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Jujutsu Kaisen Episode #18 Anime Review

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This episode surprisingly changes pace by bringing Mahito and his partners in crime back into the picture
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“Sage”

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)

Things continue to progress and become more complex in the eighteenth episode of Jujutsu Kaisen. The episode begins right in the middle of a fight between Fushiguro and Noritoshi Kamo, the 3rd year student from Kyoto’s Jujutsu Tech. Fushiguro uses his curse control technique to fight, while Kamo uses his blood manipulation technique. While fighting, the two discuss their powers and how they’re linked to their bloodlines. The episode then cuts to Inumaki, who’s doing his part in the chaos by knocking out Miwa with his voice. He then encounters a high-class demon in the woods, which was released by principal Gakuganji as a plot to kill Yuuji. Unfortunately for him, this plan fails as another high-class demon effortlessly kills it. The other demon is revealed to be Hanami, one of Mahito’s associates who’s invaded the school. The episode cuts back to Fushiguro and Kamo’s fight, where Kamo’s background and intentions are revealed. Kamo strives to be the best sorcerer so he can quickly take on the role as his clan’s leader to help his mom, who’s constantly mistreated by his clan.

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As their fight reaches its highpoint, they are interrupted by Mahito’s explosive entrance. This consequently puts the game to an end due to the new threat the students and faculty are faced with. Inumaki then meets up with Kamo and Fushiguro as they try to escape Hanami. Meanwhile, Mahito’s new associate put up a veil around the school, allowing anyone but Goujou entrance, so Utahime and Gakuganji move on ahead where they meet the unnamed curse user who’s responsible for the veil. Gakuganji decides to fight him with nothing but his pick and electric guitar. Meanwhile, Kamo, Inumaki, and Fushiguro encounter Hanami. Hanami then gives a speech about how the world can only survive without humans in it and strives to eradicate them, which most likely serves as a queue to the start of an upcoming fight.

In Summary:

This episode surprisingly changes pace by bringing Mahito and his partners in crime back into the picture, which surprised me as I thought this wouldn’t be the case until near the end of the arc. Their reintroduction leaves me a little bit underwhelmed as it interrupts what’s frankly the most entertaining arc thus far, with many more characters and fights left to explore. With their return, this may not continue as we may see a shift back to the anime’s former subplot. Though I may be wrong, and we may see other characters in action, this time fighting new opponents instead of themselves. Hopefully this is the case, but for now, all that’s left is to wait and see.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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