Fushiguru and Maki try to slow Hanami down, but they’re no match for her. Luckily, it bought enough time for Toudou and Itadori to arrive. However, Toudou isn’t going to help Itadori fight until he lands a Black Flash!
Jujutsu Kaisen (Episode 19) – Black Flash
Inumaki tries to take on Hanami, but the strain on his vocal cords causes him to pass out. Kamo isn’t doing much better. Luckily, Maki arrives and hits Hanami with Miwa’s sword which breaks… Fushiguru follows up with a sword of his own and manages to cut Hanami’s eye tree off. He then reaches into a shadow and pulls out another cursed weapon and hands it to Maki.
She sends Hanami flying. Without any time to waste, they race after her and attack once more. Hanami appears to be on the ropes, but then she awakens a plant that is rooted into Fushiguru’s stomach. It feeds on cursed energy so the more he fights the deeper its roots go. Then, Hanami captures Maki. What will Fushiguru do? If he tries to save her, he will die.
That’s when Toudou and Itadori join the fight. However, once Fushiguru and Maki are taken to safety by Panda, Toudou tells his new best friend, Itadori that he won’t help unless Itadori can land a Black Flash. He would stand there and watch him die. Itadori takes on the challenge from his new best friend, Toudou.
After some explosive attacks, Itadori gets knocked back. Or rather, his anger gets the better of him. So, it’s up to Toudou to slap some sense into him and remind him of the stakes and the danger of letting his emotions control him. With renewed focus, Itadori steps back into the fight. He prepares to attack, calming his mind and body.
Itadori lands a Black Flash on the unsuspecting Hanami which means it’s time for Toudou to join the fight. They race after Hanami, running up the roots, but at the last second, the roots vanish. Itadori and Toudou are falling to the ground realising that the roots are a product of cursed energy and not Hanami controlling real objects.
Hanami attacks as they fall, but Toudou and Itadori place their feet together and kick off one another dodging the attack and sending themselves flying to the ground.
What did you think?
All right, so this was yet another fantastic episode. The fights in this series are on fire and I can’t get enough of them. I was pleased to see Maki join the fight and get a glimpse of Fushiguru’s ability to reach through shadows to collect cursed weapons. That was cool.
However, there is one thing that I will remember this series for above all else. That is the bromance of Toudou and Itadori. It’s absolutely hilarious and at the same time, I love it. Toudou saw Itadori’s potential and the fact that they have the same taste in women was enough for him to effectively take him on as a pupil of sorts. I love that Itadori is getting the insane crash course in cursed energy from Toudou.
What have you learnt?
We all knew that the villains were going to crash the event and turn what was effectively an all-out brawl into an all-out brawl with the villains, but even as predictable as that was, it’s been a blast. It goes to show that playing the tropes is a tried and tested method. There’s something reassuring about the story going in the direction you were expecting.
Sure, some deviation is amazing and really makes everything work a little better, but without the formula, there wouldn’t be much to deviate from and it would lose the impact. There’s a reason that tropes exist and it’s not because writers are lazy. It’s because they work and it’s what the audience expects. Doing the tropes well is as good as doing something completely different. Just know what you’re trying to do and commit to it.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Ryomen Sukuna
- Episode 2 – For Myself
- Episode 3 – Girl of Steel
- Episode 4 – Curse Womb Must Die
- Episode 5 – Curse Womb Must Die -II-
- Episode 6 – After Rain
- Episode 7 – Assault
- Episode 8 – Boredom
- Episode 9 – Small Fry and Reverse Retribution
- Episode 10 – Idle Transfiguration
- Episode 11 – Narrow-minded
- Episode 12 – To You, Someday
- Episode 13 – Tomorrow
- Episode 14 – Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 0 –
- Episode 15 – Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 1 –
- Episode 16 – Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 2 –
- Episode 17 – Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 3 –
- Episode 18 – Sage
- Episode 19 – Black Flash
- Episode 20 – Nonstandard
- Episode 21 – Jujutsu Koshien
- Episode 22 – The Origin of Blind Obedience
- Episode 23 – The Origin of Blind Obedience – 2 –
- Episode 24 – Accomplices