Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 3 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen - Itadori, Nobara, and Satoru
Not what you expect to see from a horror anime

Jujutsu Kaisen continues to deliver anime episodes that are both silly and creepy at the same time.

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In episode 3 we’re introduced to Nobara Kugisaki. She’s from a small town in the country that she despises. She resents her hometown for chasing out the family of a friend of hers. Being from the country, along with Itadori, she acts like a tourist while in Tokyo.

Before the three first years and their teacher can go enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Tokyo, Satoru wants to test Nobara’s abilities. This leads the group to an abandoned building near a graveyard. It’s here where things start to get interesting.

This anime can almost turn on a dime with how quickly it changes between being silly and being serious. It’s actually pretty entertaining to watch. I have to admit, I wanted to go see Tokyo after watching Itadori and Nobara gush excitedly about what they wanted to see. I was almost as disappointed as them when confronted with the abandoned building.

The curses themselves are pretty creepy. There’s always something creepy about mannequins so to have one actually be a curse is fitting. The round, hairy curse that takes the child hostage is effective at conveying Satoru’s point that curses become more powerful and devious in areas with a higher population. This is a level of intelligence that we haven’t seen out of a curse yet, not counting Sakuna.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 3 - Curse taking kid hostage
The curse taking the kid hostage

It is a bit odd to me that a kid just so happens to be in the room that two curses are in. It feels almost as if he’s there just as a plot device. I would’ve thought that he would’ve been killed long before Nobara and Itadori showed up, but yet he’s there at the perfect time to become a hostage. It’s almost like he’s just there so that we can get a glimpse of Nobara’s decision making.

Thankfully for both Nobara and the kid, Itadori is around and has super-human strength. He crashes through the wall just in time to save the child and assist Nobara in killing the curse. It’s a signal that the anime episode is shifting back to it’s silly side.

With the curses exorcised, the child saved and returned home, it’s now time to figure out where to go get some sushi! It’s as if there wasn’t just a life-or-death fight that just happened. Itadori and Nobara argue and when a decision is finally made, Fushiguro is left behind because he’s playing on his phone instead of paying attention.

Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 3 Worth Watching?

I believe it is. So far, Jujutsu Kaisen has given us a different spin on the horror anime genre. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is refreshing. It’s a good blend of humor, silliness, curses, fighting, and a dark atmosphere. I’m sure things will pick up as Sukuna’s fingers are tracked down, I just hope that Jujutsu Kaisen doesn’t lose it’s lighter side in all of it. I enjoyed this anime episode, I hope you do as well.

Now go watch some anime!

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