Gege Akutami Thinks Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Outdid the Manga in 2 Aspects with Episode 12

Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 12 catches Gege Akutami's eye with Kugisaki Nobara.

Gege Akutami Thinks Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Outdid the Manga in 2 Aspects with Episode 12


  • MAPPA went above and beyond for Jujutsu Kaisen's Shibuya Arc, especially with episode 12.
  • Gege Akutami loves how the anime handled Jujutsu Kaisen's difficult sequences with ease as Kugisaki Nobara's brain sequence entranced the audience.
  • The author also loves how they changed Mei Mei's fighting style in the anime.
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There is absolutely no doubt that Jujutsu Kaisen has been outdoing itself in both the manga and the anime. The manga may be getting sadder and sadder, but it is the anime’s ability to bring these moments to life with just as much emotion if not more that surprises fans. MAPPA has been outdoing itself with the second season of the series and there are nothing but complements for them.

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Nanami Kento in Jujutsu Kaisen episode 12 of season 2

Just as much as the fans, Gege Akutami has also found themself being mesmerized by the way the scenes have been animated. Some scene in particular caught their eye and the mangaka could not help but praise them personally. One such scene happened to involve Kugisaki Nobara, whose journey is just starting in the Shibuya Arc.

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Gege Akutami Loves Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2’s Episode 12

Jujutsu Kaisen’s latest episode in season 2, episode 12, focused on various characters. However, those that shone the most were Kugisaki Nobara and Nanami Kento. Both of them had their skills on display with iconic scenes turning from illustrations to animations. The beautiful way MAPPA did that was not unnoticed by Gege Akutami either. They took to their Instagram stories (@gege.akutami_) to explain how much they loved the episode.

Kugisaki Nobara and Shigemo in Jujutsu Kaisen

“Thank you for season 2 episode 12. The part with Kugisaki’s brain was super cool! Manipulating time back and forward in individual cuts is a really difficult thing to do in manga!”

There is a scene in the episode where Kugisaki gets punched in the head by Shigemo’s hand sword. The punch had been so brutal that it put her in an unresponsive state for some time. However, the way it was portrayed surprised not only the fans. Akutami praised the sequence by stating how drawing the shift in time between her brain and outside was extremely difficult. The fact that MAPPA animated that flawlessly made them proud. To bring the manga to life, one that was already so difficult to draw really caught their eye.

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Gege Akutami Likes One Change in Mei Mei

Mei Mei’s cursed technique is not something that makes her powerful, that is something she realizes as well. So, to progress to the status of a Grade 1 Sorcerer, she had to excel in other forms as well. One such method is the way she wields her axe. Gege Akutami found one change in her fighting style to be extremely incredible.

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Mei Mei with her axe

“The way Mei Mei handled her axe is way better than the manga!”

Fighting sequences in still images are much different than in motion projects. Mei Mei is shown fighting with her axe even in the manga, but it was the anime that could truly bring something like that to life. Akutami too stated that they like her method of fighting much better in the anime. However, those were not the only changes in episode 12. Nanami Kento was far more aggressive and scary in the anime and fans went absolutely berserk over it.

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