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From Left: Yuji Itadori, right: Megumi Fushiguro.

"I figured that for the people I know, I want them to die properly."
Yuji Itadori

Yuji 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, Yuji makes a promise to him - that he will do kind deeds so that he dies surrounded by loved ones, unlike his grandfather.

However, Yuji's life takes a sudden turn as he meets Megumi Fushiguro, a sorcerer on the lookout for a cursed object housing an evil spirit. When Yuji's friends open the cursed object that they found, things go south as the cursed spirits that it spawned come to roam the school. As Fushiguro and Yuji are are pushed against the wall, Yuji swallows the cursed object, incarnating into his body none other than the King of Curses, Ryomen Sukuna. Now housing Sukuna within him, Yuji is dragged into Fushiguro's thrilling world of sorcerers and spirits.


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, Yuta Okkotsu, a second year student at Jujutsu Speciality High School of Tokyo and the possessor of a powerful guardian spirit known as Rika.

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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 Yuji. It's not only Nobara, however, as there are other girls who are also sorcerers who fight 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 Yuji befriended, was constantly getting harassed and bullied, especially by 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.
  • Anatomy of the Soul: Discussed throughout the series. Mahito sees the soul as a physical object inside everyone, and his technique allows him to contort the body through simply playing with the soul. The current Geto finds out the original Geto can still control his body despite his death, and so he concludes that the soul and body are exactly the same. This is proven further when Toji is resurrected in his entirety through Ogami just bringing back his body.
  • 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 Yuji 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 Yuji 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: Yuji 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 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 Mechamaru covers himself with many bandages due to his sensitive and fragile skin.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: In Chapter 8, Sukuna kills Yuji 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 Todo, ends up becoming a friend of Yuji after he answers Todo's question about the type of the girl that he likes with "A tall girl with a big butt". This is due to Todo'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, Todo is a huge fan of an idol named Takada-chan, and at one point has a handshake with her during the Individual Handshake Event. When someone gets on his good side, Todo is also more than willing to help his friends in need.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In Chapter 2, Gojo spares Yuji, 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 Yuji's execution. However, it is revealed that Gojo and the higher-ups will eventually execute Yuji after he finds and consumes all of Sukuna.
  • Contortionist: Mahito is a curse who has the power of contorting other people's bodies through manipulating their soul. He uses said powers to experiment on humans.
  • Cool Teacher:
    • Gojo hides youthful features beneath his blindfold. He is relatively likable among his students, given his fun personality and sassy attitude. He cares about his students, and is considered to be one of the most powerful living sorcerers
    • May also apply to the principal of Jujutsu Specialty High School of Tokyo, who asks Yuji 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.
    • The principal of Magic College Kyoto School, Gakuganji 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, Yuji's friend, Junpei, is turned into a blob-like creature by a curse named Mahito, much to Yuji's disgust and anger.
  • Darkest Hour: Chapter 27 is one of the darkest chapters in the manga. When Yuji tries to persuade Junpei to join Jujutsu High, suddenly Mahito appears and contorts Junpei's body for shits and giggles. When Yuji tries to ask Sukuna to revive Junpei, Sukuna's response to the incident is to mock Yuji and laughing sadistically with Mahito, which results in Yuji having a Heroic BSoD and making his priority to kill Mahito his raison d'etre.
  • Deal with the Devil: Before Yuji came back from the dead, Ryomen Sukuna made a pact with him. However, the pact that Sukuna made has no conditions. This angers Yuji, 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, Yuji is able to restrain Sukuna from fully possessing his body.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Kokusen - Black Flash is this for all jujutsu sorcerers. It requires you to apply energy directly after a physical strike (no more than 0.000001 seconds), but the control needed is so fine that for many it ends up being akin to a Critical Hit. Yuji, whose cursed power already delays itself in his body, can grasp it easier than others.
  • 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 domain, 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 Gojo's Immeasurable Void, which is nothing but an endless void.
  • Equivalent Exchange: Curse power and certain techniques powered by it seem to follow rules involving trade-offs. For example, a barrier was erected in order to keep out Gojo, but in exchange anyone else could enter it. Nanami's "Overtime" contract boosts his power but requires him to have dragged a fight out long enough to trigger it.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Invoking this trope has special benefits in the Jujutsu Kaisen universe. Every jujutsu sorcerer can call upon a contract which boosts the effectiveness of their abilities, at the cost of giving away the nature of their technique.
