Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 36 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 36 Review

The Value of a Life

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 36 was a very good episode. This time, Nanami carried it, though. If you remove the Nanami content from the episode, it would only be a normal good episode. Aside from the Nanami content, it also included good Mei Mei and Touji content.

Let’s start off with Mei Mei since she’s the one the episode started with. Mei Mei’s content at the beginning of the episode wasn’t particularly good. There was no fight. But, we got to learn a bit more about who she is and how she fights.

As we already know, her ability lets her control crows. And, more than that, she can sync up her vision with that of the crows under her control. But, that’s not a very strong ability in combat. So, how does Mei Mei fight? She fights the old-fashioned way — with a battle axe.

Mei Mei smiling from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 36
Mei Mei smiling

We’ve seen Mei Mei’s axe before. Well, at least we’ve seen it in the OP. I don’t actually remember if we’ve seen her use it in combat earlier in the series. However, I assumed that she used some kind of technique to fight with it. That’s not the case.

She doesn’t have a secondary ability that makes it easier to wield this massive weapon. Instead, she specifically trained her body to make up for her lack of offensive ability. Nanami’s insane strength comes from a cursed technique. Mei Mei, on the other hand, is just a muscle mommy.

At the end of Episode 36, we see Mei Mei going up against a special-grade curse unleashed by Getou. It’s the smallpox disease curse. And, as Mei Mei says, this is the first time in a while that she’s fought something that could kill her. I’m looking forward to that fight.

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Touji Fushiguro Lives Again

Well, I was technically correct in my prediction about Touji Fushiguro. I predicted that he wasn’t revived, but rather that his body and abilities were being borrowed. Technically, that was the case — for all of about 5 minutes. Then, Touji did come back to life.

Alright, so what’s going on here? First, we need to look at the old woman’s ability. She’s able to channel the dead into a person of her choosing. She did this twice in Episode 35. In one instance, she channeled a teen’s body and used it herself to perform an assassination.

The second instance involved channeling Touji’s body for her grandson to use in combat against Ino. In both cases, she only channeled the body, not the soul. Though, it should be noted that she can channel the soul, as well. However, she says that she doesn’t channel the soul for the exact reason we see here.

Touji Fushiguro revived from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 36
Touji Fushiguro revived

If she channels both the body and soul — or even just the soul — the channeled soul might take over. But, how did this work with Touji? We know she didn’t channel his soul. So, how was he able to take over?

As Touji explains it, his body isn’t normal. And, we can assume that this has to do with some of the stuff we already know about him. First, he doesn’t have any cursed energy, which is weird. And second, he has something called a blessing. This gives him superhuman physical abilities.

There’s one more thing I want to mention, though. Touji’s revival could tie back into the soul vs. body debate Getou and Mahito had when sealing Gojou. Mahito theorized that which is the more important part could be relative. Touji’s physical prowess could be the deciding factor.

What’s the Number and Locations of Your Allies?

Obviously, the best part of the episode was Nanami beating the cursed technique out of Haruta. I actually forgot what Nanami’s ability was before this fight. But, from what I’m remembering, it has to do with critical hits.

We saw this for a moment when he struck Haruta for the first time. However, I feel like he also has some other abilities going on. For example, he got very jacked during this fight. He also uses his tie as a weapon somehow. And, I recall something about him getting stronger during overtime.

Based on what we saw of Nanami in Episode 36, I’m amazed that he’s only a Grade 1 sorcerer. That looked like special-grade power, to me. Like, even Getou’s not surviving one of those punches. But, we should also keep in mind who Nanami’s opponent was.

Kento Nanami questioning Haruta Shigemo from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 36
Kento Nanami questioning Haruta Shigemo

I don’t remember anything about Haruta. I know he appeared earlier in the series. However, I have no idea how much was revealed about him and his abilities. So, everything I’m going to say here is based on what I saw in this episode.

The first thing is that Haruta doesn’t seem to be a curse — he’s a human. More specifically, he’s a cursed technique and cursed tool user. His cursed tool is pretty clear to see. It’s a sword that can move on its own. And, I guess it’s connected to Haruta somehow because he knew when it cut Nitta.

What’s a bit less clear is Haruta’s cursed technique. He even says he doesn’t get how it works. But, from what we saw, it gives him extra lives. He claimed he would have died from Nanami’s first hit without it. And, we see the markings disappear from his face with every hit from Nanami.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 36? Did you think Mei Mei had some other ability she used when fighting? Were you expecting Touji to be revived completely? And, should Nanami be considered a special-grade sorcerer? Let me know in the comments.

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2 Replies to “Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 36 Review”

  1. They categorize Grades differently for sorcerers. A Grade 1 Sorcerer is expected to be able to easily deal with Grade 1 Curses. So Sorcerers are technically a grade above. This is what makes Special grade Sorcerers so rare and extraordinary.
    Nanami was always strong, but had the bad luck of fighting Mahito, who can heal himself and can only be defeated by targeting his soul, something Nanami can’t do

    1. It seems like there’s a pretty wide skill gap even within grades for sorcerers. Nanami appears way stronger than someone like Mei Mei.

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