Someone just turned up the intensity level to 11!
Just when I thought that the curses were taking a backseat to the students fighting each other, Mahito and his crew show up to change everything. Hanami is the one that really gets to show off and boy, would I not want to have to go up against him. The only thing that frustrates me about their invasion is that it interrupted a very entertaining fight between Megumi Fushiguro and Noritoshi Kamo.
Let’s start with Fushiguro’s fight with Kamo first, since that’s what was the focus of the first part of Jujutsu Kaisen episode 18. This fight had it all, both backstory and impressive action. The moments between the action is filled with bits of information on Kamo’s origins as well as Fushiguro’s philosophy.
We learn that Noritoshi is the son of the concubine of leader of the Kamo family. He’s considered the heir because he inherited the Blood Manipulation technique that runs in the family. The wife of the family head was not able to bear a son who had the technique. Due to this dynamic, Noritoshi’s mom is treated as an outcast. Noritoshi fights in a way that upholds the family name so that his mom will be treated better.
Fushiguro rejects his ties to the Zenin family and refuses to accept their desire to kill Itadori. Instead, he acts on his own conscious. Fushiguro is the polar opposite of Noritoshi in this regard. The two seem to be fated to fight. I hope we get to see more from them as what we saw from the two jujutsu sorcerers was a ton of fun to watch. Both Noritoshi and Fushiguro kept pulling out surprises and it kept the fight going.
I can’t think of a better way of having the cursed spirits interrupt the exchange event then the way it happened here. We first get to see a flashback that helps describe the cursed spirit that was the main target for the event. Then we get to see as that cursed spirit is easily killed by Hanami. This is followed up by Toge Inumaki realizing just how dangerous the situation is and running away.
When we finally see Inumaki, Fushiguro and Kamo fight Hanami, a sense of dread descends as they can’t even scratch the curse. To add to this Satoru can’t enter the veil and attempt to save the students. They’re going to have to figure something something out before reinforcements can arrive.
I have to admit I was not expecting something like this to happen. I’ve seen stories like this in anime, and even outside of anime, before. Having the bad guys disrupt the party is nothing new. Jujutsu Kaisen had just done a good enough job at distracting me with the action between the students that I completely forgot about this possibility. Well done!
I’m also really high on Hanami as a credible threat. I won’t write down what I was thinking during his introduction as it’s not appropriate. Let’s just say that it included phrases and words that highlight just how desperate the situation is for the three students facing off with the special grade curse. It doesn’t help that we learn that Hanami is the manifestation of the hatred of nature toward humanity.
Ironically this is a similar motivation behind the first monster that One Punch Man showed us. Vaccine Man was his name. He looked like Piccolo from Dragon Ball Z only purple instead of green. Saitama took him out with one punch after his monologue about how humanity was destroying nature.
Since Saitama is in a completely different anime he won’t be showing up to one punch Hanami here in Jujutsu Kaisen. Instead, it’s up to the three students to try and bring down the curse. When we see that they can’t do any damage to Hanami, it looks like the curse will forcefully erase the trio and turn them into what he calls “Sages.”
The best way I can describe Hanami showing up here is he’s like the boss in a RPG that you stumble upon only to find out that you’re severely under-leveled, under-prepared and under-geared. You know that the only hope is to somehow survive by any means necessary. You might possibly just go back to your last save point. Since that’s not an option here I’m sure Fushiguro, Kamo and Inumaki are in for a beating.
Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 18 Worth Watching?
Are you kidding? Yes, Jujutsu Kaisen episode 18 is worth watching. This might be my favorite episode of this anime so far and I’ve been pretty high on it. I didn’t want it to end. There wasn’t a moment that didn’t hold my attention. What else do you want me to say? Watch this anime episode!
Now go watch some anime!