When Gege Akutami started writing Jujutsu Kaisen back in 2017, we’re not sure that he (Gege Akutami is actually a pseudonym, with the real identity of the author remaining unknown, but he has been referred to as “Mr.” in some English sources) thought Jujutsu Kaisen would become such a phenomenon. The initial manga was later re-labeled as a prequel story titled Jujutsu Kaisen 0, with the main narrative beginning with the first chapter of 2018’s Jujutsu Kaisen.
Since 2020, we have also had the pleasure of watching an anime adaptation of the manga. Now, is Jujutsu Kaisen finished, or will we see more of the manga and the anime?
The Jujutsu Kaisen manga is still ongoing and it seems that the author plans on keeping it like that for a while, since the story doesn’t really seem like it’s nearing its end. The anime is currently on a hiatus after the first season ended in March 2021 and with a prequel movie on the way (scheduled for a December 2021 release), pending a very likely (almost certain) renewal.
The rest of this article will tell you all the remaining information you need and want to know, related to both the manga and the anime adaptation of Jujutsu Kaisen. You’re going to find out if either of them are really done and how close to ending they actually are.
Is the Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Finished?
The current Jujutsu Kaisen manga was first published in 2018, a year after the original manga, later rebranded as a prequel (Jujutsu Kaisen 0), was published. Since its debut, we have seen a total of 12 arcs, spanning 169 chapters (165 plus the four prequel ones) of the manga.
The manga is still ongoing and is being published by the Weekly Shōnen Jump on a relatively regular basis every week. The chapters are collected and published by Shueisha into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was published on July 4, 2018. Seventeen volumes have been released as of October 4, 2021.
The volumes are (not including Jujutsu Kaisen 0, whose four chapters have been published as a separate volume)
|Volume||Number of Chapters||Chapter Count|
Ryōmen Sukuna (Japanese: 両面宿儺)
Jutaitaiten (Japanese: 呪胎戴天)
|Young Fish and Reverse Punishment|
Yōgyo to Sakabachi (Japanese: 幼魚と逆罰)
|I’m Gonna Kill You!|
Koro Shite Yaru (Japanese: 殺してやる)
|Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event|
Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai (Japanese: 京都姉妹校交流会)
Kokusen (Japanese: 黒閃)
|The Origin of Obedience|
Kishu Raidō (Japaese: 起首雷同)
Kaigyoku (Japanese: 壊玉)
Gyokusetsu (Japanese: 玉折)
Yoimatsuri (Japanese: 宵祭り)
|The Shibuya Incident: Opening|
Shibuya Jihen -Kaimon- (Japanese: 渋谷事変 -開門-)
|The Shibuya Incident: Cloudfall|
Shibuya Jihen -Kōrei- (Japanese: 渋谷事変 -降霊-)
|The Shibuya Incident: Thunderclap|
Shibuya Jihen -Hekireki- (Japanese: 渋谷事変 -霹靂-)
|The Shibuya Incident: Judgement of Right and Wrong|
Shibuya Jihen -Rihi- (Japanese: 渋谷事変 -理非-)
|The Shibuya Incident: Transform|
Shibuya Jihen -Henshin- (Japanese: 渋谷事変 -変身-)
|The Shibuya Incident: Closed Gate|
Shibuya Jihen -Heimon- (Japanese: 渋谷事変 -閉門-)
Ashi o Fukumu (Japanese: 葦を啣む)
Published chapters that have not been collected so far include:
- “Underground Fight Club” (賭け試合, Kake Shiai)
- “Sneaking In” (潜入, Sen’nyū)
- “Fever” (熱, Netsu)
- “Twinkling Stars” (きらきら星, Kira Kira Boshi)
- “Cog” (部品, Buhin)
- “Kogane” (コガネ)
- “Judgment” (裁き, Sabaki)
- “Colony” (結界, Kekkai)
- “Tokyo No.1 Colony, Part 1” (東京第1結界①, Tōkyō Dai-Ichi Koronī 1)
- “Tokyo No.1 Colony, Part 2” (東京第1結界②, Tōkyō Dai-Ichi Koronī 2)
- “Tokyo No.1 Colony, Part 3” (東京第1結界③, Tōkyō Dai-Ichi Koronī 3)
- “Tokyo No.1 Colony, Part 4” (東京第1結界④, Tōkyō Dai-Ichi Koronī 4)
- “Tokyo No.1 Colony, Part 5” (東京第1結界⑤, Tōkyō Dai-Ichi Koronī 5)
Now, as you can see, the manga is not even close to being finished, as it seems. What actually worried fans was a brief one-month hiatus that happened on June 9, 2021, when Shōnen Jump announced that Akutami would be taking a one-month break due to personal, health-related issues; Akutami himself released a handwritten note to all fans that was published on Twitter:
The whole situation had fans worried, but the serialization continued in August 2021, as projected. Now, Akutami stated that his issues were not of a serious nature and thanked the fans for their patience and their support.
