Updated on June 14, 1:20 p.m. (GMT+8): Improved relevance.

Here’s a quick lesson on what does Jujutsu Kaisen mean.

There is no denying that anime and manga have some of the best-written characters and stories, and Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen is one of them.

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Despite that, many fans are still asking what does Jujutsu Kaisen mean? The dark fantasy shonen manga and anime watchers are also wanting to know how it’s tied to the story and theme. 

What does Jujutsu Kaisen mean?

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The term Jujutsu Kaisen means “Sorcery Fight,” which sometimes, when directly translated, means “Magic Fight.”

While the most straightforward Jujutsu Kaisen meaning is Sorcery Fight, which is acceptable as Jujutsu Kaisen is based on the Jujutsu Sorcerors and their fight against the curses, if you look deeper, you’ll find out that there are more intricate meanings attached to the title. 

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Delving deeper into the Jujutsu Kaisen meaning

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Jujutsu is a Japanese martial arts style involving a lot of hand-to-hand combat, grapples, throws, and other such actions. If you look at its direct definition, you will also see that while Jujutsu is mainly hand-to-hand combat, it also includes minor weapons. 

Guess what? Almost every character in Jujutsu Kaisen mainly uses hand-to-hand combat with a few exceptions and nuances.

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On the other hand, the term Kaisen is a combination of two Japanese Kanjis, “Kai” and “Sen.” When combined, they have a few different meanings, but generally speaking, they all mean “Endless Battle,” which fits the theme of the world of Jujutsu Kaisen where there has been endless battle between the Jujutsu Sorcerers and curses. 

If you tweak the world by a little and instead of Kaisen, pronunciate it as Kaizen, it means good change or improvement. Many Jujutsu Kaisen fans are often confused between “Kaisen” and “Kaizen” because even the latter’s meaning somewhat fits with the theme of the Jujutsu Kaisen series.

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If we see it like that, hundreds of meanings will come from the term Jujutsu Kaisen. But, to keep it more general, direct and fitting to the story and theme of the series, Sorcery Fight or The Endless Battle of Sorcerors are the two best fits for the Jujutsu Kaisen meaning.

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