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Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu kaisen.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume of Jujutsu Kaisen, as published in Japan by Shueisha.
呪術廻戦
GenreAdventure, dark fantasy, supernatural[1][2]
Manga
Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School
Written byGege Akutami
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineJump GIGA
DemographicShōnen
Original runApril 28, 2017July 28, 2017
Volumes1
Manga
Written byGege Akutami
Published byShueisha
English publisher
Viz Media
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 5, 2018 – present
Volumes14 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed bySunghoo Park
Written byHiroshi Seko
Music by
  • Hiroaki Tsutsumi
  • Yoshimasa Terui
  • Arisa Okehazama
StudioMAPPA
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Medialink
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS)
Original run October 3, 2020 – present
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Jujutsu Kaisen (Japanese: 呪術廻戦, lit. "Sorcery Fight") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami, serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2018. The individual chapters are collected and published by Shueisha, with thirteen tankōbon volumes released as of October 2020. In North America, the manga is licensed by Viz Media and publishes the series in print since December 2019. Shueisha publishes the series in English on the Manga Plus app and website.

A 24-episode anime television series adaptation produced by MAPPA premiered on MBS in October 2020. The anime is licensed by Crunchyroll for streaming outside of Asia and an English dub premiered in November 2020.

As of October 2020, the Jujutsu Kaisen manga had 10 million copies in circulation, including digital versions.

Plot[edit]

Yūji Itadori is an unnaturally fit high school student living in Sendai with his grandfather. He regularly avoids the track team due to his aversion to athletics, despite his innate talent for the sport. Instead, he chooses to join the Occult Research Club, where he is able to relax and hang out with his seniors, and leave school by 5:00 pm to visit his grandfather in the hospital. While he is on his deathbed, his grandfather instills two powerful messages within Yūji - "always help people" and "die surrounded by people". After his grandfather's death, Yūji interprets these messages as one statement - everyone deserves "a proper death". He is then confronted by Megumi Fushiguro, a sorcerer (, Shaman) who informs him of a high-grade cursed charm talisman at his school that Yūji recently made contact with. His friends at the Occult Club unsealed the talisman, a rotting finger, which attracted Curses to the school, creatures that are brought about through negative emotions and are strengthened by consuming magical powers present in sorcerers or such charms. Unable to defeat the Curses due to his lack of magical powers, Yūji swallows the finger to protect Megumi and his friends and becomes the host of Sukuna, a powerful Curse. Due to Sukuna's evil nature, all sorcerers are required to exorcise him (and by extension, Yūji) immediately. However, despite being possessed, Yūji is still able to retain control over his body for the most part. Seeing this, Satoru Gojō, Megumi's teacher, decides to take him to the Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical College to propose a plan to his superiors - postpone Yūji's death sentence until he consumes all of Sukuna's fingers, allowing them to kill him once and for all.

Characters[edit]

Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High[edit]

