Jujutsu Kaisen 0: release date, characters, all about the derivative film

Jujutsu Kaisen may have only aired one 24-episode season, but this popular new anime is already entitled to a spin-off movie.

Titled Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0, the film is a rarity among animated films since it is a prequel directly adapted from the manga, and it will focus on an all-new character.

The prequel film will follow Okkotsu, who was often mentioned but never seen in the anime, but was revealed in a trailer that garnered over 6 million views.

It can be said that the film Jujutsu Kaisen arouses a lot of interest. Here’s everything we know about this spinoff film.

Jujutsu Kaisen movie release date

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was released in Japan on Friday, December 24, 2021. In France, the release date of Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0 is scheduled for March 16, 2022.

Anime films usually arrive in international markets a few months after their Japanese release. It is therefore not surprising that we had to wait 3 months after the land of the rising sun.

The Japanese release date of December 24 was no coincidence, however, as most of the events in the manga’s history take place on that date.

An early trailer for the film was released in March 2021, and was mostly made up of animatics. A second, very brief trailer was released in July, showcasing the film’s stunning animations and soundtrack.

The poster was released in June 2021, along with the release date in Japan.

The characters of Jujutsu Kaisen 0

As the film is a prequel, this means that the usual characters from Jujutsu Kaisen’s first year, such as Yuji, Megumi, and Nobaro, will not appear in the film. On the other hand, the second years Maki Zenin, Toge Inumaki, Panda and professor Satoru Gojo will make an appearance, as well as interesting new characters…

Yuta Okkotsu

Yuta Okkotsu is a brand new character from the Jujutsu Kaisen anime. The film will tell his story and explain his connection to the students of Jujutsu High.

Based on the cursed child arc that the film will adapt, Yuta will be wracked with guilt and remorse after the death of his childhood friend Rika in a traffic accident, but will return as a spirit. However, his cursed spirit is not the girl he remembers, but a vengeful, monstrous being who protects Yuta with disturbing violence.

Unable to control Rika, Yuta plans to isolate himself all his life, until his teacher Satoru Gojo encourages him to enroll in Jujutsu High School so he can face his childhood friend.

Yuta is mentioned several times in the anime, most notably by Satoru Gojo who speaks highly of it, while Aoi Todo states that he wants to fight Yuta one-on-one. Yuta must therefore acquire a sacred reputation in this film…

Rika Orimoto

Rika Orimoto is a childhood friend of Yuta who dies in a tragic car accident. However, after her death, she is transformed into a vengeful cursed spirit known as the Queen of Curses, and spends years haunting Yuta. Yuta then enrolls in Jujitsu High School in an effort to break the curse and let her pass into the afterlife.

Satoru Gojo

Satoru Gojo is a teacher at Jujitsu High and one of the main characters in the Jujitsu Kaisen series. He is a special grade Jujitsu wizard and can use his curse power to control the world around him in several different ways. He is widely considered the strongest of the Jujitsu wizards, granting him great influence and earning him the respect of other wizards.

Satoru has previously appeared in the Jujutsu Kaisen anime, where he teaches Yuji, Megumi Fushiguro, and Nobara Kugisaki.

Maki Zenin

Maki Zenin is a supporting character in the Jujutsu Kaisen anime where she appears as a second year – but she is a main character in Jujutsu Kaisen 0, which is set a year earlier.

Maki is from the prestigious Zenin family, but was shunned due to her lack of cursed energy. Rather than being the clan’s servant, Maki fled to Jujutsu High, using glasses to see curses and making use of superhuman strength after being born with a celestial restriction.

Toga Inumaki

Also a second year in the Jujutsu Kaisen anime, Toge Inumaki inherited rare and powerful cursed speech techniques from the Inumaki family. So he keeps his mouth covered and uses rice ball ingredients to speak, as the power of his voice can affect curses depending on how he uses his words.


Panda literally looks like a panda, but he’s actually a cursed, abruptly mutated corpse that’s sentient and grows and matures as it ages. Also a second year in the TV series, Panda is part of the school’s sister-swap event along with Maki and Toge.

Plot of the movie Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen is a rare anime prequel that will adapt the manga Jujutsu Kaisen 0, which was originally a one-off spin-off but has since been retroactively added to the main series as the Cursed Child arc ( no reference to the Harry Potter play though!).

Set a year before the events of the TV series, the film will tell the story of Yuta Okkotsu, whose childhood friend Rika died when he was young. However, Rika’s spirit has been cursed and now follows Yuta in the form of a monstrous entity, harming those around him and even causing Yuta to avoid human contact.

However, he then meets Professor Satoru Gojo who encourages Yuta to join Jujutsu High School and learn how to break the curse.

Feeling responsible for what happened to Rika and everyone the curse hurt, Yuta must regain his confidence and self-esteem in time for one final showdown with Rika, with the hopes of finally being able to free her.

With Yuta’s past having been the subject of a movie, it is highly likely that Yuta will appear in the second season of the Jujutsu Kaisen anime if the popular series is renewed.