Jujutsu Kaisen made a giant splash when it took house the Anime of the Yr award on the fifth annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards earlier in February. The win isn’t stunning given the manga’s latest explosion in gross sales within the wake of the anime’s rising reputation. The story of Yuuji Itadori, a physically-gifted excessive schooler-turned-jujutsu sorcerer (suppose “exorcist”) in coaching, has definitely struck a chord amongst anime followers and savvy critics, some going as far as to champion the anime as a noteworthy— even revolutionary work in the historical past of shōnen motion anime.
With the collection at the moment sitting on the tail-end of the primary 24-episode season, now is a good time to queue a pair new anime to tied you over till the seemingly inevitable announcement of Jujutsu Kaisen’s second season. With that in thoughts, we polled our workers to deliver you six anime you need to watch should you love Jujustu Kaisen.
Yu Yu Hakusho
Jujutsu Kaisen could or not be the supernatural shōnen anime du jour this yr, however earlier than both Jujutsu Kaisen was given delight of place on the heart of the anime zeitgeist, there was Yu Yu Hakusho. Premiering on Japanese tv in 1992 earlier than airing on Cartoon Community’s Grownup Swim block almost a decade later, the anime adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi’s supernatural martial arts journey manga was heralded as one of the vital standard anime collection of its time and whose lasting enchantment and recognition endures to today.
Yu Yu Hakusho tells the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a 14-year-old delinquent who, in an uncharacteristic act of spur-of-the-moment altruism, sacrifices his life to avoid wasting that of a small little one’s. Having impressed the powers that be, Yusuke is recruited by the Grim Reaper Botan to change into a Spirit Detective, an arbiter of types between the bodily and spirit worlds who’s tasked with the accountability of investigating paranormal exercise and defeating malicious demons who prey on people. What Jujutsu Kaisen and Yu Yu Hakusho share in frequent is an emphasis on robust characters, fearsome preternatural foes, fantastically animated fights, and resonant themes of friendship and willpower within the face of overwhelming opposition. When you’re a Jujutsu Kaisen fan, a Hunter x Hunter fan (the 2 share the identical creator!), or only a shōnen anime fan generally and one way or the other have not watched Yu Yu Hakusho but, you completely should make it a precedence in your watch record. You received’t remorse it! —Toussaint Egan
Yu Yu Hakusho is on the market to stream on Hulu and Funimation.
Naruto is clearly a shōnen anime staple, being one of the vital standard collection of all time. However actually, should you favored Jujutsu Kaisen and you’ve got time to observe 700 episodes of anime, Naruto can be an important alternative. The principle characters share the same dynamic: you may have a loud mouth protagonist, a gloomier rival who helps the protagonist develop, a powerful, badass woman, and an enthralling, masked trainer. That isn’t to say that these characters are the very same, although — they may boil right down to some easy archetypes, however all of them have totally different motivations and personalities.
Whereas Naruto received’t supply the tight pacing you get from a 24-episode anime like Jujutsu Kaisen, neither is it going to supply the nice character growth we see in feminine characters like Nobara, should you’re searching for one thing lengthy to mull you over till the following season of Jujutsu Kaisen, it’s completely price a watch. —Julia Lee
Naruto is on the market to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaibais a simple present to advocate, and a fair simpler present to advocate to followers of Jujutsu Kaisen. A fantasy shōnen that takes place early twentieth century Japan, the present facilities across the accountable huge brother kind Tanjiro Kamado. As an alternative of vanquishing a demon inside him, Kamado should discover a method to rid his sister of a demonic curse. Each reveals introduce viewers to a solid of disturbed, convulsing enemies. Additionally, each have been launched prior to now two years and share a crisp animation model.
