From dubbing to animation and music, Jujutsu kaisen has been hailed as one of the best and most popular shonen anime to release in 2020. With the show’s first season ending after 24 episodes, fans can still look forward to the next announced prequel movie that will cover Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0.
Jujutsu kaisen – based on the popular manga by Gege Akutami – follows Yuji Itadori, who becomes the infamous Sukuna’s ship after swallowing a cursed rotten finger in an attempt to save his friends. The series takes place in a world where monstrous creatures known as Curses afflict the world and must be exorcised by individuals known as Jujutsu Sorcerers. Now firmly anchored in the world of curses and wizards, Itadori joins Jujutsu Tech, where he will train to fight evil spirits.
While the story and the characters contribute massively to Jujutsu kaisenthe popularity of, you cannot overlook the impact of music on anime. The scenes are made all the more memorable by an eye-catching soundtrack, and CBR got the opportunity to interview four members of Jujutsu Kaisenthe musical team of. Music producer Yoshiki Kobayashi and composers Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Yoshimasa Terui and Arisa Okehazama discussed their musical influences, favorite moments, and favorite parts of the creative process.
CBR: What was the general impression you wanted to convey with the Jujutsu kaisen soundtrack?
Kobayashi: Hope the animation conveys the world of Jujutsu kaisen rather than the soundtrack itself. Then, I hope that with their great talent and skill, the music created by Mr. Tsutsumi, Mr. Terui and Ms. Okehazama will enhance and add color to the animation.
Tsutsumi: As a composer, I wanted to create music that conveys the charm of Jujutsu kaisen to a greater extent! That’s all I can say. I wanted to create music that would stay in the hearts of fans for a long time, as well as the different emotions they get from this work. I would be happy if we had succeeded.
Terui: I wanted to create music that had a superficial impact and was catchy, but had depth.
In our day and age, when the speed of consuming not only anime and music, but all forms of entertainment continues to increase, I wanted to create something that would be eye-catching enough to reach a large number of people. But I also wanted to create something that had a long lifespan for people to discover over and over again.
OkÃ©hazama: I didn’t have a specific post, but I created it in the hope that people watching the anime would appreciate it.
Considering Jujutsu kaisendarker and supernatural themes, were you inspired by particular genres or musicians?
Tsutsumi: The sound is very based on my rock roots. I was particularly aware of the elements of progressive rock when composing. The balance and handling of live instruments and synths were influenced by the sound of the Flying Lotus.
Terui: In meetings with the animation team, Hip-Hop, Progressive Rock, EDM and artists such as Billie Eilish were mentioned as references. Personally, I was influenced by various artists in the creation of this work, such as Shing02, Flying Lotus, Arca, Neptunian Maximalism, Steve Reich, Cornelius, Downy … etc.
OkÃ©hazama: I used EDM and Hip-Hop music as references. There is no particular musician I referred to.
With all the awesome work involved in composing and producing music for anime, have you had a favorite part of the process during? Jujutsu kaisen?
Kobayashi: I remember the registration process was very difficult. There were times when things didn’t go as planned, and for some reason I was asked to participate in the chorus. I really learned that sometimes things don’t go well, even if you are prepared. For this reason, when the music was incorporated into the animation, my joy was enormous.
Tsutsumi: I’ll never forget when the whole music team sang the chorus to Todo’s song together in the recording studio late that night. We were all at the limit of our physical abilities at that time, but we overcame them with passion and love for Jujutsu Kaisen.
Terui: Towards the end of the recording process, around midnight, we recorded the chorus of Todo’s song composed by Mr. Tsutsumi with the three composers and the music producer. It was a fun recording session because I learned a lot overall, and it was a great time because everyone was so excited.
OkÃ©hazama: The most memorable event was the recording. Many of the musicians were new to us, but all of them played wonderfully. I have the impression that our work was finished with a high quality thanks to them. It was great fun recording the chorus of Todo’s song with everyone late at night.
What was your favorite piece or moment that you worked on Jujutsu kaisen? Why? Do you have a favorite scene where this track is presented?
Kobayashi: It would be “REMEMBER” in episode 24. This is the scene that the director [Sunghoo] Park was really special and I think that’s a condensed version of everything he wanted to do.
It was also a miracle that we were able to get Masato [Hayakawa] of Coldrain to sing. I also remember how cool Mr. Tsutsumi’s music was and how impressed I was when the demo came out. It gave me goosebumps. At Disney Fancy, the animation is suitable for the music, but for this scene, I first created the music to match the animation, and then I adapted the animation to the music. Concretely, I created the rhythm of the drums and the cries of the voices in detail. It was a very valuable experience.
Tsutsumi: The song “REMEMBER” was used in episode 24. I think many songwriters go through a process of trial and error to find the right balance between soundtracks with visuals and independent musical work. But I think it’s the best piece of music I’ve written for Jujutsu Kaisen. The scene I particularly like is the battle between Itadori and Kugisaki against Kechizu & Eso. In addition to the flamboyance of the battle, I think the music was able to support the emotional development of each character.
Terui: My favorite song was “Straw Doll Technique: Resonance” because I think it’s a song that managed to combine my own characteristics with the world of Jujutsu Kaisen. However, when I consider a soundtrack combined with animation, my favorite is the one from episode 5 where “Megumi Fushiguro, Jujutsu Sorcerer” is used. The development of music and animation fit together perfectly, and it reminded me of the power they have together.
OkÃ©hazama: The scene where Gojo releases Hollow Purple and his music “Hollow Purple”.
I received a request to create a continuous track to voice the scene from which Gojo appears in Episode 20 until the end of Hollow Purple, and that was it. The scene was long, so it was difficult to put it all together in one piece. I think I was able to express Gojo’s strength on the track well. To be honest, I was worried if the fans would accept the song since Gojo is such a popular character, but I was very happy to hear that a lot of people were positive about him.
Jujutsu kaisen Season 1 is available on Crunchyroll.
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