Gege Akutami Takes 12 Hours Just to Convince Themself to Make Drafts for Jujutsu Kaisen, Wished they Knew how Tiring Being a Mangaka Can be Before Becoming One

Gege Akutami makes a revelation that it takes them hours to focus their mind on writing a draft for their hit manga Jujutsu Kaisen

Gege Akutami Takes 12 Hours Just to Convince Themself to Make Drafts for Jujutsu Kaisen, Wished they Knew how Tiring Being a Mangaka Can be Before Becoming One


  • Gege Akutami feels tired creating the Jujutsu Kaisen drafts. They feel that they should have practised writing manga beforehand.
  • During their interview with Shonen Jump in October, 2022, they compared their level of focus with garbage.
  • The Jujutsu Kaisen creator takes several hours to get prepared for writing drafts, which otherwise would take them 30 minutes to finish.
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Jujutsu Kaisen has garnered millions of fans since the release of Volume 0. Fans loved the fact that it was a different and unique serialization in the Shonen genre. Jujutsu Kaisen revolves around a boy named Yuji Itadori, who, after consuming a cursed object (Sukuna’s finger), becomes a part of the Jujutsu society. The Jujutsu society kills every kind of curse that causes harm to humans or non-sorcerers.


Gege Akutami, the creator of Jujutsu Kaisen, wears a mask so that people do not recognize them in public. Even though they wear a mask to hide their face, they cannot do anything about the tiring work they have to do day in and day out. It is an interesting fact that Gege Akutami feels tired of working on their magnum opus.

Gege Akutami Gets Exhausted Writing Jujutsu Kaisen

Gege Akutami - Jujutsu Kaisen Creator
Gege Akutami

There are several interesting facts about the anime. While people only get to see what’s on the surface, there are other things beneath it, too. Jujutsu Kaisen is also not an exception. One of the interesting facts about Jujutsu Kaisen is that Gege Akutami feels tired of their own work. They feel that they should have known how tiring it is to be a mangaka.


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During their interview with Shonen Jump (via X), Gege Akutami was asked how long it takes to complete one manga chapter. Gege Akutami said,

“It depends on the chapter, but usually around half a day. The weird thing is, even when I’ve got the story all thought and I’m not unsure of anything, it can take me twelve hours or more just to get started on the storyboards (which only takes up six or seven hours to finish). If, like me, you’re the type of person who spends three hours psyching yourself up for a thirty-minute task, you might be in trouble if you’re ever serialized in a manga magazine.”

Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen

Gege Akutami has a bad habit of relying too much on sketches and rough drafts. Many a time, they get suggested to change a few things. They do the fixes on the storyboards, which makes them unwieldy. Gege Akutami might be a great mangaka, but they are clumsy.


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During the same interview, Gege Akutami was asked how someone should practice making strong characters. They answered, “It comes down to imagining how other people will feel about your characters. Which is hard.” Gege Akutami always wished that they had practiced the art of writing manga. It would have been better for them.

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They also revealed that there had been many times when adjusting the Jujutsu Kaisen drafts, based on the advice of others, felt like removing pieces from a Jenga tower, which eventually led to collapse and failure. According to them, changing minor details is fine, but they would rather put in the work and start over from scratch instead of fixing up many things in their storyboards.

Jujutsu Kaisen manga
Serialization From Jujutsu Kaisen manga

Fans love Gege Akutami. They might not have any prior experience as mangaka. But still, they managed to create a great story with Jujutsu Kaisen. They can be clumsy, but they sure know the secret recipe for a masterpiece.

Also Read: Jujutsu Kaisen Has Perfectly Set Up Fushiguro’s Death to Save Itadori Yuji

Priyanko Chakraborty

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