Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 20 review: Right and Wrong, Part 3

© Gege Akutami/Shueisha, JUJUTSU KAISEN Project
© Gege Akutami/Shueisha, JUJUTSU KAISEN Project /

Dear Jujutsu Kaisen writers – thank you so much for giving my heart a slight break but keeping me on my toes the entire time.

This week’s episode of Jujutsu Kaisen, “Right and Wrong Part 3”, took us on a nerve-wracking journey that had me on the edge of my seat.

SPOILER WARNING for those venturing past this sentence – I am discussing the episode in its entirety.

Thankfully, everyone survived, and am I glad about that or what?! I honestly don’t think I could have stomached Todo dying. I know – we still have three episodes to try and sit through with our sanity (or whatever is left of it at this point) intact.

The episode kicks off with sweet moments between our favorite trio – Megumi, Nobara, and Yuji. That alone made me feel slight optimism, but towards what, I had no idea at this point. But it was only a matter of time before JJK plunged us back into the chaos at Shibuya Station. We’re immediately thrust into the thick of it with Yuji Itadori, facing a seemingly impossible-to-win challenge against my now least favorite character ever, the unhinged asshole Mahito. This scene is masterfully executed, putting the intense desperation and the thin line between life and death on display.

The arrival of Aoi Todo, Besto Friendo, is nothing short of heroic and dishes out a sliver of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. His entrance is beyond timely and adds an exciting twist to the complete beating Yuji is taking from Mahito at this point. But, while filled with the right intent, the speech he delivers misses the mark a bit in terms of writing.

It’s a critical moment that could have delved deeper into the emotional turmoil of the characters, but just completely undermines Yuji’s feelings. The boy – remember, he is a SCHOOL BOY – has Sukuna inside him, and Sukuna thrives on making Yuji miserable because of his actions when he takes over. It would have been so much better to get a more meaningful heart-to-heart instead of the “Ah, get up and rub some dirt on it” vibes that speech emanated.

Speaking of Yuji’s feelings, this episode does a commendable job of portraying his internal struggle. His mental and emotional conflict, while being dismissed a bit too easily, adds a layer of depth to his character. It’s a reminder of the complex emotions these characters have to deal with, especially for Yuji as he literally has the most evilest of curses inside him like a parasite, making them more relatable and human.

Meanwhile, the subplot involving Miwa is equally emotionally charged. The scene on the train, with Miwa mourning over a Mechamaru drone as it finally “dies”, is beautifully heartbreaking. It’s a testament to JJK‘s continuous ability to balance action with emotion, making each character’s journey feel significant. No wonder this is one of the best anime out there.

Also – my girl Nobara might not be dead after all! There’s a chance she can be healed and now resemble Aemon Targaryen – she could have just lost an eye instead of her life. Which, haha, I will gladly accept. Also, I never noticed that in the amazing intro for this arc, she is shown standing up and holding her hand over her left eye, very much alive. Did I have a meltdown for no reason? As embarrassing as it is, I really do hope so.

The highlight of this episode, hands down, is the three-way battle between Mahito, Todo, and Yuji. This battle had me paranoid and completely uneasy as I was just so sure the writers were about to scratch Todo’s name off the script, but no. Todo and Yuji have survived for now. This huge fight is a spectacle of strategy and power, keeping the tension high and the viewers utterly engrossed. The animation and choreography of this fight are top-notch, showcasing the characters’ abilities in a visually stunning manner – with Todo’s place-swapping powers looking incredibly well done and Mahito’s descent into complete madness even scarier.

While “Right and Wrong Part 3” has its minor stumbles with Todo’s rude speech, it’s an episode that gets so much right. The voice acting is phenomenal as usual and the animation continues to be nothing short of spectacular.

This episode is a thrilling addition to the series and is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

Three more episodes. I just hope my heart can take it – I am not ready.

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