• Season 3 of Jujutsu Kaisen, centered around the Culling Game, is expected to be the darkest arc yet, with intense bloodshed and high stakes.
  • The Culling Game is a lethal battle royale orchestrated by Kenjaku, aiming to optimize cursed energy and prepare for a ritual involving the merger of Master Tengen with humans.
  • The upcoming season will delve into the chilling depths of murder and power, exploring themes of sacrifice and the consequences of unchecked power, making it a transformative and emotionally charged season.

The Premature Death Arc/Hidden Inventory Arc, also known as the Gojo Past saga, marked the commencement of Jujutsu Kaisen's second season in July 2023, concluding with the emotionally charged Shibuya Arc in December 2023. Despite the somber tone that pervaded the season's conclusion, Jujutsu Kaisen enthusiasts found solace in the swift announcement of the subsequent season, The Culling Game Arc.

As fans grapple with the emotional aftermath of the Shibuya Incident arc, the impending Season 3, centered on the Culling Game, is poised to become the most ominous chapter in Jujutsu Kaisen's narrative. The looming question persists: Are fans mentally prepared to witness the animated manifestation of this darkness, and can the adaptation do justice to the raw intensity of the original manga?

What Happened in Jujutsu Kaisen So Far?


In the first season, the primary focus was on the introduction and development of key characters, particularly Itadori, Fushiguro Megumi, and Nobara Kugisaki, alongside other students and mentors like Zenin Maki, Inumaki Toge, Panda, and Nanami Kento—Gojo's former classmate. Noteworthy curses such as Jogo, Hanami, and Mahito, along with their leader Geto, were introduced. Season two was divided into two parts. The initial segment delved into the Gojo Past saga, unveiling the dynamics between Gojo and Geto and introducing Fushiguro's formidable father, Toji. The latter part, the Shibuya Incident, depicted the challenges and repercussions faced during the event. Many characters, including Kokichi Muta, Nanami, and Nobara, were reported dead, although Nobara's fate remains unconfirmed.

Moreover, while Todo and Toge survived, both characters suffered the loss of body parts. The conclusion hinted at a grim future for the world. Pseudo-Geto, aside from sealing Satoru Gojo, had a long-term plan to enhance cursed energy and push humanity's evolution by adopting Mahito's technique. Mahito reached his peak strength through battles with Itadori and Todo, utilizing Idle Transfiguration on marked non-sorcerers to turn them into vessels for ancient sorcerers like Sukuna. Additionally, he granted cursed energy to those with non-sorcerer brain structures, intending to pit the newly created sorcerers and incarnated beings against each other in a fatal clash. The inclusion of Megumi Fushiguro's sister, Tsumiki, and suspicions surrounding Tengen's role added complexity to this evolutionary plan.

Fans witnessed the return of Yuta Okkotsu, absent since the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie, which focused on Yuta and his curse, Rika. Yuta, trained in Africa by sorcerer Miguel, expressed his intention to avenge Toge's limb loss by executing Itadori, holding Sukuna responsible for the incident.

The Trailer Gives Fans a Sneak Peek of the Horrors to Expect


Following the release of the last episode, a teaser trailer for Season 3 of Jujutsu Kaisen was unveiled on the official anime website, revealing that the new season will be titled the Culling Game Arc. The trailer was also posted on Toho Animation's YouTube Channel, the production company behind Jujutsu Kaisen. The 20-second trailer for Culling Game Arc features Pseudo-Geto, who was revealed to be Kenjaku, Yuta, and Itadori, with the animation adapting manga panels rather than the familiar animation style, which should come as no surprise as it is not yet done. Although no specific release date has been provided, given the two-year gap between the first and second seasons, there is speculation that Season 3 may be released in the summer of 2025, although this remains unconfirmed.

Understanding the Culling Game


Following the Shibuya Incident, Yuki Tsukumo confronts Kenjaku, whose beliefs about humanity's relationship with cursed energy clash with hers. Kenjaku contends that the potential of cursed energy transcends jujutsu sorcerers and cursed spirits. To actualize his vision, he engineers the Culling Game—a deadly battle royale where marked individuals, including Tsumiki Fushiguro, engage in mortal combat using cursed techniques.

Kenjaku's intricate plan revolves around optimizing cursed energy through this unprecedented act of jujutsu terrorism. His objective is to propel humanity's evolution and lay the groundwork for a ritual involving the fusion of Master Tengen with the populace of Japan. The game spans ten barrier colonies across Japan, featuring stringent rules and persisting until all players meet their demise. This ruthless contest ensures the seamless progression of the ritual, marking a perilous phase in Kenjaku's grand scheme.

The Culling Game is Going to Be an Intense Bloodbath


Following the harrowing events of the Shibuya Incident, The Culling Game Arc will take an even darker turn. The aftermath of the Shibuya Incident acts as a catalyst, propelling the story into a more unpredictable and emotionally charged trajectory. Season 3 will showcase a relentless exploration of the ruthless nature of the Culling Game, a deadly contest centered around murder and power. This sinister game is marked by impactful deaths that underscore the heightened stakes and moral dilemmas faced by the characters. The narrative will maintain a heightened sense of urgency and danger as characters navigate the treacherous waters of the Culling Game, a battleground where survival is contingent on one's ability to wield lethal power.

Themes of sacrifice, survival, and the consequences of unchecked power will be even more pronounced, casting a palpable toll on the characters caught in the web of this deadly competition. The Culling Game Arc is poised to be a pivotal moment in the series, not merely as a continuation of the darker themes established after the Shibuya Incident, but as a deep dive into the harrowing dynamics of murder and power. The Culling Game Arc is not only a bloodbath and heightened tension but an exploration of the chilling depths that characters are willing to plunge into. Jujutsu Kaisen is on track to deliver an emotionally charged and transformative season as it delves into the uncharted territories of the Culling Game, making Season 3 the anime's darkest arc yet.

Jujutsu Kaisen is available to stream on Prime Video.