Among many other excellent anime airing this season, Jujutsu Kaisen is a resounding wake-up call for horror-action anime and its audiences. Jujutsu Kaisen is a great anime that lingers somewhere between mystical thriller and outright nerve-racking, leaving us with the most realistic dark fantasy anime of the season.
Synopsis: Jujutsu Kaisen is set in a world where cursed spirits and cursed items exist. The story follows Yuji Itadori, a high school student with extraordinary physical strength, who hangs out with occult club members. One day, the occult club was attacked by cursed demons after they found and opened a box containing a cursed relic. To protect his friends, he devours the mysterious cursed relic that looks like a finger and becomes possessed by Ryoumen Sukuna. After that incident, he was pulled into the strange and dangerous world of curses.
Jujutsu Kaisen boasts plenty of tense scenes that make the anime unique. But what makes it stand out is the epic fight scenes and the complex themes in a story that feels chillingly entertaining. Also, the elements such as conflict, horror, and the variety of characters were more than enough to keep things interesting. If you are looking for more anime with a similar theme, look no further. Here are some anime similar to Jujutsu Kaisen.
Anime Similar To Jujutsu Kaisen:
01. Kyokou Suiri (In/Spectre)
At the young age of eleven, Kotoko Iwanaga was abducted by yokai for two weeks and asked to become their “Goddess of Wisdom,” a mediator between the spirit and human worlds. Kotoko becomes the goddess of wisdom, however, at the cost of her right eye and left leg. Six years later, whenever the yokai wishes for their problems to be solved, they come to Kotoko for help.
One day Kotoko fell in love at first sight with Kuro Sakuragawa, a university student. Two years later, they both meet again at the same place just after Kuro broke up with his girlfriend. Seeing this as her chance to get close to him, Kotoko immediately makes her move, suggesting that they should date with marriage in mind. However, she soon realizes there’s something more to Kuro and suggests they team up to solves issues from the spirit world. She is hoping that Kuro will eventually reciprocate her feelings.
02. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte: The Maxim)
Suddenly, unknown worm-like species called Parasites invade Earth and quickly infiltrate humanity by burrowing into their targets’ brains. These voracious beings enter human bodies and take full control of their host, and can even morph into various forms as they desire. However, these parasites devour humans as food to survive.
One night Shinichi Izumi was sleeping with his earphones on, and a parasite enters his room and tries to take over his brain. But due to Shinichi’s interference, the parasite was only able to take over Shinichi’s right arm. Now both retain their separate intellect and personality. For both of them to survive in a world filled with unknown threats, the pair has no choice but to rely on each other.
03. Noragami: Stray God
Yato is a minor deity who refers to himself as Yato God or Yatogami, but he doesn’t have a shrine. To build one, he does all kinds of odd jobs to raise money. He calls himself a “delivery god” and often writes his cell number in public areas if someone needs his help. While doing his odd job, he was supposedly saved by a middle school girl named Hiyori Iki, who takes a hit from a car for him.
After this incident, Hiyori finds that involuntarily her soul slips out of her body, and she is somehow stuck between the human world and the afterlife. Hiyori demands that Yato return her to normal. With Hiyori and his newfound sacred weapons Yukine, they go on an adventure to solve Hiyori’s problems and get enough money to build Yato’s shrine.
04. Ushio and Tora
Five hundred years ago, a ferocious demon terrorized Japan until a samurai wielding the legendary demon-slaying Beast Spear defeated him and eventually trapped him away. The story follows Ushio Aotsuki, a middle school student and son of a carefree temple priest. His father always tells him about his ancient ancestor trapping a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear.
Thinking everything his father said is total nonsense, he usually brushes of the story. But one day, Ushio comes across a demon impaled with a spear and unknowingly frees demonic energy from the spear that attracts demons. The demon introduces himself as Tora and makes Ushio an offer to help fight the demons only if Ushio removes the legendary Beast Spear. Ushio pulls out the Beast Spear and becomes its wielder, granting him the power to fend off the demons.
05. Devilman Crybaby
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As God attempts to eradicate the demons; demons decide to go into a deep slumber. Now, after millions of years, they are again revived and trying to reclaim the world from humans. However, these demons cannot take form without a living host. But if an individual’s will overpowers that of a demon, they can make its power their own, becoming a Devilman.
Akira Fudo unexpectedly meets his old friend Ryo Asuka, who suggests Akira to combine with a demon to battle against them to save humanity. Akira agrees and overpowers Amon, a powerful demon, and transforms into a demon-like form. Little did he know, that he’s being thrown into the cruel world of demons.
Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager who, since his childhood, can see spirits. But this ability of his changed his life forever when he encounters Rukia Kuchiki. Rukia is a Soul Reaper who battles evil spirits known as Hollows. As a Hollow attacked Ichigo’s home and injured Rukia, Ichigo is forced to take her Shinigami powers to defeat the Hollow.
The next day, Rukia shows up at Ichigo’s school and tells him to become her substitute as she has lost all of her powers while giving him some. Now, with his newfound power as a soul reaper, Ichigo must protect the world of the living and the dead as a Substitute Soul Reaper.