It’s an excellent time to be a Jujutsu Kaisen fan lately! Between the awesome anime trailer (how many times have you watched it?) and the backlog finally being filled on the Shonen Jump vault, there’s never been a better time to catch up on this world of crazy curses and crazier sorcerers! Of course, we can’t forget the volumes themselves, and we’ve got a crispy one on our plate this time around! Volume 3 ended on quite the juicy cliffhanger, as Yuji and Junpei’s fast friendship looked to be taking a turn for the worse. Don’t worry; I’m sure things will work out for the best in Jujutsu Kaisen volume 4, right?
The title of Jujutsu Kaisen volume 4 (named after one of its standout chapters, chapter 28) Is “I’m Gonna Kill You!”. That should give you a good idea of the vibes we’ve got going in this one. It’s an emotional reunion for the two film buffs at the start. Yuji is desperate to try to understand why his new companion has gone off the deep end. It’s a brutal clash between the pair, but once Junpei reveals the truth, we see Yuji’s compassionate side on display once again. We’ve known the kid’s had a big heart since chapter 1. This time his sympathy might end up being his Achilles heel, as a new challenger approaches. Ol’ Patchwork Mahito is here, and now the game done changed!
Jujutsu Kaisen volume 4 spoilers
With Mahito on the scene, things really do take a turn for the worse. His goal is to win over Sukuna, the King of Curses that currently resides within Yuji (chowing down on cursed fingers isn’t advised, folks!). Junpei just so happens to be the bait to lure him out. Or rather the trick to rile Yuji up enough to summon Sukuna’s immense power while he’s enraged. As such, once his pawn has fulfilled his purpose, Mahito dispatches him in an utterly brutal manner. Mahito’ remoulds his soul into a ghoulish monster and forcing him to battle our hero.
Of course, Yuji is desperate to help, calling on Sukuna to repair Junpei to his former self. The King of Curses outright refuses, and the evil pair of curses have a hearty laugh at the “Fool” Itadori’s expense. It is an equally devastating and sobering turning point for Itadori as a character. It’s crystal clear to him now that all these curses are despicably evil. And, if he wants revenge, he’s going to have to fight for it himself!
I’m gonna take him down!
Mahito and Yuji’s bloody battle begins, and it is outstanding on both a visual and physical level. We knew Itadori was insanely athletic, but it turns out he’s got a ridiculously high pain threshold! But even going all out, Mahito is still a formidable foe. And, in all his fury Yuji ends up leaving himself wide open for a deadly strike. Until Kento ‘the scene-stealer’ Nanami shows up in the nick of time! We saw earlier the Grade 1 Sorcerer was on his way to back up Itadori, and now the dynamic duo are here to take the curse down!
The pair work well together, as we see they’re utterly in sync with their attacks. Mahito’s no slouch either, and he pulls some mighty moves of his own, landing Nanami in an incredibly tight spot. In the process, we get to learn a little bit more about the straight-laced Sorcerer’s background. In the form of a touching flashback that revolves around the moment, he decided to course-correct his life for the better. He’s got no regrets, and I’ve got nothing but love for him!
Ultimately, they are able to turn the tide, but a crafty curse always has a trick up their sleeve. And, Mahito lives to fight another day. Both Nanami and Itadori have been through the wringer. Yuji, in particular, is quite shaken by what’s he’s seen and done. It’s rare to see a protagonist go through this amount of strife and struggle this early in the story. So much that it has a dramatic impact on the character themselves, I am both excited and terrified for what Mangaka Akutami will force Itadori through next!
Let’s surprise ’em!
After so much intense fighting and serious emotions, the rest of the volume takes a much-needed respite. With a return to some much appreciated comic relief. Mangaka Akutami has sprinkled some of their delightfully quirky humour throughoutJujutsu Kaisen. It’s in full force as we transition between arcs into the decidedly tournament-like Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event. Every Shōnen worth its salt needs one, after all! A yearly battle between the different classes of both Jujutsu high schools, where no killing is the only rule (to quote the always hot-headed Maki!).
We’ve been building up this battle little by little with the other Tokyo students in the background. Now it’s finally time for the event to kick-off! And to spice up proceedings, the ever-chaotic Gojo believes that this would be the perfect time to reintroduce the reincarnated Itadori to the gang, to hilariously unintended results!
This sequence may be the funniest moment of the series for me so far. Plus I’m just happy to see all the first years reunited again. It’s clear that Itadori has been through some hardships and grown as a result, and now he’s on firm footing alongside Fushiguro and Kugisaki! Of course, the second years are always happy for some extra firepower against the Kyoto powerhouses too! They’re gonna need it as well, as it looks like the Kyoto School have some sinister ulterior motives in mind for this event.
Mean old Principal Gakuganji isn’t happy with Itadori’s surprise return, not when Sukuna and he are a package deal! He wants Itadori off the playing field, and he instructs his students to do his dirty work for him. There’s a mixed response, but as the battle kicks off there’s one thing for sure: all that powering up Itadori did prior to his return will no doubt come in handy against these upcoming threats. Curses and Sorcerer’s alike!
Is Jujutsu Kaisen volume 4 worth reading?
Of course it is! Those surprised faces over there are shocked you’re not reading it already! Joking aside, Jujutsu Kaisen volume 4 captures everything I’ve grown to adore about this series in one neat little package. You’ve got the intense action, in what is undoubtedly one of the most brutal and thrilling battles we’ve seen yet. You’ve also got the compelling characters, facing harsh truths and growing all the stronger for it. And finally, you’ve got the gut-busting comedy, which seals the deal!
Akutami has put in the work to lay some solid foundations for the core cast, especially Yuji. And as we approach a new arc, a sturdy structure is set to be built, expanding our view of the characters and world of Jujutsu Kaisen. It’s been a wild ride so far, and there’s no sign of it slowing down yet. I’m strapping myself in for more!
You can enrol in Jujutsu Highschool yourself by purchasing this volume physically via the links above. If digital is more your style, and if you’re a member of Shonen Jump, you can also read the series (in its entirety!) through the Jump Vault. Get in on the ground floor before the Jujutsu Kaisen anime drops!
Note: Luke wrote this review in the summer and I’ve been a lazy boy!