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The Top 10 Highest Selling Manga Currently in publication

10. Captain Tsubasa (80 million+)

Publisher: Shueisha

Author: Yoichi Takahashi

Serialized: 1981 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 96

Captain Tsubasa is a manga series by Yoichi Takahashi. The series focuses on association football. The series features “characterized by dynamic and exciting football moves, often stylish and implausible.” The manga follows Tsubasa Oozora and his friends while they face rival teams.

The series begins when Oozora’s just 11 years old. He loves football and dreams of winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan. He’s known as “Soccer no Moshigo” or “heaven sent child of football.” Tsubasa is a football prodigy, possessing speed, stamina, dribbling skills, and shotpower. Together with his friends on the Nankatsu team, Tsubasa win a number of championships including the U-17 World Championships.

9. Kingdom (83 million+)

Publisher: Shueisha

Author: Yasuhisa Hara

Serialized: 2006 – present

Demographic: Seinen

Volumes: 62

Kingdom is a manga series by Yasuhisa Hara. The series tells a fictionized account of the Warring States period, a period that ended in 221 BC when Ying Zheng, king of Qin, conquered and unified China. The main protagonists is “war orphan” Xin, who fights along with his comrades. During the was he becomes the greatest general and unifies China. The series was adapted into a 3 season anime series in 2012.

Many characters are based on real figures. Xin along with fellow orphan Piao are servants in a poor village. They dream of becoming “Great Generals of the Heavens”. Piao is taken one day by a minister and returns a few months later mortally wounded. Piao resembled the current King of Qin, Ying Zheng. He was harmed during a power struggle for the throne. Xin aids the king in fighting off his brother Cheng Jiao and unifying China.

8. Baki the Grappier (85 million+)

Publisher: Akita Shoten

Author: Keisuke Itagaki

Serialized: 1991- present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 143

Keisuke Itagaki’s Baki the Grappler, is a martial arts manga that follows Baki Hanma. The teenager trains and fights against a variety of different fighters. The series spawned three sequel series, Baki, Baki Hanma, and Baki-Dou.

In the story Baki is raised by his mother, Emi Akezawa. She uses her wealth to help fund his training as he tries to reach the fighting ability of his father, Yujiro Hanma. Baki eventually fights his father, and loses. He continues to train, facing a number of powerful fighters.

7. Hajime no Ippo (96 million+)

Publisher: Kodansha

Author: George Morikawa

Serialized: 1989 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 132

Hajime no Ippo is a manga series created by George Morikawa. Ippo Makunouchi is a high school student with no friends. Lonely, Ippo becomes a target of bullies. One day Ippo is seriously beaten by these bullies and is rescued by a middleweight boxer, Mamoru Takamura. When Ippo is giving a chance to punch a sandbag, he shows a talent for boxing.

Takamura isn’t sure that he’s ready. So the boxer, challenges him to “catch 10 falling leaves from a tree simultaneously after a week of training.” After training night and day, Ippo masters the technique. Takamura is impressed and agrees to train him.

6. The Kindaichi Case Files (100 million+)

Publisher: Kodansha

Author: Yozaburo Kanari

Serialized: 1992 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 87

The mystery manga series, The Kindaichi Case Files, follows Hajime Kindaichi a high school student who solves crimes. The grandchild of a famous private detective, Kindaichi looks to solve various whodunnit’s. The series of features gruesome murders and locked room mysteries.

The killers in the series aren’t presented as “psychopathic.” They’re all given “deep rooted” reasons for their crimes, particularly emotional trauma and the “thoughtlessness of others.” When revealed, the criminal usually attempts suicide.


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5. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (100 million+)

Publisher: Shueisha

Author: Hirohiko Araki

Serialized: 1987 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 131

Hirohiko Araki’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, is one of the most popular manga series of all time. In the Jojo universe, some people are capable of transforming inner spiritual power into a Stand. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is split into parts with independent stories from members of the Joestar family. Mainline descendants “possess a star-shaped birthmark above their left shoulder blade and a name that can be abbreviated to the titular “JoJo”.”

