One Mistake Jujutsu Kaisen’s Anime Made that was Easily Redeemed with Itadori and Choso’s Fight

Yuji Itadori first fight in Jujutsu Kaisen Shibuya arc was lackluster but he took a more formidable role when Gojo was sealed.

one mistake jujutsu kaisen's anime made that was easily redeemed with itadori and choso's fight

SUMMARY

  • Jujutsu Kaisen Shibuya Incident arc is loaded with fights.
  • Gege Akutami didn't do justice to the time alloted for each fight based on their importance in Season 2 Episode 8.
  • Thankfully, Yuji had better fights as the series progressed while Satoru Gojo remained trapped in the Prison Realm.
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Introduced in Season 2, Jujutsu Kaisen’s Shibuya Incident arc consists of a majority of manga-defining fights such as Toji Fushiguro versus Dagon and Kento Nanami’s schooling of Haruta. It is widely considered to be the best arc in a Shonen series. However, the series dropped the ball in one of the episodes such that it had to make up for the mistake in the latter scenes.

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Jujutsu Kaisen has been faithfully adapted from Gege Akutami’s source material. A mangaka renowned for their writing style on supernatural things like curses and domains, Akutami also has a major flaw. A problem with depicting simultaneous fight sequences is that writers often struggle with attributing equal time factors to them.

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Gege Akutami - Jujutsu Kaisen Creator
Gege Akutami

This is where Jujutsu Kaisen faltered in the manga. Luckily, the animation by MAPPA Studios made up for it during the epic clash between Yuji Itadori and Choso.

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Satoru Gojo Didn’t Get More Spotlight Compared To Yuji In a Certain Battle-Loaded Episode

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 8 is most noteworthy because there are three different action sequences occurring in separate places. Mei Mei battles with transfigured humans, Itadori is confronted by a monstrous Grasshopper Spirit, while the supreme sorcerer Gojo deals with the combined forces of Pseudo Getou (Kenjaku), Jogo, Mahito, and Choso.

Yuji Itadori
Yuji Itadori

One of the most disappointing moments of Episode 8 is the time attributed to Yuji and Gojo’s fight. Itadori gets the majority of the screen time even though he battles a Grasshopper Spirit while Satoru has special-grade sorcerers stacked against him. The latter should have been given more spotlight since he fought with more important foes and was subsequently written off in Episode 9 due to being trapped in the Prison Realm.

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Moreover, Yuji’s first fight in the Shibya arc was a filler. The protagonist locked horns with a grasshopper curse that was flattened with a few punches and kicks rather than facing a strong opponent. A saving grace of the episode was that the animation quality and sound effects used by MAPPA were top-notch.

Gege Akutami may have faced a problem with depicting the fight scenes of the overly powerful Satoru Gojo. Given that the blue-eyed sorcerer was the strongest in Jujutsu Kaisen, each cursed technique would’ve had such power and precision that saving the villains would’ve been impossible. The mangaka kept Gojo off-screen in a clever ploy of biding time for his eventual imprisonment.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Redeemed Itself For The Mistake When Gojo Was Written Off

Gojo sealed in Prison Realm
Gojo sealed in Prison Realm

The moment Satoru Gojo was captured inside the Prison Realm, Yuji Itadori started to get more recognition as the main character. After the disappointing first fight with Grasshopper Curse, Yuji tag-teamed with Megumi Fushiguro in Episode 11 to defeat Jiro. It was a way from which Gege Akutami highlighted how teamwork and coordination can overcome even the strongest foes.

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Yuji’s praiseworthy resilience was highlighted when he was severely outmatched by Choso in Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 13. Choso had superior speed, better mastery over cursed energy, and several tricks up his sleeve. However, Itadori brought the fight to his opponent and even managed to strike a grievous blow with the help of Mechamaru.

Despite Gojo’s fight with Hanami and Jogo being the highlight of the Shibuya arc, the animation quality and several cuts featured in Yuji versus Choso made up for the lackluster fight the hero had at the beginning of the arc. MAPPA Studios has been racked with controversy lately but it has managed to dish out episodes to the liking of fans more often than not.

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Written by Spandan Chatterjee

Spandan Chatterjee is a Freelance Anime Writer at FandomWire.

Spandan, who has been in the content industry for over two years, uses his passion for anime in his writing. He delivers the latest news, theories, and facts about various manga's including Jujutsu Kaisen, One Piece, and Bleach.

After completing his B.A. degree in English, Spandan is now pursuing a Masters degree in the same field.