Solid Action for Everyone in the Anime Prequel, Plus Easter Eggs for Fans
It’s unclear whether Japanese anime fantasy “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” might be a good entry point for anyone who hasn’t already watched the recent anime series or read its shonen fight manga comic source material.
This new feature-length prequel doesn’t offer much more than what the anime series already has: a satisfying, faithful, hormonal action-drama about teenage “jujutsu” martial artist exorcists/wizards and their comic books at least. ) monstrous sentient curse destruction quest.
It was about a year before the events of the anime and manga. “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” features a standalone story about Yuta Okkotsu (voiced by Megumi Ogata in the Japanese version), a young jujutsu wizard haunted by the cursed spirit of his childhood sweetheart Rika (Kana Hanazawa), who died in a hit-and-run accident shortly after exchanging engagement rings and romantic vows with Yuta.
Yuta’s unique narrative might help uninitiated viewers understand the series’ appeal since he, like the series’ main protagonist, Yuji Itadori, has a mysterious symbiotic relationship with a powerful and apocalyptically dangerous cursed entity. Some hints and appearances of characters, objects, and events from the anime will only be of interest to insiders. These well-timed callbacks can be satisfying, but they also illustrate the limited appeal of this new movie.
As in the “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” anime series, it sometimes feels too much like Cliffs Notes, despite the fact that there is more interaction between the secondary characters and the main protagonist than in the original manga. There are a number of characters to follow, and they only tangentially help develop the main hero’s story. It’s no surprise, then, that Yuta barely learns to weaponize his relationship with Rika – who usually appears as a hulking, eyeless demonic specter whenever Yuta is in danger – by training with the same Jujutsu students. High who befriended Yuji in the anime series: Panda (Tomokazu Seki), Maki (Mikako Komatsu), and Toge (Koki Uchiyama).
Still, “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” serves as a great showcase for the entire world of “Jujutsu Kaisen,” as each new battle highlights each character’s abilities and personalities through a series of light-hearted, well-paced, and well-choreographed fights. . There’s also about as much purple monster blood and overheated rant throughout these monster battles as there is in the anime.
“Jujutsu Kaisen 0” ends with a massive, splashing monster fight led by Suguru Geto (Takahiro Sakurai), who has a belief similar to Magneto’s. “Survival of the Fittest” He is the natural antagonist of the insidant but optimistic Jujutsu High teacher Satoru (Yuichi Nagamura)
The fight scenes might appeal to some fans. “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” are known for their neat creature designs and well-crafted action. It’s harder to know what anyone else will think of the fan-service references to, say, Panda’s “gorilla-mode” style of fighting or the Kyoto-based rivals of Tokyo’s Jujutsu High students. These references stand out as they serve as mini-sneak peeks into the rising action of a few set pieces. Despite these references, they still point out that the “Jujutsu Kaisen” series does little to further Yuta and Rika’s mildly sympathetic doomed romance subplot, they talk about the series’ overall emphasis on type stories involved that only fans could truly love and/or take seriously.
“Jujutsu Kaisen 0” might also be off-putting to viewers who aren’t used to anime’s convoluted explanatory dialogue, occasional tonal shifts, and general focus on guilt, jealousy, and petty rivalries that drive viewers. individual characters. The anime series is similar. “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” works well when there are lots of dramatic gestures that are backed up by detailed dialogue that pushes the plot.
You don’t really need to know that evil curses are like jujutsu wizards in that they are both ranked on a power scale of 1-5, with 1 being the second highest grade under “special” . Still, it’s hard to imagine being impressed when Tamamo-no-Mae incarnates, an antagonist Yuta must defeat at the end of the film (who is drawn into a sprawling melee with dozens of other sentient curses), when we are told it is one of only 16 special curses. For now, this explanation seems to work since Tamamo no Mae Incarnate is a very tough tool that Geto uses to attack Yuta. Again: who cares what happens to Yuta, knowing that he’s not only not part of the “Jujutsu Kaisen” anime or manga, but doesn’t add much to the understanding of the viewers of the main characters of the series?
Your “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” enjoyment likely hinges on how much you enjoy its action scenes, as fans know to expect given their presumed familiarity not only with the source manga, but also with the battle-focused conventions of its kind. The best sets of “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” – especially the team fight of Toge and Yuta, as well as the very end of the climactic group brawl with Geto and his cursed minions – not only accurately represent the “Jujutsu Kaisen” The anime series may not only offer viewers the chance to see more of this saga for their teenage years, but it also provides enough information to help them decide if they want to continue reading.
“Jujutsu Kaisen 0” March 18 in US theaters