Jujutsu Kaisen Execs Detail How Their Anime Original Scenes Were Born

Jujutsu Kaisen has risen the ranks to become one of the biggest anime franchises that got its start thanks to Weekly Shonen Jump, with its sales skyrocketing as a result of the release of its first movie. At this year's Anime Expo, a number of creators behind the anime adaptation took the opportunity to dive into a number of topics revolving around the series that introduced us to the likes of Yuji Itadori and Yuta Okkotsu. And despite the anime relying on Gege Akutami's story, the anime creators are now detailing how their anime-only scenes were added to the series.

To start, the screenwriter for the series, Hiroshi Seko, explained the additions that were made to the first movie of the franchise, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, in order to expand on the original manga chapters:

"Since the original manga is only one volume to begin with, we already knew from the beginning the movie would be short 30 minutes in a film adaptation. Because we had that in mind from the beginning when we were producing this movie, we knew that there would have to be original scenes to fill up that time. To be clear, rather than using those movie-only scenes as a way to show character growth, we were trying to make up for the time we needed in order to make a film version."

On top of the prequel film, a producer at Toho, Hiroaki Matsutani, explained the creation of the post-credit scenes of the first season of the anime adaptation with the running title of Juju Sanpo:

"Speaking from TOHO's perspective, when we were working on production, we knew that there would be materials that we needed to create other than the original materials we had. When we were planning, we spoke with author Gege Akutami, and discussed what can we do to add to it and he came up with the draft."

While a specific release date has yet to be revealed for the second season of the anime series created by Studio MAPPA, the animation house has confirmed that it will be arriving next year in 2023, with there being plenty of material from the manga that has yet to be adapted. 

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