Warning! The following contains major spoilers for the Shibuya Incident arc of Jujutus Kaisen!!! Manga readers are excited Jujutsu Kaisen‘S Shibuya incident part from the time it was first published. While only anime fans might consider this hyperbole, excitement is still warranted, as this arc is so good, it changed both the original series and shounen forever. This is proof that Gege Akutami is willing to take significant risks in his manga, which has paid incredible dividends in this arc.
Before Shibuya, Jujutsu Kaisen had some dark moments, especially in Vs. Mahito arc from season 1. In this arc, the disturbing curse Mahito protects troubled teenager Junpei, then brutally transforms him while Yuji watches helplessly. This is a heartbreaking moment, both due to its brutal nature and its level of shock. Junpei’s character arc and relationship with Yuji seem to suggest that the young sorcerer will be able to befriend him and protect him from Mahito and his allies, but the truth is more tragic. much more miserable. However, no matter how dark this place was, it could not be compared to the Shibuya Incident.
The Shibuya incident makes Jujutsu Kaisen much darker
Until the Shibuya incident, no matter how threatening things seemed, Gojo always swooped in and saved people when the time came. However, at the beginning of the Shibuya Incident, Gojo was sealed away, leaving all the other witches alone to deal with the Disaster Curse. This pushes them beyond their limits, with many characters like Fushiguro revealing new, even more powerful techniques. However, their efforts gradually become futile, leading to some of Jujutsu Kaisen’s most shocking twists and turns. Additionally, Yuji lost a key battle against the Choso, which allowed Sukuna to take over and wreak havoc across the city – leaving Yuji forever changed.
This arc completely changed the status quo of the series in a necessary but extremely dark way. With Gojo gone, the higher-ups of the Jujutsu Association were able to go after the people he was protecting, like Principal Yaga and Yuji. Additionally, Kenjaku was able to freely carry out his Extermination Game plan, which completely changed the format of the series. However, the biggest impact the infamous arc made was the darker tone it brought to the series. After Shibuya, no one felt safe anymore, and it seemed like the series had no limits in how dark and brutal it could get. Of course, this would then lead to an even bigger twist in the manga based entirely on the horror theme that Jujutsu Kaisen is so famous for.
Without the Shibuya Incident, the darker nature of Jujutsu Kaisen would have made it much more polarizing. In fact, the horrors of the Shibuya Incident pushed the boundaries commonly seen in the shounen world. In many ways, the exact extent of this impact is not even yet realized and may only manifest in the coming years. However, its influence on the rest of the Jujutsu KaisenThe plot and tone of the story is definitely clear, as it completely changes the flow of the manga.