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!
I decided to write a review on jujutsu kaisen mainly Because of the potential I see in it and what has been shown to us readers till date. Most people say that they get a early "HunterXHunter" Vibe from reading this, but to me I felt elements from HunterXHunter,Bleach and fullmetal alchemist being combined and put in this one series. Some might consider this a stretch but you will have to read the manga to understand what I'am saying.
The story starts of not cliche as most shounen this era do, But as we go on we start to see the impact of the early
occurrence has on the main Character "Yuji Itadori". The story is still very young and limited mainly due to the manga having 50 chapters as of now. The powers used I the story is nothing new but the way it's being used is quite amazing.
The Art is fantastic But sometimes following it can be a bit confusing.
The Main Character already has his goal set and The Characters that have been showed so far all seem to be likable and the villains aren't aimlessly being evil for the sake of it, The villains in this story have a reason for being that way and they have some physiological twist to them.
I enjoy reading this manga soo much and I always see my self coming back to re read the whole thing again.
Am giving it and 8 with soo little information on it?? Yes, This Manga is going to be amazing and there's no doubt in my mind that it wont be. Check It Out and Enjoy
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.
For those who are always on the lookout for the next big hit from Shonen Jump, they've probably been hearing about Jujutsu Kaisen, due to it selling fairly well for its early volumes and making it alive out of its first year of publishing, managing to avoid the early cancelation that kills most Jump series in half a year. But is it any good?
Honestly nothing you havnt seen before. The setup feels as though its a bit cobbled together from other popular series, featuring a society dedicated to getting rid of evil spirits (Bleach), a school of talented young combatants (Boku no Hero), along
with some generous dashes of Yu Yu Hakusho. The lack of originality is unfortunate, but the story does better when dealing with character to character interactions. It also has a good long term conflict between main character Yuuji and the demon that possesses him Sukuno, but for now, the series feels lacking in direction. It also has a very fast start, which I am always put off by in Shonen (people feel like they need to rush to exciting parts in order to avoid cancelation, but it reallyy just makes everything mean less when it happens so fast).
Probably dest described as functional. You can always tell whats happening, but its just not that eye-catching or impressive. I think in a series that relies on feeling stylish, the mediocre art really hurts it. Its also damaged by running at the same time as some Jump series with much better art (Boku no Hero, Dr Stone, etc). The art is probably at its best when drawing freaky monsters This is the first serialization of the artist, so hopefully it gets better with time.
Pretty glaringly a big weakness of the series. The cast is a bit smaller than most Jump series, but no one is really that interesting. Yuuji is likable, Gorou is cool, but the author has'nt done enough to really make me emotionally invest in either of them, despite them having the most screen time of any characters. The other characters are even more 2D. Mahito the villain is alright, Getou seems like he could get better over time.
It was'nt bad, but it wasnt very good either. I'm honestly a little surprised it made it out of the first year, since it certainly is nowhere near the quality of the other popular long running series in Jump. There is some potential on display, but the early chapters are just not that impressive.
I'm happy I read it, since I suspect it might get better over time, but the current run is mediocre.