Jujutsu Kaisen season 2: Everything we know about the new season so far

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We are, slowly but surely, heading towards Jujutsu Kaisen season 2. July is all set to see the hit anime adapt one of the most exciting arcs from the manga. It also arrives smack bang in the middle of an incredible 2023 for anime fans that includes Demon Slayer season 3 and Attack on Titan's Final Chapters.

But, whisper it, Jujutsu Kaisen could be the star of the show as Jujutsu High opens its doors once more. If you need a primer before the show returns, check out our guide below. We've got the latest on release dates, trailers, how the Jujutsu Kaisen movie fits into the series, and even word from animation studio MAPPA's CEO on the new season.

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Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 release date: July 2023

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Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 will start airing from July 2023, through until the end of the year.

Because of the extended run, we expect the upcoming season to last for at least 20 episodes, potentially more. The first season ran for 24 episodes.

Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 story: what chapters will it adapt?

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Jujutsu Kaisen’s first season ended with the conclusion of the Death Painting Arc, which ran from chapters 55-64 in the manga. It has now been confirmed that the second season will first adapt Gojo’s Past Arc, which covers chapters 65-79 in the manga.

That revolves around – you guessed it – Gojo’s past, specifically a mission involving Gojo and Geto escorting a Star Plasma Vessel to Tengen. 

Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 will also adapt the Shibuya Incident (chapters 79-136). We’re not heading into spoiler territory here, don’t worry, but the Shibuya Incident Arc all revolves around a plan to seal away Goto, spearheaded by Gojo and his new cursed alliance.

That's been confirmed to last two entire cours, which means the upcoming season should last anywhere between 24-26 episodes. 

Need a refresher on what's already gone down? Having defeated the Cursed Wombs Eso and Kechizu, Yuji and Nobara join back up with Megumi. However, Sukuna – using a mouth in Yuji’s hand, because anime – eats the finger and moves him one step closer to regaining his power.

Expect the new season to do with that encroaching evil, as well as that of the third Cursed Womb triplet, Choso, allying himself with series villains Geto and Mahito.

There’s also the small matter of a mole in Jujutsu High, with teacher Utahime very much on the hunt for the duplicitous sorcerer. That will also form a large part of the next season.

In a final season 2 setup, Yuji, Megumi, Nobara (as well as Maki and Panda) are recommended for a promotion to Grade 1 Sorcerers – and Gojo invites them to take part in a new mission…

MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka also assured fans that the second season wouldn't be more of the same. 

He told Crunchyroll (opens in new tab): "The first season of the television series and the movie have been very, very successful. We would like to leverage that success for season 2, but we are not going to be doing the same thing and repeat ourselves. To the fans of the series, I would like to show even greater success and bigger growth in season 2."

Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 trailer: first look at the new season

The first Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 trailer has been released as part of the Jump Festa event. Showcasing brief snippets of some of the season's key players, the Japanese teaser is a tantalizing glimpse of what's to come, even without any real footage. Watch it above.

The Jujutsu Kaisen Twitter account has also revealed the first piece of season 2 key art. The image, which shows Gojo and Geto as students, can be seen below. Expect a trailer soon.

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Do I need to watch the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie before season 2?

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We’d certainly recommend it, but – due to the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie being a prequel to the main series – it’s not essential.

The movie centers on swordsman Yuta Okkotsu, who will – mild spoilers – play a more prominent role in the Jujutsu Kaisen anime as it wears on. He’s also one of the most popular characters from the manga series, so you should really go and see what all the fuss is about.

There's also a post-credits scene which sets up future events in the anime. It revolves around Yuta heading back to Japan and into the fold of the main series, though it's not yet known if he'll turn up in Jujutsu Kaisen season 2.

In completionist terms, it’s also worth seeking out – it fleshes out the world and the curse-heavy concept of the universe, all while making for a compelling story in its own right. It can likely be skipped if you’re pressed for time, but we really suggest you seek it out.

Where can I watch Jujutsu Kaisen before season 2?

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If you need to catch up on Jujutsu Kaisen before season 2 then all 24 episodes of the first season are currently available to watch on Crunchyroll. Expect to be able to stream Jujutsu Kaisen season 2, Demon Slayer season 3, and other hit anime exclusively on the streaming service too – all thanks to the recent merger with Funimation.

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Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.