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From Left: Yuuji Itadori, right: Megumi Fushiguro.

"I figured that for the people I know, I want them to die properly."
Yuuji Itadori
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Yuuji Itadori is a high school student whose potential is desperately wanted by his school's athletics team. However, he refuses to join them and instead joins the Occult Club who desperately needed more members lest they be shut down for good by the student council. Later on, when his grandfather is on his deathbed, Yuuji makes a promise to him - that he will do kind deeds so that he dies surrounded by loved ones, unlike his grandfather.

However, Yuuji's life takes a sudden turn as he meets Megumi Fushiguro, an shaman who tries to retrieve a cursed object. When Yuuji's friends open the cursed object that they found, things go south as the cursed spirits that it spawned start roaming in school. As Fushiguro and Yuuji are almost defeated by one of the spirits, Yuuji then swallows the cursed object and gains its power. As a result, Yuuji becomes cursed by the object and gets dragged into Fushiguro's thrilling world of shamans and cursed spirits.

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Written by Gege Akutami, Jujutsu Kaisen is an ongoing manga that was launched in Shonen Jump in March 2018, along with Act-age and the short-lived Noah's Notes and ZIGA.

The manga also has a prequel called Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical School. The prequel takes two years before the main story and stars a different character, Yuuta Okkotsu, a second year student of Jujutsu Speciality High School of Tokyo and another person who also has a similar circumstances as Yuuji.

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Jujutsu Kaisen contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Nobara Kugisaki is one of the first-year students at the Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo. She battles against the cursed spirits that roam around Japan, along with Fushiguro and Yuuji. It's not only Nobara, however, as there are other girls who are also shamans who fights curses such as the twin sisters, Maki Zenin and Mai Zenin, Momo Nishiyama, Mei Mei, Kasumi Miwa and so on.
  • All the Other Reindeer:
    • Junpei Yoshino, the teen who Yuuji befriended, was constantly getting harrassed or bullied in his past life, especially with the three people who died a Cruel and Unusual Death in Chapter 18.
    • The mother of one of the students from Magic College Kyoto School, Noritoshi Kamo, is treated horribly by other people because of Noritoshi's status as a fake heir and his mother just being a concubine of the head of the Kamo clan.
  • And I Must Scream: Not only does the humanoid curse Mahito have an ability to contort human bodies, but he also uses them as an attack dog while keeping their consciousness intact.
  • Armour-Piercing Question:
    • Before Yuuji is accepted into the Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo, the principal of the school, Masamichi Yaga, asks him many questions to find out why he wants to attend the school and why he wants to collect the king of curses, Ryomen Sukuna's, remains. When Yuuji fails to answer the questions, the principal asks Yuuji sensitive questions about his grandfather and his true intentions.
    • Mahito also uses this trick as a part of his Hannibal Lecture by asking several questions, such as the meaning of life or the value of the human soul, so that he can corrupt other people easily.
  • As Long as There is Evil: As long as humans vent their negative emotions such as pain or envy, there will always be cursed spirits.
  • Back from the Dead: Yuuji is expected to die after Sukuna tears out his heart in Chapter 9. However, in Chapter 11, he is resurrected by Sukuna after they make a pact.
  • Badass Grandpa: The principal of Magic College Kyoto School, Gakuginji Yoshinobu, is revealed to be a badass shaman who still has tenacity after he changes himself to look like a rock star while trying to fight against the cursed being that tries to target one of the teachers at Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo, Goujou Satoru, despite being an aging old man.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Justified with one of the shamans, Kento Nanami, as he is a salaryman who wears a nice suit but he is also one of the most powerful shamans around, as he can inflict some damage on curses that are higher grade than him. At one point, he almost nearly kills Mahito, a high level curse.
