Jujutsu KaisenJapanese
Anime 1st episodes 2020: J
Including: Japan Sinks: 2020, Jujutsu Kaisen: Season 1
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2020 >>
Keywords: Japan Sinks, Jujutsu Kaisen, anime, fantasy
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 2 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 14 September 2023
Listed under "D": Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash, aka. Jashin-chan Dropkick'
Listed under "T": Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, aka. Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun
Listed under "W": Wasteful Days of High School Girls (live-action TV), aka. Joshikousei no Mudazukai
It's a movie: Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (the 2020 anime, not the 2003 live-action film)
It's a movie: Jintai no Survival!
It's a one-minute OVA: Juunenbun no Watashi e
They're Chinese: Jian Wang 3: Xia Gan Yi Dan Shen Jianxin Zhi Chang Piao, Jiang Ziya, Jie Yao, Jingju Mao Zhi Jiaota Shidi, Jing: Shuang Cheng - Feng Qi Pian, Jiu Ye Shen Chuan, Jue Shi Wu Hun
Couldn't find it: Jimoto ga Japan
Japan Sinks 2020
Japan Sinks: 2020
Nihon Chinbotsu 2020
Season 1
Episodes: 10 x 25 minutes
Keep watching: no, but that might be my loss
One-line summary: series remake of iconic disaster movie/novel
Don't be put off by Netflix's involvement. This is a Masaaki Yuasa and Studio Saru production, i.e. the people who brought you Devilman Crybaby and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!. That's an artistic pedigree that demands respect.
It is, though, Japan Sinks. It's a disaster movie in which... okay, guess. The episode starts with ordinary life, a plane coming to land, schoolgirls doing athletics, etc. It then hits us with an earthquake, followed by a much bigger and far more lethal one. There's gore, eww moments (the broken glass) and people who can be either good or shitty. The few survivors try to make their way to safety.
It's quite well done, for what it is. But it's still Japan Sinks. I've just watched two movie versions of this: the 2006 one (which I quite liked) and the better-regarded 1973 original (which bored me). I just think I'm not a great fit for disaster movies. The bits I like are always the bits that aren't a disaster movie. (But, that said, I've heard that Masaaki Yuasa was saying all kinds of things about Japanese society and attitudes with this one, so by all means ignore me and give this series a go.)
Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen: Season 1
Episodes: 24 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: demons and high school
I've since finished it and... it's a laugh, for younger audiences. I don't mind the show, but I'm not expecting to watch Season 2.
That was a pretty cool opening episode. Lots of style, lots of fun. To be honest, it had me at the opening credits, with jellyfish, zoo animals and fish swimming in underground trains.
Itadori Yuuji is in his school's occult club, partly because he likes his fellow club members and partly to escape from the Insane Monkey Teacher who wants Yuuji to join the school track and field team and help them win national medals. (Yuuji really is that good, by the way, which is demonstrated amusingly when Insane Monkey challenges him to a deeply stupid contest.)
Yuuji also has another reason for his club choices, though. He needs to leave every day at 5pm to visit his grumpy dying grandfather.
There's also stuff about curses, amazing demons melting into existence, a disgusting severed finger and the very extreme things that will happen if you eat it. Yuuji's surprisingly good-natured with some random bloke who thinks knowing about demons gives him a licence to talk as if everyone else is a serf. I like Yuuji. I enjoyed the whole episode. Some googling suggests that this is actually a fairly bog-standard shounen adventure series, but never mind. I'm definitely continuing.