April 5, 2021

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Anabelle Accetta-Beman

CATEGORY

YuukiZa’s Stunning “Jujutsu Kaisen + Oshakashama” Animation

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YuukiZa is an animator and artist with almost 40 thousand subscribers to their YouTube channel. A couple of weeks ago, they posted a video entitled “‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Oshakashama ‘MAD,'” featuring gorgeous art, creative editing, and dynamic compositions. “Jujutsu Kaisen” refers to an anime and manga series, “Oshakashama” is a song …

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YuukiZa is an animator and artist with almost 40 thousand subscribers to their YouTube channel. A couple of weeks ago, they posted a video entitled “‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Oshakashama ‘MAD,'” featuring gorgeous art, creative editing, and dynamic compositions. “Jujutsu Kaisen” refers to an anime and manga series, “Oshakashama” is a song by the band RADWIMPS, and “MAD” stands for “music anime douga,” douga meaning video in Japanese. MAD perfectly explains this animation: it’s a video featuring an anime series and set to a song, almost like a fan-animated music video.

For more context, Jujutsu Kaisen is a popular manga series by Gege Akutami, serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump. Literally translating to “Sorcery Fight,” the title is often abbreviated to JJK, especially by western audiences. With about 150 chapters or 15 volumes, there are over 40 million copies sold worldwide. Its anime adaptation just recently finished airing its final episodes, beautifully animated by Studio MAPPA.

To continue, “Oshakashama” by RADWIMPS is a fast-paced fusion/rock song—-its lyrics discuss existential ideas such as humanity, God, religion, and the meaning of life. This song is popular with animators because of its fast tempo, catchy melody, and intense chorus.

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Back to YuukiZa, their video features both still assets as well as short fully-animated parts. Most of the images are black and white with hatching, with dashes of colors for special effects. It features various scenes from Jujutsu Kaisen and maintains the sleek, dynamic action-packed scenes that the anime was able to adapt.

The art is drawn in an aesthetic that heavily resembles the manga, so much so that I thought this was simply a manga edit—-called “MMVs” or “manga music videos,” people may take the still art from different comics and “animate” them through various editing techniques. However, upon closer inspection, I realized that this video’s art is not from the original Jujutsu Kaisen manga; no, YuukiZa meticulously recreated each image in Gege Akutami’s style. This is confirmed in the description of the video which is simply, “I drew them.”

As an example, here is a comparison between the original manga panel (top) and YuukiZa’s version (bottom):

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You can see slight differences such as the hatching or the details in the ears. It is such a faithful recreation that you may be thinking YuukiZa simply traced the art, but the images do not align perfectly, meaning that they’re not traced. It takes an immense amount of time to edit still images as is, much less hand draw each of them yourself. I can’t imagine how dedicated YuukiZa must be to have meticulously drawn every single aspect of their video.

This video is dramatic and dynamic and knows exactly what it’s doing. As someone who is a fan of both Jujutsu Kaisen and RADWIMPS, it was an absolute delight to come across this stunning work of art. I highly recommend that you watch the video for yourself below—-you’ll see just how many different images there are!

All Images © 2021 YuukiZa and Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen