Not Only Anime and Manga, Gege Akutami’s Love for Horror Came From Black Panther Actor’s $255 Million Movie

Not Only Anime and Manga, Gege Akutami's Love for Horror Came From Black Panther Actor's $255 Million Movie
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Many manga writers have been known to take inspiration from various aspects of life for their mangas and anime series. A manga can be based on someone else’s story or it can be inspired by an imaginative or realistic movie, other mangas, or even other manga writers. Jujutsu Kaisen is one such manga. A complete combination of comedy, action, thrill, horror, and twists, the manga series cemented its name in the list of one of the best-selling mangas and anime series of all time in a matter of years. Gege Akutami is the brilliant mind behind the creation of the series. The plot follows Yuji Itadori, a high school student, as he joins a secret organization of Jujutsu Sorcerers to destroy a terrible Curse known as Ryomen Sukuna, of whom Yuji becomes the host.

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Although the series is a sequel to Akutami’s Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School, the series is said to be inspired by several other mangas and even movies. But the biggest reveal is that the horror aspect of the movie is inspired by Gege’s love for scary media. He has even admitted that he loved the $255 Million movie ‘Get Out’.

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Gege Akutami’s Love For Horror Movies

Akutami has admitted many times that he has taken inspiration from legendary manga artists like Masashi Kishimoto, Yoshihiro Togashi, and Tite Kubo for the story’s character style, plotlines, etc. But the horror aspect of the series comes from Akutami’s love for horror media (movies and series). In an interview with Japandigest, Akutami stated how horror movies like Get Out left an impression on him. He said:

“I love anything that scares me. The recent horror films “Get Out” (USA, 2017) and “Hereditary” (USA, 2018) left a strong impression on me. There was a time when I was obsessed with found footage horror films.”

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out.
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out

The movie starring Daniel Kaluuya was a huge commercial success, collecting $255 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget.

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Get Out Left an Impression on Gege Akutami

Gege Akutami has officially stated that horror movies like Get Out leave an impression on him, which is probably why he loves the horror genre so much. Although the movie does not revolve around a gothic or ghost-style horror, it focuses on the horrors of racist hypocrites who would go to any lengths to follow their age-old illegal and immoral practice. The story of Get Out revolves around a young black man who meets the family of his white lover and discovers many disturbing facts about the family and the society they live in. Critics have named Get Out one of the best films of the 2010s and the twenty-first century.

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Akutami’s love for horror movies and mangas has been pretty evident from their works and may even explain certain aspects of their story relating to the movies.

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