Jujutsu Kaisen review. A summer that advances and an autumn that returns – Ramen Para Dos

Jujutsu Kaisen. A summer that advances and an autumn that returns

for the publisher Shueisha, when the title of a manga is synonymous with bestseller, that is always a guarantee to be able to exploit the story in other formats. We have seen it recently with Guardians of the night, a work from which practically all of its derivative products have been licensed in Spain. Now jujutsu kaisen goes the same way.

Editorial Standard announced in the past Manga Barcelona who had acquired the rights to the two novels based on the work of Gege Akutami. The first of them, A summer that advances and an autumn that returnsis available since last March.

This was originally published in Japan in May 2019 under the original title of Yuu Natsu to Kaeru Aki. And like the novels of Guardians of the night (of which you can also read their reviews at Ramen for Two), this book conveys the same feeling: it’s like reading a fanfic, but canon. His actor, Ballad Kitaguninarrates five stories with different protagonists who stay true to the events of the manga. The good thing is that these are located just before the “Exchange Arch with the Kyoto School”, so it is a suitable reading also for those who have only seen the anime.

JUJUTSU KAISEN YUKU NATSU TO KAERU AKI © 2019 by Gege Akutami, Ballad Kitaguni

Exploring the ins and outs of Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen. A summer that advances and an autumn that returns is made up of five stories. The first of them, “For a walk on a day off”, has as protagonists Yūji Y megumi, who, as the title indicates, enjoy their free time together. Both boys spend an afternoon playing in the arcade until they run into their teacher. gojowhom they decide to follow to a maid café of “angelic” maidens who will test the patience of fushiguro. A very light and funny story, which undoubtedly shines thanks to some very ingenious dialogues.

The second story is one of my favorites from this novel. “Resurrected Puppet” brings together Nanami Y gojo on a mission to exorcise a supposed puppet who is capable of raising the dead. gojo he’s as troublesome as ever, getting on his nerves Nanamibut it is noted that, deep down, both are very fond of each other and maintain a relationship that could be described as friendship.

The interesting thing about this chapter is that, although in a subtle way, it reflects very well the philosophy of gojo, his reason to protect the weak and restore sorcery society since teaching. His purpose is that the same thing that happened to him does not happen again. Getô, so he takes care of all his students. And that goes for protecting Yūjiso it is not surprising that at the end of the story he asks for help from Nanami In that aspect.

JUJUTSU KAISEN YUKU NATSU TO KAERU AKI © 2019 by Gege Akutami, Ballad Kitaguni

This brings me to the fourth story, “Mr. Ijichi He works too hard.” Another of my favorites because, like the first, it shows a part of the personality of gojo which makes him my favorite character in the play (although he is only mentioned in it).

Maybe Ijichi not be a popular character, but it is an ordinary adult surrounded by special people and that is what makes him a character with whom it is easier to empathize. Thanks to this story, the reader can learn about the work of an administrator in the world of wizardry through the eyes of Yūjiwho accompanies him on different errands, thus understanding how important the role of people is as Ijichi so that the school and part of the sorcery system continue to function.

While the two are forced to spend time together for gojoread “Mr. Ijichi works too much” made me question if this situation was not deliberately created by gojo. She possibly realized that Ijichi he felt guilty for having sent Yūji death during the “Cursed Fetus Under the Sky” arc and had the boy stay at his house hoping they would get a chance to talk. Obviously, it’s mere speculation on my part, but even though he’s always making fun of him, it wouldn’t be the first time gojo is sensitive to the needs of Ijichi. And, thanks to that, we get one of the most sincere dialogues of the novel.

JUJUTSU KAISEN YUKU NATSU TO KAERU AKI © 2019 by Gege Akutami, Ballad Kitaguni

Moving on to the third story, “Fables of the Dark”, follows Mahito for the underworld of the city. In search of the perfect lair, he meets a human being who has left everything in life. An almost philosophical account of the existence and role of human beings in lifewhich takes us into the mind of Mahito and makes us understand it a little better.

Finally, the book closes with “A guardian ghost on patrol.” Here, Yūji meets a boy who doesn’t want to come home because there is a curse on the door. Despite attempts to Yūji by exorcising it, it ends up always coming back, which will force him to reason and put into practice everything he has learned to find the key. Is about a simple story and that deals perfectly with the characterization of Yūji: a person with a good heart, nice, insightful and understanding, but who deep down feels lonely after the death of his grandfather. Qualities that not only enchant all the followers of jujutsu kaisenbut also make him stand out as a great protagonist within the shonen modern.

JUJUTSU KAISEN YUKU NATSU TO KAERU AKI © 2019 by Gege Akutami, Ballad Kitaguni

Firm reflection of the essence of Jujutsu Kaisen

The stories that make up Jujutsu Kaisen. A summer that advances and an autumn that returns do not add much to the original plot of Gege Akutami’s work, but rather act as “bonus scenes” to the events of the main story. They are not spectacular stories, there are no great fight scenes, nor is there any originality in the plot. Nevertheless, All in all, they are an entertaining read. because each of them employs a different tone, ranging from comedy to the philosophical.

What the work does very well is to give more depth to the characters. It made me find reasons to be more interested in Mahito either Ijichi and the appearances of Yūji gave me more reason to adore him as the lead.

If all this is possible, it is thanks to Ballad Kitaguni. As author, does an excellent job understanding the psychology of the characters created by Akutami, something that would only be possible by being a great fan of the work. Because it not only captures the essence of jujutsu kaisenbut the dialogues are also impregnated with the particular personality of its author. What makes it so special and interesting jujutsu kaisen.

JUJUTSU KAISEN YUKU NATSU TO KAERU AKI © 2019 by Gege Akutami, Ballad Kitaguni

The edition

Editorial Standard has published the first novel of jujutsu kaisen in the same format as the novels of other popular magazine titles Weekly Shonen JumpWhat The Promised Neverland either Guardians of the night. It’s about a paperback format with 14.8 x 21 cm flapsthat is, a size somewhat larger than a manga volume, made up of 148 pages and color expandable pages.

The Spanish edition includes the same as the Japanese. Although Ballad Kitaguni is in charge of writing the book, Gege Akutami is behind the illustrations on both the cover and those inside, although the latter are not in color. The extensible pages, which can be used as a poster, have an illustration on the front (the one on the cover) and another on the back (one of the color spreads originally published in the Weekly Shonen Jump with chapter 28).

As for the translation, it is carried out by Martha Gallegoof Daruma. She is not the same person behind the translation of the manga series volumes, but fortunately the difference is not noticeable and she is still pretty good. Translating narrative should not be an easy task, because, beyond the work of translation, there must be interpretation work and knowing how to adapt and transmit the writer’s style. However, I have found a very fluent reading.

JUJUTSU KAISEN YUKU NATSU TO KAERU AKI © 2019 by Gege Akutami, Ballad Kitaguni

conclusion

I wouldn’t recommend the novel to anyone who isn’t a huge fan of jujutsu kaisenbut if you like anime or manga as much as I do, you will find it very interesting to delve into the personalities of our characters and learn about their facets in other contexts that do not have as much space in the original work.

It is a entertaining read, although without great pretensions, but that leaves you wanting more. Fortunately, Editorial Standard He also owns the rights to the second novel and I’m already looking forward to reading it.

The best

  • Ballad Kitaguni understands Gege Akutami’s style very well, so this novel is like an extension of the manga.
  • It has very clever dialogue.

Worst

  • I have missed a greater appearance of megumi Y nobara.