  • 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 Yuji 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.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Geto makes his first appearance in the main story, he has stitches along his head. While it could initially be chalked up to him making a recovery after Gojo confronts him in Volume 0, it actually serves the reveal later that the dead Geto had his brain swapped with that of someone else.
    • Early on, Megumi expresses an interest in using Cursed Tools to compliment his fighting style when talking to the second-years, and is briefly shown using his technique to put his fingers in his own shadow. When fighting Hanami over 30 chapters later, he reveals Cursed Tools he's stored within his shadows for him and Maki to use.
    • Yuji displays an abnormal, unexplained resistance to poison when fighting Junpei early on. It can very easily be dismissed as Junpei simply being too weak to affect him, or Yuji using Heroic Willpower. Later in his fight with Eso and Kechizu it's explained that Sukuna, as the King of Curses, is immune to all poisons, making Yuji immune by extension.
  • 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 main power of Hanami, the Forest Curse. 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, Yuji then begins to question himself about what is a "proper death" is. 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 Mechamaru 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 gives this to push Junpei further into misanthropy. He asks about the human soul in general, the meaning of life and pushes the idea that "indifference" is a virtue that human beings should strive to have.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Yuji tries to redeem Junpei for what he had done and befriends him later on, Mahito appears and turns Junpei into a lifeless blob, which triggers Yuji's BSOD. It doesn't help that the curse who possesses him, Sukuna, also laughs at Yuji'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 Yuji 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: Toji Fushiguro delivers this once trapped in the domain of an imaginary vengeful spirit controlled by Geto. The spirit asks him if it is pretty, and when he realizes you can only escape the domain by answering its question, he responds this way, opening himself up to its onslaught.
  • Not Quite Dead: Although in Chapter 8 Sukuna supposedly kills Yuji by tearing out his heart, it is revealed that he didn't die. Instead, Sukuna transported him to his territory in the Inner World.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: Yuji's response towards the teacher who acts condescending towards him while Yuuji is trying to talk to Yoshino. Yuji pulls his pants off and steals him.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: In Chapter 3, it is revealed that Fushiguro had asked Gojo to spare Yuuji from his impending execution. Fortunately, Gojo complies. It is ruled that Yuji will ultimately be killed after he finds and eats all of Sukuna's body parts.
  • Power Limiter: Gojo 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: Yuji 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 harm the suspected murderer.
    • 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 Yuji on trying to find and kill Mahito.
  • Sadist: Both Mahito and Sukuna proceed to laugh at Yuji's suffering after Mahito turns Yuuji's friend, Junpei, into a mindless blob, while Sukuna himself refuses to help Yuji by reviving his friend.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A lot of cursed objects and spirits are sealed by sorcerers' 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 Yuji eats one of Ryomen Sukuna's body parts, he gets possessed by Sukuna himself. Thankfully, Yuji is able to restrain Sukuna inside his body. Later on, Sukuna manages to take control over Yuji's body.
  • Shock Collar: Gojo trains Yuji by letting him watch movies together with one of the principal's cursed dolls. It attacks Yuji 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 Yuji and Gojo.
    • 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: Yuji 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 the "Sister School Festival" or "Goodwill Event", which is a tournament between the sorcerer students of the respective schools. The intent of this festival is so that the sorcerers 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 swaying him to a nihilistic viewpoint, and then pushes him further into despair by setting his mother up to be killed.
  • 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 Mechamaru 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.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 90. Gojo is stalled for one minute inside his brain, and successfully sealed into Prison Realm. The catch is that what stalls him long enough to be captured is the sight of his old friend Suguru Geto, because he had killed him one year prior to the start of the series. While someone who has read the prequel would be able to deduce this, Gojo then demands to know who Geto really is. What follows is Geto pulling a string to remove the top part of his head, revealing an exposed brain with teeth sticking out.
      False Geto: Yeesh! How'd you know?

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