Score one for Crunchyroll! The highly anticipated upcoming Jujutsu Kaisen TV anime will be streaming exclusively via the service once it hits this October, strengthening the relationship between the company and Studio MAPPA that much further. Crunchyroll also released the first English-subtitled trailer for the series, which you can see below:
Most of the other PVs have been in Japanese only, so this is a big win for anyone interested in seeing what the series is all about before it airs this fall. Crunchyroll describes Jujutsu Kaisen as follows:
Itadori Yuji is a boy with tremendous physical strength, though he lives a completely ordinary high school life. One day, to save a friend who has been attacked by Curses, he eats the finger of the Double-Faced Specter, taking the Curse into his own soul. From then on, he shares one body with the Double-Faced Specter. Guided by the most powerful of sorcerers, Gojo Satoru, Itadori is admitted to the Tokyo Metropolitan Technical High School of Sorcery, an organization that fights the Curses… and thus begins the heroic tale of a boy who became a Curse to exorcise a Curse, a life from which he could never turn back.
Of course, now that the trailer has been translated, we have to look at how Crunchyoll has translated some of the key concepts in Gege Akutami’s series. For the most part, it is fine, but I can’t help but feel like translating “Ryoumen Sukuna” as literally “The Double-Faced Specter” is a bad move – that will cause problems later once characters start referring to him as simply “Sukuna.”
Snagging a Weekly Shonen Jump series to stream exclusively via the platform is undoubtedly a big deal, but is perhaps not all that surprising considering that the company already secured My Hero Academia and Dr. STONE before this. Jujutsu Kaisen, then, is just another arrow in the Crunchyroll’s quiver.
Perhaps more interesting is the apparently close relationship that is developing between Crunchyroll and Studio MAPPA. Already, the two companies teamed up for this season’s The God of High School, and now Jujutsu Kaisen – their latest project – is coming exclusively via the service. One can only suspect that the studio’s upcoming original TV anime project might also be coming to Crunchyroll.
Jujutsu Kaisen streams exclusively via Crunchyroll this October.