'Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie' In 2022 author Gege Akutami created a dark fantasy and supernatural adventure series titled Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School, which was published in Shueisha's Jump GIGA magazine. However, after the author of it released a new work titled Jujutsu Kaisen the following year, the previous one was renamed Jujutsu Kaisen 0, implying that it was a prequel. Norma Editorial has been in charge of the distribution of these works in our country..
As we discussed at the time Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie as has happened with many other manga before, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 has also managed to make the leap to the audiovisual world, thanks to the Toho production company, as shown by the homonymous film analyzed in this article, directed by Park Sung-hoo, 105 minutes long and which has, in the original language, the voices of Megumi Ogata and Kana Hanazawa as Yuta Okkotsu and Rikka Orimoto, respectively (which, in Spanish, have been dubbed by Diego Ramora and Itzel Mendoza). Below, you can watch the trailer.
Yuta Okkotsu and Rikka Orimoto are two boys who intend to get married when they grow up. However, the death of the little girl in a traffic accident turns her into a cursed being who never abandons her friend and comes to her aid when necessary. In order to free Rikka from this fate, Yuta enters Saturo Gojo's Academy of Sorcery without suspecting that he will soon hold the future of humanity in his hands.
Although Yuta is the undisputed protagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, he has certain allies when fighting against the forces of evil led by the sorcerer known as Suguro Geto, among whom we can highlight, as shown in the image below, Maki Zen'in (who uses a weapon to make up for his lack of cursed energy), Toge Unimaki (whose voice can force his target to do as he is told), and Panda (a gigantic, talking animal).
As usual in the world of cinema, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 has a post-credits scene, so if you want to see the entire film, you shouldn't be in a hurry to get up from your seat.
Although most of the film focuses on the fight between the students of Saturo Gojo's School of Sorcery and the evil forces of Suguro Geto, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is, above all, a story charged with romance, since the relationship of pure love between Yuta and Rikka is the basis on which the entire film is based.
Something that every consumer of manga and anime should be clear about is that the fact that it is an animated film does not mean that it is suitable for children. In the case of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, the age rating considers it not recommended for children under 13 years of age.
Although the production company Crunchyroll, in association with Funimation, acquired the rights to Jujutsu Kaisen 0 for distribution in the United States and Canada, Sony Pictures Releasing has been in charge of this task both in Latin America and in Spain.
Despite the fact that computer animation is currently in fashion, most manga-based movies still retain the traditional style, as in the case of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, to the liking of all of us who are more traditional.
We have already commented that the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga acts as a prequel to the later work, which is something that also happens with the cartoon version, since the events that take place in this film occur before what is narrated in the Jujutsu Kaisen series. , whose first season was released between 2020 and 2021. This same year it has been confirmed that the second can be seen in 2023.
If you are a fan of the world of manga in general and of the work of Gege Akutami in particular, you cannot miss the opportunity to go to the cinema to see Jujutsu Kaisen 0, which can be enjoyed both in its original language and subtitled in Spanish, a plan with which you will not leave anything disappointed.
When they were children, Rikka Orimoto died in a car accident before the eyes of her best friend, Yuta Okkotsu. Rikka became a spirit and Yuta came to wish for his own death after suffering from his curse, but the great sorcerer Gojo Satoru welcomed her to the Academy of Sorcery. There Yuta meets his companions: Maki Zen'in, Toge Inumaki and Panda, and finally finds the determination that he lacked.
Meanwhile, the evil curse user Suguru Geto, who was expelled from the sorcery academy for murdering innocents, appears before Yuta and the rest. Geto aspires to create a paradise exclusively for sorcerers and decides to unleash thousands of curses on Shinjuku and Kyoto to exterminate all non-sorcerers. Can Yuta stop Geto? And what about breaking Rikka's curse?
After months waiting for our turn, 'Jujutsu Kaisen 0' was finally released in Spain on May 27. In some theaters it was even possible to see a preview the day before with little gifts, and the first week in theaters has not gone badly for the anime film.
