Spoilers: After the events of the last episode of Jujutsu Kaisen, the only person we have in mind is Yuji Itadori – however, he is not this episode’s focus.
Instead, we are taken back to Mei Mei and Ui Ui fighting the Special Grade Curse; Small Pox Deity. Mei Mei is quick to understand its technique, so she asks Ui Ui for help.
We get a better understanding of Mei Mei and Ui Ui’s relationship, when Mei Mei asks, “Will you die for me?” A question that shocks us as viewers, but not as much as Ui Ui’s reply, asking if that’s okay and if he is allowed to die for her.
This dynamic is something we’ve only briefly experienced in this season, but we have quickly realised how devoted Ui Ui is to his older sister.
The animation within this episode has brief flashes to certain outcomes, such as Ui Ui being crushed by the tombstone, which helps the audience realise what exactly is at stake.
Mappa often do these brief cut-away shots of previous events or possible outcomes as a reminder of how much pain the sorcerers are living with, and how harrowing a job it can be.
Mei Mei destroys the Special Grade Curse using her own technique, Kamikaze Bird Strike. She exits the curses Domain and is faced with Geto once again, the both of them ready to fight.
We join Nanami, Maki and Naobito Zen’in as they arrive at Shibuya Station and are faced with Dagon; the Curse of water-based natural disasters.
Dagon appears weak at first, but when he remembers the death of Hanami, he sheds his skin and releases a flood.
Nanami, Maki and Naobito use Naobito’s technique to capture Dagon within a frame, yet he doesn’t seem to take any damage. Naobito seems to be getting the best of him, too fast for Dagon with his Projection Sorcery. He is the fastest sorcerer aside from Gojo.
As he makes his final blow, we believe Dagon is defeated, until he expands his fists, and we are taken to a tropical island edge. His Domain Expansion: Horizon of the Captivating Skandha, which captures all three sorcerers. The Domain’s guaranteed hit is invisible Shikigami, only seen when they strike.
Naobito manages to use an anti-domain technique that was passed down among the three major clans. Nanami and Maki, however, continue to get brutally hit.
Dagon aims to get Maki out of the picture and kill her quickly. She just about manages to hold her own yet when all else seems to fail, a shot of darkness covers the Domain’s sky.
Megumi Fushiguro manages to pierce through the Domain and begins creating his own. Maki continues to fight with her cursed objects on the beach, praising her lower class man while he is deploying his own Domain some distance away in the ocean.
In an epic shot of a giant Shikigami heading for a defenceless Fushiguro, a battered and scathed Nanami slices through the giant sea monster. Nanami is in the worst state we’ve seen him, clothes completely torn and covered in blood, making us anxious for his every move.
Fushiguro explains to him that Ino had to be taken away and Itadori is working on his own. Nanami promises to protect Fushiguro as he works on his Domain.
Naobito continues to strike at Dagon, even after losing his right arm.
Fushiguro is clearly struggling, panting, and sweating as his nose starts to bleed. But he explains that he isn’t just casting his domain, he is going to open a small hole in the barrier of Dagon’s Domain. He believes once they are out of the Domain they will be able to win.
Nanami calls for Maki and Naobito to join them and to escape through the hole, but Dagon has already figured it out. We get a panel of all of their faces contorted as they begin to aim for the exit hole, but instead, hands begin to reach through.
Silence among them as a smiling Toji Fushiguro enters.
This episode was filled with twists and cliffhangers for all the characters that we saw. We can finally expect a battle between Geto and Mai Mai as she draws closer to where Gojo is being sealed.
We can also anticipate the first meeting of Toji and Megumi Fushiguro as father and son, and how this may come about. Each episode continues to leave us wanting more and wishing for the best for our favourite characters.
The final shot of a once again grinning Toji Fushiguro adds to the menacing and no doubt tragic future for some sorcerers.
This review was written during the 2023 WGA (now resolved) and SAG-AFTRA (ongoing) strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the series/movie being covered here wouldn’t exist.