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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jujutsu Kaisen is a violent, dark fantasy anime based in a world of demons and curses. There is blood and fantasy violence. Demons/creatures throughout the show could be scary and uncomfortable at times. The occasional poster/image of a woman in a tiny bikini is shown, and during a battle, a female character's chest is groped by demons. Language is light; "hell" and "damn" is as intense as it gets. Themes of teamwork and perseverance are present. The main character demonstrates good intentions through his naivete.
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What's the Story?
JUJUTSU KAISEN follows Yuuji Itadori (Junya Enoki), a typical high school student with slightly above average strength and standard motivation to use it. When his grandfather dies, he leaves him with one dying wish: "You're a strong kid so try to help others." He doesn't know what to make of this wish until Megumi Fushigoro (Yuma Uchida) approaches him, demanding to know where a cursed finger is. Violence, chaos, and confusion follow, and Itadori eats the finger and becomes partially possessed in the process. He has two options: to be executed immediately or eat 20 more cursed fingers and face execution later. How will this impact Itadori's ordinary life, and who will he encounter at Tokyo Jujutsu High School?
Is It Any Good?
This is a standard shonen anime, but it's distinguishable in that the main character's introduction is bleak, and we get to see how his journey unfolds through that lens. As with most anime shows, there's a rapid introduction to multiple characters, but here there's an attempt to flesh them out through interactions and teamwork. Constant violence and dismemberment make this a show more suitable watch for older teens who are fans of the genre.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Parents can talk about violence and plot in Jujutsu Kaisen. What would this show look like without fighting? How would the characters deal with conflict?
How is teamwork explored through these characters' battles? Why is this character strength important?
How does Itadori show perseverance? Why is this character strength important?
- Premiere date: March 8, 2022
- Cast: Junya Enoki, Yûichi Nakamura, Yuma Uchida
- Network: HBO Max
- Genre: Action
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, High School
- Character Strengths: Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: March 9, 2023
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