Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 - Toudou and Itadori

Panda gets his very own episode and it doesn’t disappoint!

I was a little bit critical of the previous episode of Jujutsu Kaisen. To me, it felt like the anime was trying too hard to be witty and slightly ridiculous. As a result of that, I was worried that Jujutsu Kaisen episode 16 was going to follow suit and the anime was going to go on a downward decent from there. I’m happy to report that Jujutsu Kaisen episode 16 is just as much fun to watch as the previous episodes.

While the opening line of this review is about Panda getting his very own episode, Jujutsu Kaisen episode 16 really begins with Itadori taking on Toudou. Toudou is being established as Itadori’s senpai and what we got to see here only reinforces that.

Toudou is able to recognize that Itadori is developing at a drastic rate. Toudou also appears to have a sincere desire to see Itadori become stronger. Whether that’s because he found a kindred spirit when it comes to choice of women, or because he wants a strong opponent to fight, Toudou teaches Itadori how to better use his cursed energy. Unfortunately we don’t get to see the full fight yet. I’m sure that will come later.

The main story of the episode is Panda’s fight with Mechamaru. There are a lot of reveals during this fight. Of the reveals, the most important are Panda’s origins and Mechamaru’s secret. I won’t spoil it for you here, but due to Mechamaru’s situation he has a hatred for Panda.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 - Mechamaru

The two put on quite a show as Mechamaru tries to kill Panda despite the rules of the event prohibiting it. His hatred for what Panda is drives Mechamaru, not the desire to win the exchange event. Actually, the fact that this is an exchange event seems to be completely lost.

What I’m wondering at this point is “Why didn’t Jujutsu Kaisen just make this a fighting tournament?” It appears that the students from the two schools aren’t interested in finding the cursed spirit that they’re supposed to be chasing. There hasn’t even been more than one cursed spirit even shown and that was only for a short time.

The fights between the students have been the selling point so far. It looks like their motivations to fight each other are far more important than trying to hunt down a cursed spirit. Toudou wants to be Itadori’s senpai, Mechamaru wants to kill Panda, the girls are all fighting and the Kyoto principal wants to kill Itadori. With action like this who needs cursed spirits?

I’m also curious why the faculty hasn’t stepped in and tried to stop some of the fighting. It’s obvious that the prohibitions on trying to kill other students is not being followed. Do the teachers not care? I know the Jujutsu sorcerer world is a bit off but you’d think they’d try to at least hold to the pretense of wanting their rules to be followed.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 - Panda

Anyways, after watching Jujutsu Kaisen episode 16 I have an even higher respect for both Toudou and Panda. Quirky though they may be, their hearts are in the right place. The two are able to recognize who the real enemy is and have the sincere desire to help their fellow sorcerers. Of course it also helps that they’re insanely powerful as well.

Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 Worth Watching?

Yes. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 16 is worth watching. This was one of those episode where all of my curiosity and desire for action gets fulfilled. I couldn’t have asked for more from this anime episode. I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!

Now go watch some anime!

-Nathan

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