It has been made to beg and the fans of 'Jujutsu Kaisen' had been burning social networks for months for the anime film to arrive in Spain, and when it finally did, its followers have not disappointed. The first days at the box office have been spectacular for 'Jujutsu Kaisen 0' and it has already achieved very good figures and on a par with other major anime releases.
During its first days in theaters, 'Jujutsu Kaisen 0' has managed to raise 600 million euros. This figure is measured by the collection made at the time by a massive phenomenon such as 'Kimetsu no Yaiba: Infinite Train', which collected around 550,000 euros in its first three days.
Many times releasing an anime film is a huge risk in our country, although in this case we came from a very faithful fandom that had been waiting for new content since the end of the first season of 'Jujutsu Kaisen' and also from all the expectations that were they had been raising us with the premiere in other countries.
Not only superheroes and great sequels, such as Top Gun: Maverick, have the potential to be able to sweep the current billboard, which is made up mostly of sagas and franchises. With only four days of stay on the big screen, Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The film has managed to harvest 600,000 euros, more than half a million.
For the time that the film has been in theaters, we will talk about some very solid figures that reaffirm anime as a more than viable option to be able to make theaters work like silk again. And it is that although part of the normality of yesteryear has returned, cinemas still go through a very severe adaptation process, since the public already only goes to see the films or projects that have ties to stories that they already know, for the most part.
As you can see, the box office that the film has achieved is higher than what Kimetsu No Yaiba put in his pocket: 550,000 euros. Although it is clarified that this was done in just three days last year. Anime is slowly gaining ground at the box office and it is likely that over time many more feature films will end up landing on the big screen. In fact, this summer we are waiting to see what happens with the deployment in Europe of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.
The Dragon Ball movie could be the key to finish starting the machinery for the genre, which of course is already positioned as one of the main ones in post-pandemic contemporary celluloid. The highest-grossing movie of 2022, yes, is still Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which recently surpassed The Batman and will also land on Disney+ on June 22 to make way for Thor: Love and Thunder.
With 'Jujutsu Kaisen 0' we are facing a Japanese animation film different from the usual. It describes the ghostly visits of Rika Orimoto, a girl killed in a car accident in front of her best friend, Yuta Okkotsu.
They had a promise: "When we grow up, we will get married." Then, the great magician Satoru Gojo receives him in a sorcery academy in Tokyo, where he finds in his students the value lost by such a tragic circumstance. Unusual plot premise for a very special anime, a prequel to a manga created by Gege Akutami, in which a villain also intervenes, Suguru Geto, ready for tremendous evil.
'Jujutsu Kaisen 0' is not intended for children, but for youth, well soaked in suggestive sleeves, pregnant with strange curses.
Which gives rise to a sublime love song, in which surrealistic motifs, magic in abundance and a sibylline terror are also inserted, illuminated by a spectacular chromaticism.
A film that ends up revealing itself as a powerful melodrama, culminating in painful romantic scenes, like a bird that ends up hitting the walls. And the fact is that he loved his shadow so much, he dreamed so much about his beloved, he talked so much, suffered and walked so much, that poor Yuta Okkotsu has no choice but to be a shadow among shadows, a ghost among ghosts.
We are not yet out of the hype of "Jujutsu Kaisen 0" in Spain (yesterday was the first day since its premiere that it was left out of the top 3 audience) that we already want to know when the next step in animation of the Jujutsu franchise will arrive. Akira Toriyama. In effect, I'm talking about "Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero", and that's because almost a week after its premiere in Japan, big news has emerged: the first international release date for the film.
Then I leave you with the image shared by Geekdom101 in which you can see how, in effect, a promotional poster has revealed the date in question.
In short, it seems that the promotional machinery for "Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero" will be activated very shortly, because the truth is that beyond what one can find in Japan, the film has been almost invisible internationally. till the date. Now we just have to wait, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Japanese premiere kicked off everything for the rest of the world.