We never received any official translation of the letter, so we’re not sure whether Akutami was actually “forced” to take a break by the magazine’s editors, who were worried about his health, or whether it was a personal decision, but that doesn’t really matter now that it’s all been cleared up.
Jujutsu Kaisen is still ongoing and it is, therefore, not finished.
Is the Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Finished?
As far as the anime is concerned, the first season consisting of 24 episodes finished airing on March 27, 2021. So far there have been no news about a second season, but a prequel movie, adapting the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga, is scheduled for a December 24, 2021 release, thereby officially continuing the anime adaptation of the manga.
In an earlier article, we have given you all the information related to the second season of Jujutsu Kaisen, which still hasn’t been announced but is highly likely, seeing how there are already five additional manga arcs that can be adapted, with the manga being ongoing as of November 2021. This means that we’ll probably see a second season of Jujutsu Kaisen pretty soon, which in turn means that the anime is not finished.
How Close Is the Jujutsu Kaisen Manga to Being Finished?
As for the manga, the information on its ending are very scarce. We don’t actually know how much new material Gege Akutami intends to write, but we do know that he is planning to write more. From what we gathered, we assume that the manga will be around for a while, at least a year or two, but seeing how good it is – we hope it’s going to be a lot more than that.
Now, that is somewhat worrisome in this context is that Akutami has, in fact, stated on several occasions that he wants to finish the manga as soon as possible, which is never a good thing, actually. As far as we can gather, he intends to stick to his original narrative idea and we don’t see any signs of him cutting anything out of the story, but this notion seems to indicate that there might be less to look forward to than we had originally hoped.
A similar thing happened some time ago to Sui Ishida, the author of Tokyo Ghoul, who himself admitted that he started hating work on the manga at one point and just wanted to wrap it up as quickly as possible, which explains the somewhat rush ending and the chaotic drawings present in the last issues of the manga.
We don’t actually know about Akutami and his feelings towards Jujutsu Kaisen – although it seems that he really loves working on the series – but we sincerely hope that this great manga will not see an ending similar to Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul and that we’ll be seeing more of the protagonists for a long(er) time and that the whole story will get a proper and just conclusion so that it can really go down in history as one of the best manga ever.
How Close Is the Jujutsu Kaisen Anime to Being Finished?
As far as the anime is concerned, Jujutsu Kaisen is far from over. The first season – consisting of 24 episodes that aired in 2020 and 2021 – adapted the first six manga arcs. Now, since Jujutsu Kaisen is a faithful adaptation of the manga, there is no reason to doubt that the future seasons, of which we are quite certain, will continue this trend.
Of course, take everything we say with some reserve as we’re just speculating (the show hasn’t officially been renewed), but we’re hopeful and pretty certain that what we are writing about will actually happen. This is why we’re so confident.
Now, the manga is still ongoing. The movie that is coming out in December is going to be a prequel movie adapting the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 prequel manga, so that leaves a lot of space for future anime adaptations. Hoping that the show will actually be renewed, we can confirm that there is a lot of material to adapt, meaning that the anime is also not close to being finished.
Currently, there are four completed arcs that the anime can adapt and a fifth one that is still ongoing. That gives the producers and the studio enough material for at least one more 24-episode season.
Now, we’re not counting any future arcs that have yet to be published, since they haven’t even commenced, so we’ll have to wait how much more additional material the manga offers, but we assume that the anime is still at least two seasons (meaning at least 36 episodes if our assumptions are correct) away from its ending.
And there you have it. These are all the information we have on the Jujutsu Kaisen anime series.