“Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie” (Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0), the first film in the successful franchise created by Gege Akutami, has become a success with its premiere in Japanese theaters on December 24.
This cinematic installment produced by MAP, same study of the popular anime, debuted at the top of the Japanese box office, grossing 2,694,128,150 yen in its first three days, about $ 23.5 million..
With the results of this first weekend, the film has already scored a milestone: according to the news agency Kyodo, “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” became the second best movie premiere in Japanese history, remaining only behind that phenomenon called “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train“(4,623,117,450 yen, about $ 43.8 million).
After the film’s premiere, the MAPPA studio celebrated its debut by sharing a series of illustrations by the animators team on their Twitter account, including this drawing of Yumi Kobayashi.
In commemoration of the release of “Theatrical Version Jujutsu Kaisen 0”, we received a congratulatory illustration from the drawing staff Yumi Kobayashi! !!
– MAP (@MAP_Info) December 29, 2021
The animated feature film adapts “Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 0” (Tokyo Metropolitan Area Technical School of Wizardry), presenting a story that takes place before the events of the hit anime, where we saw “Itadori” swallow a cursed object that transformed him into the container of “Sukuna”, a special grade cursed spirit.
This prequel puts the focus on “Utah”, with the voice of Megumi Ogata (“Shinji” en “Evangelion”), a high school student whose wish is to be executed as a result of the suffering caused by his late childhood friend “Rika”, whose spirit manifests as a monstrous entity, a vengeful spiritual apparition of special category. His damn life changes when he meets “Satoru Gojô“, who convinces him to enter the Technical School of Witchcraft of the Metropolitan Area, where he learns to combat and purify curses.
In Akutami’s manga, the negative feelings of humans become Curses that haunt us in our daily lives and only one Curse can exorcise another Curse.
For now, you can relive the first season of the anime on the streaming platform Crunchyroll.