Episode 7: Assault
This episode we’ll likely witness the fight between the Cyclopes-curse guy and Gojou, since last episode ended with the Cyclopes attacking him.
Episode 7, named “Assault,” begins by reminding us of the previous episode’s climax where Gojou Satoru is confronted by a menacing, one-eyed, Cyclopes-like entity. The Cyclops doesn’t hold back, and it immediately tries to take down Gojou by creating a volcanic eruption from the wall, raining lava towards him.
However, Gojou is a formidable opponent and emerges unharmed, much to the surprise and frustration of the Cyclops, who refers to him as an annoying punk. What piques Gojou’s interest, though, is the Cyclops’s ability to communicate fluently in human language, despite being a cursed being, also known as a “Curse.”
Gojou feels an adrenaline rush. He anticipates a thrilling fight against the Cyclops, especially considering that the fight is taking place in a secluded area where there is no possibility of back-up. The Cyclops, whom we later come to know as Jogo, launches a series of assaults on Gojou, deploying an array of explosive insects and torrents of lava.
Despite the relentless barrage, Gojou remains untouched, much to the disbelief of Jogo. Gojou then reveals his special power, “Infinity,” that protects him from all physical attacks. Gojou can only be touched when he chooses to be, and we get a really hilarious scene of Gojou pretending to be bashful, holding Jogo’s hand. Gojou shows us he can use his power to create something similar to a small black hole with immense force.
Jogo is thrown back into a flashback where Geto told him that defeating Gojou would be an impossible task. While Jogo is trying to devise a strategy to defeat him, Gojou pulls Itadori into the scene, intending him to be an observer of the battle. Itadori’s presence catches Jogo off guard, especially when he realizes that Itadori, the vessel of Sukuna, is alive.
In a fit of rage, Jogo uses a “Domain Expansion” and creates a volcanic realm filled with lava and cracks. Gojou uses this moment to educate Itadori about the concept of Innate Domains, constructed with cursed energy. He explains that a person inside their own Domain gains enhanced skills and their techniques will never miss. This presents a problem for Gojou, whose defensive strategy revolves around his “Infinity” power.
However, Gojou also reveals the countermeasures: either neutralize the technique with a technique of your own or escape the domain, although the latter is almost impossible. He also suggests deploying one’s own domain to overrule the opponent’s, and as he removes his blindfold, his mesmerizing icy blue eyes come into view.
In Gojou’s domain, time and space bend to his will, overwhelming Jogo’s senses and leaving him incapable of any action. Gojou then defeats Jogo by literally ripping his head off with his bare hands and interrogates the defeated Curse about who sent him.
Just when the situation seems to be under control, another curse named Hanami intervenes, distracting Gojou and Itadori with a magical flower curse, and snatches Jogo’s head, making a quick exit. Despite the escape of his opponent, Gojou is exhilarated at the prospect of facing Hanami, who appears more powerful than Jogo. He tells Itadori that his goal for Itadori is to become strong enough to defeat Jogo.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Gojou’s tardiness to meet with the principal has caused tension between Ijichi and the Principal. In another location, Geto enters an apartment, which leads to a peaceful island where a man named Mahito, whose limbs have been sewn together, awaits. Geto, Hanami, and Mahito engage in a conversation where they decide on their next move – they will strike on October 31st. This signals the end of the episode.
Opinions / Analysis
I loved this episode! I was completely blown away by the action scenes, and I don’t typically like action anime. And the way they animated the lava explosions and the creepy insect attacks? Awesome. Gojou’s Domain Expansion looked beautiful, and there’s this really cool icy-blue eye that looks like Gojou’s eye in his own domain. And to top it all, they even managed to sneak in some good laughs amidst all the chaos. The jokes landed perfectly and I found myself chuckling more than once.
But the best part for me was the bond between Itadori and Gojou. They’re like this weird mix of buddies and teacher-student, which is just so fun to watch. Itadori is such a teenager, and he’s written really well. Sometimes we get teenagers who are far too much like adults, but Itadori is just a kid teetering on adulthood. Also, the new bad guys, apart from Jogo, look super cool.
What do you all think of this episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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