He has currently released “Theatrical Version Jujutsu Kaisen 0”. The box office revenue exceeded 5.8 billion yen in 11 days after the release, and I feel that it will continue to grow in the future. This work is the day before, depicting the events about a year ago from the “Jujutsu Kaisen” stage with Yuji Itadori as the main character, which was broadcast in animation from October 2020. It is a story about a young girl, Yuta Otobone, who was cursed by Rika Prayer, who entered the magic college and grew up with his friends. Originally, “Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Magic” (4 episodes), which is the original of “Theatrical Version Jujutsu Kaisen 0”, was popular, so the serialization in “Weekly Shonen Jump” (Shueisha) began. “Jujutsu Kaisen.” Speaking of which, Otsubone was the “hero” before the tiger cane. The author, Gege Akutami, wrote in the book’s postscript that he had not considered long-term serialization at the time of finishing “Volume 0”. Therefore, the tiger cane is the main character born as a completely different entity rather than recreating the bones. However, the differences hidden in it are fascinating.
It’s easy to understand, and the appearance and personalities of Otsubone and Tiger Cane are entirely different. Instead, it is no exaggeration to say that it is the exact opposite. There is always a bear around the eyes of Otsubone, and he is trying to break communication with the people around him with a self-confident appearance (well, the cause is Rika-chan). On the other hand, the tiger cane has been a celebrity with a nickname such as “Nishinaka no Tora” since junior high school. Since he has exceptionally high communication skills, he can talk to anyone. And while Otsubone is the side that was being bullied, the tiger cane is the type that made the bully bumpy (well, Rika-chan also makes the Otsubone bumpy). Above all, there is an additional description in the movie version that Otsubone was initially sick and weak. It can be seen that there is a big difference in that respect from the tiger cane that had power away from humans before taking in the finger of the inn: Otsubone who rejected the surroundings, and a tiger cane which has continued to accept the surroundings.
Interestingly, however, the two “reverse” as their story progresses. Through encounters with his peers, Otsubone learns that others accept him, and at the same time, he accepts others. On the other hand, the tiger cane felt like trying to disconnect himself from the surroundings for a while in the wake of a specific “incident” that happened later … just like the bones of the past.
Differences in how to accept “death.”
In the first place, these two are similar in that their fate changes drastically in the wake of the death of a familiar human being. In the case of Otsubone, Rika died in an accidental traffic accident in front of her when she was young, and in the case of a tiger cane, her grandfather was hospitalized. Although they are the same event in the sense of death, there is a big difference between the two deaths. “How to accept.” Rika’s death was unexpected and miserable, so Otoko rejected it. As a result, Rika becomes a curse by the “that” curse.
On the other hand, I never thought my grandfather would die that day. Even so, he had an extended hospital stay, and in the last conversation, there seemed to exchange such as “Yuhito, I have something to say at the end” and “Don’t you stop trying to put on parentheses before you die?” In addition, it seems that the two were “prepared” for each other. That is why he accepted it, and after that, he understood that his grandfather’s death was “correct death (death that completed his life)” and that his senior’s death was “wrongful death.” Both the skeleton and the tiger cane were facing “incorrect death.” Sadly, Otsubone couldn’t “save” the “wrongful death” like a tiger cane. As mentioned above, the two become contrasting existences such as minus and yin and yang.
However, they still have a standard idea about “death.” “I am willing to sacrifice myself.” Both of them are sentenced to a secret death sentence because of the curse they “received,” with Rika on both sides. There, Otsubone wanted to be sentenced to death because he would hurt the people around him, and the tiger cane first jumped out in front of the ghost to help his seniors and Fushiguro in front of him and responded. At this point, the idea that “you can sacrifice (or die) for the sake of others” is similar. After that, Otsubone sacrifices himself in the final confrontation with Natsuyu Jie and lifts the restrictions on his magical power. The tiger cane was also sent first to help Nagisakino Rose and Fushiguro at the Juvenile Training School and was “earning time” against the invincible special-grade ghosts.
However, if you take a closer look at “self-sacrifice,” the fundamental ideas of Otsubone and Torakan are different. After the battle with Natsuyu was over, he told his friends who rushed in without hesitation, “Oh yeah, I promised Rika-chan.” He goes forward to protect someone, but “I don’t want to die.” That feeling was especially apparent at the Juvenile Training School mentioned above. Although he is still a witch doctor, he is afraid of death, saying, “I don’t like it !! I don’t like it anymore !! I don’t want to die !!” after being attacked by a particular grade. In other words, although he has the premise of helping someone, the feeling that “I can die” seems to be weak.
This idea is linked to the “difference between winning dead and even if dead” that Satoru Gojo told Fushiguro. At this time, Gojo explained by applying himself and the tiger cane to the latter, but Fushiguro is the same as the former Otsubone. If the tiger cane accepts his death, it is only the “right death” for him. A particular “incident breaks even such a man.” But at the same time, it was because of that event that he became even more obsessed with living “I can’t die now.” Otoko also tried to find a way to live by breaking Rika’s curse because he met his companion. And after the curse is dispelled, he eliminates the reason “I have to die” and goes on to become a witch doctor again. In this way, it is impressive that they achieve similar growth in all aspects.
・ The difference between a strong hero from the beginning and a hero who is getting stronger
When you think about it, physical growth and mental growth are opposite. The tiger cane has physical growth after mental growth. On the other hand, Otsubone is characterized by physical growth and mental growth. This is related to the difference that the tiger cane is initially a “strong hero from the beginning” and the Otsubone is a “strong hero.”
In the case of the tiger cane, he had power and a sense of magical power in the base, so he started from a place where he could “moderately” as a witch doctor, just like most things in his life so far, without any special effort. However, Junpei Yoshino’s case encourages him to grow significantly spiritually. And because he had the traumatic experience of “I couldn’t save” for the first time, his performance as a witch doctor will blossom through his encounter with Todo in the later edition of the Kyoto sister school, and a black flash will come out. Became. Here, the physical surface has grown a lot.
On the other hand, in the case of Otsubone, he initially had no power and started by strengthening the physical aspect, including special training with Maki. He was required not to produce Rika, so he couldn’t stand on the field as a witch doctor if he couldn’t move while using her magical power. There, he accumulates effort and experience to train his body. What came after his physical growth was the spiritual growth of the summer oil war.
Both are conflicting heroes. However, somewhere they still have joint issues and ideas, achieving the same reverse growth. The two raised under Gojo may build a relationship as brothers and disciples who can make up for each other’s shortcomings in the future.