Jujutsu Kaisen (Episode 16) – Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 2 –

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Toudou and Itadori continue their fight/bromance. Meanwhile, Nobara and Panda come up against Mechamaru and Nishimiya. Could we be about to see the first competitor to be retired from the event?

Jujutsu Kaisen (Episode 16) – Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 2 –

What happened?

Toudou explained how cursed energy is channelled through the body, but he also tells Itadori that it doesn’t need to be that way. Try not to think about the flow and the path, but focus on everything. Use all your being and fight. Toudou is getting quite philosophical!

Meanwhile, Nobara and Panda found Nishimiya after Fushiguru’s bird knocked her out of the sky. Nobara attempted to get a rise out of her by saying she was going to kill Maki and that maybe she would turn Mechamaru into scrap.

A sudden blast of energy took out Panda and caught Nobara by surprise. Mechamaru strolled out of the undergrowth and explained that Panda would be out for a while as he is a cursed corpse and not a panda! Mechamaru and Nishimiya argued about who would get to fight Nobara, but then Panda got back up and charged towards Mechamaru.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 Toudou and Itadori

Mechamaru is a puppet used by a Jujutsu Sorcerer who is unable to move on his own. The mecha allows him to fight and do other things. He has a number of weapons and each of them is more deadly than the other. Panda landed some good blows, but then Mechamaru unleashed his most powerful canon. Panda realised that Nobara would be hit if he dodged, so he took it head-on.

Unfortunately for Mechamaru, Panda survived and took on another form – Gorilla mode. Panda is a cursed corpse given life by principal Yaga. However, Panda is unlike any other. He actually has three cores inside him, allowing him to use the abilities and strengths of his brother and sister when needed.

Using his brother’s gorilla powers, he smashed Mechamaru to pieces, forcing him to retire from the event.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 Mechamaru versus Panda

What did you think?

Well, that was a lot of fun. I’m glad that we got some explanation as to what Panda is and I’m also relieved to learn that he’s not a panda. He being a cursed corpse makes a lot of sense in terms of this world and from what we’ve seen of Principal Yaga. The multiple cores make him that much more interesting and the identity of his sister has been kept a mystery. That’ll be something to look forward to.

However, the best thing about this episode was the continued bromance of Toudou and Itadori. It’s just hilarious and actually serving a purpose. Also, given what we’ve leant about Toudou so far, it completely makes sense for his character. He doesn’t just want to beat people, he wants to beat the best even if he has to make them first.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 Panda's gorilla form

What have you learnt?

I mentioned in the last post that an event like this is a great way to introduce new characters, and that’s still true. I am a little worried that we will now spend an episode on each of the fights. I say a little worried because it just means more fights and I’m absolutely on board with that plan. My main concern is that there are only eight episodes left and I’m expecting a big finish.

So, I think that we’re going to see the special grade curses crashing the event just as things are getting interesting and turn it up to eleven! My prediction is that Kyoto will win the event thanks to the one minor curse that Toudou inadvertently punched when he was hitting Itadori. I don’t think any other curses will be dispatched as everyone is too busy fighting one another.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16 Miwa versus Maki

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3 Comments

  1. Tōdō and Itadori’s bromance is everything. It was something I didn’t even realise I needed from this show. I love platonic relationships like theirs because it’s so awesomely wholesome and endearing. Plus, when they fight together it’s sooo badass.

    • Absolutely. Even Toudou’s dream sequence where they were best friends and he helped him with his rejection was amazing. It lifted the series to another level of awesomeness and like you say, when they fight together it’s incredible.

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