Chainsaw Man is getting an anime adaptation from Studio MAPPA, the animation house responsible for the final season of Attack On Titan, The God of High School, and Jujutsu Kaisen, and we recently took the opportunity to read through the manga to not only get up to date on events but break down why we have absolutely fallen in love with the misadventures of Denji and his fellow Devil Hunters. Released as a part of Weekly Shonen Jump in the winter of 2018, the story mixes brutal violence and complicated characters to become an emerging force in the world of anime.
We have yet to learn about just when the anime of Chainsaw Man will hit the small screen, but rest assured, the adaptation has a lot to live up to with the insane battles that have taken place in the first installment of the manga.
Are you excited for the arrival of Chainsaw Man's anime from Studio MAPPA? What's your favorite part of the series for those who followed the full series in Shonen Jump? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the nefarious world of Chainsaw Man.
Denji Is Perhaps The Most Original Shonen Protagonist
Denji is a crazy protagonist for a crazy world, who acts as the titular Chainsaw Man following a fusion between himself and his devil dog, Pochita. What makes Denji unique isn't simply his ability to blast forth chainsaws from his head and extremities, but the fact that he isn't searching for the next great battle or seeking to save the world, but rather, simply wants three meals a day and a place to sleep. First introduced as a sixteen-year-old employed by the mob as a hitman, Denji's naivete and simple desires make for some truly stark contrasts to the horrors sneaking around the corners of the world.prevnext
The monsters of this universe created by Tatsuki Fujimoto all have the ability to create Faustian pacts with humans, which is how the Devil Hunters all get their powers. The sheer majority of them are evil, looking to ingest humans or simply watch a tragedy befall those with who they make pacts, with the Public Safety Devil Hunters seeking to take down the Gun Devil, the most powerful force in the world that shatters entire nations with its power. Imagine if every character in Naruto had a Nine-Tailed Fox inside of themselves and it couldn't be tamed.prevnext
Expect The Unexpected
Chainsaw Man has a solid enough beginning, slowly introducing us to Denji and breaking down how exactly he becomes the titular character, but it's when he becomes a part of the Public Safety Commission of Devil Hunters that everything truly begins to ratchet up. The series is not shy about killing off characters and drastically changing the power sets of others, always keeping readers on their toes and we honestly can't wait to see how these events are displayed in the upcoming anime series from MAPPA. The revelations and deaths run rampant in Chainsaw Man and they keep the story fresh and hard-hitting throughout.prevnext
It's hard to properly describe some of the insanity that lies in wait for those who have yet to experience Chainsaw Man as a whole. The Devils themselves can sometimes be massive and cause untold levels of destruction that can tear entire cities apart in their wake, but with the Devil Hunters attempting to sometimes enjoy some downtime, it manages to also give us one of the best "slice of life" stories we've seen in a manga in some time.prevnext
The Training Sequence
Nothing will prepare you for the insane "training sequence" for Denji and his fellow Devil, Power. At one point during the manga, it's decided that these two devils will need to work on raising their individual powers and since they are immortal, a training seminar is created for them that keeps in mind that they are both essentially immortal. As Devil and Power attempt to take down their teacher, the entire bloody affair is easily one of the most hilarious parts of the series and helped show how unique this Shonen series was when it comes to the typical training segments of other franchises.prevnext
There's just something about Denji that makes it impossible not to love this Shonen "hero", who seems so naive and is happy with the bare essentials that so many of us take for granted, and the other Devil Hunters have backstories and characters that help to make them stand out among the many cast of characters present across the Shonen field. While we don't know that many details about the upcoming anime adaptation, we're hoping that MAPPA is able to not only capture the bloody battles but the heartfelt quieter moments of the series.prev