What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 15 “Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle, Part 1”! With the set-up and stakes well understood now was the time to get the ball running with the first event. One which could go any kind of way depending on how the Kyoto school decided to approach assassinating another student.
With this week’s episode, it was easy to see that no time was going to be wasted creating a situation for Itadori. I’m sure that there are some out there who may have wanted to see some sort of build-up to the assassination attempt, but I don’t think the writers have ever given us the impression that they are the sort to fear jumping right into something. So I enjoyed the lack of hesitation that went into starting the event, and then just diving headfirst into the action. And I should say action that would start with Todo of all people initiating first. This part did not surprise me at all. If you want to shake things up, then you might as well use the guy who is more willing to fight than anyone else. He made one heck of an entrance too that was awesome for the few cares this guy gave towards the idea of going up against one or more enemies at the same time.
Though with that said, obviously it was going to be Itadori of all people who would end up taking this monster on. The reasoning for this was appreciated, as well as the moment they gave us to understand what the Tokyo students were thinking before the event began. That said, the action was exhilarating between these two. If you want to keep a monster occupied, then you throw a monster his way. I think we all knew what was coming, but no one else did who hasn’t seen Itadori in action since his private training.
Now when it came to the Kyoto school, I was surprised by their actions to be honest. Even if you knew that they were trying to get the assassination over and done with quick, you also didn’t think that they would try to go about it the way that they did. The opportunity was not wasted to show that carrying out this order mattered to them. And it went a long way too that there was someone from the Kyoto school who could explain why it is important to follow this particular order. This series moves fast, so it goes without saying that you value the small moments here and there where they help us to better understand how the world works for jujutsu sorcerers. This isn’t to say that we didn’t learn a great deal from Nanami, but his perspective leaned towards someone who had already climbed the ranks. What we were seeing now is what it looks like when you are still in need of those successes.
Which at the same time brings us to the insight they gave us into the way everyone views Itadori. Up to this point it is easy to assume that everyone is fine with Itadori existing the way he does, but that would be negligent of everything you already know is dangerous about him too. To be alright with him would mean to know him personally, and not everyone has that chance, or wants it.
Overall, I think the best takeaway was seeing how much Megumi and Nobara actually do care about Itadori. How they pieced things together themselves was commendable, not to mention the change in plans they created to adjust to the new situation.
Beyond that, I never got to address it before, though personally I am fond of the new OP. There are some out there heartbroken because they didn’t want to switch from the first one. I didn’t either, but at the same time I can see the appeal of the new one too. The music is still upbeat, and the animation is still stunning. It could have easily been disappointing. Yet that was not the case at all.
Overall, there was a lot to get you excited from this episode of Jujutsu Kaisen. “Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle, Part 1” did not disappoint one bit by hitting the ground with momentum and style.