Jujutsu Kaisen Creator Celebrates the New Zodiac with Wild Sketches

2022 is the year of the Tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac, and many anime creators have taken the opportunity to celebrate the occasion with unique sketches to help ring in the new year. Gege Akutami has struck it big with their take on the world of the supernatural via Jujutsu Kaisen, with the Shonen franchise ending 2021 by releasing a new prequel film into theaters that shows us the world before Yuji Itadori became the main man. With Akutami’s new art, two of the biggest characters of Jujutsu Tech get a major makeover that’s sure to drop a few jaws.

The first season of Jujutsu Kaisen’s anime didn’t just introduce us to Yuji and his fellow classmates such as Nobara and Megumi, it also took the opportunity to explore another branch of the high school. Setting up an arc that saw two schools steeped in the supernatural battling one another, the season introduced us to the loud-mouthed Todo, who made himself Yuji’s best friend, whether the protagonist liked it or not. Following their first encounter, they were put in front of one of the strongest opponents they ever faced, learning to work in unison to nearly destroy the creepy antagonist, that is until Gojo entered the fray.

The Unofficial Twitter Account of Jujutsu Kaisen shared this new art from Shonen creator Gege Akutami, taking both Yuji and Todo and giving them a feline aesthetic that they have never received in either the manga or anime, but certainly, does well in getting them into the spirit of the new year according to the Zodiac:

Gege Akuatmi’s illustration for the New Year. 2022 is the year of the Tiger pic.twitter.com/brIxX4z6tH

RELATED:  THE GILDED AGE Gets a Season 2 Renewal at HBO

— Jujutsu Kaisen (@JujutsuKaisen) January 3, 2022

While Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is currently bringing in major profits in theaters in Japan, MAPPA has been tight-lipped about whether the television series will be returning for season two. Though a second season isn’t confirmed, there is plenty of material from the manga that has yet to be adapted to the small screen and considering how popular the anime series has become, we are confident in saying that it’s only a matter of time before we see Yuji and his fellow sorcerers make a major comeback.


What do you think of this hilariously disturbing new art? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of Jujutsu Tech.