Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen are two different TV shows with completely different storylines and characters. But some hardcore anime fans pointed out some key similarities between the two and upon further researching, these similarities are too strong to ignore. Here are five similarities and five differences between Jujutsu Kaisen and Naruto.
Both the protagonists have a monster inside them
In Naruto, Kurama resides inside the body of Naruto and upon requests, it grants him the power of chakra to fight with his enemies. Similarly, Itadori of Jujutsu Kaisen possesses the powers of the Curse Sukuna and upon request, Sukuna does help Itadori by giving him powers and strength to fight with other Curse Spirit.
Both trains to become someone powerful
While it is not clear about the motivation behind Itadori’s struggle for training in the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College, Naruto and Itadori train to become powerful to protect the people around them, and both of them go through extreme training to gain power and experience to fight against the bad guys.
A familiar mentor
Gojo and Kakashi are two of the best anime teachers and both of them share a striking appearance in terms of dressing style and personality. Both the teachers are goofy and joke around their students to lay off pressure and stress. Both of them are powerful in their respective anime ecosystem and they support their students to become strong. One striking similarity between the two is the dressing style and the way both of them wear a bandana on their mouth and eyes.
A strong team of friends
In both shows, the protagonist befriends some of the best people, and all of them are equally strong and carry out missions instructed by their teachers. Itadori have Megumi Fushiguro, Nobara Kugisaki, Maki Zenin, Toge Inumaki, and Panda. Naruto had strong comrades like Akamaru, Gamakichi, Sasuke Shikamaru, and Choji.
A strong sense of Justice
In both the show, the characters have a strong sense of justice, and they fight the bad guys to protect their family and friends. To be honest, the motivation behind the characters feels bogus but their sense of justice is strong and they are always willing to sacrifice themself for the good of humanity and to serve justice for the weak.
The concept of death
In Jujutsu Kaisen, the concept of death is more flexible as compared to Naruto. If a character in Naruto dies, you won’t see them ever again. You remember when Itachi died, did he came back? No, he didn’t! But things are quite the opposite in Jujutsu Kaisen, as Itadori dies at the hand of Sukuna, he comes back alive by making a contract with him. (Hey, please ignore this point, for now, few readers are addressing some concerns over “The concept of death” point in difference. We will update it shortly.)
Jujutsu sorcerer and Ninjas
In Naruto, the characters train to become the greatest ninja warriors. In Jujutsu Kaisen, the characters grow up to become Jujutsu sorceries. They fight with Cursed Spirits and in Naruto, they fight everything and everyone. In both the shows, the antagonists are either Ninjas or Cursed Spirits, making the show poles apart from each other.
Set in different timelines
Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen are two shows based on different timelines and era. Naruto deals with the ancient era, especially of the Ninjas, Jujutsu Kaisen is more of a modern-age anime, and It follows the technology culture of the 21st century, especially the use of smartphones and computers. Naruto was written and created before 2010, making it a less-technological shonen and more ancient in terms of timelines.
The love triangle
Naruto, being a legendary shonen, has a lot of love triangles and love-Dovey episodes but Jujutsu Kaisen’s Itadori has no love interest. As a matter of fact, Itadori never ever loved a woman. He only had one relative, his grandfather, who unfortunately dieds in the first episode. If we consider the far distance between the length of both the series, Naruto’s adaptation of the love triangle was inevitable as a series of more than 500 episodes, characters tend to fall in love. Don’t they?
One thing Jujutsu Kaisen perfected in the anime adaptation is the fight sequences. Unlike Naruto, where a single fight between two characters can take up to 10 episodes, Jujutsu Kaisen delivers actions in an instant. In Jujutsu Kaisen, fights start in a single episode and end in the same episode. Due to lime limitation or some personal reasons, the directors of Jujutsu Kaisen just don’t wait for backstories. The fights are bloodier in Jujutsu Kaisen and the show doesn’t hesitate to show skulls getting crushed or hearts getting torn apart in the hand-to-hand combats.
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