Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Review (2022)

Anime, Entertaiment

Since its release in 2020, the Jujutsu Kaisen anime has become one of the anime with a large fan base. So, it’s not surprising that the latest anime season is constantly being awaited. Unfortunately, for the next anime season, it seems that fans will have to be patient because last February it was reported that Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 will only air in Winter 2023.

However, MAPPA still doesn’t want to let you wait long and releases a prequel movie based on the manga of the same name, Jujutsu Kaisen 0. Highlighting the events of the Night Parade of 100 Demons, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is unexpectedly a film about love that is quite touching.

Although it is a prequel, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 can actually be said to have succeeded in providing clear directions for the continuation of the Jujutsu Kaisen series. This film tells the story of Yuta Okkotsu who is “cursed” by his first love and childhood friend, Orimoto Rika.

Yuta received an execution order from the higher-ups of Jujutsu for possessing Orimoto Rika. It is one of the Special Grade Vengeful Cursed Spirits and is nicknamed the Queen of Curses due to its immense strength. However, this decision was opposed by Gojo Satoru who saw Yuta’s great potential and invited him to join the Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu School.

Beginning with a brief but terrifying “appearance” from Orimoto Rika, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 does look quite gloomy at first. This film is actually more or less about Yuta.

More than that, there are so many stories that are raised here; starting from the relationship between Gojo and Jujutsu officials who don’t get along, the existence of Geto Satoru who has a different personality from the first season of the anime, to small details like Inumaki and Maki’s curse technique which turns out to have no curse energy.

Indeed, if you have never watched the first anime season, you will definitely be very confused because of the many characters that appear here. However, this film is enough to give an overview of the world with cruel and dangerous curses and how the Jujutsu Magicians live to eradicate them. After all, isn’t that the essence of Jujutsu Kaisen?

For an anime film with a duration of 1 hour 45 minutes, this film is solid and doesn’t have time to be long-winded. Directed by the anime director, you will still feel the fast pace that is also in the anime. This film is not long-winded at all. Every scene is made without exaggeration and very flowing.

Instead of giving long flashbacks to explain something, you are forced to understand everything by keeping you from moving from scene to scene. The flashbacks of Yuta, Gojo, and Maki are still understandable even though they are brief. In fact, especially for Maki, you can understand why he hates the Zen’in Clan.

For Yuta, you also understand what Gojo said that the most powerful curse is love. Seriously, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is actually a gloomy and sad love story.

The soundtrack and scoring that animates the film

The original soundtrack produced by Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Yoshimasa Terui, and Alisa Okehazama managed to build a different mood and atmosphere in each scene. Since the opening, you have been presented with the “Greatest Strength” which led Yuta to move forward and change into a better person.

Yuta who is passive, feels that he is always a victim, and has hurt many people without him wanting to finally meet Gojo who believes that he can use his power for better things.

The emotions that are conveyed from the opening alone are very integrated with the song. Yuta, who had almost committed suicide, felt he had no zest for life, immediately experienced a colorful life at the Jujutsu School and had friends he had never had. You can immediately understand everything in this song.

In addition, for each scene, the scoring also makes the plot feel more flowing. Yuta’s gloomy life turns full of hope, from Rika’s ferocity to the warm memories of Rika when she was alive, to intense battle after battle, all of which is made even more palpable thanks to a lively score.

Imagine, Nanami’s super-fast battle scene that you can barely even see when she cuts her enemy is still showing Nanami’s Ratio Technique! Not to mention, Gojo and Miguel’s fight scene the top class.

Don’t forget also the atmosphere that was awakened when the veil was removed, from elementary school that looked bright and cheerful became tense. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just see Six Eyes Gojo in HD in theaters!