Jujutsu Kaisen and Demon Slayer are two of the biggest Shonen franchises in the world today, despite the fact that they both only debuted in recent years. With Gege Akutami’s and Koyoharu Gotouge’s series respectively releasing two films that have become the greatest examples of anime films in the world, it would seem that Yuji Itadori’s animated story has a lot to thank Tanjiro and company. At this year’s Anime Expo, the creators of MAPPA revealed some big reveals about how they approached the first season following Jujutsu Tech.
At Jujutsu Kaisen panel at Anime Expo, MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka and screenwriter Hiroshi Seko dove into the approach that was taken for the early episodes and how the success of Kimetsu no Yaiba helped push the TV series forward:
“When asked if they saw JJK and his popularity coming, Manabu replied that they had an expectation because we knew Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba was huge. He felt there were similarities, but Manabu was very grateful because of the hit’s potential. They weren’t aiming to make it a hit, but it became one organically. Seko agrees, saying that KNY’s success was crazy, and they thought they could do something similar given the anime market at home and abroad. The writer also notes that JJK was going to be loved overseas, but not how much. This made everyone very surprised and very happy. And of course, Hiroaki felt the same way. They were aiming for success because JJK was successful overseas, but even that level surprised them all.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train became the highest-grossing animated film of all time when it was released in theaters around the world, although Jujutsu Kaisen 0 certainly did its best to catch up by being included in the top ten anime movies as well. For fans who might be hungry for new anime from both, the second season of Jujutsu Kaisen and the third season of demon slayer should arrive next year.
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