Yuji Itadori is off on his first real case and it looks like it’s going to be a difficult one!
Three high schoolers have been hideously deformed in a movie theater by a curse. The three were carrying on, disrupting the movie, when Mahito appears and kills them. From the perspective of the other high schooler in the movie theater, Junpei Yoshino, the boys probably deserved their fate.
We’re shown a short flashback of what happened prior to the events at the movie theater. Junpei was falsely accused of checking out a girl, Tsubasa, who the three other boys are interested in. Junpei believes this was all an attempt by Tsubasa to assess her standing with the guys. Junpei calls out the entire farce and gets beaten up.
Back in the present, we’re introduced to another adult jujutsu sorcerer. Kento Nanami is an alumni of Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School and is the complete opposite personality wise from Satoru. Nanami is a former corporate worker who likes rules and order. He has no issues holding back on his assessments.
What comes next is just a warm up for things to come in future episodes of Jujutsu Kaisen. Nanami and Itadori fight what appear to be two curses but find out that they are actually humans who have been horribly transformed. Nanami starts to figure out that he and Itadori are being toyed with so he sends Itadori off to confront Junpei. Nanami doesn’t want to bring Itadori’s life in danger when he goes to confront Mahito himself.
For an anime episode that’s obviously a transition into bigger and better things, Jujutsu Kaisen episode 9 is pretty entertaining. Having Nanami’s character be the polar opposite of Satoru is not all that surprising. It brings to mind the relationship between Doppo Kunikida and Osamu Dazi from Bungo Stray Dogs. One character is straight laced and regimented while the other is a little chaotic but brilliant.
Personally I really enjoy Nanami’s character. I specifically enjoy his reasons for being a Jujutsu sorcerer. He left for the business world because he thought that being a Jujutsu sorcerer was !*$&. Then he found out the business world was !*$&. He came back to being a Jujutsu sorcerer because he was better suited for it. All the romanticized views of both worlds have been brushed aside! It makes his character easily relatable.
Despite his rigid exterior, Nanami does have a soft spot for Itadori. Several times throughout the episode Nanami voices his responsibility for Itadori’s well being. It doesn’t come across as just a role he’s supposed to take either. There’s a sense that Nanami does actually care for Itadori and his development.
As far as Itadori’s training is concerned, we get a glimpse at the development of his power in Jujutsu Kaisen episode 9. Basically, Itadori’s cursed technique can be described as a delayed cursed strike. When Itadori punches, he hits with his physical strength and a little cursed energy. The full force of his cursed power comes in after the first strike. The way that it’s presented makes us think that it’s both unique and well suited for him.
Personally, I hope that we’ll see Itadori take on Aoi Todo in the exchange event. Todo already made himself known in the previous episode of Jujutsu Kaisen. Todo’s physical abilities seem to be on par with Itadori so a fight between the two would be pretty interesting. Maybe we’ll see Todo wreck havoc in the exchange event only to have Itadori provide a real challenge after he makes a dramatic entrance.
Is Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 9 Worth Watching?
Yes. Jujutsu Kaisen episode 9 is worth watching. This anime episode is a solid offering. It’s not the action we saw back when Satoru took on Volcano Head. It’s more of the pace of episode 8 where we were given a taste of the power of the Jujutsu sorcerers as a way of building to bigger and better things. Episode 9 leaves us with wanting more and that’s not a bad thing.
Now go watch some anime!