The official Twitter for the TV anime adaptation of Gege Akutami’s ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ manga series has unveiled on Monday the first-year character designs of Zenin Maki, Inumaki Toge, Panda of the upcoming movie adaptation and a prequel to the anime titled “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” based on the manga’s Volume 0. The film is to premiere in Japan on December 24, 2021.
Studio MAPPA returns for the animation production and the rest of the staff and cast of the TV anime series will reprise their roles for the new project.
Zenin Maki is one of the main protagonists of the Jujutsu Kaisen’s prequel series Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Jujutsu High. Originally from the Zenin family, Maki left on her own due to being rejected for her lack of cursed energy. She studies to become a strong sorcerer despite her own family working against her.
Inumaki Toge is a descendant of the Inumaki Family who inherited the rare and powerful cursed speech technique. Toge is a second-year at Tokyo Jujutsu High along Yuta, Maki, and Panda.
Panda is not an actual panda, he is an Abrupt Mutated Cursed Corpse created by principal Masamichi Yaga and attends Jujutsu High as a second-year student.
Last June 2021, the character design of the film’s main protagonist Yuuta Okkotsu was revealed.
Yuuta Okkotsu was initially a special grade cursed human haunted by his late childhood friend, Rika Orimoto. Satoru Gojo mentored Yuta and enrolled him at Tokyo Jujutsu High. Yuta is currently a second-year student at Jujutsu High. He was training overseas in Africa with Miguel until after the Shibuya Incident when he returned to Tokyo.
Yuuta Okkotsu is haunted. Ever since his childhood friend Rika died in a traffic accident, her ghost has stuck with him. But her spirit does not appear as the sweet girl Yuuta once knew. Instead, she manifests as a monstrous and powerful entity who fiercely protects him. Unable to control Rika’s violent behavior, Yuuta is helpless to stop the bloodshed that follows from her brutal vengeance. As a result, when apprehended by “Jujutsu” sorcerers—the secret guardians of the world, trained to combat forces like Rika—Yuuta wishes to be completely isolated so that no one else can get hurt.
Yet his apprehender, the master sorcerer Satoru Gojou, has different plans for him: he will join Jujutsu High School and learn to control Rika in order to help people. Now a first-year at this school, Yuuta starts to learn Jujutsu arts and combat malignant beings. Alongside his new classmates Maki Zenin, a Jujutsu weapons expert; Toge Inumaki, a spellcaster who uses his words as weapons; and Panda, a seemingly walking and talking panda bear, Yuuta begins to find his place in the world and, for once, to feel comfortable with his abilities. However, as his training progresses, Yuuta comes to learn that the dangers of the Jujutsu world go far beyond that of wicked spirits.
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SOURCES: Jujutsu Kaisen Official Twitter, Fandom, MAL