Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Training Arc | Review
Updated: May 4, 2022
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"With Yuji's revival, Gojo decides to hide him for a while and train the boy into becoming a proper jujutsu sorcerer. Meanwhile, Nobara and Megumi agree to join the second-years for a match with Kyoto Jujutsu High."
The Cursed Training Arc is the third arc in Jujutsu Kaisen, a shonen manga by Gege Akutami. This arc consists of chapters 10-18 of the manga and episodes 5-8 of the anime.
This is going to be structured a bit differently compared to my normal review as that format doesn't work too well when it comes to manga. That being said, I am just going to dive right on in.
I do want to make a note though that this is going to contain a spoiler section full of my thoughts and reactions, so if you don't want to be spoiled, stop reading when you are prompted.
Fresh off of the twist that was the ending of the Fearsome Womb Arc, we are immediately introduced to some new protagonists and antagonists (unless you read Vol.0). Geto, a mysterious man, meets up with three curses in order to hatch up a plan involving Gojo and Itadori/Sukuna that could start a war in their favour.
With Itadori out of the picture, the focus of this arc ends up shifting to Fushiguro and Nobara as they train for the upcoming Goodwill Event with the Kyoto school. They are joined by the three second-year students - Zenin Maki, Inumaki Toge, and Panda. If you read Vol.0 then you would already be introduced to them, but otherwise, this is their introduction.
I liked how with this arc you not only got a bunch of new characters, but you also got to see the students start to bond with each other. I also really just like Maki and Inumaki, so I was thrilled to spend some time with them. We also end up meeting Shoko Ieri as well, who is the school's doctor. We don't really get to see much of her, which does intrigue me though as I want to learn more about her character.
This arc starts to give you a sense of the inner workings of the jujutsu society with the reveals that happen. We also are gradually starting to learn more about the technical aspects of the magic system in general, as well as specific characters cursed techniques. It also does a good job at setting up what is to come in terms of the antagonist's goals and in the next arc.
Two detail's regarding the art/writing that I wanted to mention that I did like was the lack of translation when Hanami, one of the curses, spoke. In the anime, it is made to seem like they speak backwards, but in the manga, it is just gibberish no one understands. The second detail was how, to depict Inumaki's cursed speech, his speech bubbles would be black.
With my non-spoiler comments about the arc now over, I am now going to go into spoilers. If you don't want to be spoiled, you can stop reading here.
WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD - PROCEED WITH CAUTION
In all honesty, I do not remember seeing the cephalopod curse in the anime...
I also don't think it is even introduced by name for a while as the story focuses more on the other curses first
With the reveal that the higher-ups ended up orchestrating the cursed womb mission as an attempt to execute Itadori, Gojo makes a comment that he is going to kill the old men
I do think it would be interesting if this was a thing that happens in the future, and I am counting on it really
I still don't fully understand how Sukuna was able to revive Itadori.
Was it because Sukuna brought him to his domain which kept him alive?
Though it still makes no sense to me cause in my mind, because wouldn't a dead Itadori mean an incapacitated Sukuna until someone else consumes a finger?
I also don't know how Sukuna will get around his binding vow with Itadori.
You know that man made a loophole somewhere, and I wonder if it is because he made Itadori forget it even happened?
I find it funny how dull Itadori's training is, like he just sat there watching movies.
Manga cannot top the line delivery in the anime that was Gojo saying 'you're weak'.
We do get Gojo's face reveal in this arc, which is way better in the anime.
I remember when it happened in the anime, the second that Gojo slipped that mask off, I, along with probably every other person who watched it, just went 'wow, he's pretty'
When you think about it, another parallel this has with Bleach is that the domain expansion is kind of like a bankai as it is your ultimate final move.
Fushiguro had the absolute right answer when Todo asked him what his ideal type of woman was, even Nobara and Mai were impressed by him.
Miwa I find to be a little hidden gem, and I really hope we get to see more of her eventually.
She is just internally fangirling about the fact that she is in the same room as Gojo and honestly, same girl, same