Review: Jujutsu Kaisen Vol 1 by Gege Akutami

cover183328-medium Yuji Itadori is resolved to save the world from cursed demons, but he soon learns that the best way to do it is to slowly lose his humanity and become one himself!

In a world where demons feed on unsuspecting humans, fragments of the legendary and feared demon Ryoma Sukuna were lost and scattered about. Should any demon consume Sukuna’s body parts, the power they gain could destroy the world as we know it. Fortunately, there exists a mysterious school of Jujutsu Sorcerers who exist to protect the precarious existence of the living from the undead!

Yuji Itadori is high schooler who spends his days visiting his bedridden grandfather. Although he looks like your average teenager, his immense physical strength is something to behold! Every sports club wants him to join, but Itadori would rather hang out with the school outcasts in the Occult Club. One day, the club manages to get their hands on a sealed cursed object, but little do they know the terror they’ll unleash when they break the seal…  

This isn’t my usual sort of manga.  Truth be told, I tend to gravitate towards the goofy, romantic fluffy manga, especially the yaoi.  However, I do love a dark storyline like in Black Bird or others along those lines.  So, the premise of this caught my attention.

Yuji is great.  He’s funny, he’s dedicated, and his affection for his grandfather won me over.  I love his reasonings for doing what he’s doing as well as his ability to make me laugh out loud despite being worried he’s about to die in three panels.

All of Yuji’s companions are great.  Megumi and Satoru are great, they balance out Yuji and try to keep him from doing something stupid, even if they can’t always stop him.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like Nobara when they first introduced her, but before long I was in love.

I’m really excited to get my hands on the next volume of this series because I’m really curious to see where they go next.  Also, because I’m greedy, I need to know more about all of these characters soon.  This is honestly my only issue with manga and graphic novels: the waiting between volumes!  *sigh*

Jujutsu Kaisen was fast paced and full of action from the very beginning.  The characters were a mix of fun and serious, keeping you on your toes for the duration.  I loved the artwork and found it both amusing and disconcerting that some of the curses were so cute!  Bonus: I discovered that an anime adaptation has been announced.  Hooray!

4.5/5

*Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this manga in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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