Shadow Eliminators could replace Jujutsu Kaisen once it ends, but it would need to meet Shonen Jump’s strict standards. Shadow Eliminators and Jujutsu Kaisen have similarities in terms of cursed souls and virtuous protagonists. For Shadow Eliminators to truly replace Jujutsu Kaisen, it would need a complex power system like Cursed Energy or do the unexpected and go for something simpler.
Warning: Spoilers for Shadow Eliminators chapter #1
A new one Jump Shonen series called De-glossing machine can act as a substitute for Jujutsu Kaisen when the veteran manga series officially ended. Of course, Shadow Eliminators would have to magically meet Shonen Jump’s harsh conditions first, leading to too many series being canceled prematurely. Regardless, Shadow Eliminators and Jujutsu Kaisen have many similarities that fans may find interesting.
Jujutsu Kaisen appears to be in its final season, even as series creator Gege Akutami assures fans that Jujutsu Kaisen will continue running well into 2024 so he can tie up many loose ends still in his story. Even so, as a very popular series, the void that Jujutsu Kaisen’s absence will leave will be noticeable.
Luckily, fans have a new series to look forward to every week as Jujutsu Kaisen comes to an end called Shadow Eliminators, by first-time author Kento Amemiya.
Shadow Eliminators have their own “Curse” and “Yuji”.
Shadow Eliminators have malicious spirits called Threads that can also be considered Curses. Much like how these cursed souls were born from negative emotions in Jujutsu Kaisen, Threads can attach themselves to similar emotions as well as strong passions in general, allowing them to take on form. matter in the human world as beings called Kasane. These Kasane seem to be more likely to possess humans who do not resist them. The only similar example of this occurring in Jujutsu Kaisen is the bond between the powerful jujutsu wizard Yuta and the cursed spirit Rika.
Shadow Eliminators protagonist Yayoi Asakaze also shares a strong moral code that he inherited from his grandparents. In Jujutsu Kaisen, Yuji is driven by a desire to help others with his powers after his dying grandfather points him in this direction. Yayoi was also influenced by his grandfather, a policeman. His grandfather’s ideal of doing the right thing is what helped shape Yayoi’s obsession with protecting those from injustice and injustice. Yayoi himself does not possess any special powers, however, this innate drive within him allows him to confront Kasane and help the powerful Aoba Kuromori, who uses ninjutsu to defeat Kasane.
Even though only one chapter of Shadow Eliminators was released, Jujutsu Kaisen fans can at least catch a few similarities in those first 57 pages as it could be the first of many correlations upcoming correlation. Of course, Jujutsu Kaisen isn’t just about cursed souls and grandpa-loving protagonists. The series has been both praised and criticized for its extremely complex energy system. For Shadow Eliminators to truly replace Jujutsu Kaisen, it will have to find a power system as deep and nuanced as Cursed Energy, or go unexplored and opt for a much simpler system . While De-glossing machine looks promising, there’s a long way to go before Shonen Jump can claim it has found a sequel Jujutsu Kaisen.
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