Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 has finally started adapting the Shibuya Incident arc, and with episode 8, it broke the biggest rule set by author Gege Akutami for the anime adaptation.
Anyone who has read the Jujutsu Kaisen manga may have noticed that most of the narration has been either reworked as monologues or simply omitted.
This was the rule Gege Akutami had for anime adaptations. He asked the studio not to have narration in the anime, and this worked really well as it elevated the anime to new heights.
The studio broke this rule in episode 8 during the fight between Yuji and the grasshopper curse.
The anime retained the narration from the manga.
This may suggest that we may see more narration in the anime, and becomes as prominent as in the manga.
This change is still not something we should take against the studio because of how the Shibuya Incident arc was written in the manga.
The arc has many moments where narration explains things that no other character may have known and are important enough to not skip.
Examples of such are the explanation of how revived Toji was still around and how Haruta’s cursed technique worked, where Haruta himself was unaware of it.
In previous seasons, it was easier to avoid narration as there weren’t many and it wasn’t as important.
Prior to the premiere of Season 2, it was known that there would be major changes as the series has a new director and character designer.
The effects have shown as the episodes feel completely different, although it is also because of the tone the Shibuya Incident arc is set in.
Gege Akutami started its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in March 2018.
The author shared that he plans to end the manga by the end of this year.
In October 2020, Mappa adapted the manga into a TV anime that ran for 24 episodes.
The second season will run for two cours consecutively starting July 6 and cover the Hidden Inventory Arc in the first cour.
The first cour has already ended, and the second cour began on August 31 and covers the Shibuya Incident Arc.
Crunchyroll describes season two as:
This is the innocent spring that the two strongest lost forever. Itadori Yuji took Ryomen Sukuna into his own body in June 2018. Okkotsu Yuta freed Orimoto Rika from her curse in December 2017.
And now it’s spring 2006. Gojo Satoru and Geto Suguru, two peerless jujutsu sorcerers from Jujutsu High, have been given two missions by Tengen, an immortal known as the cornerstone of the jujutsu community.
One mission is the escorting and erasure of the “Star Plasma Vessel”, Amanai Riko, the girl chosen as the best match to merge with Tengen.
So the two of them set out on their escort mission in order to keep the jujutsu community going, but an assassin calling himself Fushiguro interferes in an attempt to assassinate the Star Plasma Vessel.