Jujutsu Kaisen is becoming a staple in the Shonen genre, from its iconic ending OST to its fantastic fight scenes and creative character designs. So as you can assume, I had to read manga zero and dive further into this cursed world. Without further ado, let’s tackle this curse!
The manga begins with a crazy incident report about four high schoolers who were crammed into a locker as a result of bullying an innocent kid. The bullied teenager is none other than our protagonist of this manga, Yuta Okkotsu, and he was protected from the bullies by a curse named Rika. Before we dive into Rika and Yuta’s past, first we need to break down the world a bit. In their world, there are monsters that haunt people or places called curses. These curses are U-G-L-Y, and they feed off people and aren’t afraid to do whatever they can to survive. To combat these terrifying curses, jujutsu sorcerers use other curses to battle them. The jujutsu sorcerers are trained in an elite school named Tokyo Jujitsu High. Alright, now back to Yuta and Rika’s backstory. We discover that Rika was a childhood friend of Yuta’s who made arrangements to get married when they were older. Shortly after this promise took place, Rika was struck by a truck crossing the street and killed on impact. Yuta is left paralyzed by the shock of seeing his future wife run over and then to further traumatize him, her spirit grabs his ankles with her smashed head and says “When we grow up, let’s get married. It’s a promise!” Haunted by this frightening trauma and a very possessive curse who is willing to murder anyone who hurts or gets too close to Yuta into the mix, it’s no wonder Yuta is a teenager with major PTSD and hardly any social skills.
Luckily for Yuta, Tokyo Jujutsu High is a perfect place for people who harness their curses into weapons to protect the public from other curses. And at this point, I really got to see the interesting character designs and storytelling skills of Gege Akutami. For starters, Yuta’s classmates have interesting quirks. My favorite (by just a bit) is Toge Inumaki. Toge is a precious bean who only communicates by saying rice ball ingredients. The reasoning behind this is Toge has cursed speech, so whatever he says the curse interprets it literally. An example of this is if he says “Get crushed,” the curse he is saying it to will be crushed into death. He stole my heart because he uses rice ball ingredients so he doesn’t hurt his friends around him. And they’ve deciphered some of his words to be affirmation or negation responses.
Continuing on with the plot, we see Yuta learn how to control Rika and able to channel her through his promise ring and sword. Along the way, he learns how to fight in combat from a fellow student. But Jujutsu Kaisen isn’t all rainbows and unicorns for long, as the main antagonist of this volume rears his head, Suguru Geto. Without spoiling too much of the plot, I really enjoyed the prequel of the story and seeing how the second years were in their first years of school. Gege Akutami has a wonderful way of balancing plot and character development with world-building. If you’ve been looking for a great shonen series free of disappointment, then I highly recommend picking up Jujutsu Kaisen.
Yuta Okkotsu is a nervous high school student who is suffering from a serious problem...his childhood friend Rika has turned into a curse and won't leave him alone. Since Rika is no ordinary curse, his plight gets noticed by Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Jujutsu High, a school where exorcists are taught to combat curses. Gojo convinces him to enroll, but can Yuta learn enough in time to confront the curse that haunts him?Add to Cart Learn More