Yūji Itadori (虎杖 悠仁, Itadori Yūji)
Voiced by: Junya Enoki[3] (Japanese); Adam McArthur[4] (English)
A teenager athlete who joins his school's Occult Club to avoid the track team. After finding and opening a box containing a cursed charm resembling a rotting finger, his school is attacked by phantom-like creatures known as Curses. In order to protect his friends, he consumes the rotting finger and becomes possessed by a Curse known as Ryoumen Sukuna. He later joins the Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical College under the tutelage of Satoru Gojō, where he is placed under a sort of death sentence, which has been suspended until he consumes all of Sukuna's fingers in order to kill himself and Sukuna at the same time.
Megumi Fushiguro (伏黒 恵, Fushiguro Megumi)
Voiced by: Yuma Uchida[3] (Japanese); Robbie Daymond[4] (English)
A sorcerer studying in first year at the Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical College under the tutelage of Satoru Gojō. He meets Yūji when trying to locate a high-grade cursed charm talisman at his high school. He is the one that convinces Satoru to try to save Yūji from his execution after his possession by Sukuna. He uses his curse power to create spirits (式神, Shikigami) out of his own shadows to exorcise Curses. He has been noted to have high potential as a sorcerer by several other powerful people, including Sukuna himself.
Nobara Kugisaki (釘崎 野薔薇, Kugisaki Nobara)
Voiced by: Asami Seto[3] (Japanese); Anne Yatco[4] (English)
A sorcerer studying in first year at the Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical College under the tutelage of Satoru Gojō. She transferred to the college so that she could live in Tokyo without any expenses. She meets Yūji Itadori and Megumi Fushiguro during her first official mission as a sorcerer. She uses a charm weapon hammer and nails infused with her curse power to exorcise Curses.
Satoru Gojō (五条 悟, Gojō Satoru)
Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura[5] (Japanese); Kaiji Tang[4] (English)
A sorcerer working as a teacher in the Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical College. He teaches Yūji Itadori, Megumi Fushiguro and Nobara Kugisaki. He convinces his superiors at the college to keep Yūji alive until he consumes all of Sukuna's fingers. Even though his title of 'The Strongest' is self-proclaimed, most allies and enemies alike never actually dispute the title and generally consider him to be one of the most dangerous people alive. As a result, he is widely respected and venerated by sorcerers, even by those in the college's sister school in Kyoto, and holds high influence in the sorcery world. He uses his curse power to control the space around him in innumerable ways.
Maki Zen'in (禪院 真希, Zen'in Maki)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu[6]
Toge Inumaki (狗巻 棘, Inumaki Toge)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama[6]
Panda (パンダ)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki[6]
Kento Nanami (七海 建人, Nanami Kento)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[7]
Kiyotaka Ijichi (伊地知 潔高, Ijichi Kiyotaka)
Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata[8]
The assistant principal of Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical College. He can create a Curtain, a technique used to implement a barrier to separate an area from the outside.
Shoko Ieiri (家入 硝子, Ieiri Shoko)
Voiced by: Aya Endō[8]
Masamichi Yaga (夜蛾 正道, Yaga Masamichi)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda[8]
The Principal of Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical College.

Kyoto Prefectural Jujutsu High[edit]

Aoi Todo (東堂 葵, Tōdō Aoi)
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura[8]
A second year Sorcerer of Kyoto Prefectural Jujutsu High. He is incredibly strong in hand-to-hand combat, being able to defeat five Grade 1 Cursed Spirits and 1 Special Grade during an attack in Kyoto. He can apply a flash coating of Cursed Energy to his body for defence. Todo also dislikes anything that is boring due to his mundane past as a result of his incredible strength.
Mai Zen'in (禪院 真依, Zen'in Mai)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue[8]
A second year Sorcerer of Kyoto Prefectural Jujutsu High. An expert markswoman, she uses a revolver infused with Cursed Energy to take out Curses or other Sorcerers.
Kazumi Miwa (三輪 霞, Miwa Kasumi)
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki[8]
A second year Sorcerer of Kyoto Prefectural Jujutsu High and Gakuganji's secretary. She is also a fan of Gojo.
Yoshinobu Gakuganji (楽巌寺 嘉伸, Gakuganji Yoshinobu)
Voiced by: Mugihito[8]
The Principal of Kyoto Prefectural Jujutsu High and one of the elders pushing for Itadori's execution. He uses a guitar to send Cursed Energy by the amplification of the melody he plays.

