Volume 14 is in bookstores: the manga phenomenon “Jujutsu Kaisen” has settled in France for a long time

French manga readers are passionate about Jujutsu Kaisen. Since the release of the 1st volume in 2020, more than 2 million copies of the series have been snapped up in France. Never has a title sold so much and so quickly in our country according to figures from the publisher Ki-oon. The phenomenon is just as heavy in Japan since the manga is the one that sold the most in 2021 with more than 30 million books sold.

Volume 14 has been available in French bookstores since Thursday April 7. When the previous part was published last February, the volume had even climbed into the top 10 bestsellers. Weekly Books, all genres combined. The adventures of the young author Gege Akutami therefore positioned themselves alongside new publications by Pierre Lemaitre, Nicolas Mathieu or Leïla Slimani, familiar with these authors who were awarded the Goncourt prize. Nothing less.

Jujutsu Kaisen plunges us into a Japanese society battered by plagues. The plagues here are monsters and spirits created by the negative emotions of humans. Yuji, a high school student with a strong personality, will have to come up against it and become an exorcist in spite of himself. Through these plagues, the manga questions us about good and evil, our own emotions and interpersonal relationships.

The reasons for the success are multiple because Jujutsu Kaisen also offers us, and generously, what makes up Japanese folklore: demons, ghosts, traditional costumes… Cultural elements that greatly appeal to Japanophiles in France. And at the same time, the series explores a very modern, very connected world, with characters talking about cinema or video games. Readers revel in these references to pop culture.

Readers are not left out as this manga was first created for a “shonen” register and therefore for boys, published in the mythical “Shonen Jump”, the Japanese magazine which saw an explosion dragonball, One Piece Where naruto. Why ? Because these meet in Jujutsu Kaisen female figures particularly worked, having charisma and wanting to succeed in life by themselves. This means that the manga also circulates in families, mothers being able to read the manga alongside their daughters.

“These two different age groups that we also find through Yuji, a young boy of 17, and his older teacher, Satoru Gojo, symbolize the two audiences of the series, says Ahmed Agne, editorial director of Ki-oon editions, joined by franceinfo. We can therefore identify as a high school student in everyday adolescent problems, with worries with their parents, love, money… And adult problems with Satoru Gojo who is in conflict with his hierarchy.

The phenomenon Jujutsu Kaisen is such that the universe is already deliciously taken over by cosplayers, these fans of Japanese heroes who reproduce their costumes with fidelity and perfectionism. Others have the series in their skin, literally, not hesitating to get tattoos of manga characters after having devoured the pages. From Paris to Saintes, specialized tattoo artists like Maison Kuma or Popmory, find themselves with requests for the coming weeks as you can see in the video above.

It is also possible to discover Jujutsu Kaisen with its animated version available on Crunchyroll. Again, this nugget panics the counters since it is among the biggest viewing successes on the platform. Season 2 is expected in 2023. The movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0 released in mid-March is still showing.