Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 4 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 4 - Itadori, Fushiguro, and the special-grade curse
Itadori and Fushiguro meeting the special-grade curse for the first time

Jujutsu Kaisen episode 4 is less silly and more scary. That’s the best way to sum this anime episode.

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An episode that starts off with some silliness, bravado, determination ends up having it’s three protagonists go to extreme lengths just to survive. I like it. Itadori, Fushiguro, and Kugisaki are tasked with locating survivors in a juvenile detention center. The curse that’s manifested itself is a special-grade curse. This means that it’s beyond the abilities of the three of them.

This fact becomes apparent right away. Kugisaki is separated from Itadori and Fushiguro. She is forced to fight an army of curses. Itadori and Fushiguro are surprised by the special-grade curse. This curse toys with the boys. Fushiguro is able to escape to try to find Kugisaki while Itadori stalls the curse.

It’s amazing to me that we’re shown this early in the anime that it’s main protagonists are this weak. Usually there’s some sort of build up to show that the main character is a store of potential, only to be defeated many episodes later. Here we are in episode four and Itadori is crying over his lack of strength.

Part of the reason why Itadori is so weak is due to the lack of cooperation from Sukuna. He doesn’t want to help Itadori win. When he takes over Itadori’s body his initial plan was to use the other curse to take out Fushiguro. If it wasn’t for the other curse’s lack of cooperation things would’ve gotten really bad.

I’m glad that Sukuna is being so difficult. Why would a legendary curse want to be controlled by a high school student? It wouldn’t make sense. I’m surprised that he told Itadori this when asked for help, though. If he was a little more cunning Sukuna could’ve agreed to swap only to kill Fushiguro right away. I doubt Itadori would’ve had time to switch back before Sukuna acted. Oh well, it’s a missed opportunity for Sukuna.

The overall atmosphere of Jujutsu Kaisen episode 4 is far darker than the previous three. Seeing the dead bodies of the juvenile delinquents was a step up in carnage for the anime. We were warned this would happen, it’s just the first time we really got to see it go this far. Watching Itadori struggle to hold off the curse was pretty jarring as well.

You can tell Jujutsu Kaisen is trying to be a little different by the way it’s handling Itadori. I was expecting him to be able to handle all kinds of curses after eating two of Sukuna’s fingers. Instead, he’s loosing his composure after realizing how powerless he is in the face of the special-grade curse. His last attempt punch also falls flat. How many times does something like that happen? Itadori’s not the badass main character we’re used to seeing.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 4 - Malevolent Shrine
Sukuna’s Malevolent Shrine

Watching Sukuna fight the curse was pretty amazing. His Malevolent Shrine technique that sliced the curse into five different parts looked pretty harrowing. I can just imagine how terrifying Sukuna was when he was at full strength. I am a little annoyed that the special-grade curse just allowed Fushiguro to escape without so much as an attempt to stop him. I even went back to see if I missed anything but nope, Fushiguro is just shown running to save Kugisaki. Why would a curse allow its prey to just run away? I don’t get it.

The ending to this anime episode has me intrigued now. Up until this point, Itadori has been able to give control to Sukuna and take it back at will. Now it appears that Itadori is fully suppressed. Is it due to his spirit being broken earlier? Did Sukuna become even stronger after getting his third finger from the other curse? Of course we’re left to wonder all of these things as the anime ends with Sukuna’s twisted smile.

Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 4 Worth Watching?

Yes. This episode has a different tone than the previous three. Things are much more dark and dangerous. You won’t find as much of the silliness in this episode. You won’t find any of it once the trio enters the juvenile detention center. There’s plenty of action to go around in this one so fans of that will be happy. Overall I’d say this is a pretty good anime episode. Don’t miss it!

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