Cursed spirits[edit]

Ryomen Sukuna (両面 宿儺, Ryōmen Sukuna, "Double-Faced Spectre")
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[9] (Japanese); Ray Chase[4] (English)
A high-grade curse, considered the undisputed 'King of Curses' due to his power and malevolence. According to legend, Sukuna was a four-armed demon resembling a human, who appeared during the prime era of sorcery. Sorcerers of his time were unable to exorcise him, storing his 20 fingers as cursed charms, hoping that one day these charms would be destroyed. Currently, he is the "guest" of Yūji Itadori's body. He has expressed an interest in Megumi Fushiguro's abilities, and plans to regain his power and body. Satoru Gojo claims he can best him, but Sukuna has expressed a desire to kill him, and his power is such that all other Cursed Spirits are attempting to restore him.
Mahito (真人, Mahito)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki[8]
Hanami (花御, Hanami)
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka[8]
Jogo (漏瑚, Jōgo)
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba[8]

Curse users[edit]

Suguru Geto (夏油 傑, Geto Suguru)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[8]

Other characters[edit]

Junpei Yoshino (吉野 順平, Yoshino Junpei)
Voiced by: Yoshitaka Yamaya[8]

Production[edit]

In 2014, Gege Akutami started working as assistant to Yasuhiro Kanō in Kiss x Death.[10] He published his first work the same year, titled "Kamishiro Sōsa" (神代捜査), a one-shot chapter published in Shueisha's Jump NEXT! vol. 2 on May 7, 2014.[11][12] His next work was No.9, with a one-shot chapter published in Jump NEXT! vol. 2 on May 1, 2015,[13] and another one-shot in the 46th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump on October 10, 2015.[14] Akutami would publish the one-shot "Nikai Bongai Barabarjura" (二界梵骸バラバルジュラ) in the 2016 44th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, released on October 3, 2016. This one-shot was nominated for the 11th "Gold Future Cup" contest of the magazine.[15][16] In 2017, Akutami published Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School (東京都立呪術高等専門学校, Tōkyō Toritsu Jujutsu Kōtō Senmon Gakkō), a 4-chapter series that ran in Jump GIGA from April 28 to July 28, 2017.[17][18] This series would serve later as a prequel to Jujutsu Kaisen, being retroactively titled as Jujutsu Kaisen 0.[19] Akutami began the publication of Jujutsu Kaisen in the 2018 14th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, released on March 5, 2018.[20]

Akutami said that the message of Jujutsu Kaisen is that nobody has the absolute truth, not the "good guys" nor the "bad guys", and if nobody is right, then nobody is wrong neither, and that each character acts according to their own ethics.[21] Akutami is particularly a fan of Yoshihiro Togashi, author of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter × Hunter.[22][23] He stated that the Sensui arc of Yu Yu Hakusho inspired him to create evil characters with the goal of eradicating humanity, for whom the readers, nevertheless, would feel certain empathy for.[21] Akutami stated that with Sukuna and Mahito he wanted to avoid the typical "deep down they are good" idea, and stated that they are intrinsically evil beings who like make humans suffer, but he said that it cannot be proved that they are wrong, adding that Mahito was like Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, as Akutami never felt hatred for him.[21]

Akutami stated that Neon Genesis Evangelion influenced him to develop the mythological aspects of the series.[21] He is also a fan of horror films, whose influence is noted in the series, expressing as well that he used to be obsessed with found footage films.[22] His art style is influenced by Yoshihiro Togashi, Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), Yusuke Murata (Eyeshield 21 and One-Punch Man illustrator) and Tite Kubo (Bleach). Akutami said that he wanted his art style to get as close as possible to Togashi's style. Regarding the process of character creation, Akutami stated that they must fall within the canons of shōnen manga in order to capture the attention of readers. Yūji is largely inspired by Akutami's older brother, who is, in Akutami's own words, his opposite, as he had succeeded in sports and study.[21] For some characters, like Panda and Toge Inumaki, Akutami first created their visual aspects, while the character of Satoru Gojō came from an idea, which represents the paroxysm of force. Akutami said that Sukuna was his first favorite character, due to his design that was influenced by everything he had read, but Kento Nanami was the first character that he created and developed on his own, making him his current favorite character.[21] He also stated that he plans to introduce Yūji's mother in the story, and he knows when she will make her first appearance.[21] Akutami also stated that the magic system presented in the series is largely based on Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter × Hunter, which fights, in Akutami's words, "rejects emotional arguments", but Akutami said that like Daisuke Ashihara, World Trigger's author, whose magic system is also similar to Togashi's, he is trying to find and develop his own style.[22] He stated that he had the ending and the main stages of the story planned, but the path between the two remains "fairly free".[21]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Jujutsu Kaisen is written and illustrated by Gege Akutami. Akutami first published in 2017 a 4-chapter series in Shueisha's Jump GIGA, titled Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School, from April 28 to July 28, 2017.[17][18] It was later published in a single volume, retroactively titled Jujutsu Kaisen 0, on December 4, 2018.[19] Jujutsu Kaisen started in the 2018 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump, released on March 5, 2018.[2][20] Its chapters are collected and published by Shueisha into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was published on July 4, 2018.[24] Thirteen volumes have been released as of October 2, 2020.[25]

