Jujutsu Kaisen‘s (JJK) fans are teetering on the edges of their seats, eagerly awaiting the next part of season two to drop upon their screens. Prepare yourselves, dear viewers, for the grand unveiling of the highly-anticipated spectacle that shall regale us with the intriguing story of the Shibuya Incident. Brace your hearts, for this arc shall surely leave us all gasping in disbelief and clutching our metaphorical pearls.
If you are a manga reader, you already know we’re about to witness some eye-popping events. It will not be so long before the anime viewers find out what’s about to happen to their favourite characters as well since the first episode of season two’s second part will come out on August 31.
Quick Recap of How We Got to the Shibuya Incident Arc
Alright, let’s take a whirlwind tour down memory lane and refresh our remembrance on the series of events that brought us to this very moment. Buckle up, folks!
Jujutsu Kaisen, Season 2—Gojo’s Past Arc
The first five episodes of Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 under the title Hidden Inventory have been nothing short of epic. The series has kicked off its newest arc, Gojo’s Past arc, with a bang, and fans are already on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next.
Not only are the “Hidden Inventory” episodes action-packed, but they also come with a side of emotional rollercoaster. Both enormous tragedy and remarkable triumph have befallen our protagonists. The series dives into challenging topics, boldly revealing the toll of warfare.
What starts as a short nap Satoru Gojo is enjoying ends in heartbreaking flashbacks with Satoru’s eyes watering. The episodes take place in 2006, and they start with introducing the major characters in their teen years as students at Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College, aka Tokyo Jujutsu High, where Satoru Gojo and Suguru Geto became “the strongest” best friends.
Entrusted with a crucial mission, the powerful duo finds themselves at the forefront of protecting Riko Amanai, a young girl who serves as a Star Plasma Vessel. This means she has the unique ability to rejuvenate Master Tengen’s everlasting life by becoming one with them. However, things go the other way around when Toji Fushiguro shows up, killing Riko after a formidable fight with Gojo. It was at this moment when Geto’s principles started to collapse.
The Satoru-Suguru Breakup
One of the biggest highlights of this part is the twist in the Satoru-Suguru friendship, an event that got countless fans from all around the world to sob. Gojo and Geto were inseparable soulmates who shared the same dream of becoming Jujutsu Sorcerers and protecting the weak. They were both incredibly powerful, and together, they were unstoppable. But their friendship was not to last.
At some point, Geto began to believe that the most effective approach to eliminating curses was to address their root cause, which is non-sorcerers. Gojo, on the other hand, strongly believed that every individual deserved a fair opportunity for redemption, firmly standing against the notion that violence could never be the solution. The divergence in their ideologies ultimately resulted in the unfortunate dissolution of their once close relationship.
The breakup scene created a massive buzz worldwide, capturing the attention of people everywhere. It was so impactful that even the official KFC Twitter account felt compelled to share their thoughts on the matter. The fast food chain replied: “Still wiping our tears,” to a heartfelt tweet with a picture of Geto strolling down a street. The tweet quickly went viral, with many fans finding it funny and relatable.
Then, they followed with another tweet that turned into a long thread. KFC’s tweet was a clever way to capitalise on the popularity of Jujutsu Kaisen. The company effectively demonstrated their strong connection with the anime community by showcasing their deep understanding of the profound emotional impact of the Gojo-Geto breakup scene. The tweet also generated an overwhelming amount of positive buzz for KFC, which undoubtedly proves the brand’s exceptional reputation.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Even though Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was released before season 2, the events of the story take place in 2016, a later period of time. In this film, we follow the story of Yuta Okkotsu, a high school student who is cursed by the spirit of his childhood friend, Rika Orimoto. To help him master his curse and safeguard others around him from Cursed Spirits, Gojo sends Yuta to Tokyo Jujutsu High. Don’t forget his name and face because this special-grade sorcerer is going to be in the thick of it during the upcoming Shibuya Incident arc.
Now, Suguru Geto is as wicked as they come, hell-bent on roping in Yuta to harness his colossal powers and make a killing out of non-sorcerers. However, his attempts turned into one of the most epic and visually stunning fights in anime history. The two fighters are neck and neck, with Yuta’s cursed energy and Geto’s cursed spirits giving it their all, pushing each other to the brink.
Once Geto bites the dust, we witness a scene that will stick in our minds and tug at our heartstrings. It’s a real tearjerker, folks! Geto and Gojo engage in their final heart-to-heart before Geto kicks the bucket. Who knows what Gojo said to Geto in his final moments, but it has everyone in the Jujutsu Kaisen fandom going insane.
Jujutsu Kaisen, Season 1
Before indulging in the thrilling Shibuya Incident arc, you will need to rewind this season, where we meet Yuji Itadori for the first time. In 2018, high school student Yuji accidentally swallows one of Sukuna’s fingers, a powerful cursed object, making him Sukuna’s Vessel. For this reason, the higher-ups at Jujutsu High want him dead, but instead, our charismatic sensei, Gojo, convinces them to postpone his execution and helps him join the school.
Alongside his fellow sorcerers, Megumi Fushiguro and Nobara Kugisaki, they bravely confront an assortment of curses, engaging in extraordinary battles against other sorcerers who, coincidentally, are also on the hunt for Sukuna’s fingers.
