Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen are often compared to each other, both being iconic shounen manga – so we compiled some similarities here between Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen franchises.
But Before you start reading this blog post, be careful, this article contains MAJOR spoilers from both Jujutsu Kaisen and Naruto manga.
Similarities Between Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen: Naruto and Itadori, Protagonists by fate!
All of us love Naruto and Itadori, and find their stories intriguing. Actually, they share some things between them as well:
- Both have superhuman strength: Naruto has a massive reserve of life force and Chakra. In the same manner, Itadori also boasts imminent physical strength and agility.
- Both are Vessels for a dreadful entity: Naruto and Itadori serve as fated vessels of fearful and ancient entities, Kurama & Sukuna, respectively. These entities have a lot in common as well. They both share their accolades of killing thousands of people invoking terror in them.
- For both, there is an unexpected shady person behind their unfortunate situations: It was Minato for Naruto, and Jujutsu Kaisen recently hinted that Kenjaku was the same person for Itadori.
- Both Naruto and Itadori are smiling innocently all the time, with all of their heart poured into that one smile. They’re like rays of sunshine in a dark and wretched world for many characters in their respective series.
- However, behind these smiles lies an unthinkable crisis both of them had to go through. The presence of the strange entities in their bodies sent them spiraling.
- At some point in the story, both Naruto and Itadori had to face their dark sides and come to terms with uncomfortable truths: they didn’t just have to face off the hatred society poured upon them, they also had to suppress their own devils from getting better of them.
Similarities Between Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen: The concept of death for the main protagonists
Death turned into hard lessons for Naruto and Itadori in Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen franchises. Some of these deaths were painful enough to break even the readers down. But not all the deaths were that bad; some also left hope and wishes behind for the protagonists.
We can’t miss how Junpei’s death was a character-defining moment for Itadori. This death was his first up-close experience of the hardship Megumi and Gojo had advised him about.
Junpei was a symbol of Itadori’s resolution itself, to give people a proper death. However, his death at the hands of Mahito shook Itadori’s very core and values.
Naruto had also witnessed some painful deaths. His life started with the death of his parents, which pushed him into a tough situation even as an infant.
Furthermore, the death of Zabuza and Haku showed Naruto the true strength of love, and he started to value his comrades even more than before.
Nagato and Neji’s deaths are similar in a sense as well.
It was a moment that brought him close to the shinobi force spiritually. By this point in the series, Naruto’s fists were as heavy as a Kings’.
He had countless dreams clinging on to him, hoping that he’d fulfill them, that he’d live up to everybody’s expectations. As such, death has become an almost fearsome evil but a necessity that the main protagonists must face.
Similarities Between Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen: The classic trio team
The clichés of basing a story on the life of a trio and their interaction with each other as they go through things is as old as they come.
Take our good old classic stories like Gintama and Fullmetal Alchemist, and even Attack on Titan, you will find a lovable trio right at the center.
Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen both follow in the same footsteps. Their trios: “Naruto, Sasuke & Sakura” and Itadori, Megumi & Nobara follow the success formula of the main cast.
Well, the trio might have their differences too, but they are quite alike too.
Now, the similarity here isn’t as basic as both series having a three-person team. In fact, the two companions of the protagonist help him grow and are very precious to him.
In addition, one is sort of a rival to the main protagonist and aids his journey to strength.
The protagonist serves as the knucklehead of the group, while another person is the cooler and rational one.
And the third companion also has a vital role in supporting the trio as a whole. They bring out the true potential of the group as well, becoming the backbone in a manner.
Similarities Between Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen: Irreplaceable & incomparable senseis
The first thing that Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen have in common is something we don’t even need to tell you. Gojo and Kakashi have similar character designs.
Fun fact: Akutami stated in the official fanbook that Gojo is NOT inspired by Kakashi. Surprised? We were too!
These white-haired teachers cover their eyes and are even built in a similar way. They both are lean, tall, handsome, but extremely goofy, and super strong.
Gojo and Kakashi share a power related to their eyes as well: Kakashi has the unassailable sharingan, and Gojo is the owner of the indefatigable Six-Eyes cursed technique.
Similarities Between Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen: Mythological and cultural references
Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen both are stories that find their roots in many mythological and cultural references. It seems that Masashi Kishimoto and Gege Akutami both are fond of incorporating many disciplines in their stories.
Both of these stories have elements of different religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, to begin with.
If we’re talking about Naruto, then the very base of Naruto’s power system is influenced by Mythology!
First of all, Chakra, the very base of Naruto’s power system, is a concept in Hindu mythology as well. The concept refers to the energy points in a human’s body.
Second, the five basic natures are a concept in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
Mudras in Hinduism and Buddhism are similar to hand seals as well, as both help people to concentrate their energy.
While Mudras are mainly used to help one control their breathing and other functions to achieve a higher state of meditations; certain mudras are said to allow one to have the gods fulfill their wish.
Moving on to Jujutsu Kaisen, the very basis of the story is Buddhism itself. In fact, the story mentions that Tengen spread the teachings of jujutsu much like Buddha.
The shamans, usually called onmyoji, and curses are very real things that are still prevalent in Japan.
The story does not stop at that and has a ton of references to dig up. Even the cursed techniques have the principles of a number of disciplines behind them.
Speaking of which, characters like Sukuna and events like the Night Parade of a Hundred Demons are directly taken from mythology.
Even the latest arc of the Culling Games is inspired by a geological phenomenon. Moreover, domain expansion and signs are taken from Buddhism.
Similarities Between Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen: The Shounen Vibes
On a broad basis, the demographic of both the stories is shounen. Well, we can’t really call that a similarity, but here is what we mean.
There are some tropes that are classic and loved that shounen stories use even today. Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen have this factor in common without a doubt.
Having already discussed the characters, we established that both of them use those tropes with their characters. So, it is time to look at the plot structure and progression of Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen.
The standard setting of a school with a teacher and students is where it starts. Be it the Ninja Academy from Naruto or Jujutsu High from Jujutsu Kaisen; these places are the origins of much of the plot.
The characters strive to become stronger under mentorship to face an abnormally strong villain later on. This path to growth also includes a training arc of sorts and a showdown between characters.
Teamwork is an important concept for both stories as well. And so is the presence of an indecipherable antagonist.
When we talk about concepts, flashbacks also play an important role in the story. In fact, much of the plot is propelled by strong flashbacks of not just the main protagonists, but also the other characters.
We are pretty sure you see the similarities of tropes now, so we don’t need to go on.
Naruto being a legend, had a significant role in popularizing these tropes, for sure. The Naruto impact is too massive even to measure.
Whilst Jujutsu Kaisen does use the same old tropes; it blends some original elements that add flavor to the same.
Take the fates of Naruto and Itadori, for example. While Naruto has kind of a happy ending, Jujutsu Kaisen decided on Itadori’s unfortunate fate in the first chapter itself.
Did you also think of these common things between Naruto and Jujutsu Kaisen? Or do you have something else you want to share? The comments section is waiting for your opinion!