Ok, we are back again. Shibuya Incident Arc starts in Season 2 Episode 6. I love the aspect that every new Jujutsu Kaisen entry starts off as a standalone beginning without needing any context or knowledge of previous seasons. Both the movie 0 and season 2 episode 1 have a unique way of grabbing the audience’s attention too. The beginning starts off with a slow and fun vibe with some elements from the previous arc without being confusing. And the presentation speaks for itself. There’s a section of table tennis that started as if something serious with equally expressive animation. But that ended up being a joke which adds point to the funniness factor by 100. I love that they are paying attention and care to little things like this and making the exposition scenes that much awesome.
Jujutsu Kaisen is still fun to watch
One this about Jujutsu Kaisen is that it’s so much fun to watch. The characters don’t feel boring. Their dialogue, animation, and voice acting are just attention-grabbing on their own. Not to mention how well they are characterized. Aside from the characters, every scene that is shown feels like they are giving us a premium tour of the town with gorgeously drawn environments. There are many easter eggs to look out for as well. The cinematography accompanying the music feels so refreshing to watch. But the fun gets over with after halfway when things get serious.
The Opening and Ending
New Opening and Ending themes are introduced for this arc which are SPECIALZ by King Gnu and more than words by Hitsujibungaku respectively. As always, the songs slap and encapsulate the impending events. In the Opening, everyone takes a walk to the battlefield with an interesting parallel imagery, Mahito vibing with the music as he lets loose on a killing spree in the subway then we see the rest of Geto’s group walking on the rail tracks before cutting to Itadori’s struggle with his inner demon. There are a lot of visual metaphors hinting at the upcoming events and everyone’s struggle including Gojo. It’s really an artistic mastery.
The Ending is another story. It’s like a tour of Shibuya City where chaos will inevitably unfold and the trio is just casually strolling around on a sunny day. With the minimum artistic choice and bleak colors, it fits the tone and how the day is going for the trio accompanying the song. It also alludes to something deeper due to the tragedy that’s about to unfold in this very location. The perspective is from a camera the trio is holding, capturing some mundane moments and scenes as they walk along. There’s a scene of a bird flying in the open sky in the afternoon reflected on the window glasses of a building and the camera is fixated on that bird’s reflection. It felt so free and liberating and makes you want to lose yourself outside like this.
There are always so many things to analyze and talk about in every episode. When anime of this caliber kicks off, it generates an unadulterated hype within the community. This episode started with the theme of love, which is ironic since this arc is a story of grief.