Jujutsu Kaisen Faces Backlash From Japanese Fans For Being Boring And Repetitive

The topic originated with a solitary tweet by @enushi_saba, who bravely articulated what many fans had been contemplating from the beginning. 

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WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers from the Jujutsu Kaisen manga. Read ahead at your own discretion!

Jujutsu Kaisen? Or Sukuna Kaisen?

That’s the #1 question manga fans are asking right now.

Why so? Because the final arc, which is supposed to be the BEST of the series, is becoming more and more predictable.

At first, Jujutsu Kaisen fans were so excited as the showdown between Satoru Gojo and Ryomen Sukuna, the two strongest sorcerers in the show, but Gege made Sukuna so busted that he’s now become plot-armor incarnate.

As a result, Sukuna emerged victorious with every challenge that came before him. One after another, different characters have faced him and end up dead or unable to fight again. This has been repeated so many times in recent months that fans already seem to be tired of the cliché.

Yaraon, a Japanese social media platform, compiled critiques voiced by Japanese readers regarding this matter. Interestingly, it originated with a solitary tweet by @enushi_saba, who bravely articulated what many fans had been contemplating from the beginning.

“I’ll tell you why I don’t like “Jujutsu Kaisen”. Sukuna is extremely strong and he’s the final enemy, so it’s natural to think that some of the main characters will die. So, the team of protagonists must have planned their strategy against the King of Curses. In fact, they had a month to prepare, and they had “cheated” (referring to Yuta’s statement), so they should have several “safeties” prepared. But what do we see so far in the arc? Each of them rushes into battle against Sukuna without a second thought and ends up torn to pieces. Even Satoru Gojo, the strongest of them all, ended up split in half for entering the battle without any precaution or any plan. Megumi Fushiguro’s suicidal behavior is also really boring. The story is being unnecessarily dragged out”

This Tweet got 10.3 million impressions and 24k likes as of writing this piece, so it must mean a lot of people agree with this person’s views.

Moreover, this prompted more tweets and forum comments from fans overseas, where some even said they dropped the series.

Folks over on the Yaraon blog agree with these sentiments and state that they feel disappointed that Gege didn’t write for any of the main characters to have a concrete plan in defeating Sukuna.

  • ” If any of them had had a plan, surely the story would have ended long ago .”
  • ” For some reason, everyone fights Sukuna in a one-on-one battle thinking they can beat him .”
  • The same goes for the Cell arc in Dragon Ball. “They had a period of preparation and they fought one on one .”
  • Gege Akutami wants to protect Sukuna even if it means ruining the reputation of his work. That’s true love .”
  • This is a battle-royale. Infinite battles around Sukuna in an endless cycle .
  • ” It’s incredible that even on Twitter, where criticism is not allowed no matter how bad it is, it is now 90% negative about the current state of Jujutsu Kaisen .”

Some of them even wonder whether the author will take the Demon Slayer route and attack all at once.

  • ” I wonder if they will use the Kimetsu no Yaiba resource where everyone decided to attack at the same time and finally managed to win .”
  • The only really important thing is the fact that no one thinks about “attacking all at once”, perhaps because that’s how Kimetsu no Yaiba ended, because someone finally thought of it .

About Jujutsu Kaisen:

Jujutsu Kaisen is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami.

It has been serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2018, with its chapters collected and published in 26 tankōbon volumes as of April 2024.

Studio MAPPA brought the world of JJK into anime by airing 24 episodes of season 1 from October 2020 to March 2021 and a second season that premiered in July 2023. A sequel covering the “Culling Game” arc has been announced.

Crunchyroll describes the overall plot of Jujutsu Kaisen as:

Yuji Itadori is a boy with tremendous physical strength, though he lives a completely ordinary high school life.

One day, to save a classmate who has been attacked by curses, he eats the finger of Ryomen Sukuna, taking the curse into his own soul.

From then on, he shares one body with Ryomen Sukuna.

Guided by the most powerful of sorcerers, Satoru Gojo, Itadori is admitted to Tokyo Jujutsu High School, an organization that fights the curses… and thus begins the heroic tale of a boy who became a curse to exorcise a curse, a life from which he could never turn back.