Ever since I happened to see a trailer for the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen, I knew it was one I had to keep my eye on. After finally being able to watch the first season and waiting impatiently for the second like all the other fans, I was so glad to learn that a prequel film was making its way to theaters in the form of Jujutsu Kaisen: 0. If you’re a fan of the series or want to start from the very beginning, you’ll love every second of this action-packed thrill ride.
Just like the series, this film takes place in a world where some people can use and manipulate cursed energy and objects to create monsters and weapons used for evil. This is where our heroes, the Jujutsu Sorcerers come in handy, as they use their cursed energy, creatures and weapons to keep the world safe from those who would use these abilities for selfish reasons and ambitions.
This prequel follows the life of a young man named Yuta Okkotsu, a lowly high schooler just trying to keep his head down and make it through school but is bullied one day to the point a powerful cursed spirit emerges to protect him. Of course this means it tears anything that tries to hurt him to shreds, which attracts the attention of Satoru Gojo, a very powerful leader to some of the young and upcoming Jujutsu Sorcerers who takes Yuta under his wing to help him control his new power.
This doesn’t go unnoticed by the evil sorcerers, as one of their leaders, Suguru Geto, also wants to sweet talk Yuta to add his powers to his own so that he can reshape the world as he sees fit. Without spoiling anything, what happens next is constant anime action and fights that will test both sides to their limits and more as they battle for the fate of the world.
Saying that I enjoyed and loved this movie is a severe understatement as I was completely hooked from the start. What really surprised me and made me love the film even more was how fast the pacing was and how they crammed so much action in. I can see why this film gave the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train film some competition in breaking Japanese box-office records when it was released as it’s one of the best anime movies since that one.
While I’d love to gush on about how beautiful the film looks and especially how awesomely animated it is, and how both the Japanese and English dubs are spot on, if you’re a fan of the series or of action anime, you owe it yourself to watch Jujutsu Kaisen: 0. It’s one of the best and most intense action films (animated or otherwise) that I’ve seen. Oh and be sure to stick around after the credits for some fun that’ll make you just as giddy as I am for season two of the series.