The primary arc of Jujutsu Kaisen’s second season was extremely propulsive and resulted in tragedy. The primary 5 episodes have been all set previously, and after a while exploring Gojo and Geto’s tragic backstory, we’re again to the fashionable day.
This tight-paced, action-packed, and in the end devastating arc was a few of the finest storytelling that the anime has performed, specializing in the present’s most fascinating and compelling relationship. It’s bittersweet that the anime is now again within the modern-day.
However for me, personally, it’s not simply unhappy to say goodbye to younger Gojo and Geto; it’s additionally deeply embarrassing to return to Yuji, Nobara, and Megumi, due to one sure TikTok from 2021 that has damaged my mind.
That video known as “Me visiting Jujutsu Excessive in Austria:” and it was posted by TikTok consumer and cosplayer StoeDan in 2021. In entrance of a inexperienced display screen, StoeDan takes a stroll by his native Austria and runs into Austrian variations of the primary three characters in Jujutsu Kaisen — solely they’re “Austrian-fied,” given German names, and edited to put on what I can solely assume are garments that evoke particular cultural parts.
As an illustration, Kugisaki Nobara’s Austrian verison known as Kuchlsacker Nobarbara, and he or she wears a blue dirndl as an alternative of her college uniform and stands in entrance of what seems to be a Christmas store. I don’t know sufficient about Austrian tradition to grasp the particular nuances of those exaggerated stereotypes, however boy, it’s so humorous and satisfying to say Kuchlsacker Nobarbara?! out loud.
I watched that specific TikTok in the course of watching the primary season. Because it was 2021, and I used to be on the top of my TikTok obsession and nonetheless battling pandemic mind worms, “Me visiting Jujutsu Excessive in Austria” bored itself into my soul. It has now contaminated me to the purpose the place I can not discuss with any of the primary trio of Jujutsu Kaisen characters with out instantly pondering of their “Austrian-sona” first after which mentally correcting myself.
Itadori Yuji? Nah, that’s Iterdofer Jürgen and he’s strolling round sporting a hardhat and overalls, and holding a Wieselburger model beer. I’ve to power myself to keep in mind that Megumi isn’t truly named Megumichael, and that the title Megumichael doesn’t, actually, truly exist.
This was not StoeDan’s first “X Characters in Austria” TikTok — the title truly belongs to his first Jujutsu Excessive in Austria video, which showcased Gojo and solely Gojo — nor would it not be his final. He went on to make a number of extra Jujutsu Kaisen TikToks, in addition to movies for different anime, successfully creating an Anime in Austria cinematic universe. Every of those are fairly amusing for anime followers, although admittedly not one of the different ones nestled into my mind as onerous as the primary one I noticed. (Although I’ll give an honorable point out to the one the place he swapped out Jujutsu Kaisen’s panda character for a brown bear known as braun bear).
StoeDan’s Anime in Austria sequence appears to have died down in 2022. However despite the fact that he’s not posting, the brand new season is again, which implies that “Me visiting Jujutsu Excessive in Austria” has moved again into the forefront of my mind, the place it lives hire free always.