These are good weeks for anime movie lovers in Spain. And it is that nothing was released in our rooms "Jujutsu Kaisen 0", the movie of the popular anime. If you have been left wanting more, in just a few days we will receive another anime feature film: “The Deer King”.
Today, the news is that the first theaters that will premiere "The Deer King" in Spain have already been confirmed, which will finally see the light after several delays. It is important to note that this list is provisional, so more rooms could be added in the coming days. I leave you a couple of details about its premiere and the list right here.
From the very beginning Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is crossed by a double tension, aimed at defining both the starting point of enunciative brands and its own programmatic identity. And in the guise of a prequel, he tends not only to re-adapt the narrative horizon of the series from which he starts. But to re-position himself as a "background", that is, to direct himself towards an antecedent story that infuses the meaning of the original story. That of the series or manga of the same name by Gege Akutami without at the same time losing its own narrative autonomy. And in doing so Sung Hoo Park and the Map Studio follow.
The traces of a route already approved by Ufotable with Demon Slayer The Mugen train, and aimed at enhancing the cinematic format as a primary vehicle of transmedia. That is, according to a productive design that allows the individual stories of a hypermedia universe to officially dialogue with each other. Thus extending their mythology under the sign of an increasingly intense and planned emotional investment.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 therefore starts from the iconography of the serialized anime, of which it is both the background and natural continuation extension. A year before the events of the series, the young Yuta Okkotsu arrives at the Tokyo Institute of Occult Arts to become a sorcerer and thus learn to master the evil energy that flows uncontrollably from his body.
Like his serial counterpart Yuji Itadori, he too harbors a terrible curse, from which he must try to free himself in order to channel his power against the demons that haunt the surrounding reality, and consequently thwart the dark sorcerer's plans of ethnic cleansing. Suguru Geto.
A properly self-referential incipit, that of the film, which immediately responds to the spectatorial needs at the basis of the fanbase narrative universe relationship. And in continuity with the original work (both printed and serial). Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in fact prefigures the protagonist as Itadori's simulacral icon, and at the same time as the significant nucleus of the story. In iconography, as in the dramatic conflict, Yuta recalls his serial counterpart, thus placing himself in the double role of protagonist spectator guide. That is, according to the necessary semantic duplicity that pushes the target audience to re-orient themselves within a familiar world.
By means of those same emotional references that the film enhances as its center of interest. A properly lucid approach, which Jujutsu Kaisen 0 declines in terms of narrative autonomy, starting from the particular identity status of its protagonist. If the curse within Itadori has a negative value, that of Yuta has a different, almost opposite sign.
To contaminate his body (and therefore, his identity) is not the "most fearsome and powerful monster in the world" but the spirit of his deceased girlfriend Rika, who leads the conflict towards a properly traumatic horizon. In a parable that distances the film from the series, allowing it to adopt a relatively intimate approach. Where the necessary (and expected) hand-to-hand combat with the enemy thus opens the way to catharsis. It is only through (physical) conflict. That it is then possible to free oneself from the trauma, and resolve one's own (dramatic) conflict.
At this point it is legitimate to ask ourselves about a relevant aspect: what becomes of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in the eyes of the non-consecrated?. Is it possible for newbies to connect to his world, without first being indoctrinated by his rules? The answer cannot be dogmatic. But it can be sought both in the content elements and in the programmatic configuration of the story.
From the point of view of narrative understanding, the film is accessible to anyone, precisely because it works on the surface. It makes of itself an extra-filmic container. In which all the more conventional figures of the animated Japanese action converge, with which the various audiences have been familiar with for decades.
All in relation to a recent production planning, which pursues success by canonizing what once would have been parallel. And compared to the three most profitable Japanese animations of 2021, namely Belle (authorial film), Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 (re-adaptation of the '97 feature film) and the 24th Detective Conan (collateral work), it opens up a fourth possibility, in where looking at the codes of the past becomes the key to understanding the future scenario of animation.