Without a doubt, Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the best anime shows of 2021.

The shonen series is set in a fictional world where cursed energy and monsters exist, which manifest from negative human emotions.

The massive success of its first season was followed by a prequel movie titled “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” which follows the story of sorcerer Yuta Okkotsu. Due to the series’ popularity, the prequel film soon became the highest-grossing movie of 2021 in Japan.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 grosses US$91M, setting the record as the best film in 2021 in Japan box office

Jujutsu Kaisen 0's movie poster
Credit: MAPPA

Anime films ruled the big screens in Japan last year. Topping the charts is Jujutsu Kaisen 0, the highest-earning film of 2021 with US$86M gross earnings according to the Mainichi Shimbun paper’s Mantan Web.

The MAPPA film shattered the record of Studio Khara’s Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, which earned US$86M. Other blockbuster anime films include Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet, which grossed US$61.2M, and Belle at US$57.2M.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 revolves around the story of Yuta Okkotsu, a high-school student who is haunted by the cursed spirit of his childhood friend, Rika Orimoto. The film takes place before the events that transpired in Season 1, featuring a younger Gojo Satoru guiding Yuta on how to control Rika.

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