Jujutsu Kaisen: Japanese version of “Harry Potter”
Kazuhiko Komatsu is considered an extremely well-known scientist in his native Japan, officially holding the title of cultural anthropologist. As a “Yokai” expert, he is primarily concerned with supernatural beings of Japanese folklore and in 2016 was honored with the “Bunka Korosha,” an award for persons of special cultural merit.
As his professional work regularly involves research around curses, he was asked about the successful anime “Jujutsu Kaisen” during the interview. He responded by saying that he had, of course, seen the anime and immediately compared it to “Harry Potter.”
“In summary, I think the anime is a Japanese form of ‘Harry Potter.’ The characters attend a supernatural school and all further developments are very similar to those from ‘Harry Potter” and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The only difference is that ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ focuses on Japanese history and ‘Harry Potter’ is more Western.”
Curses outflow of negative emotions
According to Komatsu, the word “jujutsu” describes all actions that can be used to achieve something in a mysterious way. This would thus include curses, which arise from people’s negative emotions and seek to bring them harm in equal measure.
“Curses are also just a form of magic, which is why ‘jujutsu’ can be equated with magic. With magic, one must basically distinguish between ‘white magic’ for good purposes and ‘black magic’ for evil purposes. Curses, of course, belong to the latter. That’s why I feel the settings are very similar. The curses from ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ are very similar to the ghosts from ‘Harry Potter.'”
Moving on, Komatsu also praised the depiction of the various curses in “Jujutsu Kaisen.” For example, Inumaki Thorn can cast curses with his words, which is roughly similar to the chanting (mantra) of esoteric Buddhism, while Nobara Kugisaki practices what is probably the most well-known form of a curse by hammering nails into a straw doll.
The 24-part anime series “Jujutsu Kaisen” is available in this country with English and Japanese dubbing on Crunchyroll. Disc release will start in the second half of 2022, and the prequel film “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” will be shown in theaters on March 29, 2022.
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High school student Yuji is rather unremarkable, but behind his unassuming facade lies a tremendous power. The school’s sports clubs dream of having Yuji join them, but he prefers to hang out with the weirdos from the paranormal club.
One day, the club members get their hands on a sealed, cursed object. When they open the seal, they have no idea what horror they are conjuring up.