The first six parts focuses on the rivalry between Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando. The last two parts focus on an “alternate universe,” where the Joestar family tree is changed. Part 9 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure will began in September 2021.

4. Crayon Shin-Chan (148 million+)

Publisher: Futabasha

Author: Yoshito Usui

Serialized: 1990 – present

Demographic: Seinen

Volumes: 58

Crayon Shin-chan is a slice of life comedy that follows five year old Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara and his family. The creator Yoshito Usui died in 2009, so the series being continued by members of Usui’s team. The series became a animated television show in 1992 and has since produced over 1000 episodes and 26 movies. In 2019, a spin-off series, Super Shiro was produced by Science SARU.

Shin is an inappropriate child, who behaves poorly. The jokes in this series are often difficult for non Japanese audiences to understand. Some themes are repeated in the series are more universal. Shin is often rude to adults in his orbit, asking tough-looking me “How many times did you go to the police?”.

3. Detective Conan (230 million+)

Publisher: Shogakukan

Author: Gosho Aoyama

Serialized: 1994 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 100

The second detective series on this list, Detective Conan follows the high school detective Shinichi Kudo. A mysterious organization transforms him into a child. The manga was adapted into an anime in 1996. The series has been praised by critics and is sold in over 25 countries. Kudo adopts the name Conan Edogawa. He lives with his childhood friend Rachel Moore and her father Richard, a private detective.

He joins Richard on cases and when he solves them he puts Richard to sleep with a gadget. Kudo then imitates Richard’s voice to reveal the result of the case. While enrolled in an elementary school, Kudo joins a Junior Detective Club. Kudo and his classmates try to uncover the secrets of the Black Organization.

2. Golgo 13 (300 million+)

Publisher: Shogakukan

Author: Takao Saito

Serialized: 1968 – present

Demographic: Seinen

Volumes: 201

Takao Saito passed away this year at the age of 84.

Golgo 13 follows a professional assassin. The series is the oldest manga in production and has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the “highest number of volumes for a single manga series.” The series has been adapted into 2 live action films, 6 video games, an a anime film. Golgo 13 is the top selling Seinen manga series ever.

Golgo 13 is a assassin whos identity is obscure. Golgo 13 who goes by a number of aliases, make use of a modified M16 when on the job. He lacks emotion and is will to kill anyone that might expose him. He’s willing to accept any job from anyone who can afford his fee. Golgo 13 has created many powerful enemies including the FBI, CIA, and US military.

1. One Piece (490 million+)

Publisher: Shueisha

Author: Eiichiro Oda

Serialized: 1997- present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 100

One Piece is considered by many to be the greatest manga series ever created. Written and drawn by Eiichiro Oda, the series follows Monkey D. Luffy, a pirate that dreams of becoming the pirate king. After eating the Gum Gum Devil Fruit, Luffy becomes a rubberman. Over the course of the series, Luffy gains crewmates under the banner of the Strawhat Pirates.

Together they explore the Grand Line seeking the treasure know as the “One Piece.” The series has received praise for it’s art style, humor, characters, and story. In 2015, One Piece set the record for the “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” It was the best selling manga for eleven years and has sold 1 million copies of each of it’s 100 volumes.

External Links

—. “List of Best-Selling Manga.” Wikipedia, 4 Oct. 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_manga#Between_20_million_and_29_million_copies.

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Top 10 Strongest My Hero Academia Quirks (Part 2)

Check out the first half of this list here.

5. Rewind

Quirk Type: Emitter

A Quirk created as a result of a rare mutation, Eri’s Rewind ability isn’t connected to her family. Eri has the ability to “reverse a living being’s body back to a previous state.” Kai Chisaki claimed that he Quirk was so powerful that Eri could “rewind genetics.” Due to Eri’s current age she lacks control over her ability. Through training with Shota Aizawa, she has developed greater control. Her Quirk can bring back injures and undo them. If she can’t control herself she could erase someone from existence. Rewind’s effects are limited to organic materials.


