Introduction to Jujutsu Kaisen
If you don’t know Jujutsu Kaisen, the acclaimed manga by Gege Akutami, you are missing out. It’s the top selling manga with over 30 million physical copies sold just in the last year, and there’s a reason for its success: the dramatic storyline and intriguing characters! Jujutsu Kaisen literally means Sorcery Fight, so that should give you a good sense of the vibe of the show. We suggest that you arm yourself with Japanese snacks as you watch or read the series, and the following review of the plot and characters will help you determine the best snacking strategy.
Jujutsu Kaisen Characters and Plot
Jujutsu Kaisen’s protagonist is Yuji Itadori. He is a promising track athlete but is too lazy to join the team and give up his free time, so he joins the Occult Research Club at his school instead. Itadori and his friends open an object that they didn’t know was cursed. Megumi Fushiguro is a jujutsu sorcerer who attempted to retrieve the cursed object in order to limit the chaos that was sure to follow. Itadori’s quiet and uneventful life is forever changed when he swallows the object to try to save his friends. Little did he know that this would alter him and he would suddenly find himself in a tumultuous world of cursed objects, sorcerers, and spirits.
Itadori is the most powerful character in terms of physical skill, and he has a soft and sweet side too. A Japanese snack that matches well with Itadori’s strong yet caring personality might be Jujutsu Kaisen Vitamin C Candy. This Japanese candy will summon up your strength by supplying you with your daily dose of Vitamin C. At the same time, it serves up a refreshing and tangy mikan (mandarin orange) flavor in every morsel.
A Japanese snack that brings Fushiguro to life is the Jujutsu Kaisen Chocolate Arare Rice Cracker. It has a nice balance between the crunchy, salty senbei rice cracker and the lightly sweet chocolate coating, just like Fushiguro’s mix of powerful determination and touch of benevolence.
Jujutsu Kaisen Gojo is one of the faculty at Tokyo Jujutsu High. He is quite strong and skilled as a sorcerer. In fact, he is often aggressive and confident to the point of being conceited. A Japanese snack that pairs well with Gojo’s grand and powerful personality is spicy ramen. Nissin Rao Spicy Tantan Ramen is a delightfully smelling and tasting instant noodle snack that has Sichuan Chinese spices and a sesame undertone.
Another important character is Kento Nanami. He graduated from Itadori’s high school, Tokyo Jujutsu High, and briefly held down a job as a salaryman before returning to the high school as jujutsu staff. He comes across as a calm, reserved, serious businessman. A perfect Japanese snack for the Nanami fan is Potato Chips: Kansai Dashi Soy Sauce. The dashi broth seasoning on this light and crispy chip is made with kombu seaweed and bonito fish flakes. The dashi together with the umami soy sauce give it a mellow and traditional flavor, just like Nanami’s demeanor.
Sukuna Ryomen is the main antagonist. He is a rather likeable demon, but a demon nonetheless. He is never quite able to possess Itadori through mind and body control, so settles instead for a slow and steady battle. A good Japanese snack to represent Ryomen’s devilish side is Onigiri Senbei Wasabi. This rice cracker might come in a cute, round onigiri rice ball shape, but it packs a punch of wasabi. Just like Ryomen, this Japanese snack is both intense and personable.
Make Your Selection Today
Which Jujutsu Kaisen character do you relate to best? If you find yourself gravitating toward several of these personalities, may we suggest a collection of popular Japanese snacks? Bokksu.com carries a Japanese snack subscription box that lets you sample a variety of hand-crafted Japanese sweets, snacks, and teas. The best part is that you can stay home in your pajamas while you wait for new snacks to come to your door each time!
So what are you waiting for? Turn on the anime or grab a copy of the manga, sit back, and enjoy Jujutsu Kaisen while nibbling on delicious Japanese candy or savory Japanese snacks.
By Megan Taylor Stephens