  • Bandage Mummy: One of the students of Magic College Kyoto School who controls a doll called Ultimate Mekkamaru covers himself with many bandages due to his sensitive and fragile skin.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: In Chapter 8, Sukuna kills Yuuji by tearing his heart out while controlling his body, as payback for using him carelessly.
  • Birds of a Feather: One of the students from Magic College Kyoto School, Aoi Toudou, ends up becoming a friend of Yuuji after he answers Toudou's question about the type of the girl that he likes with "A tall girl with a big butt". This is due to Toudou's type of girl is "A tall girl with big breasts" because those types of girls aren't boring in Toudou's view.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite his aggressiveness, Toudou is a huge fan of an idol named Takada-chan, and at one point has a handshake with her during the Individual Handshake Event. Also, when someone get on his good side, Toudou will help his friends in need.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In Chapter 2, Goujou spares Yuuji, even though he was supposed to be executed after he ate one of Sukuna's body parts, by asking Jujutsu Shamans at the decision-making level to delay Yuuji's execution. However, it is revealed that Goujou and the higher-ups will eventually execute Yuuji after he finds and consumes all of Sukuna.
  • Contortionist: Mahito is a curse who has the power of contorting other people's bodies into a weird shape and he uses said powers to experiment on humans, making them tiny or small.
  • Cool Teacher:
    • Goujou hides youthful features beneath his blindfold. He is relatively likeable among his students, given his fun personality and sassy attitude. He cares about his students, and he is considered to be one of the most powerful living shamans.
    • May also apply to the principal of Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo, who asks Yuuji a lot of Armor Piercing Questions. Despite his seemingly childish interest in making dolls, the dolls themselves are infused with his curse, which makes them deadly in battle. He also wears shades.
    • Combined with Badass Grandpa, the principal of Magic College Kyoto School, Gakuginji Yoshinobu, qualifies as well when he transforms himself into a rock-star like dude while fighting a curse that tries to target Goujou.
  • Club Stub: In earlier chapters, Yuuji joins an occult club which desperately needed more members and were being threatened with shut down by the student council.
  • Creepy Doll: The principal of Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo has a childish interest in creepy cute dolls. However, it is revealed that the cute dolls themselves are cursed and can become aggressive.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • In Chapter 6, some of the students from Eishuu Reformatory School are brutally murdered and parts of their bodies are crushed.
    • In chapter 18, three high school students are found dead in a cinema, with their body parts deformed by a cursed spirit. A little bit subverted, however, as those three students are actually experiencing a Fate Worse than Death condition where their bodies are completely deformed but their consciousnesses are still alive.
    • In chapter 27, Yuuji's friend, Junpei, is turned into a blob-like creature by a curse named Mahito, much to Yuuji's disgust and anger.
  • Darkest Hour: Chapter 27 is one of the most darkest chapters in the manga. When Yuuji tries to persuade Junpei to join the Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo, suddenly Mahito appears and contorts Junpei's body for shits and giggles. When Yuuji tries to ask Sukuna to revive Junpei, Sukuna's response to the incident is mocking Yuuji and laughing sadistically with Mahito, which results in Yuuji having his Heroic BSoD and making his priority to kill Mahito his raison d'etre.
  • Deal with the Devil: Before Yuuji came back from the dead, Ryomen Sukuna made a pact with him. However, the pact that Sukuna made has no conditions. This angers Yuuji, as he almost died because Sukuna kills him by tearing his heart.
  • Demonic Possession: Combined with Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can. When Yuuji eats one of Ryomen Sukuna's fingers, he then gets possessed by Sukuna. Fortunately, Yuuji is able to restrain Sukuna from fully possessing his body.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Most of the cursed spirits, including the likes of Ryomen Sukuna, are depicted as grotesque and terrifying monsters. Although some of them approach Humanoid Abomination territory (e.g. Sukuna or Mahito), they also originate from the human subconscious, since cursed spirits are formed from negative human emotions such as pain or envy.