Shueisha began to simulpublish the series in English on the app and website Manga Plus in January 2019.[26] Viz Media published the first three chapters for its "Jump Start" initiative.[27] In March 2019, Viz Media announced the print release of the series in North America.[28] The first volume was published on December 3, 2019,[29] and six volumes have been published in English as of October 6, 2020.[30]

Volume list[edit]

No. Title Original release date English release date
0Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School
Tōkyō Toritsu Jujutsu Kōtō Senmon Gakkō (東京都立呪術高等専門学校)
December 4, 2018[19]
978-4-08-881672-2
January 5, 2021[31]
978-1-9747-2014-9
  • 0.1 "The Cursed Child" (呪いの子, Noroi no Ko)
  • 0.2 "Deeply Blackened" (黒く黒く, Kuroku Kuroku)
  • 0.3 "The Punishment for Being Weak" (弱者に罰を, Jakusha ni Batsuo)
  • 0.4 "A Bright Darkness" (眩しい闇, Mabushii Yami)
1Ryomen Sukuna
Ryōmen Sukuna (両面宿儺)
July 4, 2018[24]
978-4-08-881516-9
December 3, 2019[29]
978-1-9747-1002-7
  1. "Ryomen Sukuna" (両面宿儺, Ryōmen Sukuna)
  2. "Secret Execution" (秘匿死刑, Hitoku Shikei)
  3. "For Myself" (自分のために, Jibun no Tameni)
  4. "Steel Beam Girl" (鉄骨娘, Tekkotsu Musume)
  1. "Beginning" (始まり, Hajimari)
  2. "Fearsome Womb" (呪胎戴天, Jutaitaiten)
  3. "Fearsome Womb (2)" (呪胎戴天 -弐-, Jutaitaiten -ni-)
2Fearsome Womb
Jutaitaiten (両面宿儺)
September 4, 2018[32]
978-4-08-881608-1
February 4, 2020[33]
978-1-9747-1003-4
  1. "Fearsome Womb (3)" (呪胎戴天 -参-, Jutaitaiten -san-)
  2. "Fearsome Womb (4)" (呪胎戴天 -肆-, Jutaitaiten -shi-)
  3. "After the Rain" (雨後, Ugo)
  4. "A Dream" (ある夢想, Aru Musō)
  5. "Pushing Forward" (邁進, Maishin)
  1. "Movie Appreciation" (映画鑑賞, Eiga kanshō)
  2. "A Sudden Attack" (急襲, Kyūshū)
  3. "Expansion" (展開, Tenkai)
  4. "Compassion" (, )
3Young Fish and Reverse Punishment
Yōgyo to Sakabachi (幼魚と逆罰)
December 4, 2018[34]
978-4-08-881666-1
April 7, 2020[35]
978-1-9747-1004-1
  1. "Boredom" (退屈, Taikutsu)
  2. "Low Class" (底辺, Teihen)
  3. "Young Fish and Reverse Punishment (1)" (幼魚と逆罰, Yōgyo to Sakabachi)
  4. "Young Fish and Reverse Punishment (2)" (幼魚と逆罰 -弐-, Yōgyo to Sakabachi -ni-)
  5. "Young Fish and Reverse Punishment (3)" (幼魚と逆罰 -参-, Yōgyo to Sakabachi -san-)
  1. "Young Fish and Reverse Punishment (4)" (幼魚と逆罰 -肆-, Yōgyo to Sakabachi -shi-)
  2. "Young Fish and Reverse Punishment (5)" (幼魚と逆罰 -伍-, Yōgyo to Sakabachi -go-)
  3. "Young Fish and Reverse Punishment (6)" (幼魚と逆罰 -陸-, Yōgyo to Sakabachi -roku-)
  4. "Narrow Minded Foolishness" (固陋蠢愚, Korōshungu)
4I'm Gonna Kill You!
Koro Shite Yaru (殺してやる)
March 4, 2019[36]
978-4-08-881756-9
June 2, 2020[37]
978-1-9747-1480-3
  1. "To You Someday" (いつかの君へ, Itsuka no Kimi e)
  2. "What If" (もしも, Moshimo)
  3. "I'm Gonna Kill You!" (殺してやる, Koro Shite Yaru)
  4. "Growth" (成長, Seichō)
  5. "Selfishness" (我儘, Wagamama)
  1. "Tomorrow" (また明日, Mata Ashita)
  2. "Introspection" (反省, Hansei)
  3. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (0)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦⓪-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 0-)
  4. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (1)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦①-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 1-)
5Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event
Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai (京都姉妹校交流会)
