Being a manga reader for the past two years (?), I never have predicted that Jujutsu Kaisen (呪術廻戦) will be popular. (At least I never saw it coming among Taiwan ACG fans.) After the high-octane anime adaptation came out last year, Jujutsu Kaisen was no longer that weird kid that stayed on the fringes, but basically became the chad of the year, bringing indifferent public doing inexplicable hand gestures. Yet to me, it would always be that freaky, eccentric B movie... and I loved it for that.
Instead of the shonen manga protagonist that was full of passion, Itadori Yuji (虎杖悠仁) struck me as a humble teenage boy. However, the plot kicked off more in the fashion of some urban legends, dragging Itadori into the world of curses and death. Absurdity emerged as the narrative moved forward from here. It never fully explained, but you can sort of see the influences here and there, all played out subconsciously: the action storyboard, visual gag, frame constructing, jammed up like a grazing platter. And it was fascinating, because you could see the author gathering all elements that he was into, creating the world from the heart.
Don't ask it to show, feel it.