Every year there are new and popular manga and anime that take the public by storm, but Jujutsu Kaisen looks set to be the manga’s big hit at least for the next few years. Anime has become extremely popular and has benefited from how it combines heartwarming archetypes from the shonen genre with some surprisingly creepy dynamics that lean more toward horror.
Jujutsu Kaisen has a solid and eclectic cast of characters, among which the protagonist of the series stands out. All of these elements have contributed to Jujutsu Kaisen becoming one of the biggest manga of 2020. The Jujutsu Kaisen manga is still underway, but there are plenty of other great series out there for those who are hungry for more comparable content.
10 The Man With The Chainsaw Creates A Dangerous And Bloody World With A Trapped Hero
Chainsaw Man is a fantastic manga series that combines the shonen genre with horror and gore. It has found a large audience and is destined to be even larger once its anime adaptation occurs. Chainsaw Man deals with demons more than cursed spirits, but the manga’s protagonist, Denji, is unintentionally involved in a supernatural war just like Yuji.
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Denji becomes a demon hunter for the Yakuza, but a drastic betrayal transforms Denji and consolidates his status as a demon weapon. Denji and Yuji are cut from the same pattern and the art style of these works is often similar.
9 Kekkaishi is also about students defending their terrain from spirits
It’s hard not to think of Jujutsu Kaisen when reading a Kekkaishi issue. Both manga are set in the institute and treat demonic spirits as their main threat. The Forgotten Kekkaishi centers on two brash heroes, Yoshimori Sumimura and Tokine Yukimura, who have reputations as powerful magic users, albeit from rival families.
When their territory is threatened by spirits, Yoshimori and Tokine must turn to amazing sources of support to survive this war. Yoshimori and Tokine are considerably more arrogant than Yuji, but their companions see them with similar eyes.
8 Black Torch’s affected hero wears a cross similar to Yuji’s from Jujutsu Kaisen
Black Torch moves into the same dark and supernatural territory as Jujutsu Kaisen, but leans more towards the ninja and shinobi aesthetic than the more traditional martial arts that are present in Jujutsu Kaisen.
The protagonist of Black Torch, Jirou Azuma, has a lot in common with Yuji Itadori, as both are unexpectedly affected by supernatural complications that greatly increase their powers in dangerous ways. Jirou uses this new strength to protect animals and respect the world, and Yuji is equally motivated by pure causes. Black Torch will undoubtedly explode even more when the manga receives an anime adaptation.
7 Yusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho is also a high school delinquent who hunts demon spirits
It’s an infinitely relatable premise when an ordinary underperforming man is thrust into a position of supernatural authority in a shonen series. Jujutsu Kaisen’s Yuji and Yu Yu Hakusho’s Yusuke Urameshi start out as very similar characters who really get better once they are given some responsibility of a supernatural nature.
Yusuke’s journey begins in the human world, but little by little he gains a foothold on the demonic side of things and the anime embraces deadly tournaments. Still, Jujutsu Kaisen fans can appreciate many commonalities.
6 Dorohedoro is set in a wild world of terrifying creatures
Dorohedoro mixes a ton of different genres, but deep down he’s a mystery about an amnesiac individual who is desperate to regain his identity and change his grim fate where his face has turned into a lizard.
Dorohedoro paints a dangerous world in which monsters, magic and crime run rampant. The strange monsters that act as threats on Dorohedoro feel very similar to the haunting Cursed Spirits that haunt Jujutsu Kaisen. Both manga create an eerie atmosphere in which the hero plunges into a dangerous world.
5 Arago watches a pair of twins who are pushed into dangerous territory
There are many manga and anime series that focus on siblings who must work together or who are separated by circumstances. Jujutsu Kaisen’s Yuji is an only child, but Arago focuses on two orphaned twins, Ewan and Arago, who are hungry for revenge against the supernatural criminal who killed their parents.
Arago and Ewan endure a lot of pain, but the end result is that Arago absorbs the power of the criminal who plagues them. Arago’s volatile transformation and the path he undertakes is very similar to Yuji’s journey once he is infected.
4 Blue Exorcist and Jujutsu Kaisen show the dangerous cost of power
Power is often a double-edged sword in manga and anime, and some of the most engaging series are those that explore how power is a responsibility that should not be abused.
Yuji, in Jujutsu Kaisen, gains incredible strength when he becomes the host of a Cursed Spirit, and the same goes for Rin and Yuko, two brothers in the Blue Exorcist who learn that they are children of Satan. Rin becomes obsessed with killing her corrupt father and balancing the scales, just as Yuji wants to rebel against the very force that has given him power.
3 Mononogatari swaps cursed spirits for mysterious tsukumogami
Jujutsu Kaisen’s Yuji becomes a formidable hero, but it takes time to train and understand the responsibility of his role. Hyoma Kunato, the protagonist of Mononogatari, is a similar individual who would rather turn his back on his power than become a prolific figure.
Mononogatari is a series that deals with the tsukumogami, which are spirits that possess inanimate objects and give them a humanoid form. Hyoma is skeptical of tsukumogami in the same way that Yuji despises Cursed Spirits and is forced to acknowledge his beliefs once tsukumogami become a regular thing in his life.
2 Tokyo Ghoul also features a protagonist tortured and trapped at a crossroads
Tokyo Ghoul has a very mixed reputation among audiences and while it is true that the anime deviated a lot, the manga maintains the quality and is the right way to experience this gripping story. Tokyo Ghoul is set in a world where a war is fought between humans and ghouls, in which Kaneki Ken plays a special role as a hybrid between the two.
Kaneki’s complicated position mirrors Yuji’s stance in Kaisen Jujutsu once Sukuna’s Cursed Spirit becomes part of his body. The two manga encompass comparable ideas that go to very different places.
1 Sakamoto Days allows a bloody past to face a mundane present
Sakamoto Days is almost as if A History of Violence is a more comical and exaggerated manga series. Both Sakamoto Days and Jujutsu Kaisen have a similar level of fear and danger, but the former takes a much lighter tone that allows one to appreciate the more comical side of murderers and organized crime.
Taro Sakamoto is a convenience store worker, out of shape and in love, but in his youth he was one of the most notorious killers. Sakamoto’s past catches up with him and his challenge of comparing himself to this older version of himself is very satisfying.