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Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 20: Recap and Review

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The battle between Aoi Todo, Yuji, and Hanami continues in episode 20 of Jujutsu Kaisen. The two best friends rush the special grade, cursed spirit. Hanami grabs Todo with one of its roots, flinging him towards a series of spikes it created. Aoi uses his Innate Technique: Boogie Woogie. He switches places with Hanami. Boogie Woogie is a simple technique that allows Aoi to “switch places with another person or object by clapping his hands.” As Yuji and Aoi attack Hanami, Aoi switches himself and Yuji multiple times. They disorient Hanami. The curse cannot tell if they’re being switched or if Aoi is moving Hanami. Suddenly, Yuji hits Hanami with four consecutive Black Flash strikes. With Hanami weakened by the attacks, Aoi prepares to exorcise Hanami.

Hanami uses Cursed Bud to absorb cursed energy from Yuji and Aoi. Todo switches Hanami and Yuji to protect Yuji. He prepared to block the attack with a cursed energy barrier. Aoi is reminded by Takada-chan about what happened to Megumi when he was injured by the Cursed Bud. Jujutsu Kaisen is interesting in that it sometimes answers or introduces issues that most Shonen wouldn’t. What I mean is that normally Aoi wouldn’t make the mistake of using the wrong technique in the first place or he would and suffer the consequences. Jujutsu Kaisen makes its characters feel more realistic by occasionally allowing them to make the wrong decision by correcting themselves quickly. This is even more surprising because Aoi initially seems like a dumb muscle head.

Gojo is untouchable

However, he is more emotionally mature than assumed and is smarter. Pushed to its limits, Hanami converts the nearby plant life into energy, forcing the flower on its shoulder to bud, revealing an eye. However, before Hanami can activate its Domain Expansion, Gojo ends the veil. The fandom is in love with Gojo. He a Bishonen character, who are known for their androgynous looks and “expressive eyes.” Gojo also is too powerful and would end every fight. As a result, he needs to be removed from interfering with a fight in order to make it competitive. It’s not much different from One punch Man. However, everyone knows Gojo is too strong. I’ll be curious how they remove him from now on or if Geto’s plan will actually work.

Regardless, Gojo continues to impress. After severing the limbs of Juzo Kumiya, he destroys the landscape by combining his Cursed Technique Lapse: Blue and Cursed Technique Reversal: Red to create his Hollow Purple technique. Hanami attempts to escape, but it’s unclear that whether it was exorcised or not. I think Hanami escaped, especially because it didn’t get to use its Domain Expansion. Mahito meanwhile stole Cursed Womb: Death Painting 1-3 and a Sukuna finger. The only downside to this episode is that much of the action outside the fight with Hanami feels like an afterthought. The fight between Juzo Kumiya and Gankuganji went nowhere, and Haruta and Utahime’s fight never starts. You can’t do everything, but I think they could have balanced all these fights better. The Kyoto Goodwill Event ends without a victor, except for Mahito.


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Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 6: Recap and Review

Jogo is fired up in episode 6 of Jujutsu Kaisen.
Jogo is fired up

Episode 6 – “After the Rain”

Jujutsu Kaisen episode 6, After the Rain, opens inside of Sukuna’s mind. Sukuna offers Yuji a deal he will fix his heart in exchange for the ability to use Yuji’s body for one minute and for Yuji to forget the conversation. Yuji initially rejects the offer. Sukuna offers to refrain from hurting anyone within the minute. Yuji doesn’t trust Sukuna to keep his deal. However, Sukuna explains that a pact made with Jujutsu “cannot be broken or else Sukuna will be punished.” They agree to fight to the death to determine whether the pack is agreed to. Sukuna instantly cuts off the top of Yuji’s head. In the morgue, Gojo tells Ijichi that he hoped to break the “foundations of the Jujutsu community” to do this he needs to raise Sorcerers with more progressive ideals.

He reveals that students like Yuta Okkotsu and Hakari have the potential to surpass him. Suddenly, Yuji wakes up. Gojo excited to see his star pupil high fives him. He later tells Shoko to leave Yuji as deceased in the reports. Gojo will train Yuji in private. Elsewhere, in the diner, Suguru Geto and the Cursed Spirits continue to discuss how to deal with Gojo. Geto tells Jogo that he is unlikely to survive a battle with Gojo. He suggests that they use a special grade cursed object called Prison Realm. This gets Jogo so excited that he begins to heat up. This results in a waiter sensing the danger, quitting, and running out. His boss takes over his table (Jogo’s) and catches on fire. Suddenly, all the other people in the diner catch fire and die. 

I wanted to pull off a Spirit Gun

In every anime, it’s important to set the limits of the power systems. Gojo displays the difference between Cursed Energy and a Cursed Technique by blasting two cans. He compares Cursed Energy to ” electricity and Cursed Techniques to the appliances fueled by it.” However, much to Yuji’s disappointment Gojo tells him that he can’t learn Cursed Techniques. In Jujutsu Kaisen, sorcerers are born with “Innate Techniques” and Yuji won’t be able to gain 80% of Sorcerer skills. Gojo explains that Sorcerers must “train to control their negative emotions so they don’t waste Cursed Energy.” To gain this ability, he has Yuji watch movies. The goal is to have the movies trigger emotional reactions and then have him pour Cursed Energy into one of Principal’s dolls. 

As Gojo is driving to his meeting with the Kyoto Jujutsu High principal he has Ijichi pull over and leave him at the side of the road. Suddenly, he’s attacked by Jojo. The episode ends with Gojo asking him “who he is?” Jujutsu Kaisen episode 6 introduces one of the oddest training methods in anime. I like how the series is willing to use modern elements like movies and acknowledges other anime series. I liked the fact that they named checked the iconic techniques from anime like Yu Yu HakushoDragon Ball, and Bleach. Powers systems can make or break a series and can be difficult to balance them. So far it seems like Jujutsu Kaisen is trying to find a way to balance. If they limit what each character can learn from birth then this may result in a more balanced power system. I fully expect Yuji to be the strongest, but not by much. Regardless, Jujutsu Kaisen episode 6, sets up the opportunity to see how one of the most powerful characters (Gojo) fights. I can’t wait.