4. Decay

Quirk Type: Emitter

Tomura Shigaraki’s Decay Quirk is a mutation like Eri’s Rewind. He can destroy anything her touches with his hands. Whether it’s organic material or not, he can revert everything to dust. The Decay effect can function like a chain, spreading from where Tomura touched. If he touches a person, they will need to cut of the infected limb other wise their body will rot. Due to Tomura having to touch with his fingers his Quirk can be limited if he ever lost his hands.


3. Overhaul

Quirk Type: Emitter

Overhaul is a Quirk that’s similar to Tomura’s Decay. However, unlike Tomura’s Quirk, Kai Chisaki’s Overhaul ability let’s him destroy and reassemble. Kai can target specific parts of the human body, destroy it, restore it, or transform it. It’s an instant process and can work on living and non-living things. Kai can form “holes, walls, spikes, and platforms anywhere in his surroundings from a single point.” Overhaul permits Kai to combine two different objects including different beings, allowing the user to use both of their Quirks. In the series, Kai lost his arms after Tomura Shigaraki and Atsuhiro Sako destroyed them. He can no longer use his Quirk. Regardless, it’s one of the most versatile Quirks.


2. One For All

One For All is the current Quirk of Izuku Midoriya. It’s a transferable Quirk that must be willingly given. For this reason One For All cannot be stolen by All For One. One For All allows it’s user to stockpile raw power, enhancing all physical abilities to a super human level. The power can be focused on a single body part or spread throughout the body. If the user already has a Quirk, One For All can increase its power as well. One For All increases in power when transferred from user to user. Izuku is the only user to have access the Quirks of the previous users making his version the strongest. One For All also allows the user to have access to the consciousnesses of previous users.

Despite all this power, One For All has a few limitations. First, the Quirk requires the user to be strong enough to handle it. If they’re too weak the user can be blown apart. One For All can deplete the lifespan of the user if they have another Quirk. It has been speculated by previous users that One For All can be stolen if the collective will of its users are overwhelmed. The assimilated Quirks One For All possess, an unknown Quirk, Fa Jin, Danger Sense, Blackwhip, Smokescreen, and Float are weak on their own but together have potential.


1. All For One

Tomura Shigaraki is the current user of All For One. The Quirk grants the user the ability to steal Quirks from others and use them. Furthermore, the user can bestow Quirks onto others. All For One can combine Quirks, resulting in new and more powerful techniques. Unlike One For All, All For One can absorb more than one Quirk at a time. All For One can render someone a mindless doll if given to a weak host. The effectiveness of the Quirks stolen by All For One is limited by the abilities of the user.

The original All For One user claimed “he did not want to steal Best Jeanist’s Fiber Master, as it required too much training and experience to truly master.” Dr. Kyudai claims that if the “memory” (amount of power of the Quirk) exceeds the “hardware” (the body of the user) then it will cause problem. The amount of Quirks that can be used or stolen is limited by the health of the users body. After All For One absorbed Dr. Kyudai’s Life Force Quirk, the user is granted “agelessness.”

The top two Quirks were always going to be One For All and All For One. I think One For All is overall weaker because it can only gain new Quirks from one user at a time. Furthermore, only the Quirkless can make good use of One For All, which means less than 20% of humanity can use it. With that population declining eventually One For All might become difficult to use.

What do you think? Is All For One better than One For All? What about the top ten?

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Top 5 Shonen Anime Cowards

5. Myoga (Inuyasha)

Myoga’s name apparently means “divine protection,” which is ironic because he largely only protects himself. To be fair he was a member of the flea Yokai, which was the smallest demons bugs. Myoga was the servant of Inuyusha’s father Toga. As such Myoga tendency to flee prior to battle is seen as a warning of danger. If he’s present then that’s the most safe area to be. Myoga is willing to save others by drinking blood. Of course he has a bad habit of drinking blood without permission. His lack of fighting power may make his cowardly behavior is understandable but doesn’t change the fact that he’s a coward.

Source: Inuyasha wiki

4. Marechiyo Omaeda (Bleach)

Most lieutenant in Bleach are weak and useless, but most aren’t cowards. Marechiyo Omaeda is a victim of his privilege. He comes from a rich family, is generally, vain, greedy, and lazy. Despite this, he’s willing to be used as a decoy in a fight. During the Fake Karakura Town arc he quickly beaten by Nirgge Parduoc. During their encounter Omaeda runs from Nirgge. His captain Sui-Feng routinely berates him for being weak and useless. Once Sui-Feng faces Baraggan Louisenbairn, Omaeda distracts the Espada by running from him.

