Jujutsu Kaisen reminds me an terrible ton of Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train. Both are hyped adhere to-up movies to really preferred Weekly Shonen Soar anime adaptations. Neither are anime-authentic tales, so they give off the impact of “important viewing” to collection lovers. And although they really don’t screen sizeable visual improvements about their Television anime counterparts, they however shine on the major display as a testament to the fundamental strengths of their productions.
As a standalone viewing encounter, Jujutsu Kaisen has sure strengths and cons owing to its standing as a prequel. The story was originally created as a self-contained tale and was retroactively referred to as a “prequel” when the key Jujutsu Kaisen sequence commenced serialization. As a outcome, it references characters and activities that look in the key collection, but it generally has the sensation of a pilot episode. There is a sure haziness around the figures and the setting that tends to make them appear throughout as incongruent with their more fleshed-out counterparts in the main series, but it can be nonetheless in-character and the main appeal is even now there. It really is also available to newcomers, even if there may perhaps be some confusion more than who some of the insignificant figures are.
In its place of Yuji Itadori, the protagonist this time is the meek and gloomy-on the lookout Yuta Okkotsu. He is voiced by Megumi Ogata, whose effectiveness is a person of the complete highlights of the film. While it does lean greatly into her Shinji Ikari voice, complete with that pitch-best portrayal of youthful forlornness, Yuta stands out as a unique character mainly because he is, after all, a Shonen Bounce protagonist: When his mates are threatened, his righteous enthusiasm is unbridled. Ogata expertly navigates the two sides of Yuta, offering a overall performance that elevates the character very well higher than the unmemorable script.
The other very important connection that helps make this story perform is Yuta’s connection with his childhood mate Rika, which is portrayed with a exceptional and morbid sweetness. The film is at its greatest in its initial 20 minutes, when Yuta’s psyche is at the forefront. With its dark, atmospheric tone and horror imagery coupled with fleeting gestures of despairing kindness, the movie evokes the feeling of the Vs. Mahito arc, which represented the emotional peak of the Television anime. It can be appealing how the film flits over the trite sentimentality of the childhood mate romance pretty quickly in favor of creating Rika’s presence as a Curse. The exact mother nature of Yuta’s inner thoughts is left deliberately imprecise till the remaining minutes, which gives an air of unpredictability to the character drama.
Regretably, the relaxation of the movie follows a predictable shonen action template, offering off the effect of a tale heading by means of the motions. There are awesome fights below and there, but it doesn’t build any authentic stakes until in close proximity to the stop. It will not genuinely help that the center act of the film is about establishing the features of Yuta’s teammates in methods that are virtually similar to how they are portrayed in the key collection, even down to the specific exact same jokes, so it will not supply substantially intriguing insight for proven fans. Gojo’s character is a little bit far more fascinating in this film due to the fact he gets to exhibit a diverse side of himself, but the tale is still appreciably much less compelling when it focuses on the characters who are not Yuta and Rika.
Geto’s existence gives a welcome conflict and the prospect for some big-scale battles, but primarily it can be a great chance for fanservice (of the non-sexual variety). A bunch of slight figures from the principal collection get cameos here, a number of seconds every single to demonstrate off their coolest-wanting qualities. Although the animation and choreography are reliable with the large scenes from the Television set anime fairly than elevating them, that continue to amounts to amazing set parts. Also, the compositing is better tailor-made to the visuals this time around, ensuing in scenes that usually glimpse crisper and less difficult to observe.
While this film is available to a first-time viewer, I wouldn’t earnestly recommend it to everyone but collection lovers. The plot isn’t powerful adequate to be memorable as a standalone tale, and the self-indulgent continuity nods truly feel like padding in what is in the end a simple tale at coronary heart. From a enthusiast point of view, it may retread familiar ground, but the fun times need to outweigh the tedium of looking at the similar character-creating times all over once again. Still irrespective of adapting a story from the manga, I would not really simply call it necessary viewing. It can be largely just a excellent justification to see some of Jujutsu Kaisen‘s coolest fights on the large monitor. Which is beautifully wonderful for a franchise film, but just like with Mugen Teach, will not allow the mind-boggling commercial accomplishment trick you into assuming that it’s someway way bigger and improved than the Television anime it spawned from.