May 2, 2019[38]
978-4-08-881828-3
August 4, 2020[39]
978-1-9747-1481-0
  1. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (2)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦②-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 2-)
  2. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (3)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦③-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 3-)
  3. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (4)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦④-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 4-)
  4. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (5)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦⑤-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 5-)
  5. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (6)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦⑥-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 6-)
  1. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (7)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦⑦-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 7-)
  2. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (8)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦⑧-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 8-)
  3. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (9)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦⑨-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 9-)
  4. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (10)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦⑩-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 10-)
6Black Flash
Kokusen (黒閃)
July 4, 2019[40]
978-4-08-881876-4
October 6, 2020[30]
978-1-9747-1482-7
  1. "Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event - Team Battle (11)" (京都姉妹校交流会 -団体戦⑪-, Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai -Dantai-sen 11-)
  2. "Wise Man" (賢者, Kenja)
  3. "Time" (時間, Jikan)
  4. "Cursed Tool" (呪具, Jugu)
  5. "Black Flash" (黒閃, Kokusen)
  1. "Constrained" (窮屈, Kyūkutsu)
  2. "Premonition" (予感, Yokan)
  3. "Flower" (供花, Kuge)
  4. "Non-Standard" (規格外, Kikaku-gai)
7The Origin of Obedience
Kishu Raidō (起首雷同)
October 4, 2019[41]
978-4-08-882076-7
December 1, 2020[42]
978-1-9747-1711-8
  1. "Completion" (完遂, Kansui)
  2. "Jujutsu Koshien" (呪術甲子園, Jujutsu Kōshien)
  3. "The Origin of Obedience (1)" (起首雷同, Kishu Raidō)
  4. "The Origin of Obedience (2)" (起首雷同 -弐-, Kishu Raidō -ni-)
  5. "The Origin of Obedience (3)" (起首雷同 -参-, Kishu Raidō -san-)
  1. "The Origin of Obedience (4)" (起首雷同 -肆-, Kishu Raidō -shi-)
  2. "The Origin of Obedience (5)" (起首雷同 -伍-, Kishu Raidō -go-)
  3. "The Origin of Obedience (6)" (起首雷同 -陸-, Kishu Raidō -roku-)
  4. "The Origin of Obedience (7)" (起首雷同 -漆-, Kishu Raidō -shichi-)
8Hidden Inventory
Kaigyoku (壊玉)
January 4, 2020[43]
978-4-08-882168-9
February 2, 2021[44]
978-1-9747-1871-9
  1. "The Origin of Obedience (8)" (起首雷同-捌-, Kishu Raidō -hachi-)
  2. "Accomplices" (共犯, Kyōhan)
  3. "It's Like That" (そういうこと, Sō iu Koto)
  4. "Hidden Inventory (1)" (壊玉, Kaigyoku)
  5. "Hidden Inventory (2)" (壊玉ー弐ー, Kaigyoku -ni-)
  1. "Hidden Inventory (3)" (壊玉ー参ー, Kaigyoku -san-)
  2. "Hidden Inventory (4)" (壊玉ー肆ー, Kaigyoku -shi-)
  3. "Hidden Inventory (5)" (壊玉ー伍ー, Kaigyoku -go-)