Source: Bleach Wiki

Look. It’s a strategy. The other guys are wearin’ ’em down in the first round and I’m savin’ my energy for round two.

— Yajirobe 

3. Yajorbi (Dragon Ball Z)

Yajorbi is a ronin. Despite the toughness samurai invoke, Yajorbi undermines that toughness. He’s a loner. Spending most of his time on Korin Tower. Yajirobe avoids fighting despite being skilled with his katana. He avoids major fights when possible, especially with King Piccolo and Vegeta. He would consider himself as “intelligently careful.” Yajorbi will aid other, specifically by giving them senzu beans. One of Yajorbi’s most well known moments of heroism is saving Goku from Vegeta during the Vegeta Saga. He would later interfere again slicing Vegeta down his back. After claiming credit for defeating Vegeta, Yajorbi is savagely beaten by Vegeta.

Source: Dragon Ball Z

2. Usopp (One Piece)

Usopp was introduced as a coward who tells tall tales exaggerating his life and abilities. His cowardice was the result of “his fear and insecurity.” He can overcome this when his friends are in danger. He often uses lies to avoid fighting or otherwise putting himself in danger. He claims he has a disease called “Can’t-get-on-this-island disease.” If he can’t avoid conflict he will use tall tales specifically claiming he was a Captain to try to scare his opponents.

Usopp’s insecurity flairs up when he’s reminded how inferior (in power) he is compared to Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro. His lack of belief in himself is a significant reason for his fear. Usopp is a talented sniper and his father, Yasopp, is one of Shanks crewmembers and assumed to be powerful. Usopp has made progress being more willing to risk himself without deception, he still avoids conflict and snipes from a distance when necessary.

Source: One Piece Wiki

1. Zenitsu Agatsuma (Demon Slayer)

I’m anime only so I don’t know if or how he’s changed.

When introduced in the Demon Slayer, Zenitsu is unlikeable. His constant wining and cowardly demeanor is irritating. He has low self-esteem, assuming his death is emanate. Like most of these anime “cowards” Zenitsu doesn’t like who he is. He inspires to live up to the standards others set. However, he lives in a constant state of fear that paralyzes him. What sets him apart from the other cowards is his actual power. During Tsuzumi Mansion Arc, Zenitsu shows his cowardly behavior, strength, and courage.

Zenitsu is chased by the Tongue Demon. He falls asleep (more like passes out). This is the first time we see the Thunder Breathing technique and it’s epic. However, after killing the demon, Zenitsu immediately wake up and assumes that Shoichi did it. Outside we get a glimpse of his courage as he takes a beaten from Inosuke while protecting Nezuko. His cowardly personality becomes less grating after awhile and funnier. Many cowardly characters, particularly the heroes have sophisticated reasons for their fears. They hope to develop more courage so they can save others. It’s actually arrogant villains like Freiza or Muzan that mask their cowardice with violence and cruelty, and never seek to overcome it.

Source: Demon Slayer Wiki

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My Top 5 Favorite Dragon Ball Z Characters

Kid Buu (Majin Buu)

Buu has multiple forms with different personalities and goals. They basically function as individuals and are given distinct names to represent the difference. Between Dragon Ball games and how Buu changes after absorbing someone, Majin Buu has about 14 different forms. Kid Buu is the best in my opinion. The best as in good of course. Kid Buu is Majin Buu in its purest form. The first thing I love about this character is his design. Sure, the Majin Buu’s aren’t that different from one another but there’s something about the simplicity and small stature of Kid Buu that’s appealing.

The second thing is his personality. Buu is reckless and unpredictable. He destroyed his own body while destroying Earth. He’s also the evilest in this form. Kid Buu’s childish demeanor makes him both funny and unsettling. During the battle with Goku he falls asleep and at another point imitates a monkey beating his chest and making monkey sounds. He has this hysterical laughter that can only be described as creepy. The combination of child-like innocence and a remorseless monster is oddly appealing to me. Who doesn’t love a powerful, deranged, and childlike alien?

