Jujutsu Kaisen’s voice cast is one of the best in the industry, but one member struggled with bringing this ‘scumbag’ to life.
Jujutsu Kaisen has some truly terrifying villains and antagonists, but bringing these types of characters to life in anime isn’t always an easy thing to do – a voice actor has revealed that he had difficulty portraying a character known as a ‘professional pimp and scum’.
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Jujutsu Kaisen voice actor shares struggles with ‘scum’ character
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 begins with Gojo’s Past Arc, delving into the events surrounding the Star Plasma Vessel and the plots to assassinate her from the infamous assassin Toji Fushiguro.
With extraordinary strength and a level of confidence that rivals Gojo himself, Toji quickly became a fan-favorite character despite his evil intentions and complete disregard for his only son, Megumi.
However, bringing Toji Fushiguro to life was something that veteran voice actor Takehito Koyasu, who has voiced characters such as Dio Brando in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Zeke in Attack on Titan and Shinsuke in Gintama, had to do. struggled immensely.
In an interview shared on the Jujutsu Kaisen website, Koyasu explained how “I think I’m portrayed as a professional magician assassin, a professional pimp, and a scumbag. However, playing him was very difficult.”
“I’m an actor so I tend to focus on the assigned character and want to learn more about that character. However, I must not make the mistake of thinking like that and I must act with overall balance.”
Finding the right balance when playing a villain can be a struggle for any actor. no matter how many villains they have played before. Avoiding stereotypes about being one-sided, creating empathy, understanding complex moral motivations and dynamics all play a key role—fortunately, Koyasu has original source material to rely on. enter.
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This was actually another difficulty that Koyasu encountered in playing Toji: the fact that he knew the entire backstory of the character in the original manga, which went far beyond the prequel story of Gojo’s Past.
“I understand that people who don’t know the original work will also watch the anime. Whether it is better to play a character who knows the ending in advance, or whether the image of the character after being built one by one will be more similar to the original work, is a decision that the animation team, including director. , who oversees the entire production process, does so after much consideration.”
“Because I read the original work, I had preconceived notions about how to show his inner life and human side, but I felt that in the anime, they wanted to show more of the professional side his,” he said.
Despite the difficulty of finding the right approach to playing Toji in the first place, Jujutsu Kaisen fans will agree that this is yet another sensational performance from Koyasu, who has acknowledged realized after the interview how Toji had a different feeling of ‘cool’.
“From a story point of view, he will be a villain. But him being bad and strong is cool. It’s not the coldness you get from being on the side of justice, but from actions that normal people wouldn’t have the courage to do. I don’t have the courage to become like him, but I feel like I want to be like him.”
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Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 airs weekly on Crunchyroll.