  • Eldritch Location: When either shamans or cursed spirits accumulate magical power, it will be used to construct a territory, which is a location that can be used to boost their own powers. When a territory is expanded, a more polished sorcery will control the space itself. An example of a shaman's territorial expansion is Goujou's Immeasurable Void, which is nothing but an endless void.
  • Fate Worse than Death: It is revealed that the three students who got their bodies deformed by Mahito still kept their consciousnesses alive and were used as an Attack Dog by Mahito to combat Yuuji and Nanami.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Mahito is a curse who is seemingly polite and friendly towards Junpei, while also giving hannibal lectures to other people just like him. However, when he drops his facade, it is revealed that he is a rather sadistic curse who takes joy in other people's suffering.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason why Mai has a resentment towards her sister, Maki, is because of the latter leaving her side and the family so that she could become the head of the Zenin family. This resulted on Mai becoming a Jujutsu sorcerer for the Zenin family, which is the position that Mai hates the most.
  • Green Thumb: The tree curse, Jougo Hanami's, main power. As he is able to use trees and plants for both offense and defense during the fight.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: After the incident with Junpei, Yuuji then begins to question himself about what is a "Proper Death" is and Nanami responds by saying that a proper death is benevolent (where people pass peacefully) while evil people die horribly. At the same time, however, Nanami also says that it is a hard thing to happen because in reality, there are no benevolent or evil people and the world itself is morally gray, as no two people will die the same death and giving proper guidance to all of the souls is most likely a path of misery.
  • Handicapped Badass: One of the students of Magic College Kyoto School who controls a doll called Ultimate Mekkamaru is handicapped due to being born without a right arm or anything below his knees. In addition, he also has sensitive skin from getting burned. However, despite being a disabled person, he has a vast range of curse powers and firepower above normal and is a rather competent fighter with his doll.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Mahito's favorite technique when corrupting other people. He sometimes asks people about the human soul in general, the meaning of life and if the opposite of "liking" someone is "indifference" rather than "hatred" and that, in his view, indifference is a virtue that human beings should strive to have.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Yuuji tries to redeem Junpei for what he had done and befriends him later on, Mahito suddenly appears and turns Junpei into a lifeless blob, which triggers Yuuji's BSOD. It doesn't help that the curse who possesses him, Sukuna, also laughs at Yuuji's suffering along with Mahito.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Several curses, such as Ryomen Sukuna or Mahito, have the body of a human rather than being grotesque and terrifying monsters, and they sometimes behave and act like a normal human does.
  • Kick the Dog: When Yuuji asks Sukuna to revive Junpei (who became a blob-like creature thanks to Mahito), Sukuna instead refuses to do so and then mocks him about clinging to Sukuna as a last resort to save everyone while laughing hysterically with Mahito. This results in Yuuji having a Heroic BSoD.
  • Killed Offscreen: Junpei's mother was killed offscreen by a certain curse, which triggers Junpei's Start of Darkness.
  • Made of Evil: A lot of the cursed spirits originate from human emotions such as pain or envy. Schools and hospitals are potential spawn points for cursed spirits because many people have memories and emotions tied to these places.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mahito uses Junpei's mother's death as a catalyst so that he can manipulate Junpei easily. He then plans to use Junpei to fight against Yuuji.
  • Not My Type: Combined with Armour-Piercing Question. Toudou asks Fushiguro about his "type of a girl". Fushiguro says that his "type" is a person with a strong moral compass who isn't easily swayed. As a result, Toudou thinks Fushiguro is a boring person with boring tastes.
  • Not Quite Dead: Although in Chapter 8 Sukuna supposedly kills Yuuji by tearing out his heart, it is revealed that he didn't die. Instead, Sukuna transported him into his territory in the Inner World.