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


Brolly

There are two versions of Brolly, the DBZ version, and DBS. Since this a list about Dragon Ball Z, I limited it to the DBZ version but I do prefer the DBS one. However, the Brolly from the has more personality. Brolly seems to suffer from a split personality. In his powered down form he docile and silent. When he powers up (triggered by Goku) he loud and vocal. In this form, he exhibits the typical Saiyan bloodlust. However, Brolly’s mental state seems to be a tragic consequence of King Vegeta’s jealousy. Fearing the threat the infant could pose to his power (Brolly had a power level of 10,000 at birth), King Vegeta had Brolly and his father Paragus killed.

The movie would have us believe that Goku’s crying made Brolly go mad but I find that to be farfetched. Being stabbed in the chest seems like a more reasonable cause. Anyway, while I was rooting for the Z Fighters to win, I enjoyed Brolly’s beatdown of the heroes. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how Brolly’s a sad character. King Vegeta’s attempted murder, his uncontrollable power, and a father that loves him but wishes he was dead. Brolly is out of control because he was never given any security.

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


Vegeta

Growing up I hated Vegeta. He was the rival to my favorite character (at the time) Goku. Like Brolly, Vegeta is a tragic character. Despite his privileges, Vegeta became a slave to Frieza. Originally just another villain, Vegeta becomes more complex as he comes to accept (mostly) that being the Prince of a race that’s almost extinct doesn’t matter very much. Through his family, and his rivalry with Goku he finds a more substantial purpose. His character arc is the most important aspect of him.

Once a monstrous villain, Vegeta loves his family, especially Bulma. He remains a foil for Goku. He’s a prince where Goku is a soldier, he’s more tactical when fighting, and simply smarter. When fighting against enemies, Vegeta is more brutal and arrogant than Goku. This results in him being funny as he mocks his enemies. He calls Kid Buu a “gifted speaker” when they fight. This arrogance can cause Vegeta to make terrible choices, like when Cell convinces him to allow him to absorb Android 18. With his flaws, Vegeta remains an intriguing anime character.

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


Goku

As a child, I gravitated towards the main character (they were the coolest and most powerful). Goku certainly is one of the most powerful characters in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Goku is carefree and doesn’t possess any negative feelings or thoughts. Like all pure-blood Saiyans, Goku loves to fight and train to fight. This coupled with his personality can result in him allowing villains to go free or power-up. He permitted Vegeta to leave after he tried to destroy Earth and killed some of Goku’s friends.

Goku doesn’t pursue high-ranking positions. He rejected Whis offer of becoming the next Destruction God of Universe 7. If I’m being honest Goku’s lack of intelligence isn’t as funny as it was when I was a child. However, like all Shonen heroes he inspired, when it comes to battle he’s a genius. Because of his constant training, Goku is always getting stronger. This is why I love Goku. He’s always good for a fight and he’s usually the best at it.

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


Freiza

Frieza is probably my favorite villain. He has it all power, arrogance, and a love of destruction. Frieza has dark humor and doesn’t hide from his brutal reputation. Unlike Kid Buu, Freiza is a talker. His mannerisms are polished and regal (except when he’s angry) and his ability to switch between them is hilarious. He’s smart. Frieza makes the perfect villain because he’s so sadistic. His flippant dismissal of anything resembling sentimentality, his smug attitude all make Frieza the most entertaining character in Dragon Ball Z. Frieza’s not complicated at all.

He demands perfection from everyone around him. Frieza doesn’t have loyalty towards anyone, can’t take criticism, and doesn’t value anyone’s life but his own. He has an over-the-top reaction to the destruction he creates, like when he destroys Planet Vegeta. His massive ego is only matched by his cruelty. Freiza assumes everyone is beneath him, this includes the all-powerful Zeno, who he refers to as “colorful brats.” There’s absolutely nothing redeemable about Freiza and that’s why I love him.

