Episode 9: Small Fry and Reverse Retribution
Previously, we saw an introduction to two students from the Kyoto Sister School, and they weren’t exactly too friendly. We got some more characterization of Maki Zenin, and learned that she and her twin sister are opposites — one can only use Cursed Energy, the other can’t use any at all.
We also saw Gojou Sensei threaten the Kyoto Sister School principal!
We’ll probably see what happened with that theater at the end of the episode, and see a bit more from Mahito.
We begin this episode following a side character, Yoshino. This is the same kid that approached Mahito after the theater incident. He’s apparently bullied quite hard at school, both mentally and physically. He doesn’t come to school often because of the bullying, but takes interest in the macabre and horror flicks. One day, he goes to a theater, where his bullies are sat far behind him in the back row.
When these bullies are unrelentingly loud, Yoshino notices a tall man, Mahito, approach them. He can’t make out exactly what happens, but the bullies grow silent, and the man leaves. We, however, see in excruciating detail what happens.
Yoshino approaches Mahito outside and asks if he did that to them. Mahito asks if they were friends of his, and Yoshino quickly denies it, thinking of how horrible they were to him. Yoshino cautiously asks if he can do things like that, too.
We cut to Itadori, who is investigating the scene alongside Kento Nanami, an ex-office worker now-Jujutsu Sorcerer. Nanami doesn’t have a lot of respect for Itadori. Regardless, as the two follow “Cursed Residue” (residue from when a Cursed Technique is used), they are attacked by two gross-looking creatures. We learn Itadori’s technique — where he first punches, and his Energy hits a second time at a delay, meaning he sort of has 2 punches per punch.
We see Nanami show Itadori how strong he is, and wants to witness Itadori fight, but Itadori struggles to fight while also listening to Nanami’s directions. Multi-tasking isn’t his forte. Regardless, they make quick work of the two creatures, and Nanami snaps a photo of one.
Wait, a picture? Curses aren’t supposed to appear in photos…
That’s right. When Shoko Ieichi takes a look at the corpses, she’s able to determine that they’re human. This is the work of a Cursed Technique that alters the brain stem of its target and turns them into these amalgamations. In short, Itadori and Nanami were fighting people, not curses. This bothers Itadori tremendously.
We cut to Yoshino, who is effectively being mentored by Mahito. He tells Yoshino that curses are born from what people are most afraid of. We learn that Hanami and Jogo, as well as their third accomplice, are curses manifesting from the fear of natural disasters. Mahito, on the other hand, comes from the fear of others.
We end this episode with Nanami tasking Itadori to tail and talk to Yoshino, who was caught on surveillance cameras leaving the theater before the teenage bullies were found dead.
Opinions / Analysis
I really like Mahito as a villain! My favorite villains are the type who seem elegant in a really eerie way! Mahito has a soft voice, but what he says is truly frightening. He sort of reminds me of Yamabiki from Starving Anonymous, if you’ve read that manga!
Regardless, I really enjoy seeing Yoshino. It shows us how easily darkness can creep up on those who have been dealt a bad hand in life. I’m hoping that Itadori can convert Yoshino back to the realm of everybody else, and learn that his life isn’t over! He can start again.
What do you all think of Mahito as a villain? Let us know in the comments below!
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