Anime Tips of the Week: Jujutsu Kaisen

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Considered a phenomenon of popularity, the anime Jujutsu Kaisen has surprised by the increase in the number of fans. Much more recent than other productions of the genre, such as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, cited in this column recently, the anime has become more and more talked about and that’s why it will be the anime tip of the week.

Released in 2018 in manga form, the work has 16 volumes and is written by Gege Akutami. In 2016, the author had already attracted the attention of the market after being nominated in a Weekly Shonen Jump award for Nikai Bongai Barabarujura, a One-Shot manga (consisting of a single chapter).

In subsequent years, Akutami continued to be remembered and even won the award on the Mando Kobayashi show last year. By this time, his manga had already left the Japanese borders and was on the lips of people around the world.

Jujutsu Kaisen: success around the world

After reaching 600,000 copies sold for months, Jujutsu Kaisen surprised and reached 10 million copies sold in October 2020. The hype over the manga would certainly not fail to influence its anime, which was released in the same period of record sales.

Available in Brazil through the Crunchyroll service (and with the first free episode on YouTube, see below), the audiovisual adaptation had been watched, until January 2021, by no less than 87 countries and territories. The information is from the streaming platform itself, which pointed out that the series was successful last year on all continents.

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The numbers are expressive, since the work premiered only in October and was ahead of animes like BORUTO, which is displayed throughout the year.

South and Central America followed the rest of the world and guaranteed Jujutsu Kaisen at the top, along with productions like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academy.

Why has Jujutsu Kaisen been successful?

The anime has a plot that involves the occult. The protagonist is Yuji Itadori, a young high school student who becomes involved in a mystical plot after his grandfather’s death.

Megumi Fushiguro and Satoru Gojo, two shamans, are also among the main characters, as they begin to accompany Itadori on his journey, which ends up involving the fight against curses and demons.

The synopsis, while interesting, doesn’t answer why Jujutsu Kaisen has been so successful. On Crunchyroll, he already has an average rating of 5 stars, with more than 700 ratings of 5 stars.

Fans praise the anime for aspects such as the good plot, as the episodes are built to make viewers look forward to the next one. In addition, animation has memorable fights, worthy of big names in the anime industry, such as Dragon Ball.

The list of accolades increases a lot, as the production is also remembered for its charismatic characters, striking soundtrack, deep themes and well-crafted art.

Who will enjoy Jujutsu Kaisen?

From the shonen genre, that is, aimed mainly at teenagers because of its action plot, Jujutsu Kaisen can please those who already like stories like Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, One Piece and Fullmetal Alchemist.

Anyone who wants to opt for the occult theme, which involves non-earthly spirits and entities, the anime can draw the attention of those who liked Shaman King, Bleach, soul eater and Yu Yu Hakusho, for example.

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In general, Jujutsu Kaisen can be followed by anyone who wants to get on the hype train right from the start, as it only has season 1 for now and should be even more successful in the coming years.

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