We finally get to see Maki, Panda, and Inumaki as first-years in Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0 The Movie!
The character designs for the trio were revealed via the series' official Twitter account earlier today in Japan. Check it out below:
The new designs show striking differences with Maki and Inumaki as compared to their second-year looks. Maki is sporting round glasses and her hair is styled a bit differently. Inumaki's hair is completely different, a shorter version than the one we see in the anime. It's also slightly changed up from his Volume 0 manga design, which is closer to Itadori's hairstyle. Panda, of course, is a panda—so he pretty much looks the same.
Twitter user @kaikaikitan has provided us with an English translation of their character introductions:
Set as a prequel to the Jujutsu Kaisen series, the movie is an adaptation of Volume 0 of the manga which features Yūta Okkotsu, Zenin Maki, Panda, and Inumaki Toge as Tokyo Jujutsu High first-year students. Of course, Gojo Satoru is also part of the character list for this. The main protagonist of this story is Yūta—a boy who is haunted by a dangerous special-grade curse named Rika. Unable to control Rika's powers, he ends up becoming a jujutsu sorcerer to subdue her and help others.
Jujutsu Kaisen is currently on a roll with its announcements recently, including the manga's newest chapter scheduled to come back to Shōnen Jump this August. Gege Akutami hopefully has rested well from their hiatus and is ready to bring us new quality content. Let's cross our fingers that the next update on the movie will be regarding Gojo Satoru's character design!
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie will be animated by MAPPA. It is scheduled for release in Japan on December 24, 2021.