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Have you guys watched Jujutsu Kaisen Ep37?
This episode was the best ever in Jujutsu Kaisen for me.
How do you guys think about it?
Camerawork, direction, drawing, and music.
Everything blows my mind.
Some of the Japanese fans were saying that this episode production was complete just one day before it aired.
But it’s impossible.
Considering the schedule of TV broadcasts and streaming platforms, it is difficult to do so.
But the episode was so great that such rumors are spreading.
Let’s talk about the details of Ep37.
Story board and Production
First of all, Storyboard and production in this episode are done by 2 people, Kazuto Arai and Takumi Sunakohara.
They are well known for Fate anime and the episodes they were in charge of are often GOAT.
They also originally belonged to the same company, TRIGGER and are old friends.
This episode was made by them.
And they made it a highly entertaining one.
Also, did you see Kazuto Arai’s Twitter?
He posted the Storyboard paper books and it looks so tattered.
I guess they saw that paper again and again to make this episode the best.
I can see how passionate they are from that paper.
I would like to send them my greatest compliments.
This episode started with Yuji and Toge.
Yuji meets Toge in front of the station.
The way Toge appears is a bit different from Manga.
He does both V signs, but he was cuter in the Manga.
And it’s been a while since we’ve seen Toge, but maybe it will be a long time before we see him again.
Because in the manga, Toge will appear later in the Culling Game.
If that is the case, it will be more than 5 years until we see him.
Then Yuji meets Choso in the station corridor.
First, the music and narration maximize the atmosphere of the battles.
The narrators name is Yoshiko Sakakibara.
She often narrates for Japanese news programs and is often seen on programs reporting news about crime.
Her voice matches this kind of thing, doesn’t it?
I also liked the direction of the sign.
It represents Yuji.
In the beginning of this episode, Yuji’s shadow is on that sign.
And then it’s cut by Choso’s Piercing Blood.
So this means Yuji gets damaged by it.
Also, there were a lot of anime original direction.
One is about Choso’s Blood Manipulation.
Choso creates blood and manipulates.
Then collect and reuse them.
This is coming from Choso vs Naoya battle
In that battle, Choso creates a blood pool with his Cursed Energy and uses it on Naoya.
Since Choso is mixed with Human and Cursed Spirits, he can create Blood with his Cursed Energy.
So he doesn’t die by losing blood unless he runs out of Cursed Energy.
This is a big advantage for him.
Incase of Noritoshi Kamo, he cannot do it.
So this direction is connected to this battle.
And other than the use of Blood Manipulation drawn in Manga, anime shows us the other way to use it.
Liquefying blood and blinding Yuji during the attack.
Attacks by using blood as a claw.
Attacks by firing blood.
Anime showed the potential of Blood Manipulation.
And the sound of piercing blood is also different.
Manga’s sound effect is “Paw”.
But the animated sound is like a laser beam, or high water pressure gun.
Yuji & Choso battle gets more intense in the toilet.
The switch between first- and third-person perspectives added to the intensity.
Also, the lighting was memorable.
The contrast between red and blue lighting.
Hidden Inventry / Premature death also contrasted Gojo and Geto with red and blue lighting.
This is a great production.
The battle from 16:00 to 18:00 is especially mindblowing.
Their last hand to hand battle.
It shows how useful Yuji’s Divergent Fist.
He uses it occasionally and it can shift the timing of the attack.
After their fists clashed, Choso was blown backwards.
And the good thing is that Yuji is using only his right arm.
This is to make Choso think he cannot use his left hand, and he uses only his right hand throughout the battle.
And the BGM.
MAPPA uses Remember as BGM, which is also used in the Kechizu battle.
Also, the composition is the same at the end where Yuji punches with his left hand.
It is very cool to use the same composition and BGM for the battle with Choso.
This whole battle was breathtaking.
Did you know that one of the animators in this episode is Tetsuya Takeuchi.
He is a super animator, well known for his action drawings.
He drew attention when he did the Genga for episode 7 of “Honey and Clover” all alone.
We were all impressed because a great animator like him created this episode.
After the battle, Choso sees a memory that doesn’t exist.
Which is about him and his brothers and Yuji eating together.
The aspect ratio started glitching & changed from 16:9 to 4:3 in his “memory that doesn’t exist”.
It’s transitioned into VHS style.
This is the perfect direction that makes this scene phenomenal.
And Yuji is trying to feed Pasta to Choso.
In Japanese, it’s called “あーん (Aan)”, It is the sound made when you opens your mouth and is used to feed someone.
This word ”Pasta Aan” was a Twitter trend in Japan.
By the way, what is the memory that doesn’t exist?
Is this Yuji’s Technique?
Or something else?
Lots of people have theories about this.
But Gege Sensei gave us the answer in Mando Kobayashi interview.
The answer is nothing.
Gege Sensei drew “memory that doesn’t exist” in the Todo battle first.
Then he did it on Choso again.
But Gege Sensei said the reason why they saw “memory that doesn’t exist” is defferent. Todo’s one is just a delusion.
Choso’s one is caused by parental relation.
He drew this without thinking that deeply.
He surprised us so much.
That’s it for this episode.
How was it?
This episode was the best of all Jujutsu Kaisen episodes for me.
I saw a lot of passion and love for Jujutsu Kaisen from MAPPA in this episode.
Really expecting to the Yuji & Todo vs Mahito battle too.
And I believe your understanding of Ep.37 has deepened.
Stay tuned for more podcasts about Jujutsu Kaisen’s anime and others.
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Thanks for listening.