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Jujutsu Kaisen Episode #17 Anime Review

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. It’s safe to say that the Kyoto training arc is turning out to be the anime’s superior arc thus far.
© 芥見下々 / 集英社・呪術廻戦製作委員会

“Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 3 -”

What They Say:

In a world where demons feed on unsuspecting humans, fragments of the legendary and feared demon Ryoumen Sukuna were lost and scattered about. Should any demon consume Sukuna’s body parts, the power they gain could destroy the world as we know it. Fortunately, there exists a mysterious school of Jujutsu Sorcerers who exist to protect the precarious existence of the living from the undead!

Yuuji Itadori is high schooler who spends his days visiting his bedridden grandfather. Although he looks like your average teenager, his immense physical strength is something to behold! Every sports club wants him to join, but Itadori would rather hang out with the school outcasts in the Occult Club. One day, the club manages to get their hands on a sealed cursed object, but little do they know the terror they’ll unleash when they break the seal…

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

This week’s episode was quite an exciting one as well as one of my new favorites. The episode is packed full of epic fights and shows off even more character depth and development than the previous one. The first scene shows us a flashback as Mai, Maki’s younger sister trash talks Maki to her fellow student Miwa, which leads her to underestimate Maki leading up to their fight. It then cuts back in the middle of their one-sided fight as Miwa is outmatched by Maki’s sheer physical prowess. While Maki is a known fourth-grade sorceress who can’t use cursed energy or even see curses, her heightened physical abilities, fast reflexes, and quick thinking more make up for it in battle. She easily defeats Miwa and moves on to her next target.

Later on, the episode cuts to the fight between Nobara and Momo after their encounter in the previous episode. Momo, enraged at Nobara’s insult towards Mai in the last episode, lectures her on how unfair it is to be a Jujutsu Sorceress and the challenges Mai had to deal with, while criticizing her for having Yuuji, who she sees as a demon as a friend. Throughout her entire monologue, she keeps Nobara at bay on the ground as she flies around on her broom.  Nobara, on the other hand, isn’t having any of it and criticizes Momo and her classmates for treating life like a Job seen by their total disregard for Yuuji’s life.

Nobara then surprises her opponent by using her cursed pins to bring her down. To prevent killing her, she attempts to use a squeaky red mallet to knock out Momo, which was an unexpected yet hilarious scene. Unfortunately, right when she’s about to win the fight, Nobara is taken out by a rubber bullet shot by Mai. Shortly after, Maki meets Mai, and a fight unfolds between them. Despite Mai’s efforts, Maki dominates the fight, and we’re shown a flashback of the twins’ past. Mai resents Maki for leaving the clan to be a jujutsu sorceress, a fate that was consequently forced upon her as well. She also hates Mai for being more talented than her and for leaving her behind. The episode ends with an emotional scene and Maki’s victory.

© 芥見下々 / 集英社・呪術廻戦製作委員会

In Summary:

Another highly entertaining episode. I was especially left in awe at its polished visuals, detailed animation, and incredible fight scenes. These features seemed a lot more noticeable this time, and it feels like Mappa is really giving it their all in this arc especially. We also got to see each of the female students in action, with Maki being the star of the show as she absolutely dominates everyone with a cocky smile. Nobara, being the close second shows off both her strength and maturity in this episode. The flashback scene showing the twins’ past also gives us a glance at their upbringing and motivations and explains why they’re so antagonistic towards each other.

All in all, episode seventeen was another great one thanks to the brilliance and passion from Mappa. It’s safe to say that the Kyoto training arc is turning out to be the anime’s superior arc thus far.

Grade: A+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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