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“Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie” (2021): The Good and The Bad

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a movie filled with emotional moments, interesting characters, and superb fights that are worth watching.

The film is based on Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0, a prequel that functioned as a "pilot" for the main Jujutsu Kaisen manga series. Before being distributed internationally this year, the film was exclusively released in Japan on December 24, 2021.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie, like the manga, follows Yuta Okkotsu, the story's main protagonist. He is a high school student who obtains possession of a cursed spirit that is exceedingly powerful. The higher-ups in the Jujutsu sorcerer's society want Yuta and his cursed spirit to be isolated and even killed. Satoru Gojou, on the other hand proposes a different idea by allowing Yuta to enroll in Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School and giving him the opportunity to control his newly found, albeit dangerous power.

Jujutsu Kaisen anime and manga fans should rejoice because the movie is worth viewing. While the movie isn’t perfect, the good parts outweigh the bad parts. However, before we investigate the good parts, there is one issue with the movie that needs to be addressed.

The Good

The three good parts of the movie:

1. Love Is a Curse

Despite the bad jokes, the story was entertaining. The theme of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is love. To put it another way, it's about how love can turn into a curse for the people involved. It's both heart-warming and heart-breaking to watch the story unfold and the plotline become clearer.

The plot centres around Yuta and Rika, his first love, and the consequences of that love for him and others around him. It is lovely at its core, but it is also loaded with tragedy, darkness, and terrible situations, much like the universe of the movie itself. Fans of the manga and anime should appreciate how well the tale fits in with the general tone of the show.

Yuta & Rika

Yuta & Rika

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2. Fight! Fight! Fight!

Just in case you can’t find the story interesting or entertaining, you have the action side of the movie to look forward to. There was some concern heading into the film that MAPPA, the animation studio in charge of the production, wouldn't be able to do the manga's battle scenes justice. There is, however, no need to be concerned.

The movie's action is truly breath-taking and breath-taking to watch. It takes a while to get into the action, but once they begin, they don't stop until everyone of the key characters has their moment to shine, and the secondary characters have their turn at the feast. A mix of 2D, 3D, and CGI animation, as well as excellent choreography, ensures an action film worth seeing.

3. How to Enhance Source Material

As previously stated, the movie is based on a four-chapter manga. For a movie, four chapters is no longer sufficient. As a result, unlike the anime's first season, MAPPA had more work to complete. Not only did they do an excellent job with the animation, but the music and voice acting were also excellent. The inclusion of original scenes that were not featured in the manga is, nevertheless, the biggest plus. And this helped the film.

The chance to witness characters years before the manga's main storyline began made the movie's events feel greater and more relevant. This isn't just a side project. The story is important to the universe of Jujutsu Kaisen. Fans of manga and anime should see Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie.

Inumaki & Yuta team-up

Inumaki & Yuta team-up

The Bad

The one bad part of the movie:

1. Comedic Moments Aren't Quite Right

The only bad aspect of the movie is the comedy moments. The comedy in the movie follows the same style, mood, and tone of the anime's first season. However, unlike the series, the movie's comedic moments were not amusing. To put it another way, they don’t fit the style of the movie.

In comparison to the anime series, the story of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is rather grim (more on that later). As a result, the incorporation of comedic moments and bits feels out of place. Not to say comedy shouldn’t be used at all, because there were a few funny moments within the movie. But they should be reduced to fully embrace the story. Another suggestion would be the use of "dark comedy." That would be more fitting with the vibe of the movie.

If only the comedy had been handled better, as well as the story's flawless execution...

Conclusion

Just like Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1, the movie is amazing in both it's animation and story. It is easy to dive into despite being a prequel to the main story and once you are into it, it's hard not to be invested in the story.

All in all, a 4.5/5 for Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie.

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