2. "Thunderclap" - Episode 16
This is where this season of Jujutsu Kaisen cranked up the drama and the action, making it the second-best episode of this season in my opinion. The episode was a rollercoaster of emotions, especially for fans of Megumi. He's in the thick of it, facing off against his own father, Toji, in a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat showdown. Every move Megumi makes is a desperate attempt to survive, and the intensity of their battle is enough to make your heart skip a beat.
The animation here is top-notch, making each of Megumi’s strategic moves and the summoned creatures look absolutely stunning in pure MAPPA magic style. This wasn't just a physical battle - it was an emotional damage for viewers, especially after a season finale of another popular show (Loki) had already cut us deep. Then, there's this flashback with Toji, a moment that's meant to add depth to his character, but it kind of misses the mark, leaving us confused and wondering what’s really going on.
But what really takes this episode to another level is Sukuna. His terrifying presence, the way he dominates every scene he's in is the stuff of nightmares. His battle with Jogo is like watching a catastrophic yet hypnotizing dance of destruction. You absolutely cannot look away. The animation here is nothing short of spectacular as usual, with MAPPA's team delivering some seriously breathtaking visuals. The fiery chaos of their battle is a feast for the eyes, making Sukuna's terror even more palpable as well as seeing what kind of effect this has on Yuji - his host body. Yuji is devastated and forever changed. That boy will never be the same again.
Alongside this, there’s a side plot featuring Panda and Kusakabe, providing a lighter yet still tense counterbalance to the main action. It's a clever mix that keeps the episode balanced. With Sukuna’s hostility and unpredictable nature, and the suspense over the wellbeing of other characters like Nanami (rest in peace, king) and Maki (my girl better not be dead), the episode leaves you hanging on the edge, both eager and anxious to see what’s next. “Thunderclap” is a brilliant combination of suspense, emotional storytelling, and just enough humor to catch your breath before plunging you back into the chaos.