Yuuji is a genius at track and field. But he has zero interest running around in circles, he's happy as a clam in the Occult Research Club. Although he's only in the club for kicks, things get serious when a real spirit shows up at school! Life's about to get really strange in Sugisawa Town #3 High School!
At the time of writing this review, there are only 12 chapters of Jujutsu Kaisen translated. Due to the low number of chapters, my scores will be closer to a 5 (average) because there's really not much a series can do within the first 12 chapters to stand out significantly in any of these categories. As with most of my reviews I'll try to update them once more chapters have been released, provided the series doesn't get axed by Jump & translations are released.
As expected, there isn't a ton to the story yet. Only 12 chapters are released at the time I'm writing this
review, so there haven't been any very significant arcs in the story yet. However, what has happened is (mostly) well presented. Similar to most series in Jump, things start off very quickly and the first few chapters are taken at a very quick pace. There is so far one relatively significant arc (4 chapters long, 6 to 9) and there have been relevant major antagonists and protagonists introduced, which is a good sign
this early on.
That being said, I think the best part of the plot so far is that the main character has been given a very clearly defined goal. It's one of the best signs of a well thought out shonen battle manga: the successful ones tend to tell you the main character's goal early on (Luffy wants to find the One Piece, Naruto wants to become the Hokage etc.). Even better is the fact that the goal in this case is a bit gruesome, which is typically not the case with Jump manga and helps separate this series from its counterparts.
Currently I would consider the story to be a 6/10, leaning towards 7/10 if it continues like this for the next few chapters.
I find it difficult to separate "good" and "great" art a lot of the time, and it's even harder to do that when there have been so few chapters released and translated. Generally though the art in this series is about at the level I'd expect, with the odd panel looking very well detailed.
Again, it's difficult to rate how well the characters have been done seeing as there are so few chapters out. What has been done so far is reasonably good, but not stellar. The main character does have well explained motives, but I find some of the side characters that have fallen flat or generally just been average. I'll probably come to like them more given some time, but at this point one of them have really stood out to me as particularly well written (or poorly written for that matter).
I've read a lot of shonen manga, and so far this seems like a somewhat standard one. It's entertaining at times, but I do feel like it'll take a while before I truely begin to enjoy it. I can't give this any higher than a 5 currently because there hasn't been a lot about this series that has stood out to me yet, but I'm sure if it's given enough time in Jump then the series will be able to stand out from the other titles.
Overall: 5.5/10 (rounded to a 6)
Jujutsu Kaisen is a pretty straightforward shonen battle series, and as with all of these series it's hard to judge how good it is when it hasn't gone through a major arc. It does seem like the Japanese audience likes it (Volume 1 apparently got a reprint already, and it's only been available for a week) so I'm sure this series will be able to survive, at least for the forseeable future.