The latest Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 episode recalls one of anime fans’ favorite pastimes: comparing when Bleach fans come to the defense of their favorites.
The latest Jujutsu Kaisen episode has reignited one of the favorite pastimes of anime fans, especially in Shounen action series: comparisons.
Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2, Episode 20, “Right Wrong Part 3” continues the brutal exchange between Yuji Itadori and Mahito. While the fight scene itself was praised for its epic scale, especially with Todo’s “crazy” spread, it also received praise for its emotional impact. This prompted fans of Jujutsu Kaisen and Bleach to start arguing over which anime handled the stakes better.
Jujutsu Kaisen fans react to Yuji’s dirty fighting move: “Mahito deserves it”
Eagle-eyed Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 fans noticed Yuji using an unusually dirty move as his showdown with Mahito continued in Episode 19.
Jujutsu Kaisen fans pursuing Bleach may seem a bit random, but there’s quite a bit of history tying the two. Both have a darker tone than their Shonen Jump contemporaries, and one of the biggest influences on Jujutsu Kaisen creator Gege Akutami is none other than Bleach’s Tite Kubo. This has created an online narrative that often ends with “the student has surpassed the teacher” or “the master has done this before,” depending on which side of the fandom one is loyal to. However, a CBR feature agrees that Bleach:TYBW lacks personal stakes. The Sternritters’ enemies are said to lack development, creating inconsistencies that mean the fights don’t always resonate. One possible stroke of luck is that Bleach is ranked in CBR’s 10 Greatest Final Fights in Anime, establishing some of the biggest stakes in anime—a feat currently impossible for Jujutsu Kaisen from December 10, 2023.
However, the fight between Unohana and Zaraki is the main counterpart to Jujutsu Kaisen’s fight between Mahito and Yuji – a fight that arguably has more similarities than differences. Zaraki and Unohana fight purely because the urge to be the strongest drives them to do so. This is similar to Mahito’s monologue in Episode 20, where he says that just like Jujutsu Mages are forced to protect, killing will always be the essence of a curse.
Jujutsu Kaisen fans struggle to come to terms with another death
Jujutsu Kaisen fans are struggling to come to terms with the death toll in the series, with some now ready to write off the anime altogether.
Regardless of which series fans prefer, both can be viewed in English subtitled and dubbed versions on Crunchyroll. Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 will conclude its second season in January, with Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 3 confirmed for sometime in 2024.
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