  4. "Hidden Inventory (6)" (壊玉ー陸ー, Kaigyoku -roku-)
9Premature Death
Gyokusetsu (玉折)
January 4, 2020[45]
978-4-08-882218-1
April 6, 2021[46]
978-1-9747-1872-6
  1. "Hidden Inventory (7)" (壊玉ー漆ー, Kaigyoku -shichi-)
  2. "Hidden Inventory (8)" (壊玉ー捌ー, Kaigyoku -hachi-)
  3. "Hidden Inventory (9)" (壊玉ー玖ー, Kaigyoku -ku-)
  4. "Hidden Inventory (10)" (壊玉ー拾ー, Kaigyoku -jū-)
  5. "Hidden Inventory (11)" (壊玉ー拾壱ー, Kaigyoku -jū ichi-)
  1. "Premature Death" (玉折, Gyokusetsu)
  2. "Premature Death (2)" (玉折 -弐-, Gyokusetsu -ni-)
  3. "Premature Death (3)" (玉折 -参-, Gyokusetsu -san-)
  4. "A Taste of Things to Come" (これからの話, Korekara no Hanashi)
10Evening Festival
Yoimatsuri (宵祭り)
March 4, 2020[47]
978-4-08-882274-7
  1. "Evening Festival" (宵祭り, Yoimatsuri)
  2. "Evening Festival (2)" (宵祭り-弐-, Yoimatsuri -ni-)
  3. "Evening Festival (3)" (宵祭り-参-, Yoimatsuri -san-)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (1)" (渋谷事変①, Shibuya Jihen 1)
  5. "The Shibuya Incident (2)" (渋谷事変②, Shibuya Jihen 2)
  1. "The Shibuya Incident (3)" (渋谷事変③, Shibuya Jihen 3)
  2. "The Shibuya Incident (4)" (渋谷事変④, Shibuya Jihen 4)
  3. "The Shibuya Incident (5)" (渋谷事変⑤, Shibuya Jihen 5)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (6)" (渋谷事変⑥, Shibuya Jihen 6)
11The Shibuya Incident: Opening
Shibuya Jihen -Kaimon- (渋谷事変 -開門-)
June 4, 2020[48]
978-4-08-882296-9
  1. "The Shibuya Incident (7)" (渋谷事変⑦, Shibuya Jihen 7)
  2. "The Shibuya Incident (8)" (渋谷事変⑧, Shibuya Jihen 8)
  3. "The Shibuya Incident (9)" (渋谷事変⑨, Shibuya Jihen 9)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (10)" (渋谷事変⑩, Shibuya Jihen 10)
  5. "The Shibuya Incident (11)" (渋谷事変⑪, Shibuya Jihen 11)
  1. "The Shibuya Incident (12)" (渋谷事変⑫, Shibuya Jihen 12)
  2. "The Shibuya Incident (13)" (渋谷事変⑬, Shibuya Jihen 13)
  3. "The Shibuya Incident (14)" (渋谷事変⑭, Shibuya Jihen 14)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (15)" (渋谷事変⑮, Shibuya Jihen 15)
12The Shibuya Incident: Cloudfall
Shibuya Jihen -Kōrei- (渋谷事変 -降霊-)
August 4, 2020[49]
978-4-08-882381-2
  1. "The Shibuya Incident (16)" (渋谷事変⑯, Shibuya Jihen 16)
  2. "The Shibuya Incident (17)" (渋谷事変⑰, Shibuya Jihen 17)
  3. "The Shibuya Incident (18)" (渋谷事変⑱, Shibuya Jihen 18)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (19)" (渋谷事変⑲, Shibuya Jihen 19)
  5. "The Shibuya Incident (20)" (渋谷事変⑳, Shibuya Jihen 20)
  1. "The Shibuya Incident (21)" (渋谷事変㉑, Shibuya Jihen 21)
  2. "The Shibuya Incident (22)" (渋谷事変㉒, Shibuya Jihen 22)
  3. "The Shibuya Incident (23)" (渋谷事変㉓, Shibuya Jihen 23)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (24)" (渋谷事変㉔, Shibuya Jihen 24)
13The Shibuya Incident: Thunderclap
Shibuya Jihen -Hekireki- (渋谷事変 -霹靂-)
October 2, 2020[25]
978-4-08-882429-1
  1. "The Shibuya Incident (25)" (渋谷事変㉕, Shibuya Jihen 25)
  2. "The Shibuya Incident (26)" (渋谷事変㉖, Shibuya Jihen 26)
  3. "The Shibuya Incident (27)" (渋谷事変㉗, Shibuya Jihen 27)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (28)" (渋谷事変㉘, Shibuya Jihen 28)
  5. "The Shibuya Incident (29)" (渋谷事変㉙, Shibuya Jihen 29)
  1. "The Shibuya Incident (30)" (渋谷事変㉚, Shibuya Jihen 30)
  2. "The Shibuya Incident (31)" (渋谷事変㉛, Shibuya Jihen 31)
  3. "The Shibuya Incident (32)" (渋谷事変㉜, Shibuya Jihen 32)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (33)" (渋谷事変㉝, Shibuya Jihen 33)
14January 4, 2021[50]
978-4-08-882534-2

