The first few episodes of the show feel like the typical shonen animes you’ve seen a million times already but they catch you off guard before too long. Our protagonist, Yuji Itadori is an earnest and goofy yet powerful teen guy with a strong sense of responsibility and a principle which was passed on to him by his grandfather that goes “Help people whenever you can”, also the belief “Everyone deserves a proper death“. But the instigating incident that sparks him into a grand ambition also damns him.
In order to save his friends from being devoured by a spirit, our boisterous hero swallows a cursed finger and is in turn possessed by a powerful spirit that goes by the name of Sukuna. Now, to master the newfound powers of the demon and save the people from the unchaste spirits, he needs to train at a mystical academy alongside his to-be companions which include an indifferent black haired guy named Megumi Fushiguro, a vivacious girl called Nobara Kugisaki who is still rough around the edges and their sensei with a forever-on mask, Satoro Gojou.
The series unfolds an unconventional storyline where contrary to the protagonist breaking all barriers and growing stronger through the power of bravery and friendship, ends up having his hand dismembered and a huge cavity in his torso inevitably ending up on a slab in the morgue. While the death doesn’t stick for long, it successfully sets the show apart from the better part of the shonen genre.
Even before the show had aired in October, Jujutsu Kaisen’s manga broke multiple barriers getting incredible success, especially for the first-time creator Gege Akutami. Gege knows that to give the audience what they can predict is never enough. And he definitely knows how to keep his audience on their toes by bluffing predictability before hitting you with the genre-aware punchline rocking us ever and again amidst feeling cheery and despaired from episode to episode.