Where Does 'Jujutsu Kaisen 0' Fit in the Anime's Timeline?

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 hits theaters on Friday, March 18 and delves into a different chapter of the franchise.

Set in the Jujutsu Kaisen universe the film follows Yuta Okkotsu a high school student who is haunted by the cursed spirit of his childhood friend Rika Orimoto, and he enrols in Tokyo Jujutsu High School to learn to control her awesome power.

Based on the spin-off manga by Gege Akutami, the supernatural anime film features a number of characters that fans of Jujutsu Kaisen will recognize, such as teacher Satoru Gojo.

Here is everything you need to know about where the film fits in the anime franchise's timeline.

Where Does 'Jujutsu Kaisen 0' Fit in the Anime's Timeline?

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a prequel to the hit anime series Jujutsu Kaisen, which follows the journey of student Yuji Itadori and his quest to find and consume all the fingers of the powerful Curse Ryomen Sukuna.

The film is set in November 2016, one year before Itadori takes on this journey, and instead focuses on Okkotsu, who is a second-year student training abroad when Itadori joins Tokyo Jujutsu High School.

Given its setting, many of the anime series' characters appear in the film such as the aforementioned Gojo and students Maki Zen'in, Toge Inumaki, and Panda, who become Okkotsu's classmates when he enrols in the school.

But that's not all, as viewers will also get to see villain Suguru Geto in an earlier stage of his life, as the character is himself and not possessed by ancient sorcerer Kenjaku as he is in the series.

As such Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a direct prequel to the anime series, and can be enjoyed by old and new fans of the franchise alike.

'Jujutsu Kaisen' Viewing Order

Given the order in which the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 film and the anime's series were released, some fans might be wondering what is the best way to watch them.

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1 was released from October 2020 to March 2021, and it consists of 24 episodes in total.

The film may have come after but it is set earlier in the franchise timeline, so fans who have not watched Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1 could actually start with Jujutsu Kaisen 0 if they wished.

Chronologically speaking, the franchise viewing order would be Jujutsu Kaisen 0 and then Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1, but if fans wanted to watch the show in release order they would have to go from the series to the film.

Jujutsu Kaisen is also getting a second season, which was announced in February 2022 per Anime News Network, and this is expected to be released in 2023.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is out in theaters now.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0
A still from "Jujutsu Kaisen 0" which is out in theaters now, and is set one year before the events of anime series "Jujutsu Kaisen". 2021 JUJUTSU KAISEN THE MOVIE Project/Gege Akutami/Shueisha