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format[edit]

  1. "The Shibuya Incident (34)" (渋谷事変㉞, Shibuya Jihen 34)
  2. "The Shibuya Incident (35)" (渋谷事変㉟, Shibuya Jihen 35)
  3. "The Shibuya Incident (36)" (渋谷事変㊱, Shibuya Jihen 36)
  4. "The Shibuya Incident (37)" (渋谷事変㊲, Shibuya Jihen 37)
  5. "The Shibuya Incident (38)" (渋谷事変㊳, Shibuya Jihen 38)
  6. "The Shibuya Incident (39)" (渋谷事変㊴, Shibuya Jihen 39)
  7. "The Shibuya Incident (40)" (渋谷事変㊵, Shibuya Jihen 40)
  8. "The Shibuya Incident (41)" (渋谷事変㊶, Shibuya Jihen 41)
  9. "The Shibuya Incident (42)" (渋谷事変㊷, Shibuya Jihen 42)
  10. "A Story About That Girl" (あの子の話, Anoko no Hanashi)
  11. "The Shibuya Incident (43)" (渋谷事変㊸, Shibuya Jihen 43)
  12. "The Shibuya Incident (44)" (渋谷事変㊹, Shibuya Jihen 44)
  13. "The Shibuya Incident (45)" (渋谷事変㊺, Shibuya Jihen 45)
  14. "The Shibuya Incident (46)" (渋谷事変㊻, Shibuya Jihen 46)
  15. "The Shibuya Incident (47)" (渋谷事変㊼, Shibuya Jihen 47)

Light novels[edit]

