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Why did Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20 have to come out on the last business day of the month? I had to conduct an inventory count at my day job and was only able to peek at twitter a couple times during slower moments. Looking at what was being posted about the latest Jujutsu Kaisen episode just made me want to watch it. I had to force myself into twitter isolation so I wouldn’t spoil anything.
When I woke up this morning my first point of business was to watch Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20. I’m glad I did and I’m glad I forced myself to not look too deep into what was being said on twitter. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20 can best be described as comfort food for my soul after the busy workday I had yesterday.
Most of Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20 is comprised of Itadori and Todo’s fight with Hanami. Todo unveils his technique. When the Kyoto student claps his hands he can swap himself with anything that has a sufficient amount of cursed energy. This includes inanimate objects as well as living being.
Itadori and Todo use this technique flawlessly as they launch their assault on Hanami. Hanami struggles to cope as the two pummel him with constant switches and Black Flash hits. There’s a little nod here to sports anime that utilize “the Zone” in their stories. Kento Nanami is used to explain that the key to landing consecutive Black Flash hits requires going into a state similar to “the Zone.”
Nanami is revealed as being the current record holder for consecutive Black Flash hits at four. Itadori matches Nanami here with a little help from Todo. After the third Black Flash brings a tear to Todo’s eye, he distracts Hanami with a clap that doesn’t switch the two jujutsu sorcerers. Itadori is able to land his final, record tying, Black Flash.
This scene is a perfect example of why Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20 is exciting to watch. Itadori and Todo’s teamwork is impressive for a duo that just met. Their trust in each other is uncanny. Because of that teamwork, the two are able to take on a cursed spirit that had be previously shown as nearly unstoppable.
There’s also just the right amount of action mixed in with explanation. I just recently started watching Naruto from the beginning with the intention of seeing how the first few seasons hold up today. What I’ve noticed is that in a fight, there’s a lot of talking and standing around. Plans and techniques get described in detail.
That’s not true to how a fight would actually go. You’re not going to stand around for 10 minutes and allow your opponent to get a detailed breakdown of how you tricked them. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20 avoids doing this by mixing in the narrative with the fighting. The moments when Itadori and Todo are not fighting Hanami are kept relatively short.
As entertaining as their fight is, Gojo Satoru interrupts Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20 in a big way. The veil comes down and Satoru is positioned above the battlefield. It’s not revealed how he took down a veil designed specifically to keep him out, but with the veil gone Satoru gets to work quickly. What we’re shown allows us to understand why Satoru is allowed to get away with being openly hostile to the rest of the jujutsu sorcery world.
It’s been no secret that Satoru and the established powers have opposite goals. Satoru has even joked about killing the heads of the current establishment. Satoru’s made no secret that his end goal is to replace the powers that be. It makes you wonder why the Jujutsu Kaisen higher-ups haven’t tried to kill Satoru like they did Itadori.
Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20 is a perfect example of why that hasn’t happened. Gojo Satoru is just on another level. He’s so much stronger than everyone else it’s like he’s playing a completely different game. It’s a lot of fun to watch too.
To use the game analogy, Satoru entering the battlefield here is like using a cheat code to power up your character to unheard of levels. Satoru easily overpowers both Hanami and the creepy curse user who’s constantly going on about making coat racks out of people. It’s like we’re watching super saiyan Goku enter the world’s martial arts tournament from the end of the original Dragon Ball anime. You know, the one where he fought an evil Piccolo.
Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 20 Worth Watching?
Yes. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 20 is worth watching. Like I said earlier, watching this episode was like eating comfort food for my soul. Seeing Itadori and Todo team up to fight Hanami was oddly satisfying. Getting a chance to see Satoru use his power is a rare treat that gives you hope that future battles will be a lot of fun to watch.
The after credit Jujutsu Stroll bit was also entertaining. Personally, I’m a dog person. Our 12 year-old Golden Retriever would probably not be happy if I said I was a cat person. He’s wining at me now to take him out so I’ll end with this, I can’t wait to get to next Friday to see what Jujutsu Kaisen has in store for us.
Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 21 Preview
The preview for Jujutsu Kaisen episode 21 shows us that the two schools are going to change gears and face each other in a baseball game. Considering the personalities involved, I’m sure it’s not going to be the standard affair. I’d be surprised if someone doesn’t get hit with the ball intentionally. I’m also wondering how the Kyoto students will try to kill Itadori in all of this.
However it turns out, Jujutsu Kaisen episode 21 appears to be a shift in atmosphere for the anime. We’re going to go away from the life-or-death struggle against special grade curses. Hopefully it’ll still have plenty of excitement to go along with the humor that I’m sure will be on full display!
Now go watch some anime!