Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Movie by Mappa Explained - Release Date, Trailer, Yuta Okkotsu Lore, Spoilers
Right after the final episode of the TV anime series adaptation of Jujutsu Kaisen, Mappa announced Jujutsu Kaisen 0, a brand new anime movie – we’re here to explain which part of the story it’s from, is it a sequel or a prequel, and is it canon? Here’s everything you need to know on Jujutsu Kaisen 0: characters, trailer, release date, and including spoilers if you’d like to check them out.
What’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0?
As you already know, Jujutsu Kaisen is initially a manga series by Gege Akutami published in Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga started in March 2018 and is still ongoing with 15 volumes so far.
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was a prequel released in 2017, before the manga was serialized, and is a one-shot. As in, a single volume. The story is fully titled Jujutsu Kaisen 0 – Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Koutou Senmon Gakkou. Which can be translated to Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical School.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie release date
Mappa announced the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie will be launching in Japan in Winter. This means as early as November or December 2021. A precise release date was not shared yet.
An official Japanese site was opened, and future announcements will first be shared there in the coming months.
Crunchyroll, as the simulcast streaming service for the Jujutsu Kaisen TV series, will probably announce in a few hours it will also simulcast the movie at some point after its Japanese release date. We’ll be sure to tell you as soon as possible when we get a release date.
Is Jujutsu Kaisen 0 a sequel or a prequel? Is it fine to watch even if I haven’t seen the TV series?
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a prequel. However, its events are very important for the following and upcoming Jujutsu Kaisen arcs, that might be adapted with a season 2. Rather than keeping adapting the manga into anime with a season 2, it’s the better choice storywise to adapt the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga first. Mappa and the production committee are doing the right thing.
Since the original Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga was released before the main series, it’s fine to watch the upcoming movie even if you haven’t seen the main Jujutsu Kaisen TV series. Experiencing japanese pop culture in the same order asoriginal release order is often best.
However, it’s also likely the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie will include several elements not present in the original manga, to foreshadow possible future developments.
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Who are the main characters of the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie? (Spoilers)
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 takes place one year before the events of the main series and Itadori’s arrival at Jujutsu High. The plot focuses on several characters a year older than Itadori: namely, Maki, Panda, Toge and Yuta Okkotsu.
Yuta is the protagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, and is an extremely important character in Jujutsu Kaisen as a whole. But we’ll get to that later. In the story of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, Yuta is brought to Jujutsu High by Satoru Gojo because he’s been haunted by his late childhood friend, Rika Orimoto.
However, Yuta cannot control his powers because Rika’s curse is classified as Special Grade and is incredibly powerful. Meanwhile, Suguru Geto is hunting Yuta, in order to get Rika’s soul for himself and add her to his collection of cursed spirits.
Warning: The big spoilers start here
Long story short, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is the origin story of Yuta, and it’s extremely important. While Yuta is absent during the most of the Jujutsu Kaisen manga, and didn’t appear in the anime, Yuta actually comes back in the Itadori’s Extermination Arc, which is the ongoing arc in the manga.
Chapters 140 to 143, the four latest chapters, most notably included a fight between Yuta and Yuji, who initially acts as an antagonist but actually helps Yuji to stage his death, to stop him from being hunted.
Personally speaking, this is as expected. I definitely expected Mappa to announce something else after the Jujutsu Kaisen anime ended, seeing its popularity. Then again, anime projects are booked years in advance, and its likely the anime movie project for Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was decided by the production committee at the same time the TV anime was green-lit.