If you’re even a bit tuned into which anime are popular today, you’ve probably heard of Jujutsu Kaisen. The supernatural shonen series has made quite a splash in the past few years, with fans all over social media praising it. Still, most people only have so much free time, so it can be difficult to decide which series might be coming. It is there Jujutsu Kaisen 0 comes in. This prequel film will be streaming on Crunchyroll starting September 21st, giving potential fans the perfect opportunity to check out if Jujutsu Kaisen is the series for them.
No prior knowledge necessary
Unlike many other anime films, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a prequel to Jujutsu Kaisen. It is a canon story to the universe, but takes place before the majority of the anime’s main cast is introduced. You don’t need to know a single thing about Jujutsu Kaisen to enjoy Jujutsu Kaisen 0as the mechanics and intricacies of its universe are all adequately explained in the film.
It’s best seen before the show
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is unique in its status as a prequel. The chapters of the series that the film adapts, now dubbed Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0, was actually made and released before the main series. It was the popularity of Volume 0 back in 2017 that led to Jujutsu Kaisen will be a whole series though 0 was not adapted into anime form until now.
Since it was actually made before the main series, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is an excellent entry point for newcomers. It takes place before the start of the show and introduces characters that appear later — plus, it’s tonally the same as Jujutsu Kaisen. If you end up digging the movie, you’ll not only like the series, but you’ll also have solid background information about its world and characters.
A fantastic sub and dub
Everyone watches anime in their own way, but not all subs and dubs are created equal (although today things are generally far better). luckily for you Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is excellent in both forms. There are different qualities to some of the performances across languages, but as someone who has seen both versions more than once, I’m happy to report that you can’t go wrong either way.
The film is only one hour and 44 minutes long – much shorter than 24 episodes. Instead of watching multiple episodes, you can experience a complete story with the same tone as the series in less than two hours. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 offers a tight and compelling narrative, so even if it ends up not being your thing in the long run, you’ll probably still have a good time.
Jujutsu Kaisen has a fairly sharp style – one that is consistent between the prequel and the full anime. There are some really great moments in both adaptations, with the different demon and curse designs standing out as particularly fun to watch. If you are interested in Japanese folklore and culture, you will find even more to enjoy about some of the designs and the history behind them, such as Tamamo-no-Mae. Even if it’s not your thing, the amazing fight sequences will definitely catch your eye.