Disclaimer: Sorry for double posting; I was busy attending a local Artist Alley event last weekend. Thank you for your patience.*
“A blunt knife”
Shockwaves and surprises shape this week’s episode of Jujutsu Kaisen, sending us into a state of excitement. From the opening moments, the reveal that Toge Inumaki has rejoined the fight sets a thrilling tone. A single word from Toge has the power to turn the situation around, bringing a ray of hope. It’s a stark reminder that even someone as formidable as Yuji Itadori cannot handle the relentless onslaught of curses alone. Time is of the essence and Itadori’s race to save Satoru Gojo, our beloved Gojo-sensei, takes center stage in this tense episode.
Before we dive into the latest installment, let’s not forget the standout moment from last week. Nanami, the stoic witch with a penchant for precision, attracted attention when she confronted the angry blonde curse user. It’s a satisfying sight to see this annoying character receive punishment at the hands of Nanami. Those purple marks on his face became visual evidence of the failure he so richly deserved. Indeed, Nanami’s actions not only leave us feeling vindicated; they also sparked a discussion about the character’s unexpected appeal. Call it a ‘dad’ aura or a ‘grumpy but strong’ aura, but it cannot be denied that Nanami left a strong impression.
Let’s say it—we’re not immune to the allure of the jaded , gruff and determined adult who knows when to turn up the heat. His role as Nanami in the anime has attracted the attention of fans, inspiring countless fan artists to emphasize his physicality and imposing presence in close-up shots. The portrait adds layers to his character, making him larger than life and adding a unique appeal to the series. It can be said that Nanami’s appearance added excitement to the episode.
As for last week’s installment, one minor gripe would be the pacing. While the content is engaging, a faster pace would be a welcome change. However, beggars cannot be choosers and all that.
Now, let’s dive into this week’s events. Yuji Itadori’s exit from the subway brings him face to face with Choso, who uses his own blood to unleash a relentless onslaught. The battle that follows is nothing short of spectacular, a reminder of why we love anime like Jujutsu Kaisen. In a world full of ‘B-grade’ shows that feel like a waste of your time, Jujutsu Kaisen deserves to be an example of excellence. We can’t help but enforce a personal rule: if an anime doesn’t appeal in the first episode or two, it’s time to move on. Life is too short to invest in anything less than the best.
As this epic confrontation unfolds, it’s hard to shake the feeling that it could last multiple episodes. However, the series wrapped it up cleverly in a way that didn’t unnecessarily prolong the story but kept the momentum intact. And just as we might wonder about Yuji’s fate, the timely discovery of his body by the Hasaba sisters adds to the suspense. Manga readers may have been aware of their presence, but the anime was coy about it. Let’s get hooked to the next episode.
This is the perfect time to delve into the intriguing relationship between Sukuna and Yuji, as well as the reason for Sukuna’s temporary absence. Sukuna only has a minute of control, as long as he doesn’t take a life, and Yuji remains blissfully unaware of his actions. The trigger for their pact is a seemingly inconspicuous word—Keikatsu (契闊). Although the word may have no inherent meaning, it appears to be based on the idiom “死生契闊” (shisei kekkatsu), which denotes a promise to endure life and death together, confronting directly with suffering. This nuance adds depth to the supernatural pact between the two, suggesting that there is more to the story than meets the eye. So does Yuji’s story really end? The injuries he suffered were severe, but he still had the strength to move, punctured liver and all. We even catch a glimpse of Sukuna, a red outline on a jet black background. In a pool of blood, his eye symbol gradually took shape.
In typical shounen fashion, Yuji continues to be the series’ famous punching bag, and we can’t wait to see how he bounces back from this latest challenge.
For those who have read the manga, please refrain from revealing any spoilers in the comments section, as we are determined to keep the conversation spoiler-free. Thank!
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