It has been just over 3 weeks since the release of the prequel film anime adaptation of Akutami Gege’s Jujutsu Kaisen, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, and the movie continues to perform at the Japanese box office. The movie has grossed over ¥ 8.58 Billion (~ US$74.8 Million) to date.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 has sold over 6.2 million tickets since its release on Christmas Eve 2021. The film ranked 2nd this past weekend, behind the Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero, which debuted on the 14th.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 had an amazing 3-day opening box office gross, totaling ¥2.69 Billion (~ US $23.38 Million) with over 1.9 Million tickets sold. The film is currently the 64th highest-grossing film in Japan of all time.
Japanese film publisher and distributor Toho revealed that the film held a 98% positive rating among movie-goers.
The main of the film includes:
- Megumi Ogata (Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho) leads the cast as Yuta Otobone
- Kana Hanazawa (Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats!) will voice Rika Orimoto
- Yuuichi Nakamura (Kyousuke Kousaka in Oreimo) returns to voice Satoru Gojou
- Mikako Komatsu (Neko in K) is back to voice Maki Zenin
- Kouki Uchiyama (Seiya Kanie from Amagi Brilliant Park) as Toge Inumaki
- Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass) joins the cast as Suguru Geto
- Tomokazu Seki (Itaru Hashida from Steins;Gate) as Panda
And the film’s first trailer:
Jujutsu Kaisen is a supernatural action manga written and illustrated by Akutami Gege. The series originally began as a short series titled Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Koutou Senmon Gakkou (Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical School) that ran for a total of 4 volumes from April 2017 till June 2017. The short series was published under Shueisha’s Jump GIGA magazine. Jujutsu Kaisen began in the following year in Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump magazine, where a total of 17 volumes have been published. To date, a total of 50 million copies of the manga are in circulation. The series has also been nominated for the 65th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shounen division. The series has also received a spin-off light novel titled Jujutsu Kaisen: Iku Natsu to Kaeru Aki (Sorcery Fight: The Soaring Summer and Returning Autumn). The series received a TV anime adaptation in Fall/Autumn 2020 from studio MAPPA (Zankyou no Terror, Yuri!! on Ice) and Sung Hoo Park (The God of High School, Garo). The success of the anime has propelled the series into a national phenomenon.
Here is the series synopsis from MAL:
Idly indulging in baseless paranormal activities with the Occult Club, high schooler Yuuji Itadori spends his days at either the clubroom or the hospital, where he visits his bedridden grandfather. However, this leisurely lifestyle soon takes a turn for the strange when he unknowingly encounters a cursed item. Triggering a chain of supernatural occurrences, Yuuji finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of Curses—dreadful beings formed from human malice and negativity—after swallowing the said item, revealed to be a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses.”
Yuuji experiences first-hand the threat these Curses pose to society as he discovers his own newfound powers. Introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he begins to walk down a path from which he cannot return—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.
The Jujutsu Kaisen prequel film, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, is currently airing in cinemas across Japan.