I originally planned this post to be a review, but honestly, it’s been months since I finished watching the season. So I want to share my thoughts, and you are free to agree or disagree. My comments are always open down below.
Honestly, I didn’t want to talk about it because it’s nothing you hadn’t seen before even though I liked it. I have seen many comparisons with Naruto, but I can’t say for sure because I disliked Naruto; I believe it reinforces my feeling a little bit. Besides, I think it made a few things wrong that broke the experience for me. Perhaps I was expecting too much of a shonen, which is always a mistake.
The show starts with our protagonist, Itadori, who joined a club of occultism in high school. This little group, however, didn’t take matters very seriously. They try to speak with a spirit or demon, but they laugh; for them, it was just a place to distract themselves from the real world. We know exactly what happens when things seem normal, right? Movies, cartoons, and books have taught us that everything is going to turn for the worst. This does look like the beginning of a horror show, which sounded like something I wanted to watch. Unfortunately for me, that was not the case. When the first creature shows up, we see our protagonist jumping in, breaking windows in the process, and after that, he does not seem very impressed by the things happening in the school; he fights the creature with his fists and rescues his friends. I need to tell you that at this point, Itadori is an average high school student, not a sorcerer of any sort yet.
Before the episode ends, Itadori eats the severed finger of a powerful demon who possesses him for a while. Of course, the most logical choice for a high school student is to eat a finger to prevent the creature from stealing it. SIGHS.
Look, I know we should not be waiting for logic in an anime show, but I’m already tired of seeing the anime/manga demographic bringing the same thing. We already know the protagonist is going to be too strong, even before acquiring any power. The thing is that Jujutsu Kaisen tricks you the first five or ten minutes; it looks like it’s going to be a horror anime, but in the end, it is just another shonen. The best of its season, yes! The best of the genre, not even close!
There are a lot of moments that break anything that could be serious. There are jokes when I believe there should not be, and sometimes something horrible happens right after it or before. Please, understand me, I love humor and good laughs, but it’s weird when it often comes in a show that tells you it’s horror. Those moments ruin at the same level as Dragon Ball Z. In Dragon Ball Z, when we see a character die, we don’t feel sad because we know the main cast will revive the dead. Also, when we look at the characters having a lot of fun training in the afterworld, we know there’s no point in having any expectations.
There are good things!
There are good things. Not everything is a mess. I believe it has more good things than bad. Like I said, most of my opinions are based on my expectations, and perhaps I feel too tired to see these tropes. Shonen is a pack of tropes, I know, and I should not be asking for more.
The characters are very charismatic, all of them, including the additional cast. I don’t remember a bad character in the show. The villains fill their purpose. I have to say that the shorts at the end of each episode make me take them as jokes, but that is my problem because the shorts at the end are not canon.
The animation of the anime is superb. Everything looks good, from the character design and general animation, especially the fights. Once you see the anime, you’re not going to be able to look away from the excellent visuals the show has. I definitely say it’s the best it has to offer, perhaps not the most important, but it’s always good to have these kinds of animations.
I believe there are better shonen anime shows everywhere, but I can see why many people love the show. I am not looking forward to a second season; I am not interested to see what happens next. Perhaps it’s something you’re feeling excited about, and that is fine. It’s just not for me.
I took the photos from the anime’s verified Twitter account – https://twitter.com/Jujutsu_Kaisen_