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


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Top 5 reasons I love Jujutsu Kaisen

5. Jujutsu Kaisen’s Reason’s for Curses Spirits

Once I stopped calling Jujutsu Kaisen’s Cursed Spirits, “demons,” I was curious what made them different. First, demons are generally living beings, whereas, as their name suggests, Cursed Spirits are spiritual beings. They are born from the negative Cursed Energy in humans. Locations that are hotspots for curses tend to be populated by negative emotions like hospitals and schools. What’s more interesting is anything humans fear collectively can manifest a Cursed Spirit, even famous monsters or ghosts. The amount of fear directly corresponds to the curses intellect. Mahito is a cursed spirit that believes that he’s the manifestation of humans’ hatred of each other.” In my review of episode 9, Young Fish and Reverse Punishment,” I wonder if cursed spirits could come from “anything.” I think the answer is yes. So far cursed spirits have manifested from human fears of natural disasters, volcano (Jojo), forests (Hanami), diseases like smallpox, and infestations like “grasshopper plague.”

4. Power Levels (Grades)

Jujutsu Kaisen has a power scaling system that ranks jujutsu sorcerers, cursed spirits, cursed objects, and cursed tools. The ranks range from grades one through four and special grades. It can be confusing at first, as most of us associate larger numbers with higher values. Generally, sorcerers are graded from Grade 4 to Grade 1. The scale for cursed spirits isn’t exact, Grade 2 sorcerers are slightly stronger than Grade 2 curses as their abilities put them closer to Grade 1 curses.

Ranks

If traditional weapons were used against curses and sorcerers measured their effectiveness as a gauge:

  • Grade 4: “A wooden bat is enough.”
  • Grade 3: “If you have a handgun, you can rest easy.”
  • Semi-Grade 2 :
  • Grade 2: “Close calls with a shotgun.”
  • Semi-Grade 1 :
  • Grade 1: “Even a tank might be insufficient.”
  • Special Grade 1 :
  • Special Grade: “Cluster bombs might work”.

Source: Fandom

3. Jujutsu Kaisen’s Cursed Techniques/Innate Techniques

Coming up with a unique power system has to be difficult. At this point what hasn’t been done. It’s not always necessary to invent new techniques, like fire, but you can invent how those abilities manifest. The series power system focuses on limitations. Binding Vows, Heavenly Restriction, and Domain Expansions are some limits placed on techniques. By deliberately placing limitations on one’s self, a jujutsu sorcerer can increase their power. For example, Nanami limits his power during work hours. This puts him at disadvantage for hours, when Nanami has to work “overtime” his cursed energy increases.

2. Satoru Gojo

Satoru Gojo was instantly appealing when he was first introduced in Jujutsu Kaisen. He loves to show off, enjoying fights with cursed spirits. When he fights he shows his enemies no mercy, he’ll happily decapitate them without any apprehension. Gojo is more complex than he initially seemed. He’s playful with his students but disrespectful towards the sorcerer executives to the point of suggesting he was willing to kill them. He’s arrogant, becoming judgmental of those he deems “weak.” He claimed that “throughout the Heavens and earth, he alone is the honored one.” He’s the strongest, everyone knows it, and he’s not afraid to remind people.

1. Deconstruction of shōnen tropes

When deconstructing tropes, a writer will often compare how tropes appear in one work and how they might play out in real life. Or at least apply more realistic consequences for the trope. This series deconstructs many tropes common to shōnen anime and manga. For example, Yuji Itadori is possessed by the evil cursed spirit Sukuna. In many shōnen series, like Yugioh, Bleach, and Naruto the evil entity is befriended, and the host gain power. So far in the series, Sukuna is completely unhelpful and even roots against Yuri.

Shōnen series like My Hero Academia and Naruto have massive casts of characters, Jujutsu Kaisen on the other hand only has small classes. This is due to Jujutsu sorcerers being picky and sorcerers being rare. Deconstruction is not intended as a criticism and according to TV Trope, can be thought of as taking work more seriously on its own terms than even the work itself does, for the purpose of laying barely hidden meanings in the text.” Regardless, Jujutsu Kaisen’s deconstruction of some shōnen tropes is welcomed.