Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 1 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen - Itadori and the track and field coach
Itadori embarrassing the track and field coach

Jujutsu Kaisen appears to be off to a good start.

The anime opens up with Yuji Itadori restrained in a room facing a man by the name of Gojo Satoru. Satoru informs Itadori that he’s been sentenced to death. Then we flashback to Itadori calling on the hospital that his grandfather is a patient at. Itadori appears to genuinely care about his grumpy grandfather.

Itadori is a part of his school’s occult club. The occult club is in hot water with the student body president and is on the verge of losing their club room. The club needs three people and Itadori is not registered as a memeber. Apparently Itadori is actually registered to be a part of the track and field club. This was at the doing of the track and field coach.

The coach challenges Itadori and if Itadori wins he won’t have to join track and field. Itadori demonstrates his superhuman strength and wins easily. Itadori then runs off to go visit his grandfather. On the way out of school, Itadori crosses paths with Megumi Fushiguro who’s looking for a high-grade cursed item. Fushiguro senses that Itadori has what he’s looking for.

At the hospital, Itadori’s grandfather dies after giving his grandson some good advice. While filling out the paperwork, Itadori is confronted by Fushiguro. Fushiguro requests the cursed item he’s seeking. Itadori gives him the case and Fushiguro finds out that the actual item is missing. The other two members of the occult club plan on removing the seals on it. They do so and inadvertently attract numerous curses.

Fushiguro fights the curses in an attempt to get the cursed artifact before it’s consumed. Itadori arrives in time to save his friends from getting eaten. Eventually, a curse catches the pair off guard and nearly kills them both. In an effort to save everyone, Itadori eats the cursed finger. Itadori becomes the incarnation of the cursed item and easily dispatches the other curse.

I did not read the manga of this debuting anime so I have no preconceived thoughts about it. From what I can tell, this might be an interesting anime to follow. There’s enough here in episode one to keep me wanting to come back and see more.

Yuji Itadori is your stereotypical anime protagonist as far as I can tell. He seems friendly, responsible, and cares about others over his own safety. His physical abilities obviously stand out. Now that he’s gained the power of a high level curse I’m sure he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Jujutsu Kaisen had elements of it’s story that were eerily similar to other anime. The occult club at risk of losing it’s club room reminds me of Mob Psycho 100. It’s a little different as Itadori is a willing member of the occult club where Mob never joined the telepathy club, but it feels the same. It probably helps that there’s supernatural things going on as well.

I also started thinking about BLEACH while watching the fight at the end. With Fushiguro in trouble it fell to the powerless Itadori to make a decision to utilize power that was not his own. Considering we saw Itadori sentenced to death at the start of the episode I’ll go ahead and say that his actions most ran foul of the regulations regarding cursed objects. Sounds pretty similar to what Ichigo Kurosaki did.

I enjoyed the elements of humor that Jujutsu Kaisen introduced. It wasn’t over-the-top and annoying. The student body president being rendered impotent almost immediately was enjoyable to watch. Watching the track and field coach made to be the fool was also fun. You can see why he tried to get Itadori, but he was completely unprepared to face him in a competition.

One element that I’ll be keeping my eye on is how Itadori will maintain control of his body now that he’s gained some company. We were shown the desires of the curse that Itadori ingested. He voiced his desire to start killing women and children almost immediately. Itadori, though, is not on board with that and doesn’t want his body to participate. It will obviously be a fight between the two for control. Will there be an eventual partnership like what we saw with Naruto and the Nine-Tail Fox? We’ll see.

Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 1 worth watching?

Yes, if you’re a fan of these types of anime. I realize that there are people out there who don’t really enjoy shonen anime that use supernatural occurrences as it’s main plot element. If you do, you’ll like the Jujutsu Kaisen anime. Well, you’ll at least like the first episode. I’ll be interested to see how the story develops from here. Hopefully it’ll provide a little more entertainment then the summer anime lineup did.

Now go watch some anime!

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