American pop star Bruno Mars is enjoying the first night of his tour in Tokyo reading Jujutsu Kaisen according to a recent Instagram post.
Mars’ photo, below, shows the singer in full travel mode, wearing a Pikachu hat and a T-shirt that reads “I love Japan,” holding a Hello Kitty stuffed animal in one hand and a the newly released Jujutsu Kaisen episode along with the simple caption, “Tokyo! ?????????.” Mars is currently on tour in the Japanese capital until January 21, where he is scheduled to perform several times at Tokyo Dome. Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 25, titled “Inhuman Makyo Shinjuku Showdown,” was released on January 4 in Japan. An English translation of this volume has not yet been published.
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There is no record that Mars could read Japanese kanji, so it’s possible that he bought the manga to take pictures and not to leisurely read, but this certainly doesn’t rule out the possibility that he He is a fan of Jujutsu Kaisen. The post generated many hilarious comments, including the reveal that American rapper Big Sean is a real Jujutsu Kaisen fan (Sean also follows Crunchyroll on Instagram) and that the official Hello Kitty account reads : “Super cute friend”.
Jujutsu Kaisen, first released as a manga by Gege Akutami in 2018, is a supernatural action-adventure series that tells the story of Yuji Itadori, a high school student with powerful physical abilities who is entangled in the world of curses and Jujutsu magic. When his friends accidentally release evil Cursed Spirits, Yuji eats a cursed finger and gains dark powers. To protect others, he joins Jujutsu High School, a school that trains witches to fight curses. Guided by his teacher, Satoru Gojo, Yuji embarks on a mission to collect cursed artifacts and defeat powerful spirits. Later adapted into an anime by MAPPA, the adaptation received widespread praise for its stunning art style and animation, dynamic characters, and intricate world-building.
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Bruno Mars will perform at Tokyo Dome on January 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21, with all shows sold out. While Mars is touring Japan, a Hello Kitty x Bruno Pop-up store will take place at Shibuya Miyashita Park from January 6 to 26. The limited edition collection is not available for purchase at Tokyo Dome which will be available online, where fans can purchase a variety of merchandise including T-shirts, hoodies and even surfboards priced at 380,000 yen (about $2,620 USD).
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The Jujutsu Kaisen anime is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Prime Video. The manga is licensed in North America by VIZ Media.