The animation director revealed that Jujutsu Kaisen opens up about the style and techniques that go into creating the anime’s title sequences.
Kodoani.com – Animation director for both opening sequences of Jujutsu Kaisen discussed his process for creating the anime’s special intro.
Crunchyroll Extra, one of the official Crunchyroll YouTube channels, posted an edited interview that includes animation director Shingo Yamashita’s composition for both anime’s openings. Jujutsu Kaisen. The video includes Yamashita’s first meeting with series creator Gege Akutami and the themes the animation director wants to include in each work. He also discusses the complex animation techniques used for some of the scenes, including the adoption of 3D modeling used throughout the anime.
The opening part mainly revolves around the main character Yuji Itadori’s introduction to the wizarding world. “I focused on the main character, Itadori, and wanted to show the world as he sees it, along with the character’s circumstances,” said Yamashita. The director believes that his favorite scene, in which Itadori finds himself sitting in a dark tunnel with a reflection of Sukuna facing him, will be particularly inspirational that the opening is all about. The veteran animator also explained that the similarities between the first and last sequences of the opening sequence are purely intentional, based on the anime’s title.
The theme of the second opening is purportedly more abstract than its predecessor. Accompanied by the anime’s “Kyoto Goodwill Event”-focused action, the director wanted the scene to add more subtle elements to incorporate future story elements, squeezing out the details. small next to the battles and interesting characters. Yamashita also emphasized the importance of the second opening’s more somber atmosphere, which he believes is the main sentiment and main theme of the title itself. “But that feeling of mourning I feel is a pretty big factor,” said the director.
Yamashita also goes into detail about the creative process involved in the production of both prologues. He mentioned the first opening’s extensive use of camera maps, as well as highlighting the painstaking process of creating a 3D base model for every shot. “We had to make models out of artwork for that, and it took a lot of work. That’s probably the most work-intensive thing,” the director said.
Jujutsu Kaisen is a manga series being written and illustrated by Gege Akutami for Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. Animation studio MAPPA’s 24-episode animated adaptation premiered in 2020 and went on to become one of the biggest movie releases of the year. Jujutsu Kaisen became the second most watched anime series on Crunchyroll in 2020, behind only Black Clover, and the second most discussed anime on Twitter in 2021. The anime’s massive popularity has also boosted sales. sold for its original material, propelling it to become the best-selling manga series in Japan in 2021.
Jujutsu Kaisen is available to stream on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Funimation. The prequel is titled Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie is scheduled to open in Japan on December 24, 2021. The film’s international release date has yet to be announced.