“Jujutsu Kaisen” is on HBO Max, and if you’re not familiar with the name yet … well, you’re in for a pretty massive treat. Per CBR, Gege Akutami’s manga version of the story fights the super-popular “Demon Slayer” for the top spot on bestseller lists, with close to 24 million books sold between November 23, 2020 and May 23, 2021. To put that number in full context, the well-known “Attack on Titan” managed a little over 4.6 million copies over the same time period.
The manga has been running since 2018 and the anime series debuted in 2020, so it’s still very young, and might very well get to ride the crest of global cultural zeitgeist before long. Now, then, is the perfect time to jump in the “Jujutsu Kaisen” wagon before the world catches up, and HBO Max has made it extremely easy for all.
As always, it’s best to start your “Jujutsu Kaisen” experience without knowing any plot details, but the general plotlines revolve around the concept of cursed energy: A distilled force of negative emotions that leaks out of people and creates demon-like Curses. Sometimes, the assorted manipulations of this power result in unmentionable monsters. Other times, you get one of the coolest pandas (voiced by Tomokazu Seki) in all of fiction. The Jujutsu Sorcerers, including the heroic Yuji Itadori (Junya Enoki), have learned to harness the energy, in order to bring the fight back to the Curses. It’s all pretty awesome.
If you’re into gorgeous, supernatural anime battles with a generous helping of dark fantasy elements — and who isn’t? — “Jujutsu Kaisen” is streaming on HBO Max.