  • Pants Pulling Prank: Yuuji's response towards the teacher who acts condescending towards him while Yuuji is trying to talk to Yoshino. Yuuji pulls his pants off and steals him.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: In Chapter 3, it is revealed that Fushiguro had asked Goujou to spare Yuuji from his impending execution. Fortunately, Goujou spares Yuuji thanks to Fushiguro's demands. It is ruled that Yuuji will ultimately be killed after he finds and eats all of Sukuna's body parts.
  • Power Limiter: Goujou uses a blindfold all the time to conceal his true power. He only takes it off to use said power in a fight.
  • The Promise: Yuuji promises his grandfather to be kind to everyone around him, and to die surrounded by his loved ones.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • After Junpei's mother dies, he uses the powers bestowed by Mahito to knock several students out while using a curse to make the student who seemingly kills his mother suffer.
    • Junpei's Cruel and Unusual Death (being turned into a blob-like creature at the hands of Mahito and Sukuna's refusal to fix him) becomes a raison d'etre of Yuuji on trying to find and kill Mahito.
  • Sadist: Both Mahito and Sukuna proceed to laugh at Yuuji's suffering after Mahito turns Yuuji's friend, Junpei, into a mindless blob, while Sukuna himself refuses to help Yuuji by reviving his friend.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A lot of cursed objects and spirits are sealed by shamans' talismans. When the talisman is unsealed, the cursed spirit can activate its power and free itself. These spirits can roam freely and start wreaking havoc.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: In Chapter 1, after Yuuji eats one of Ryomen Sukuna's body parts, he gets possessed by Sukuna himself. Thankfully, Yuuji is able to restrain Sukuna inside his body. Later on, Sukuna manages to take control over Yuuji's body.
  • Shock Collar: Goujou trains Yuuji by letting him watch movies together with one of the principal's cursed dolls. It attacks Yuuji if he doesn't emit a constant flow of magical power while controlling his own emotions.
  • The Stoic:
    • Fushiguro is deadpan by default. He is much more serious and calm compared to Yuuji and Goujou.
    • Nanami also counts as one due to his expressionless and apathetic attitude. He is also a rather serious guy, much like Fushiguro, and is rather work-focused.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Inumaki Toge, a second-year at Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo, speaks exclusively using the names of onigiri ingredients. Justified, as he is a spellcaster, which is a kind of exorcism that amplifies the power of words and can be used to control people. As a result, Inumaki himself limits his vocabulary.
  • Straw Nihilist: Mahito is a curse who views valuing or weighing life to be meaningless and life is like river water that flows around the world. He also believes that humans don't have a heart but only a soul and in his view, the soul is just like the body, which is nothing special and it's just there. And he doesn't mind if people do anything what they pleases as people should not be the slaves of indifference, as there's no need for consistency in people's attitude towards life.
  • Talking Animal: Panda, a second-year at Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo, is a panda capable of acting and talking like a human being. Justified, as he is a mutant cursed corpse that was made and nurtured by the principal of Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Yuuji is the type of a person who is unable to kill humans because of his views on giving people a proper death. If he kills someone, the value of life will become ambiguous and there are some people that he treasures dearly. After the incident with Junpei, he questions his values about proper death.
  • Tournament Arc: In Chapter 33 onwards, both Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo and Magic College Kyoto School hold a tournament called "Sister School Festival" or "Goodwill Event", which is a tournament between the shaman students of the respective schools. The intent of this festival is so that the shamans will be able to know their companions and themselves.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Mahito pretends to be Junpei's friend so that he can corrupt him from the inside out by giving him a Hannibal Lecture about life in general and then manipulates him when his mother dies.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Unlike most of the other students at Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo, Panda is non-human. It is soon revealed that he is a mutant cursed corpse that was made by the principal of Jujutsu Speciality High School of Tokyo.
    • There's also a student of Magic College Kyoto School named Ultimate Mekkamaru who looks like a training dummy. It is soon revealed to be a doll controlled by a person who has a severe disability due to him having no right arm and anything below his knees and also having several injuries due to sensitive skin which resulted in him getting bandaged.
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