JJK Animator Apologizes To Arab Fans For Todo’s Cross-dressing Scene Following Backlash


JJK Season 2 episode 21 featured an additional scene, in which Todo is seen in a girl’s uniform alongside his favorite idol Takada. This sequence actually plays out in Todo’s head while he is fighting Mahito.


While Todo’s cross-dressing part was well received in Japan, it received backlash from Arab fans, who cited that cross-dressing was a sin in Islamic religion.

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In the wake of this backlash, JJK Season 2 animator Shota Shigetsugu, who was criticized for giving the idea for Todo’s cross-dressing scene, apologized to fans via X (formerly Twitter).

In his now deleted post, Shigetsugu wrote “I had wondered why so much criticism came from the Islamic world, when it was so well received in Japan, but I was convinced when I learned that cross-dressing is a sin in religion and therefore there is a strong sense of rejection of such things. I apologize for any discomfort this may cause you.”

The animator also said he wanted to write the post in Arabic, but he wasn’t sure if the translation was done properly, and so he chose to stick with English itself.

After Shigetsugu apologized, some fans, who claimed they were Muslims, came forward to defend the animator saying that getting upset over cross-dressing, in an anime which was about sorcery was a very stupid reaction.

Someone else pointed out that the very same people who are complaining about Todo crossdressing, were also the one’s who would have no issue watching a fan-service anime.

In the end, they asked Shigetsugu to ignore the criticism from the “trash” fans.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 episode 21 aired on Dec 14, 2023.

Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 cour 1 aired from July 6 to Aug 3, 2023, and cour 2 started airing on Aug 31, 2023.

Tatsuya Kitani performed the opening theme song “Ao no Sumika”, while Soushi Sakiyama performed the ending theme song “Akari”.

Jujutsu Kaisen is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami. It is currently being serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump since March 2018. The Jujutsu Kaisen chapters are collected and published by Shueisha, with 23 tankobon volumes released as of July 2023.

Season 1 of the anime adaptation by MAPPA aired from October 2020 to March 2021.

A movie adaptation of Jujutsu Kaisen prequel, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 premiered in Japan in December 2021.

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