Warning! Contains reveal for Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode #2!
MAP is one of the most popular animation studios of the past few years and its most recent series, season 2 of Jujutsu Kaisen, which shows how the company has learned from its experience and is able to improve the manga resource with subtle but meaningful additions. Part of what makes MAPPA so popular is that it has been adapted from popular manga series like Attack on Titan and Chainsaw Man which already have a huge fan following. But this isn’t the only factor contributing to the studio’s success, as a small scene in Jujutsu Kaisen shows.
At the beginning of the second episode of the second season of Jujutsu Kaisen, future villain Suguru Geto brews a cup of tea for himself. The scene is beautifully animated, making it quite satisfying to watch. The scene is actually very reminiscent of a similarly great scene in the previous MAPPA anime, Chainsaw Man, in which Aki follows his morning routine, which includes making a cup of coffee. However, unlike that scene, which largely exists to further build on Aki’s character without using dialogue, this new scene with Geto actually directly reveals that he defeated one of the Q witches after Riko. Thus, this scene demonstrates the evolution of the MAPPA techniques used on Chainsaw Man.
Jujutsu Kaisen improves the manga with a subtle yet meaningful scene
Of course, based solely on its art style, Jujutsu Kaisen shows how MAPPA has evolved since the first season of the same show. The art style is more similar to the cinematic style Chainsaw Man used, making the second season of Jujutsu Kaisen seem like a huge improvement over the first season. But this particular scene shows that Jujutsu Kaisen’s improvements go deeper than just changing the animation. Chainsaw Man also innovates its source material by adding details and scenes to enhance the character and story. While some fans may find these changes redundant, it’s much harder to level those criticisms with the extra details Jujutsu Kaisen has included.
Geto making tea isn’t actually in the manga, but it’s a great moment that characterizes this version of the villain more. It also doesn’t distract from the plot as it’s just a short scene. The first episode also added some great details to the Jujutsu Kaisen source material, including an extended scene with Utahime and Mei Mei exploring a cursed house. These details also give a natural feel instead of a feeling of filling. All of these extra natural moments show how MAPPA has learned from their experience on Chainsaw Man and improved upon them to adapt Jujutsu Kaisen.
The second part of Jujutsu Kaisen shows the evolution of MAPPA
For fans of both Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man, it’s great to see how brilliantly both have adapted and how MAPPA’s style has changed over time. This could even be used to gather hints as to how Chainsaw Man season two could also look. Hope, Jujutsu KaisenThe second season will continue to have signs of MAPtheir growth and get fans even more excited about their next projects.
Jujutsu Kaisen Part 2 available to stream on Crunchyroll.