Discovering a contented midway level between the non-canon, new-audience-accessible anime tie-in movies of current years and the emotional funding of feature-length sequels like final 12 months’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba The Film — Mugen Practice, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 leaves itself open for viewers new and outdated to take pleasure in. Whereas there are implications for the remainder of the collection, it is a movie that manages to really feel pretty self-contained.
The movie follows a special haunted teenage protagonist than in the principle collection, this time the younger recluse Yuta Okkotsu (voiced to nervous perfection within the Japanese model by Megumi Ogata). Haunted by the spirit of his deceased childhood buddy and old flame Rika (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), he is primarily pressured to affix a highschool for sorcerers, which introduces the extra on a regular basis agony of constructing new associates to go along with his extra supernatural troubles.
It’s a variety of enjoyable to have a look at, with the totally different thicknesses of the linework between the cursed vitality the characters wield, the spirits they struggle, and the characters themselves.
These accustomed to the present will rediscover a variety of its pleasures right here, as directed by Seong-Hu Park: it exhibits off the identical mixture of fantasy horror with up to date fashion and aloofness. It’s a variety of enjoyable to have a look at, with the totally different thicknesses of the linework between the cursed vitality the characters wield, the spirits they struggle, and the characters themselves. It provides a singular texture and visible identification to a present that in any other case has no qualms with how acquainted the set-up of Gege Akutami’s manga is — a bit of little bit of Bleach, Hunter X Hunter and others amongst its mixture of horror influences.
The tightrope of various inspirations that the movie walks is most evident in the way it sways between tones in every scene, contrasting genuinely upsetting horror with goofy, irreverent comedy due to the weirdos of Jujutsu Excessive. And it one way or the other works, offered by passionate and incessantly enjoyable voice performances and quirky animation.
But it surely breezes by teenager Yuta’s arc only a bit too rapidly, clearly stage-setting for the large battle on the movie’s finish. As such, his journey feels considerably simplistic because of this, and the affect of the finale turns into dulled, which is disappointing contemplating its potential for some fascinating psychology. Nonetheless, it’s not potential totally wasted, the movie culminating in a hilariously icky parody of earnest, younger (however finally doomed) love, inside the spectacle of its jaw-dropping remaining struggle.