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Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 on the rocks due to issues with production

If you were on X (formerly Twitter) earlier today and are on the side of anime Twitter, then you might have already heard about this one.

MAPPA, the studio behind the anime adaptations of ‘Attack on Titan: The Final Season,’ ‘Jujutsu Kaisen,’ ‘Yuri!!! On Ice,’ and ‘Vinland Saga Season 2,’ is currently under fire following posts that revealed the production studio denying the animators for ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Season 2 a break.

The said animation studio is already notorious enough for its harsh working conditions, with it being an open secret in the anime community. MAPPA had already been called out a number of times since the beginning of ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Season 2’s airing, with the most recent one for the studio’s performance with JJK’s S02E14 just over 2 weeks ago.

If you are currently watching ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Season 2 quite religiously every week and are aware of the upcoming events thanks to the manga, then you already know how its current arc—the Shibuya Incident arc, is at its peak. Thus, having a problem within the production brings the anime to a delicate situation.

On November 14, 2023 (Japan local time), ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Season 2 director Arai Kazuto (@/Barikios) posted this on X, “Bad news has arrived and I’m suddenly overwhelmed. The most boring ending I can think of. Ah, the festival is over. Yes, disbanded. Disbanded.”

He later on followed up with another post saying, “I was really disappointed. This isn’t fun anymore. I wonder.”

A Reddit thread titled, “Jujutsu Kaisen Production Meltdown continues.” reveals more animators publicly calling out the situation and expressing their grave sentiments. Some have already been deleted, while others are still up on social media.

The thread also gives 2 reasons as to why MAPPA may had denied delaying the upcoming episodes of the anime, which were related to the production committee being made up of various parties (including TOHO and Sheuisha), and that delays would cost a lot.

Of course, nobody is pleased with this situation. “MAPPA,” and “jjk” have become trending topics as soon as posts had surfaced on X. Other fans joined in the clamor against MAPPA, and some had sent their gratitude towards the animators working tirelessly to produce back-to-back episodes with excellent and crisp quality.

‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Season 2 can be delayed. Animators and the people behind the production of this anime deserve proper rest, pay, and a better management. Seriously, what is it with companies always taking credit for the work of their employees who spent their blood, sweat, and tears?



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