Major Characters From Season 1 to Appear in the Shibuya Incident Arc
Throughout the season, we meet plenty of important characters like:
- Kento Nanami: a first-grade sorcerer who becomes a mentor to Itadori. Nanamin —as Itadori and Gojo like to call him—is known for his calm and collected demeanour, as well as his powerful cursed technique, “Overtime.”
- 2nd Year Students: Maki Zenin, Toge Inumaki, and Panda are all strong and determined sorcerers with different abilities. In the Shibuya Incident arc, they will have an essential role to play.
- Kyoto Jujutsu High’s Students: During the Kyoto Goodwill Event arc, several students from different academic years made their appearance, namely Mai Zenin, Mechamaru, and Kasumi Miwa from the 2nd year, and Noritoshi Kamo, Aoi Todo, and Momo Nishimiya from the 3rd year. They will keep their fingers in the pie during the exciting Shibuya Incident arc.
- Mahito: a mighty cursed spirit who can change his physical form at will. He is a dangerous foe and one of the main antagonists of the Jujutsu Kaisen series. Mahito’s participation in the Shibuya Incident arc promises to be a dramatic plot point.
- Jogo: a special-grade cursed spirit created from the fear of volcanic eruptions, which explains his appearance. He is one of the main antagonists of the Shibuya Incident arc, and he’s known for his ability to manipulate fire.
- Choso: a special-grade curse that is both cruel and compassionate, and he is often torn between his desire to protect his brothers and his desire to avenge their deaths. He is also a potent curse and one of the most dangerous enemies Yuji and his friends have to face.
New Characters in the Shibuya Incident Arc
On top of the familiar faces, the Shibuya Incident arc will introduce a bunch of fresh characters to really spice things up and make the events and fights even more exciting. This includes:
- Kinji Hakari: Although his face appears for just a second in episode 6, season 1, we get to actually see Kinji Hakari and learn more about him and his powers during the Shibuya Incident arc. Because he got into trouble with the Jujutsu High administration, he’s now a suspended senior student.
- Arata Nitta: a freshman at Kyoto Jujutsu High and Akari Nitta’s little brother, who doesn’t engage in fights. However, Arata will be able to save lives in the upcoming episodes.
- Atsuya Kusakabe: the guy in a light brown coat that you can see in the trailer. Although he’s a first-grade jujutsu sorcerer, he’s kind of a scaredy-cat.
What’s in the Official Trailer?
Only the real die-hard Jujutsu Kaisen fans would be in the loop that the Shibuya Incident arc trailer has finally been released, and boy, is it full of thrills and spills! The trailer opens with a look over Shibuya City, Tokyo, where turmoil is running rampant, with Kenjaku (in Geto’s body) saying: “Satoru Gojo is in the right place at the right time…” which indicates that things are going according to Kenjaku’s plan. Once the curses unleash their devastating powers, Shibuya transforms into a chaotic battleground, resulting in an immense loss of innocent lives.
With Sukuna shooting a fire arrow, new curses raging, and Mahito going crazy as usual, the trailer gives us a glimpse into the anticipated fights, including Yuji & Megumi vs. Jiro Awasaka, a curse user collaborating with Kenjaku and Uraume.
It’s crystal clear that Mappa Studio went the extra mile to serve up these stunning visuals on a silver platter for fans. The characters, the surroundings, and the motion—every T is crossed and every I is dotted—not to mention the excellent choice for the theme song, “Specialz,” by King Gnu.
Before Watching the New Shibuya Incident Arc
Ever since Jujutsu Kaisen hit the scene in 2020, fans have been scratching their heads and having a lot of questions about the ins and outs of the plot, the characters, the story timeline, and the techniques. Some of those questions include:
How Long Will JJK Season 2 Be?
The second season of Jutsu Kaisen will consist of 23 episodes, split between two distinct plot arcs (Gojo’s Past and the Shibuya Incident). Given that the first 5 episodes of the season have already delved into the captivating Gojo’s Past arc, it is safe to say that the forthcoming 18 episodes will be dedicated to the enthralling Shibuya Incident arc.
Should I Watch Season 1 and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Before Season 2?
The order in which the anime’s events develop may not precisely align with the chronological order of the seasons. To give you more context, the story in season 1 takes place right before the Shibuya Incident (the second part of season 2), while the first part of season 2 takes us to an earlier period of time.
If you haven’t yet had the chance to watch the existing episodes in their original order, or if you simply want to refresh your memory and fully immerse yourself in the show, following this order will be the perfect choice for you:
- Season 2 — Part 1 (Gojo’s Past/Hidden Inventory)
- Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (the film)
- Season 1
- Season 2 — Part 2
We recommend indulging in the delightful binge-watching experience of the previous episodes and the film before embarking on this thrilling chapter of season 2. Trust us, it’s a dark and suspenseful rollercoaster ride that demands a solid grasp of the characters and the mesmerising universe of Jujutsu Kaisen. So, grab your popcorn, get cosy, and prepare to be thoroughly entertained!
Gege Akutami’s masterpiece, Jujutsu Kaisen, is about to crash the internet one more time with the highly anticipated Shibuya Incident arc starting on August 31. This arc will have audiences all of a flutter with its mix of action, suspense, and surprises.