MHA vs. Jujutsu Kaisen: Failure and Exceeding Expectations

My Hero Academia and Jujutsu Kaisen are two of the most popular anime franchises of recent years. While both series are part of the action-packed shonen demographic of anime, these shows have some notable differences.


With one series focusing on more Western-inspired superheroes and the other on the more traditional concept of ghosts and curses, these two series also differ in how each of their respective studios approaches the anime adaptation of their original manga source material.

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Jujutsu Kaisen prepares fans for season two

Jujutsu Kaisen has had its fan base since the first installment of the series for its phenomenal animation, addictive soundtrack and amazing voice talents. Animation studio MAPPA continued to meet and exceed fan expectations with the addition of Jujutsu Kaisenthe first full-length film, Jujutsu Kaisen 0. However, MAPPA’s continued efforts to deliver quality content from television to film were not the only contributing factor to: Jujutsu Kaisen 0success with the public.

To prepare viewers for upcoming events in season two of the anime series, MAPPA decided to animate the series’ prequel events as their first movie of the franchise. By making a film that is relevant to the overarching storyline of the series, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 allowed fans to build a sense of attachment to Yuta Okkotsu’s character before his formal introduction within the anime’s main timeline.

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The overwhelming reveal of My Hero Academia

While other studios have also decided to make movies for their series that push the plot of the main franchise, such as Demon Slayer: Mugen Trainshow like My Hero Academia seem to be stuck in the era of creating low-stakes filler storylines that don’t affect the overall franchise. While movies without an overarching impact on the franchise’s storylines are enjoyable, My Hero Academia could have benefited from an animated adaptation of their spin-off manga series My Hero Academia: Vigilantes.

In particular, the franchise could have benefited from an animated adaptation of Shota Aizawa’s tragic experiences as a new hero. In the course of the My Hero Academia: Vigilantes manga, it is shown that Eraserhead was part of a trio of friends. One of those friends was Hizashi Yamada, better known as the hero Present Mic, and another boy named Oboro Shirokumo, another UA student with the hero name Loud Cloud. During their heroic studies program, then-students Aizawa and Shirokumo experienced a fatal incident with a villain they were unprepared for, causing Aizawa to witness his death.

Aizawa knew little at the time, but Shirokumo’s body was recovered by the Doctor of All for One and made into the fog-covered nomu of the League of Villians known as Kurogiri. However, the lack of build-up from this reveal felt like a disservice to the characters, making Eraserhead and Present Mic’s heartbreaking reactions to seeing what had become of their friend seem a little disappointing to fans of anime-only.

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Due to Studio Bones’ reliance on animating brand new disconnected storylines for My Hero Academia‘s feature films, it is unlikely that My Hero Academia: Vigilantes would just be a movie; it’s more likely to be a full anime series like the main story. The My Hero Academia anime may have failed the anime viewers who watch the show through the weekly episode of the episode, but there is still hope that the spin-off My Hero Academia: Vigilantes can be animated in the future. If this is the case, then anime-only fans will finally get a chance to fully understand what motivates characters like Eraserhead and Present Mic in the current timeline of the series.

Animation studio MAPPA should do its job to animate more feature films for Jujutsu Kaisen that are canon compatible with the current storyline of the series. At this point, fans can only speculate whether the studio will make a movie like Demon Slayer: Mugen Train to insert into the series or if it just continues with the anime as normal.

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