Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 has just featured a moment that fans of the manga have waited years to see spring to life on-screen, with Gojo unleashing the Hollow Purple technique on Toji. In a year that has already seen Demon Slayer, Vinland Saga, and Attack on Titan wow viewers, we’re pretty confident that – if Jujutsu Kaisen keeps on this trajectory – it could best the lot.
Still recovering from that episode? We’ve put together a quick guide to Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 to help you look forward to what’s coming next. Below, you’ll find all the essentials on story, release dates, which manga chapters it’s adapting, cast lists, and more. There’s even news of an imminent break that you need to make note of.
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Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 release dates and confirmed breaks
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 started airing on July 6, 2023.
The show is currently streaming on Crunchyroll in all territories with new episodes premiering every Thursday at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern. That’s 6:00 PM BST in the UK.
We’re expecting the show to air through until the end of the year, meaning the upcoming season will last for 23 episodes.
As revealed by the show’s official Twitter account, the Gojo’s Past arc will run for five episodes, with a movie recap and season one recap to follow on August 10 and August 17 respectively. After a one-week break on August 24, the Shibuya Incident arc shakes us out of prequel territory from August 31.
An English-language dub is also currently airing, though it’s currently around two weeks behind the subtitled version of the show.
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 story: is it a prequel?
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 is a prequel-of-sorts – just not for very long.
Jujutsu Kaisen’s first season ended with the conclusion of the Death Painting Arc, which ran from chapters 55-64 in the manga. The second season is currently adapting Gojo’s Past Arc (Hidden Inventory/Premature Death), which covers chapters 65-79 in the manga.
That revolves around – you guessed it – Gojo’s past, specifically a mission involving Gojo and Geto escorting a Star Plasma Vessel to Tengen.
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 will also jump back to the present day to adapt the Shibuya Incident (chapters 79-136) later in the year. We’re not heading into spoiler territory here, don’t worry, but the Shibuya Incident Arc all revolves around a plan to seal away Goto, spearheaded by Gojo and his new cursed alliance.
That’s been confirmed to last two entire cours, and we’ve recently had confirmation it’ll last for 18 episodes, bringing the total Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode count to 23 episodes.
Need a refresher on what’s already gone down? Having defeated the Cursed Wombs Eso and Kechizu, Yuji and Nobara join back up with Megumi. However, Sukuna – using a mouth in Yuji’s hand, because anime – eats the finger and moves him one step closer to regaining his power.
Expect the new season’s Shibuya Incident arc to do with that encroaching evil, as well as that of the third Cursed Womb triplet, Choso, allying himself with series villains Geto and Mahito.
There’s also the small matter of a mole in Jujutsu High, with teacher Utahime very much on the hunt for the duplicitous sorcerer. That will also form a large part of the next season.
In a final season 2 setup, Yuji, Megumi, Nobara (as well as Maki and Panda) are recommended for a promotion to Grade 1 Sorcerers – and Gojo invites them to take part in a new mission…
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 recap: the story so far
So far, we’ve seen Gojo and Geto (then second year students) being hired by Master Tengen to protect his Plasma Star Vessel, a girl named Riko. That proves easier said than done, with Riko being hunted down by the Q sect and the Time Vessel Association. The first episode ended with the latter hiring Toji Fushiguto to kill Riko.
The second episode sees Gojo and Geto properly ‘meeting’ Riko, though she decides against going to Jujutsu High for protection. Toji puts a bounty out on Riko’s head, with the Star Vessel – after Geto fights off curse users – getting a text message revealing that her maid, Kuroi, has been kidnapped.
The third episode upped the stakes further, with Gojo and Geto taking the fight to the Time Vessel Association. Later, at Jujutsu High, Toji fights Gojo, who learns that his attacker was born with a Heavenly Restriction. In short: he’s super powerful. Toji shows off his strength by seemingly killing Gojo.
On their way back to Tengen, Riko discusses whether she wants to be assimilated. Just as she reaches out to Geto, she’s shot and killed by Toji.
Geto fights back against Toji, who eventually defeats him after a failed attempt to absorb his cursed spirit. After healing himself using a Reverse Cursed technique, a newly-revived Gojo fights Toji and brings out the Hollow Purple attack. He completely destroys one side of Toji’s body with his flashy new ability, killing Toji. With his dying breath, Toji reveals to Gojo that his son will be sold to Zenin Clan. The fifth episode ends with Geto and Gojo reuniting at a Time Vessel Association church, debating whether to kill the cultists.
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 cast
Goto (Yuichi Nakamura) and Geto (Takahiro Sakurai) will get the majority of attention over the next few weeks. Other characters featured in the arc include Shoko (Aya Endo), Kento Nanami (Kenjiro Nanami), Mei Mei (Kotono Mitsuishi) Utahime Iori (Yoko Hikasa), Riko (Anna Nagase), and Toji (Takehito Koyasu).
Jujutsu Kaisen main characters from the present day, including Yuji (Junya Enoki) and Nobara (Asami Seto) to factor into the series more as the season wears on.
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 trailer: first look at the new season
The first Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 trailer has been released as part of the Jump Festa event. Showcasing brief snippets of some of the season’s key players, the Japanese teaser is a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come, even without any real footage. Watch it above.
The Jujutsu Kaisen Twitter account has also revealed the first piece of season 2 key art. The image, which shows Gojo and Geto as students, can be seen below. Expect a trailer soon.
#BREAKING: JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2 TV Anime Shares First Teaser Visual🔥MORE: https://t.co/uQVeyTQaAI pic.twitter.com/cohsMQDQEeSeptember 17, 2022
Do I need to watch the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie before season 2?
We’d certainly recommend it. The Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie being a prequel to the main series, but it’s going to inform the events of season 2.
The movie centers on swordsman Yuta Okkotsu, who will – mild spoilers – play a more prominent role in the Jujutsu Kaisen anime as it wears on. He’s also one of the most popular characters from the manga series, so you should really go and see what all the fuss is about.
There’s also a post-credits scene which sets up future events in the anime. It revolves around Yuta heading back to Japan and into the fold of the main series.
In completionist terms, it’s also worth seeking out – it fleshes out the world and the curse-heavy concept of the universe, all while making for a compelling story in its own right.
It can likely be skipped if you’re pressed for time, but we really suggest you seek it out. If you aren’t revisiting it (or watching it for the first time), a recap will be available from August 10.
Where can I watch Jujutsu Kaisen?
If you need to catch up on Jujutsu Kaisen, then all 24 episodes of the first season and the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie are currently available to watch on Crunchyroll. New episodes air every Thursday.