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Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 15: Recap and Review

Aoi Todo has found his best friend in episode 15 of Jujutsu Kaisen.
Aoi Todo has found his best friend

Episode 15: Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 1

The team battle begins. Megumi uses his Divine Dogs to track curses. Panda deduces that the cursed spirit boss is probably “halfway between both schools,” but doesn’t think it will sit still. The Tokyo team splits into the Megumi squad and the Panda squad. Suddenly, Aoi Todo arrives. He intends on taking on the entire Tokyo Team. However, Yuji takes initiative, kneeing Todo in the face. The others split up afterward. In a flashback, Maki predicted Aoi would come “charging straight towards them.” Yuji task is to distract Todo, he doesn’t need to win. Todo comes at Yuji. He hits him with a powerful punch. Todo brutally stomps on Yuji’s head, drawing blood. When he goes for the finishing blow, he stops, assuming that Yuji died. As he walks away, Yuji gets up.

What if you made me even dumber?

It pisses Yuji off. Todo asks him his name, then the question, “What kind of woman is your type?” Perplexed, Yuji answers “a tall woman with a big ass.” Todo loves his answer, he fantasizes that he and Yuji are best friends. Todo cries after the memory. Aoi decides Yuji is his best friend. The other Kyoto students suddenly attack Yuji. Mai Zenin shoots at him, Kasumi Miwa uses New Shadow Style, Simple Domain: Quick Draw, but Yuji can dodge them. However, the students can surround him. Yuji realizes that they’re trying to kill him. Aoi claps his hands together, using a cursed technique to swap Yuji with Noritoshi Kamo. Having found his new best friend, Aoi isn’t pleased. He attacks Kamo but misses. The Kyoto leave Yuji in Todo’s hands, hoping he kills him.

He’s just Sukuna’s Vessel

Momo Nishimiya surveilling, the battle is attacked by Nue’s electric wings. Maki and Megumi ambush Kasumi and Noritoshi. Megumi asks Kamo directly if he’s trying to kill Yuji. In a flashback, the Tokyo Team assumes that the Kyoto Team is trying to murder Yuji. Panda explains they consider Yuji to be no different from a cursed spirit. They send Toge to hunt down the cursed spirits, while they stop the Kyoto Team. With Toge free to fight curses, the Tokyo Team has the advantage. Elsewhere, Yuji and Aoi continue to trade blows. Yuji impresses Todo with his toughness, strength, and speed. However, he hates the time lag in Yuji’s technique. He points out Yuji’s “nasty habit,” and that he will never lose to him as long as he does that. Accused of being okay with “staying weak,” Yuji charges his fist. Claiming that he’s not.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 11: Recap and Review

Juupei becomes a jujutsu sorcerer in episode 11 of Jujutsu Kaisen.
Juupei becomes a jujutsu sorcerer

Episode 11 – “Narrow-Minded”

In the beginning of Jujutsu Kaisen episode 11, Nanami goes “overtime,” Mahito notes that he made a “vow” with himself “to limit himself in order to gain greater power once he goes into overtime.” In Jujutsu Kaisen, vows with oneself imposes some restriction on the user that’s potentially harmful. The vow will grant them an increase in curse energy. When Nanami reveals how his technique works, this increases his power. Nanami destroys a wall with his Ratio Technique: Collapse. While Mahito considers avoiding the wall, his leg is severed by Nanami. He retreats, leaving Mahito to be crushed by the wall. Elsewhere, Yuji and Junpei are talking. Yuji directly asks what happened at the movie theater. Juupei lies and says that he “saw nothing.” They continue to talk while Geto watches from above.

They bond over movies, then Juupei’s mother, Nagi Yoshino, arrives and invites Yuji to dinner. The three have fun, talking and laughing. Yuji become even closer and before he leaves Juupei asks Yuji “what he would do if he’s forced to kill someone.” Yuji responds that he would “try not to because the value of life would become even more unclear.” Juupei believes that humans don’t have hearts, but his mother and Yuji are still good people. He claims that therefore he would never kill. However, his mother is killed after she finds a Sukuna finger on the dinning room table and a curse appears. Devastated, Juupei seeks revenge on his bully.

Juupei’s desperation

Mahito and Geto cast a curtain over the school, hoping to use Juupei to manipulate Yuji. Not only has Mahito been using Juupei from the beginning, he and Geto kill his mother. The students in the auditorium fall asleep. Juupei attacks Shota, questioning him over the Sukuna finger. Now a jujutsu sorcerer, Juupei poisons Shota. However, Yuji interrupts him asking “what is he doing?” Episode 11 of Jujutsu Kaisen is largely setup for the climax of this arc. I thought Juupei would matter after this arc, but he might get killed soon. If Mahito’s primary goal was to get to Sukuna (Yuji) through Juupei, then the latter has served his purpose. Regardless, Juupei is a more sympathetic figure, having become desperate because of his mother’s murder. If Yuji can get Juupei to stop before he kills, maybe there’s hope for him.