Rumours were already rife about a Jujutsu Kaisen movie being in the works. This happened as leaks on the internet stated that the domain “jujutsukaisen-movie.jp” domain was purchased. And, on Friday, just as the final episode of Jujutsu Kaisen anime finished airing, Studio MAPPA confirmed that Jujutsu Kaisen will be getting a movie. It will be based on the prequel manga Jujutsu Kaisen Vol 0.
Here’s everything you need to know about the movie!
The plot of the movie will revolve around Okkotsu Yuta, a nervous high school student, who has been cursed by his childhood friend Rika Orimoto. The cursed spirit has clung on to him and just won’t leave him alone. As Rika, who is a special grade cursed spirit, begins to cause some serious problems, Gojo Satoru enters the picture and saves Yuta from a tough spot.
Yuta is enrolled into Jujutsu High where he learns to control the powers of the cursed spirit Rikka and use it according to his will, along with already known characters Maki Zen’in, Inumaki Toge and Panda. The prequel is set approximately one year before the plot of Jujutsu Kaisen. Yuta Okkotsu is playing an important role in the current arc that is going on in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga!
You can read a free preview of Jujutsu Kaisen vol 0 on Viz. According to Gege Akutami, the author of the manga, only good things are sure to come to those who read the prequel!
The official website released a trailer, or rather a teaser, for the upcoming Jujutsu Kaisen movie along with the announcement. The 30-second video doesn’t reveal any major details about the plot but gives a first look into characters who will play an important role in the movie.
A key visual too was released to commemorate the announcement!
Because this new movie is tackling the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 prequel series, this will feature makeovers for the second-year characters in Tokyo’s Jujutsu Tech school like Toge Inumaki.
In the original Jujutsu Kaisen 0 prequel manga released a few years before Jujutsu Kaisen began its official serialization (and back when it was known as Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School), it features a Toge Inumaki design that’s very close to Yuji Itadori’s design. In order to shift away from his first Yuji-like look ahead of the movie debut, Akutami provided supervision for the character’s hairstyle makeover. But it’s only one of the small changes we’ll see.
Other classmates of the protagonist, first-year students Maki Zenin and Panda’s characters also received considerable changes in their designs. While Maki is sporting round glasses (instead of her square ones) and she wears socks instead of leggings, Panda looks younger than his second-year design.
Previously, the official website of the movie also revealed the character design and setting of the protagonist of the movie, Okkotsu Yuta.
Reflecting on the wishes of the original author, Gege Akutami, this character design is unique to this movie version as well, based on the rough design provided by the author.
The official website unveiled the setting for the character Okkotsu Yuta as:
When he was a child, he lost his childhood friend Rika, whom he had promised to marry, dies in front of him in a car accident. He was possessed by her after she became a cursed spirit. Rika’s uncontrollable power hurts everyone around him, so he avoids building relationships with other people. However, he begins to unravel the curse of his “loved one” when he met Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Jujutsu High.
The Jujutsu Kaisen movie will be releasing this winter on Christmas eve, 24th December 2021.
Cast & Crew:
No information about the cast and crew has been released. But Yuuichi Nakamura, Mikako Komatsu, Tomozaku Seki, and Kouki Uchiyama will reprise their roles as Gojo Satoru, Maki Zen’in, Panda, and Inumaki Toge respectively.
Studio MAPPA is confirmed to be animating the movie.
About Jujutsu Kaisen:
Written and Illustrated by Gege Akutami, Jujutsu Kaisen is a manga series that follows Yuji Itadori as he joins a secret society of Jujutsu Sorcerers to combat Curses. It began serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2018 and has been collected into fifteen tankobon volumes as of March 2021.
Jujutsu Kaisen Vol 0 was published a four-chapter monthly series in Jump GIGA from April to July 2017. At the time of serialization, the prequel was known as Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School. It was collected and released as a volume under the title Jujutsu Kaisen Vol 0 in December 2018.
This post will be updated as to when new information about the movie comes out. Stay tuned!