In an interesting reveal, animator Sota Shigetsugu, who participated in the creation Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 17, took to Twitter on November 16, 2023 to share behind-the-scenes tidbits of the battle scene between Sukuna and Mahoraga.
In the tweet, Shigetsugu revealed that a building destroyed in the battle between the two actually existed in Shibuya. However, since there were no interior layouts or photos of the building, he chose an interesting approach.
Instead of trying to create an ideal interior layout, he confessed to using a production floor Jujutsu Kaisen MAPPA’s replacement because it was destroyed in that scene, citing its perfect size.
Shigetsugu noted that this choice made the staff happy, describing it as an inside joke within the team.
This comes after the recent disbandment of the animators Jujutsu Kaisen on social media, shedding light on the poor working conditions at MAPPA and the lack of fair compensation.
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Check out the translation of his tweet below:
It was a little joke or rather an inside joke.
The collapsed building in this scene actually exists in Shibuya, but since I couldn’t find a floor plan or alternatively, I decided to tear down MAPPA’s Jujutsu Kaise production floor because it was the perfect size.
The reception from the staff was very good.
— ホネほね (@Hone_honeHONE) November 16, 2023
Shigetsugu previously worked as an animator for One Piece & One Piece Film Red, Mushoku Tensei and even the final season of Attack on Titan.
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 17 aired on November 16, 2023. Hakuyu Go, Itsuki Tsuchigami and Harumi Yamazaki were responsible for writing and directing the episode at MAPPA.
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 1 aired from July 6 to August 3, 2023, and Cour 2 began airing on August 31, 2023.
Tatsuya Kitani performed the opening theme song “Ao no Sumika”, while Soushi Sakiyama performed the ending theme song “Akari”.
Jujutsu Kaisen is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami. The story is currently being serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump by Shueisha as of March 2018. Chapters Jujutsu Kaisen collected and published by Shueisha, with 23 tankobon volumes released as of July 2023.
Season 1 of MAPPA’s anime adaptation aired from October 2020 to March 2021.
Film adapted from Jujutsu Kaisen prequel, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 launches in Japan in December 2021.