The good news is that the prequel anime film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 now has a confirmed OTT streaming platform and a worldwide release date.
There were rumors that an online domain had been filed for a Jujutsu Kaisen movie in the weeks leading up to the season 1 finale last year.
A movie titled “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” will be made by MAPPA, and the news came just hours before the finale aired on March 26th, 2021.
Even though the film’s theatrical debut occurred in March 2022 in North America and Europe, the OTT streaming platform and foreign release dates have just been confirmed; here is all the information that fans will need to be excited.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Is an Important Prequel Story
Based on the novel Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School, the Cursed Child Arc is adapted in Jujutsu Kaisen 0.
The film follows Yuta Okkotsu, a young boy whose best friend Rika dies tragically at an early age and who is cursed by her. When Rika’s classmates pick on Yuta, she becomes a cursed monster and kills them without remorse.
Yuta avoids death by hanging thanks to Gojo’s intervention, enrolling in Jujutsu High and beginning his training in Jujutsu sorcery “with his new peers: Maki Zenin, a Cursed Tools user, Toge Inumaki, a Cursed Speech user, and Panda, a supposedly talking panda bear.”
With Jujutsu Kaisen 0, MAPPA is back in the director’s chair to animate another installment, and Toho is in charge of distribution. Thanks to God, many of the original cast and crew from season 1 have returned to work on the new film, and The God of High School’s director, Sung Hoo Park, is at the helm once again.
Megumi Ogata will provide the voice of Yuta Okkotsu in the Japanese dub. The 56-year-old has become well-known for her voice work in such popular anime as Bleach, Assassination Classroom, and the aforementioned Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun. Fans of Kana Hanazawa’s work on The Quintessential Quintuplets, Food Wars, Pokemon Journeys, and Demon Slayer will recognize her as Rika Orimoto.
Yuta is voiced by Beastars alumna Kayleigh McKee in the English dub. Rika, on the other hand, is voiced by Anairis Quinones, who fans will recognize as Yelena from Attack on Titan and Rika from Wonder Egg Priority.
The Following Cast Members Will Reprise Their Roles in The New Movie:
- A Pair of Maki Zenins: Allegra Clark and Mikako Komatsu
- Koki Uchiyama and Xander Mobus, Toge Inumaki.
- Scientists Tomokazu Seki and Matthew David Rudd for their work on the Panda
- Yuichi Nakamura and Keiji Tang, Satoru Gojo.
- Takahiro Sakurai and Lex Lang, the Suguru Geto
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Impressed at The Domestic and International Box Office
The release date for Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was announced in March of last year, coinciding with the debut of the first teaser trailer. The film’s opening date on Christmas Eve was officially announced by the production team after a Japanese event.
Despite the pandemic, the premiere of the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 anime film in Japanese theaters went ahead as scheduled on December 24, 2021.
Over one million tickets were sold on opening day alone, and the film went on to break all domestic box office records with over $23 million in earnings in just three days.
In actuality, since opening in Japan in April, the film has made over $110 million at the box office, with some sources claiming that the total is closer to $190 million as of August 2022.
This is an incredible result, making the opening day of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the second largest in Japanese box office history, just behind the phenomenon that was 2021’s highest-grossing film globally and the 14th highest-grossing film in Japanese box office history, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.
Although it was projected that Jujutsu Kaisen 0 would earn between $8 and $13 million in its first weekend outside of Japan, the film ended up earning over $17.7 million, placing it in second place behind The Batman. The film’s release outside of Japan was delayed until March 2022.
Not every anime fan was able to make it out to the theater to catch Jujutsu Kaisen 0, so when will it be available for OTT streaming, and on what service specifically?
Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Ott Streaming Platform and Release Date Confirmed
The streaming company Crunchyroll announced at their recent Crunchyroll Expo event that the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie would be made available to view by subscribers on their worldwide anime platform.
To add to the excitement, Crunchyroll also announced that the international debut of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 for OTT streaming would take place on September 21st.
Season 1 of the anime was initially only available for viewing outside of Japan on the anime streaming service. In March, the film was released in theaters across North America and the United Kingdom thanks to Crunchyroll and its relationship with Funimation.
The North American theatrical release was first announced on the Crunchyroll News page, which was titled the announcement “Crunchyroll to Bring JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 Movie to Theaters on March 18.”
Although Funimation and Crunchyroll worked together to distribute the picture outside of Japan, fans shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for the new feature to appear on the streaming service.
This is because, after being purchased by Sony for $1.175 billion last year, Funimation will be amalgamated with its rival, Crunchy. All simulcast titles will premiere exclusively on the Crunchyroll platform beginning with the Spring anime lineup.
It’s also worth noting that fans outside of Japan and other Asian territories probably won’t be able to stream Jujutsu Kaisen 0 on services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, or Disney Plus for quite some time.
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