Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Almost Didn’t Happen: South Korea Wanted a Ban Over World War 2 Controversy

In a very short time, Jujutsu Kaisen has managed to win the hearts of all anime watchers. The anime, based on a manga written and illustrated by Gege Akutami is praised for its fast-paced action as well as well-developed characters. The series recently debuted its second season on July 6, 2023, but has been under fire from South Korean fans for a certain technique name in the past.

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A Promotional For Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen Boycott By South Korean Fans

In a now-deleted post, a Reddit user revealed that the Jujutsu Kaisen fanbase in Korea is taking upset with Gege Akutami for a specific name. The problem arises from the character Mei Mei’s attack Bird Strike, which in Kanji is written the same as Kamikaze.

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An illustration of the Attack Bird Strike.

To understand the problem with the name, we would have to go back to World War II, when imperial Japan had special Suicide Bombing teams named Kamikaze and under the rule of Japan, some Koreans too, were forced to participate and sacrifice themselves.

Apparently, a lot of Korean fans took offense to this and started hashtags on Twitter that referred to Akutami as a supporter of Imperial Japan, calling him ‘우익‘ which translates to ” Imperialism Supporter“, The hashtag managed to trend on Twitter for a while and many fans have also given JJK a 1-star rating on a Korean anime site.

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JJK Receives Backlash On Social Media Platforms

Jujutsu Kaisen Past Controversies

This is not the first time Jujutsu Kaisen has had people complaining. Earlier in the past too, parents have complained about the show being too violent and gorey. In 2021, a group of parents in the United States filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the violence and gore in Jujutsu Kaisen. The parents claimed that the show should not be allowed to air as it was “inappropriate for children“. One scene that backs this claim is where a head is shown being crushed which has left many parents furious.

Another time that fans were not happy with the author of Jujutsu Kaisen was during the release of Chapter 143 of the manga. Where Satoru claimed he could defeat Sukuna even if he was at his full power, However, the English translation of this line made it seem like Gojo was unsure of this claim. This led to some fans being upset, as they felt that the translation misrepresented Gojo’s character.

One of the First Ever Interactions between Gojo And Sukuna

The latest episode of Jujutsu Kaisen season two has already been released on July 13, 2023, and can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

Source: ComicBook

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