Two light novels written by Ballad Kitaguni have been released under the Jump J-Books imprint. The first, titled Jujutsu Kaisen: Soaring Summer and Returning Autumn (呪術廻戦 逝く夏と還る秋, Jujutsu Kaisen Iku Natsu to Kaeru Aki), was released on May 1, 2019.[51] The second light novel, titled Jujutsu Kaisen: The Path of Roses at Dawn (呪術廻戦 夜明けのいばら道, Jujutsu Kaisen Yoake no Ibara Michi), was released on January 4, 2020.[52][53]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced in the 52nd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump published on November 25, 2019.[3] The manga author Gege Akutami and the main cast members appeared at Jump Festa '20 on December 22, 2019.[54] The series is produced by MAPPA and directed by Sunghoo Park. Hiroshi Seko is in charge of the scripts, Tadashi Hiramatsu designed the characters, and Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Yoshimasa Terui and Arisa Okehazama composed the music. While the anime had an advanced streaming debut on September 19, 2020,[55] it officially premiered on MBS and TBS's Super Animeism block on October 3, 2020.[7][56][9][a] The series will run for 24 episodes.[57] The opening theme, "Kaikai Kitan", is performed by Eve, while the ending theme, "Lost in Paradise feat. AKLO", is performed by ALI.[58] From episode 3 onwards the series includes post-credits anime shorts titled "Juju Sanpo" (呪術さんぽ, lit. "Jujutsu Strolling"), which focus on the daily lives of the main characters.[59]

The anime is licensed by Crunchyroll for streaming outside of Asia.[60] Crunchyroll has released streaming dubs for the series in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German that premiered on November 20, 2020.[4][61] The English dub will premiere on HBO Max on December 4, 2020.[62]

In Southeast Asia, Medialink licensed the series and is streaming it on iQIYI.[63][64]

Reception[edit]

The series had 600,000 copies in circulation as of December 2018,[65] 770,000 copies in circulation as of February 1, 2019,[66] 1.1 million copies in circulation as of February 2019,[67] 2 million copies in circulation as of June 2019,[68] 2.5 million copies in circulation as of November 2019,[69] 4.5 million copies in circulation as of May 2020,[70] 6.8 million copies in circulation as of September 2020,[71] and over 10 million copies in circulation (including digital copies) as of October 2020, having grown 400% in one year, and about 230% in a half year.[72][73]

The series ranked 1st on the "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2018" by the Honya Club website.[74] It won the 3rd annual Tsutaya Comic Awards in 2019.[75] In 2019, the manga was nominated for the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category.[76]

Leroy Douresseaux of Comic Book Bin gave the first volume a score of 8.5 /10. Douresseaux praised the series for its characters, plots, settings, and internal mythology, and described it as a "combination battle manga and horror comic book".[77] Shawn Hacaga of The Fandom Post, in his review of the first volume, compared the series to early Bleach and praised it for its world, lore, characters and artwork, concluding that it is a "solid first volume".[78] Hannah Collins of Comic Book Resources found parallels between Yūji and Sukuna and Marvel Comics characters Eddie Brock and Venom. She also noted similarities to Bleach, Blue Exorcist and Tokyo Ghoul. Collins commended the manga and regarding its then recently announced anime adaptation concluded that Jujutsu Kaisen is a "darkly enjoyable action series that's sure to be one to watch out for in 2020".[79] Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network ranked the first volume as a C. Silverman praised the series' use of Japanese folklore and yōkai elements, comparing this and Akutami's art style to Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō, but criticized the story for being "very generic". She concluded; "It has the potential to be more as Akutami gets more comfortable with the serialization process and figures out precisely where the story is going, so it may be worth a second book to be certain. But as of this one, it's just okay, making it the kind of series that gets damned with faint praise".[80]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ MBS lists the air dates for the series on Friday at 25:25, which is effectively Saturday at 1:25 a.m. JST.[7]

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