Anime Movie Review: A General Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Review
One of the new-generation anime that has ravished so many fans in a short while, is none other than Akutama Gege’s work of art. His art style isn’t the most impressive, but his plot description and alignment are god-level.
We generally always have the shonen type with the main character either being very weak or possessing tremendous power but can’t control it(aka; Naruto and all the likes). But Gege presents us with a masterpiece with the name Jujutsu Kaisen (a rather intriguing title if you try to dig into its meaning). Today we will be giving a general Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review from many points of view.
Talking about JK author, he gives us several characters amongst which the ‘almighty’ Satoru Gojo. After an epic season 1, the anime continues with the movie. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 filling us with bits of information lacking in season 1.
Added to the juicy information, the movie also serves us with a justice ideology clash, cultural clash and above all an overflow of emotions. In this Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review, we shall explore the movie bringing out its scenarist strength, artistic design and ideology congruent to societal issues.
This slice of our Jujutsu kaisen 0 review aims to provide a brief theoretical recall of the anime in question. The first season of Jujutsu Kaisen merges modern-day life with sorcery. It has a main character (MC) a young boy who goes by the name Itadori Yuuji.
After having saved his classmates in the occult group; by eating a cursed finger (a finger belonging to the most fearsome cursed spirit; Ryumen Sukuna), he is pulled into a world he could have never imagined. Cursed energy, cursed technique, and cursed tools become his new breakfast. There he meets several interesting persons among which the one and only Satoru Gojo.
During the first season, not much is said about Satoru except for the fact that his cursed technique renders him virtually invincible and that at the mention of his name, every creature submits. This lack of information is what Jujutsu Kaisen 0 comes to shine light upon.
Not only does it enable us to see a bit more clearly who is Satoru, but it also shows us who (or would I say what) is Suguru Geto (who is virtually the main antagonist of the story). These two beings (Satoru and Suguru) who were once brother-in-arms, and very good friends confront each other based on what they see to be justice.
One sees the superiority of sorcerers and feels that, with the powers they possess, they should be worshipped by humans. The other sees humans as vulnerable creatures that need protection from cursed spirits. It is for such reasons that two camps were formed and an inevitable/brutal struggle was initiated.
A Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review will be incomplete if we don’t at least shine a little light on those who made it possible in the first place. Indeed, such a masterpiece spells a subtle artistic touch and a divine eye for plot twisting and scenario direction.
Who else could fit this role apart from Park Sung-hoo, known for several works among which: The God of High School and Terror in Resonance (I particularly rewatched this anime a bunch of times)? All that direction would be laid to waste if the animation was ‘sheety’ (pun intended).
Indeed, for Jujutsu Kaisen 0, two giant production companies made it visually epic. You have MAPPA, known for its uprising animation techniques (Attack on Titans and The Chainsaw Man can confirm my allegations) and then you have Toho Animation known for several mind-blowing anime projects (Psycho Pass; the best psychological anime ever, My Hero Academia). All that was encoded with good music and soundtracks and tremendous voice acting (trust me when I say tremendous; I watched it in Japanese, French and English and I wasn’t disappointed).
In this part of our Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review, we shall strike out some characters (without any spoilers), some scenes that got my brain into a thoughtful strain, and the ideologies explored in the movie. The crunchiness of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, is first and foremost the whole mystery around Satoru’s environment.
First, the Jujutsu High School served as a host for powerful sorcerers and also a teaching ground for new breeds. We see Itadori’s seniors as much younger, but showing signs of spiritual maturity/awareness and having to cope with a newcomer seemingly cursed (the shy but overpowered dude).
This new student, who is the main character of the movie, has to learn how to control that curse and use it for the good of the sorcerer community.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0, explores several deep emotional concepts. Three moments/scenes rather struck me. First, a particular scene where Satoru says; “If you want my opinion, love is the most twisted kind of curse” (it isn’t word to word but the idea is there).
If you go by the fact that curses are manifestations of our inner desires, then love becomes a twisted manner of cursing someone. You get to accept or tolerate many things in the name of love, you get to be afflicted in the name of love. That statement struck a sensitive chord in me. Hence it couldn’t miss appearing in this Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review.
Secondly is the concept of control. This movie depicts societal methods used to control what isn’t understood. It is sometimes by try and error (as Satoru does it) or more radical and oppressive (as Suguru does it)
Thirdly is the concept of what is right and wrong. So many anime explore that, but there was no beating around the bush in this movie. No long talks but only actions. You have the main antagonists who break barriers (psychological and geographical) to rally people to his just cause and the protagonist who can only count on his immediate environment.
As we all know, when two parties can’t agree they end up fighting. And hence, an epic war exploded with a manifestation of tremendous spiritual power from both sides.
In conclusion, if you watched the first season and are still to watch the movie, I strongly recommend you do so fast. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 brought the anime to another level with its top-class animation/fight scenes, irreproachable plot line, psychological conflicts and emotional overflow.
I won’t be exaggerating if I say no anime movie to come will overclass it (well that’s a gross exaggeration coupled with a subtle lie). But still, it is a great movie; one that appears once every new moon.
We have hit the end of our Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review, but the show doesn’t end here. If you are that kind of dude who doesn’t read scans in advance and you want a set of anime that will give you the Jujutsu Kaisen vibe, then check our post on anime like Jujutsu Kaisen worth watching;