3. "Hidden Inventory 3" - Episode 3
This episode is honestly a masterclass in anime storytelling, and it's easy to see why it's ranked as number three in my top five episodes of the season.
The episode starts with a shocker - the kidnapping of Misato Kuroi, the maid who basically raised Riko, the Star Plasma Vessel. This event catapults us into an adrenaline-pumping rescue mission featuring my ever-so-graceful anime husband Gojo and his terrible influence of a best friend, Suguru Geto, in Okinawa. And this is where the episode literally sucker-punches us viewers in the face. We're initially treated to a sunny, beachside setting that's so cheerful and light-hearted - it almost feels like we've switched anime shows.
This unexpected detour into fun and relaxation, complete with lots of Gojo and touristy activities, gives us a breather, and some eye candy, and showcases the versatility of the show. It's a clever blend of darkness and light, serious and silly, that only Jujutsu Kaisen can pull off so well. Gojo and Geto, in their element, manage to turn a dangerous mission into what seems like a holiday adventure - but don't let that sunny disposition fool you.
Just when you're getting comfortable with the beach vibes and maybe even forgetting you're in the Jujutsu Kaisen universe, the episode does a complete 180. The story plunges back into its signature dark, intense world. This abrupt shift from joy to jeopardy is a reminder of the show's core - a world where danger lurks around every corner. Enter Toji Fushiguro, the new antagonist, who's as unlikable as they come. His entrance as the contract killer with a mission to kill the Star Plasma Vessel (Riko) adds plenty of dread and anticipation. This villain, with his terrifying presence, steals the scene and snaps us back to the reality of Jujutsu Kaisen when he, out of nowhere, shoots Riko in the head, completing his mission and leaving us viewers with our jaws on the floor.
This episode brilliantly balances elements of humor, horror, and suspense, creating an emotional rollercoaster that grips you till the end. The tension and heartbreak is palpable, making this episode a memorable one in the world of Jujutsu Kaisen.