Title: Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 11
Author: Gege Akutami
Release Date: August 3, 2021
Publisher: VIZ Media
Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 10 had a familiar tone with its conclusion as Gojo was facing off against the odds, but there was a sense that he would pull through. Looking back, I was completely confident that he would make it out of that subway with at least of the humans alive within the first chapter of Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 11, but that wasn’t the case, and he’s actually still there. However, this isn’t some filler stretched-out Volume of a stare-down. Instead, readers get what they came for.
Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 11 brings us back to the Shibuya Station, where Satoru Gojo is currently confronted by a few of the most powerful cursed spirits that we know of. It’s a pretty impossible situation since these cursed spirits are even scared of Gojo even when they’re together or have a ton of human shields to limit his ability usage. In fact, this entire volume sells just how necessary Gojo is to the safety of the planet, and we question what that’d look like without him.
The cursed spirits had always initially planned to revive Sukuna, but the power balance is starting to become too much for them not to consider. This makes the future less predictable as you can’t pinpoint what will happen due to an event. What’s also interesting is some of the flashback scenes of the cursed spirits. They aren’t drawn out or hard to follow; instead, they add context to the situation that is needed to understand the enemy.
The action scenes here are brief, but Yuji Itadori is handed a significant bit of responsibility that has him meet up with someone who might not assume. The cursed spirit fights aren’t entirely understood at this point, but the foundation is laid out to reveal the conclusion of each interaction so the group can rush to the subway to lend Gojo a hand.
There are some tense scenes that I’m not used to experiencing from this series. Also, I’m not too fond of the ego of villains, and this volume is full of them. Although they seem to be working together, their end goal is not aligned, which might cause future tiffs. I don’t think they care, though, and instead tackle one issue at a time. It shows in their impulsive nature and arrogance. My only problem is that Gege Akutami is pulling out all the stops and making this almost akin to an End Game fight. I hope a little is left for future large-scale battles.
Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 11 is tough to read because you want to slow down to not miss anything, but everything that happens causes your eyes to wander to future panels hoping that help is on the way. It’s really tough to think about Volume 12 right now and what is going to happen next. Even though this entire volume takes place in one central location, the author got the most out of it with flashbacks providing insight into the villains. This isn’t a volume you’re going to want to miss.
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