some time. Jin Mori realizes that he might have some connection with Jin Taeijin his grandfather.

Called forth by Park Mujin, Jin Mori learns about the possibility that his grandfather might be in danger. This has been running on his mind for some time. He feels that if he was a bit stronger he might be able to go help his grandfather.

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Just as he was thinking about all these things Park Illpyo comes to visit him. He instantly picks a fight with Jin Mori as soon as they meet. To be honest this was a fun scene to watch. Their fighting styles coincided in such a way that each of them had a chance at getting the other in a real fight.

Jin Mori asks about the tiger mark on his back and he confirms Mori’s suspicions that he might know Jin Taijin.

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The viewers are shown a glimpse of Illpyo’s past and how he became the person he is. Jin Taeijin gave him purpose when no one could. All left alone he was the one who gave him the textbook to learn all the techniques of Tekkyon, an art form that his grandfather Park Ittae had trained in.

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In a really heartwarming interaction, we find a really relatable sleepy head Jin Mori carried around by his grandfather. The anime depicts relationships in short scenes but all the while creates a sense of relatability. Even if it is a little bit fast paced the characters are fleshed out nicely.

For a boy who had very few good memories in his life, the words that Jin Taejin said to him were precious to him. This is the story of how he met Jin Taeijin.

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At that instant, Jeagal Teak attacks them out of the blue. Jin Mori’s escaped without a scratch due to Park Illpyo’s intervention. The writer does a fine job of depicting insecurities faced by Mori in subtle ways. The subtle thing swish past the audience and the idea gets implanted in their heads.

Q, one of the commissioners of GOH goes rogue and tries to attack Park Mujin. Allegations were thrown upon him on why he let Sim Bongsa’s family die. Mujin reciprocates by repelling Q to the wall and subduing him. Q realizes later that Mujin Park had actually saved his wife and daughter from Nox and had relocated them to another secret location.

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Mujin Park is in the neutral I guess. The author finely places him between the 2 extremes. We don’t know who or what he is and what fuels him to go on. Intrigue is a very enticing drug.

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Concerning events leading to the death of Sim Bogsa and the attack on Q, GOH tournament members know that there is a traitor in their midst and they want to find out who it is soon.

Han Daewi approaches Q and asks him to train him. He wants to attain Chakreyok and get stronger to help his team.

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Han and Mira get alerts on their phone saying it’s Mori’s bday. They rush to his apartment with food in hand. He cherishes the words that his grandfather said and understands the meaning of it all. This show is not all about fighting but the relationships and lessons they learn at each moment in life.

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Things get much dicier in episode 9. Jin Mori receives directions and a photo of his grandfather without a hand. He ditches the match and rushes off to save him.

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In the area, Yu Mira goes against a mysterious team. The Seoul team is at a disadvantage due to the suspension of Han Daewi and the unknown whereabouts of Jin Mori. Mira goes mano-e-mano with the muscular man.

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In a few minutes, she realizes he is not someone normal. She realizes that her moonlight sword is being yielded by the man right in front of her. Her power is being used against her, to undermine her and to destroy her. She strives to buy some time so that Jin Mori can return to the stage.

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As Han Daewi searches the complex for Jin Mori, he stumbles upon his former opponent incapacitated. Much to Han’s surprise this girl attacks her and after seeing his masculine aura falls kisses him. Everything is fast-paced in this anime.

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Jin Mori reaches a warehouse, presumably the location where his grandfather’s confined. He stumbles upon the place a fight his grandpa’s hand missing and in shackles. While he tries to remove the shackles the flesh mutates and ends up exploding.

Nox, the evil cult/organization has planned all this so that their team can win GOH. Mori finds dead bodies of different teams in the warehouse and realizes that they have been ‘cutting down the competition.’
Their goal is unknown but they will not stop until they win.

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The people facing Yu Mira as well as Jin Mori are imposters dresses as contestants. This tournament is brutal. People and villains infiltrate this shindig and the commissioners aren’t doing anything. Its an all-out brawl and the only motive is to find the key that will accomplish an unforeseen goal.

Yu Mira hurt, she hits a near-death state, she attains Chakreyok. She magnificently dodges her opponent’s attack and attains ownership of her sword back.

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She slices and dices her opponent and incapacitates him.

As she falls, Jin Mori approaches and holds her head before she hit the ground.

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Jin Mori looked angry. Like more than normal. In a very innovative way, the series shows how Mori took down the agent and how he takes down his current opponent simultaneously.

He uses a new move and takes them down instantly. The epicness of a strong main character being born is second to none

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The Six realize that a new Tiger Cub is born and he is a force to reckon with.

The series is going at a good pace and the animation and storytelling are wonderful. But it’s a weird feeling when people use Chakreyok. I feel that this power scaling did not get a proper introduction. I understand that they will reveal the secrets behind the Chakreyok but still its a bit confusing.

I do appreciate the way that the fights are framed. Hand to hand combat along with Chakreyok. They don’t take away the essence that the anime provides.

4 more episodes left. The hype is real. Drop your opinions down in the comments. Until next time. See ya!