Jujutsu Kaisen is a shōnen manga by Gege Akutami, published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in March 2018. An animated series adaptation produced by studio MAPPA aired between October 2020 and March 2021. The prequel manga Jujutsu Kaisen 0 also received an adaptation in the form of an anime film that aired in December 2021.
In this article, we are going to give you the complete Jujutsu Kaisen watch order guide, including all the anime episodes and the anime movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0 that aired in December 2021.
How Many Seasons and Episodes Does Jujutsu Kaisen Have?
Jujutsu Kaisen is a relatively new anime series. So far, the show has only one proper anime season, consisting of 24 episodes. The series is supplemented by a prequel movie, but no sequel anime has been produced yet. Still, Jujutsu Kaien is almost certainly going to get renewed, so these numbers are going to increase in the future.
Jujutsu Kaisen Watch Order
Let us continue into Jujutsu Kaisen watch order, and see what is the best way to watch the anime. As you will see, its first movie, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 which came after the first season, is also the first in order of watching. Let’s check it out below.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Release Date: December 24, 2021
Running Time: 105 minutes
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 starts of with High school student Yuuta Okkosu who wants to be executed because he suffers from the actions of Rika Orimoto, the spiteful spirit that possesses her. Meanwhile, Satoru Gojo, a teacher who teaches exorcising “curses”, transfers Yuuta to Tokyo’s Higher Technical School of Jujutsu. The prelude to the Jujutsu Kaisen series begins in this movie, based on the prequel manga of the same name.
Jujutsu Kaisen (Season 1)
Original Release: October 3, 2020 – March 27, 2021
Number of Episodes: 24
In the manga, all living beings emanate what is called evil energy, which arises from negative emotions that flow naturally throughout the body. Normal people cannot control this flow in their bodies, and therefore continually lose evil energy, resulting in the birth of the Curses. Sorcerers are people who control the flow of evil energy in their bodies, allowing them to use it as they please and also to reduce its release.
High-ranking sorcerers and curses can refine this energy and use it to perform cursed techniques, which tend to be unique to the user or his family. An advanced form of cursed technique is domain expansion, by which the user can use his evil energy to build a pocket dimension that covers the surrounding area, within which he does not only his physical performance will be amplified but guarantees greater power to the peculiar abilities of the sorcerer.
Maleficent energy can be applied to physical attacks to increase their destructive power and can also be used defensively to harden the user’s body. A sorcerer’s strength is generally judged by his level of evil energy. Black Lightning is a partial distortion created when a sorcerer releases evil energy within 0.000001 seconds of a physical strike. The phenomenon causes the energy to flash black, the shot of which will have a power equal to the original raised to 2.5.
Institutes for the training of sorcerers have devised a classification system for sorcerers and curses, ranging from the fourth degree to the special degree, the highest ever.
Yuji Itadori is a physically inferior high school student who lives with his grandfather in Sendai. Despite his innate talent for the sport, he regularly avoids the track team. Instead, he joins the Occult Research Club as he is free to attend so he can visit his dying grandfather in the hospital every day.
In June 2018, his grandfather instilled two powerful messages in Yuji on his deathbed: “Always help people” and “Die surrounded by people”. After the death of his grandfather, Yuji interprets these messages as a statement: Everyone deserves “a real death”. He is then confronted by Megumi Fushiguro, a witch who can control the escape animals called “Shikigami”, who informs him of a high quality cursed talisman in her school.
His friends in the occult club unsealed the talisman, which is actually a rotten finger that attracted curses in school, creatures evoked by negative emotions and reinforced by the consumption of magical powers present in wizards or similar spells. Swallowing his finger to protect Megumi and her friends, Yuji becomes the host of Ryomen Sukuna, a powerful curse, who eventually becomes the main antagonist of the show, alongside other demons.
Due to Sukuna’s evil nature, all wizards must exorcise him (and therefore Yuji) immediately. Although he is possessed, Yuji can maintain control of his body for the most part. Seeing this, Satoru Gojo, Megumi’s teacher, decides to take him to Jujutsu High School in Tokyo Prefecture to come up with a plan for his superiors: postpone Yuji’s death sentence until he has consumed all of the Sukuna’s fingers, so that Sukuna can be once and for all can kill.
During his early days as a freshman jujutsu student, Yuji quickly befriended Megumi and Nobara Kugisaki, a sassy and talented aspiring jujutsu magician from Morioka. While on a mission in a detention center that has been hit by a “curse belly,” Megumi meets Sukuna, who holds Yuji hostage by ripping out his heart.
Unable to do anything, he watches Yuji die from blood loss. Known only to Gojo and a few others, Yuji is still alive and continues to train in the Cursed Techniques directly under Gojo’s guidance. At the same time, a group of cursed ghosts plans a multi-faceted assault on the magical world of jujutsu, including the cursed ghost Mahito, whose “inactive transfiguration” can transform every human soul, and Suguru Geto, a wizard unhappy with jujutsu.
Gojo is ambushed by one of those cursed ghosts, Jogo, but easily defeats him. Mahito turns to Junpei, a boy who has been bullied and wants to use his power to fight back, for help. Yuji meets 9 to 5 wizard and former employee Kento Nanami, who investigates the victims of Mahito’s inactive metamorphosis.
Yuji meets Junpei by chance and quickly becomes friends with him. They clash, however, as Junpei’s bitterness grows after her mother is slain by cursed spirits; Mahito arrives and kills Junpei. Desperate Yuji and Nanami fight Mahito and narrowly win when Sukuna forces Mahito to flee. Yuji vows never to lose again.
Do You Need to Watch Jujutsu Kaisen in Order?
If you want to follow the plot, you should watch the movie before you see the anime series. The issue is that the movie does require some knowledge of the franchise’s lore, which makes it a bit difficult to follow if you don’t know anything about Jujutsu Kaisen.
So, if you’re acquainted with the series, you should watch the movie first, but if you’re new to the franchise, we advise going through the anime series first.
Will There Be More Jujutsu Kaisen Anime?
As far as new content is concerned, Jujutsu Kaisen will certainly return after the movie. The show itself is extremely popular and there is still a lot of manga material to adapt, so we don’t have any doubts at all that Jujutsu Kaisen is going to return. When exactly? That, we do not know, but we assume it won’t be too much of a wait.