Nominations for the Japanese Academy Awards were finally revealed today and both Jujutsu Kaisen as well as Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time are set to compete for the coveted Anime of the Year Award this year.
The other three nominations in the category are Mamoru Hosoda directed Studio Chizu movie Belle, Sing a Bit of Harmony from JC Staff, and Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko by Studio 4°C.
The Japan Academy Film Prize, also known as the Japanese Academy Awards, is the country’s most prestigious award ceremony for achievement in filmmaking and have been hosted annually since 1978 by the Japan Academy Film Prize Association for excellence in Japanese film.
Stand by Me Doraemon 2 and Poupelle of Chimney Town were also nominated last year.
This will be the 45th edition of this prestigious award ceremony and will take place on March 11 at Grand Prince Hotel, New Takanawa, Tokyo.
Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0 is on track to become the Best-Performing Anime Movie of 2021.
After four weeks in the Japanese Box Office, Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0, has become the Second Best-Performing Movie of 2021 in Japan. The movie has made more than 8.5 Billion Yen in the Japanese Box Office as of now.
The first spot is still held by the last film in the Evangelion Rebuild series and a fellow nominee for the grand prize, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, which made over $102.8 million in the Japanese Box Office.
It should be noted that the Shin Evangelion movie took over five weeks at the Box Office before it hit 7.5 Billion Yen. Although the pandemic might affect the overarching run of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, after the massive Box Office numbers for its first weekend, it has been said that the movie could even break the $110 million mark at the Japanese Box Office.
Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0 has seen 6,288,404 million admissions so far and currently has a rating of 4.1 on Filmarks.
Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0 is a prequel story to the original anime series that has sold a cumulative total of over 200,000 BD/DVD discs and has over 60 million copies in circulation.
The prequel story follows Yuuta Okkotsu, who is literally haunted by the ghosts of his past. Ever since his childhood friend Rika died in a traffic accident, her ghost has been stuck with him. But her spirit does not appear as the sweet girl Yuuta once knew. Instead, Rika manifests as a monstrous and powerful entity who fiercely protects him. Although unable to control Rika’s violent behaviour, Yuuta is helpless to stop the bloodshed that follows from her brutal vengeance. As a result, Yuuta is apprehended by “Jujutsu” sorcerers who protect the world from curses such as Rika.
But the world’s strongest sorcerer, Satoru Gojo, has different plans for him as he makes Yuuta join Jujutsu Tech and learn to control Rika in the process.
Now a first-year at this new high school, Yuuta learns to battle evil curses and use the cursed energy for good. Alongside his new classmates Maki Zenin, a Jujutsu weapons expert; Toge Inumaki, a spellcaster who uses his words as weapons; and Panda, a seemingly walking and talking panda bear, Yuuta finally begins to find his place in the world and, for once, to feel comfortable with what he has been given.
However, as his training progresses, Yuuta learns that the dangers of the Jujutsu world go far beyond that of just wicked spirits.
Jujutsu Kaisen is streaming on both Crunchyroll and Funimation right now. The movie is expected to get a release date for the United States and Canada release soon. Meanwhile, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video around the world.
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