Followers of Jujutsu Kaisen would particularly recognize the motion sequences of Demon Slayer. The present persistently delivers nail-biting and fantastically choreographed fights. Every fighter’s powers are as attention-grabbing as they’re visually beautiful, watching the novelty of watching water peel off Kamado’s sword by no means wears off. Additionally, it’s on Netflix now so there’s nothing stopping you from selecting it up. —Ana Diaz
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is on the market to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation.
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Followers of Jujutsu Kaisen keen to dig a little bit deeper into the anime catalogue ought to try Soul Eater. Created by Atsushi Ohkubo (the thoughts behind Hearth Pressure), Soul Eater follows Maka Albarn and Soul Evans of their quest to defeat and devour the souls of corrupted people. Some characters (Evan’s included) on the planet have the facility to transmute into highly effective weapons. In every battle, Evans transforms right into a comically giant dying that Albarn wields.
Don’t let its Halloweeny artwork model idiot you. This present oozes in direction of darkish locations and explores the inner struggles of its characters in stunning depth. Evans undertakes the same journey to Itadori, the place he negotiates with a satan inside him with the intention to entry his full powers and shield those he loves. And whereas a few of its battle scenes can really feel a bit drawn out, Soul Eater does comedy rather well. So anybody searching for the same vitality to Gojo Satoru would seemingly take pleasure in a lot of its off-beat solid members. —Ana Diaz
Soul Eater is on the market to stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Funimation.
Studio MAPPA’s 2019 remake of Dororo shares among the similar tonal-DNA that makes Jujutsu Kaisen tick, even when it’s premise strikes in the wrong way. Whereas Jujutsu Kaisen is a couple of cursed demon gaining his physique again from people, Dororo is the opposite means round.
Dororo is ready in 1400s Japan andfollows a younger ronin named Hyakkimaru, whose father made a pact with a demon. As a part of the pact, Hyakkimaru was born with out limbs or pores and skin, and to realize them, he should seek out the demons to which his father is indebted. The present is simply as darkish as Jujutsu Kaisen typically is and has the identical penchant for philosophical monologues. Every of those monologues is normally punctuated with a panoramic battle scene because of MAPPA’s completely beautiful animation, which makes it an ideal method to move the time whilst you look ahead to Jujutsu Kaisen season 2. —Austen Goslin
Dororo is on the market to stream on Amazon Prime.
The God of Excessive Faculty
One factor that just about each one who has watched Jujutsu Kaisen can agree on is that this: the battle scenes completely slap. Whereas in fact that is to be anticipated of any noteworthy shōnen motion collection, the motion in Jujutsu Kaisen has been particularly spectacular, significantly Gojou Satori’s temporary however explosive bout with a Sekuna-possessed Yuuji within the collection’ second episode or Yuuji and Aoi’s tag-team onslaught in opposition to the cursed spirit Hanami in episode 19. You may thank Keiichiro Watanabe for each of these stand-out sequences, a key animator whose work on anime corresponding to Naruto, Dororo, and now Jujutsu Kaisen has earned him effusive respect and notoriety amongst anime lovers. The God of Excessive Faculty, the Crunchyroll-produced anime adaptation of mahwa (Korean for “comedian”) creator Yongje Park’s ongoing Webtoon collection of the identical title, options Watanabe’s work prominently. As talked about in our assessment of the collection final yr,
The fights are beautiful. Like Demon Slayer, the collection finds a brand new method to make motion visually hanging. The place Demon Slayer gave its protagonists’ swordwork an ukiyo-e-esque high quality, with exaggeratedly drawn water following every motion of his blade, The God of Excessive Faculty goes all-in on brush strokes. The characters look extremely polished, however their actions as they get into the thick of fights are adopted by daring, thick brush strokes, and significantly intense moments.
When you’re searching for a trendy motion anime that’ll preserve that adrenaline spike you’re feeling whereas watching Jujutsu Kaisen pumping, The God of Excessive Faculty is a certain wager. —Toussaint Egan
The God of Excessive Faculty is on the market to stream on Crunchyroll and HBO Max.
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