Nobuyuki HiyamaKotono MitsuishiKappei YamaguchiJujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen: Season 1
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2020: J
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Director: Sung Hoo Park
Writer: Hiroshi Seko
Actor: Asami Seto, Atsuko Tanaka, Aya Endo, Chinatsu Akasaki, Daisuke Namikawa, Joji Nakata, Junichi Suwabe, Junya Enoki, Kappei Yamaguchi, Kenjiro Tsuda, Koki Uchiyama, Kotono Mitsuishi, Marina Inoue, Mikako Komatsu, Mitsuo Iwata, Mugihito, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Rie Kugimiya, Satoshi Hino, Shigeru Chiba, Subaru Kimura, Takahiro Sakurai, Takaya Kuroda, Tomokazu Seki, Yoko Hikasa, Yoshitaka Yamaya, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Yuichi Nakamura, Yuma Uchida
Keywords: Jujutsu Kaisen, anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: Episodes 1-24
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 12 March 2024
Jujutsu Kaisen
It's quite fun, but a bit dumb and pointless. It's a supernatural battle shounen anime. It has fun heroes and entertaining banter, but ultimately we're here to watch fights. And then more fights. Followed by some fights. Furthermore, most of the baddies are cursed monsters, spirits, etc. without much of a human dimension. In other words, our heroes are fighting arbitrary supernatural things that don't mean anything and only exist for the sake of fights.
MacGuffins and universe lore include: (a) cursed objects that make bad stuff happen, (b) jujutsu sorcerors who train at Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School and fight baddies. Uh, that's all you need. Some of the cursed objects are body parts, e.g. severed fingers. Our hero, Yuji Itadori, makes a habit of eating them, but he's a big lovable lump and you shouldn't let that sway you against him.
Other cast members include Megumi Fushiguro (a bit grumpy and boring, but never mind), Nobara Kugisaki (loud young lady who'll hammer nails into you and makes an Equally Stupid Double Act with Itadori), Maki Zen'in (no magic powers, but she's a jujutsu sorceror anyway because she's really, really good at beating you up), Panda (a panda), Satoru Gojo (smug, laid-back, mega-ego and the strongest Sorceror alive), etc.
The show's lively and fun. It isn't, though, deep. At all. My review notes for the entire 24-episode series are shorter than I'll sometimes manage for one episode of a good show. After a while, I was fast-forwarding through fight scenes.
Sometimes, the show gets a little weightier. There's a bullied boy who lets himself be turned to evil. I also quite liked the story of the sisters in ep.17. Ultimately, though, it's merely a laugh, aimed at younger viewers who think an episode of wall-to-wall fights is the pinnacle of excitement. I don't mind the show, but I'm not expecting to watch Season 2. (I did, in the end, but that was probably a mistake on my part. The show's fundamentally not for me.)