For an anime with plenty of lighthearted moments, Jujutsu Kaisen episode 10 decided to bring a little bit of a philosophical discussion into its story.
Junpei Yoshino has a stereotypical life as a high school nerd. He enjoys movies and looks to be truly content talking about them in the Movie Club after school. The only problem is that they’ve become the target of a group of bullies that they can’t stand up against. Junpei is beaten up and abused pretty badly as he has occasionally shown a defiant attitude toward the bullies.
It’s from this experience that Junpei begins his discussion about human emotions with Mahito. Junpei tries to argue that indifference is the opposite of love. It seems that he uses this philosophy to deal with the bullies at his school. Junpei is then taken aback when Mahito points out that he can sense Junpei’s desire for revenge. It’s an emotion that’s inconsistent with an apathetic worldview.
Mahito then goes into his view of the world. Basically, Mahito states that the human heart does not exist. By this he means not the physical heart but the emotional “heart” that we use for the seat of our emotions. The human soul does exist but it’s far more mechanical than believed. Life is just like the continuing flow of water, it goes on and on with no real purpose. With no real purpose, there’s no right or wrong. Therefore, do what you want to do.
Mahito’s philosophy really boils down to a “Might makes right” type of worldview. If the ultimate driver for someone’s actions are the inner desires, then as long as that person is able to fulfill those desires they are doing what’s right to them. Under this philosophy all kinds of actions that have been outlawed can be sanctioned. Murder, rape, fraud, theft, you name it, all of it is just fine under this view.
It makes sense that this worldview is attractive to Junpei. He’s been bullied by other students who adhere to at least a little bit of this philosophy. Now he’s been given the go ahead to fully enact it by a newfound role model with the promise of his Mahito’s full support should he cross that line. The only thing that’s missing is the opportunity to take that first step.
This is where Jujutsu Kaisen episode 10 gets back to what we’ve seen from the anime, funny moments and some good action. After making his way home, Junpei is met by an overweight teacher who demonstrates his complete ignorance of Junpei’s situation at school. Increasingly frustrated, Junpei is about to kill his teacher when Yuji Itadori pops in.
Itadori quickly diffuses the situation by stealing the pants of the teacher in a rather hilarious moment. Itadori runs off with the teacher following, only to come back after we’re reminded of his superior athletic ability. From there, Junpei and Itadori begin to talk.
The whole way in which Itadori enters the scene throws Junpei off. His animosity is completely dissipated. The ridiculousness of the situation acts as foil for the serious discussion from earlier. It’s as if we’re watching the two sides of Junpei’s conscious work against each other on a large scale. Who needs an angel and a devil on your shoulders when you have Mahito and Itadori?
While all of this is going on, Kento Nanami is investigating Mahito’s hideout in the sewers. The two end up coming face to face and begin to fight. The true grotesque nature of Mahito’s power is put on display. Mahito can manipulate a person’s soul and transform their physical body in any way he wants. This leads him to use people as his weapons.
Despite his cold and uncaring demeanor, Nanami is shown to be kindhearted as he shows compassion for the humans manipulated by Mahito. It’s a good addition to his character. He’s not the cold, calculating corporate worker that he appears to be. The people who suffer due to Mahito’s twisted worldview are truly victims and Nanami wants to help them if he can.
True to his corporate past, Nanami wants to have the fight wrapped up before it hits 6 PM and he goes into overtime. Unsuccessful at this, Nanami loosens his tie and begins to show a new form of his power. This, of course, is left to our imagination as the anime episode ends.
Overall, Jujutsu Kaisen episode 10 is a good mix of both serious themes and silly action. Itadori stealing the pants of Junpei’s teacher was just the break the anime needed to keep with its theme. Part of what makes Jujutsu Kaisen so entertaining is the humor that runs through the anime. It keeps a dark theme from overtaking the entire narrative and brining the mood down.
Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 10 Worth Watching?
Yes. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 10 is worth watching. Mahito is shown to be a pretty nasty villain. It’s easy to see how he’s being positioned as the ultimate bad guy of this anime. Mahito has the nastiest power to go along with a philosophy that gives him no boundaries. It will be interesting to see how the jujutsu sorcerers handle him in the future.
Now go watch some anime!