Jujutsu Kaisen (Volume 1) – Don’t End Up Like Me!

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 Cover

Yuji Itadori didn’t hesitate to eat Ryomen Sukuna’s finger. He did it to save his friends and someone he had only just met. However, it now means he’s certain to be executed… The only question is when?

Jujutsu Kaisen (Volume 1) – Don’t End Up Like Me!

What happened?

Yuji Itadori joined the occult research club because they were friendly and it allowed him to leave school as and when he needed to. His grandfather was close to the end of his life and Yuji wanted to spend as much time with the man that raised him as possible. His grandfather died while he was with him and in his last words, he wished that Yuji would use his strengths to help people and not end up like him, alone on his deathbed.

Soon after, Yuji was given a chance to do just that. A strange guy from another high school approached him and asked him about a strange object he might have found on the school grounds. Yuji handed over the box, but the thing the guy was looking for was no longer inside. Yuji told him his friends in the occult research club were going to open it. The guy told him they would certainly die if they did. They raced back to the school, however, Yuji froze when he felt a terrifying presence.

However, he couldn’t stand back and let a stranger save his friends, so in Yuji went, crashing through a window on the fourth floor and kicking a curse that was attacking his friends. Megumi warned Yuji that he would need to run as he can’t hurt a curse without using cursed energy. Then, Yuji realised the finger he was holding, which had been in the box and was what Megumi was looking for, contained cursed energy. So, he ate it!

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 Yuji Itadori eats Ryomen Sukunas finger

What did you think?

I have mostly positive memories of season one of Jujutsu Kaisen and as such was keen to hit the manga too. Volume one was fine. It didn’t exactly blow me away as some of the other first-in-series books have of late, but then when I checked my anime reviews, it wasn’t until episode 11 that I was fully invested in the series. Before that point, I was enjoying it, but not fully in love. Sadly, that’s exactly how the manga has left me after one book.

I know it’s going to get much better so that’s fine, but had I not seen the anime, I’m not sure if this one would have really done enough to keep someone reading. Part of me wonders if it went a little too quickly. We were introduced to Yuji, Megumi, Gojo, and Nobara in just one book. Not to mention, Ryomen Sukuna. I was expecting more from this series, but that might just be because of how the first season of the anime ended. It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop reading them, so don’t worry too much.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 Megumi Fushiguro and Yuki Itadori and special grade curse

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What did you think?