It’s a sad day. The first season of Jujutsu Kaisen has come to an end but it goes out with an anime episode that perfectly encapsulates what makes this anime so fun to watch.
I’m going to have to find some other anime to watch on Fridays now. That’s kind of disappointing. I’ve looked forward to Jujutsu Kaisen Friday ever since deciding to pick up this anime for a weekly review. The humor, action, drama and overall excitement have kept me coming back week after week to see what’s going to happen next.
Jujutsu Kaisen episode 24 contains all of these elements as the series wraps things up. It leaves you with a satisfied feeling as you look on to what I can only hope is a second season. The good news is that we will get a prequel movie based on the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga (here). It’s always fun to learn a little more about the backstory to an anime, especially one like this where the jujutsu sorcerers obviously have a lot of baggage with each other that hasn’t been expounded upon.
I’m glad that the anime movie is going to go into the background of Jujutsu Kaisen. There’s obviously a lot about the jujutsu sorcerer world that we haven’t been shown. From politics between the clans and the personal interaction some of the more established sorcerers have had, we’re a little in the dark. I’ll be looking forward to this anime movie!
As far as episode 24 is concerned, Nobara and Itadori do an impressive job of taking on Eso and Kechizu. While not cursed spirits, they are humans who have been transformed by special-grade cursed objects. They’re sad backstory helps bring a shroud of sadness over the episode that’s verbalized by Itadori after everything is over.
Eso, Kechizu and their older brother Choso were born from a woman who had the ability to give birth to children conceived by a cursed spirit. Driven from her home, she ended up at the doorstep of Noritoshi Kamo. Far from being a blessing, Kamo did experiments with her and ended up producing nine pregnancies. Kamo would force abortions and the aborted fetus would become the nine cursed womb death paintings.
Eso, Kechizu and Choso are death paintings one through three. They are both human and curse. The only thing that drives the brothers is their bond for each other. They only side with Mahito and Geto because it appears the curses will lead to a more advantageous situation for the brothers.
Knowing this, you almost feel sorry for Eso and Kechizu. If it weren’t for the fact that they’re trying to help destroy humanity you might take pity on them. Itadori sure does after their fight is settled.If you’ve been a fan of the action that Jujutsu Kaisen has given us over the past 23 episodes then you’ll love the fighting here. It’s fast paced, brutal and not lacking in intensity one bit.
Nobara ends up being the star of the fight even though she probably would’ve died had it not been for Itadori. Her abilities match up well against the brothers and provide enough of a slowdown to the cursed wombs that Itadori can press them into a mistake. Watching Nobara drive nails into her arm to use her technique was one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in anime for a while. It’s a brilliant move in the situation, but if you’re squeamish just be prepared.
As far as the humor is concerned, I got a kick out of Geto, Mahito and Choso playing the board game Life while Eso and Kechizu were out on their assignment. Of course the irony is that they’re playing a game called Life while they’re trying to destroy all human life. Mahito also seems to be really into it as he freaks out when Choso breaks his plastic car.
You also can’t help but laugh when Sukuna makes a rare appearance and eats the finger that Fushiguro tries to hand to Itadori. It was an out of nowhere move from the cursed spirit. I had almost forgotten about Sukuna until this happened. The looks on the faces of Itadori and Fushiguro was priceless.
Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 24 Worth Watching?
Yes. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 24 is worth watching. This is a good way to wind up season 1 but still get us interested to see more. Gojo Satoru is still looking for the person working with the cursed spirits. Itadori, Fushiguro, Nobara, Maki and Panda are all recommended to become grade 1 jujutsu sorcerers.
Finally, Itadori, Fushiguro and Nobara enjoy a shopping trip together before they give us the typical slow motion scene that’s meant to inspire. You know the one, it’s where the main characters begin walking in the same direction with determined looks on their faces. Inspirational music is playing in the background. It’s cliché but also a good way to end this one.
Now go watch some anime!