I watched Jujutsu Kaisen season 1 recently on Netflix.
As a lover of ‘Good guy beats up bad guys while using awesome techniques’, this anime surely has its moments. Especially with their details and precision during their action scenes. Jujutsu Kaisen has everything you’d want out of a shonen anime.
BUT, it’s too Naruto-ish. And as someone who thought that Naruto had awesome characters, beautiful fight scenes and a really…really boring storyline. I mean it kept on dragging the viewers through the mud with the mundane things that the character does. I even ended up watching most of the show at X1.25 speed just so that the series will finally end. Jujutsu Kaisen so far hasn’t disappointed me. Right now, it has one up over Naruto with the pacing of the story line and fight scenes.
Both Anime had the protagonist fight the inner demons which reside within them. Both protagonist–Naruto and Itadori- wanted to achieve greatness and ultimate strength but with a passion to save people around them. While also at the same time build great friendships along the way who would provide the support they need. Friends who basically would push them to succeed in life and the pursuit of their
Even their sensei (mentor/teacher) are too similar to be overlooked. Both senseis are goofy and joke around to help their students cope with the stress they have to achieve greatness. Regarding their fashion style, perhaps one can argue about how their style of covering up their eyes is different. But one cannot refute the fact their style and dressing sense are almost a photocopy of one over the other.
Even the fact that both the Hero’s have an extreme sense of justice and are willing to Endanger themselves to protect the people around them and humanity is creepily identical.
There is also the fact that they are both ninja or in a ninja-based anime. Of course, I am using the term ninja ‘very’ loosely based on their fighting skills. The only difference being one is from an ancient timeline and another is in a modern setting. But they are simply too identical to this untrained eye of this counsellor in Shillong .
Unlike Naruto, however, where a single fight scene can drag on forever (No amount of speeding up will end the suffering), Jujutsu Kaisen has, I feel, perfected the fight sequences. Action and Combat along with Justice delivery are in an instant. Yet it does not take away the beauty of these wonderfully crafted scenes from the Anime.
The fights somehow seem more hardcore and bloodier in Jujutsu Kaisen than in Naruto. And as someone who just had a newfound love for anime Action Scenes. This counsellor can’t help but, “love when the fights have exploding brain splatters and bloody massacres”
Another thing that I love are the details and thoughts the anime creators’ puts on their female characters. They properly develop these characters which are neither overdone nor too plain. Seeing female characters being developed like this is refreshing to see.
Considering the timeline the anime is on, i.e., a more modern world than Naruto’s, these female characters can be an example of how women are challenging the real mans viewpoint of the way the world works.
If you are a lover of Shonen-type anime, then Jujutsu Kaisen is a must-watch. Itgives you far more than you what you want, especially comparing it to Naruto. Or, it might be because you just like fistfights and bloody nose then Jujutsu Kaisen is the anime to watch.
The Take Away from a counsellor’s viewpoint is that it also carries with it an important message like the fact that we cannot judge people based on who they were. Especially when looking at each character individually or collectively. But, people should be judged on the efforts they make to overcome their once-troubled past,
How they deal with these negative feelings, which might seem endless. Overcoming these feelings while using them as catalyst or stimuli that strengthen their survival and make them better wholesome beings.
Naruto fans please don’t kill me.
The Counsellor In Shillong
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Featured picture: Jujutsu Kaisen Visuals (c) Gege Akutami/Jujutsu Kaisen Production Committee
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