If you're a fan of shonen or anime in general, it simply cannot be your first time hearing about Chainsaw Man. Following a huge positive response from its readers, Chainsaw manga is now getting an anime adaptation by one of the most talented production studio of recent times - MAPPA.
You may have doubts whether another story of killing demons could introduce something new (it would be really hard to compete with success of the Demon Slayer anime), but we want you to give a chance to this dark story. Chainsaw Man has some intense plot building and great character development, and it is guaranteed to surprise you.
Denji and Pochita from Chainsaw Man
In addition to new manga chapters resumed from July 2022, the higly anticipated anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man is scheduled to premiere on October 11, 2022!
So why Chainsaw Man worth your time? In this article we will be talking about main characters, story setting and some interesting details from Chainsaw Man world (no spoilers, of course!).
Why is the Chainsaw Man manga so popular?
Chainsaw Man trailer reaches more than 13 million views on Youtube
With the impact of first 11 volumes of the manga, Chainsaw Man has grown interest amoung anime fans around the world. In June 2021, AnimeHype channel on Youtube uploaded first trailer for Chainsaw Man anime adaptation. As of now, the trailer has gotten more than 13 million views, demonstrating its strong appeal to anime fans. So what's so special about Chainsaw Man? Let's find out!
Behind the Chainsaw Man creation
Best-known anime adaptations by MAPPA studio
Written by talented Tatsuki Fujimoto, Chainsaw Man manga series was published in Weekly Shounen Jump from 2018 to 2020. With 11 volumes in total, it's not finished yet and new chapters being released weekly starting in July 2022.
The upcoming anime adaption is being produced by MAPPA studio, also known for their work on Attack on Titan Final Season, Jujutsu Kaisen, Dororo and Yuri!!! on Ice. The directing team of Chainsaw Man animation includes such promising names as Ryu Nakayama, Makoto Nakazono and Tatsuya Yoshihara.
Fujimoto is also well-known for his gritty character development in his previous work, Fire Punch.
Chainsaw Man in top 5 best-selling manga of the first half of 2021
The Chainsaw Man manga did not garner much attention at its initial release in 2018 and there were barely 3 million copies sold by the August 2020, when it finally started getting some recognition.
In October 2020, sales of Chainsaw Man manga has increased by 1.2 million copies. More than a year later, the first part of the manga officially ended with 12 million copies printed overall. At the beginning of 2021, Chainsaw Man was ranked in the top 5 best-selling manga of the first half of 2021 (November 2020 to May 2021) with over 4 million copies sold during that period.
Chainsaw Man wins #1 in Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2021 ranking for male readers
In 2020, Chainsaw Man ranked 4th on Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (English: This Manga is Amazing!) top manga for male readers. After just a year Chainsaw Man broke another record, taking the #1 place for that category in 2021. In addition to that, it was voted as #2 in the top 15 most recommended manga in 2020 by Honya Club's bookstore employees, second only to Spy x Family.
Chainsaw Man managed to reach the 58th place on "100 Best Manga Series of All Time", based on 150,000 votes by viewers of TV Asahi. And finally having a blast on social media, it became one of the top 20 trending topics on Twitter in Japan in 2021.
Awards and Nominations
Chainsaw Man's growing success doesn't just stop there, it has received several awards including:
What is Chainsaw Man about?
The story of Chainsaw Man takes place in a fictional world inhabited not only by humans but also by demons, called Devils.
Devils are born in Hell and they posses the ability to take the form and qualities of the worst human fears. Gun devils, Snake devils, Fox devils - the possibilities are truly endless. But the more common or widespread the fear, the stronger the Devil who personifies it, and vice versa.
Take, for instance, the Devil of Hell, which is one of the most powerful out there, because the majority of people are afraid of dying and going to Hell. On the other hand, Grape devils are extremely weak, as you will rarely meet someone with a fear of grapes.
The appearance of Devils in Chainsaw Man
Many readers find Tatsuki Fujimoto's writing style and story building to be quite fast-paced. Some plot twists may leave you feeling frustrated or even angry. But, please, do not make hasty conclusions, we should get all the answers in part 2.
The Characters of Chainsaw Man
Denji, Power, Aki (from left to right)
Chainsaw Man has a great variety of characters with unique personalities, and that's what makes the story so appealing. But we are going to focus on three most interesting individuals, who are also happened to be main characters of Chainsaw Man: Denji, Power and Aki.
Denji or Chainsaw Man Devil
Denji is the first character we are introduced to, and also the protagonist of Chainsaw Man. Being from a poor family, he could not get a formal education. The death of his father left Denji with a huge debt, forcing him to work for the Yakuza as a Devil hunter.
But one day, betrayed and almost killed by yakuza, Denji managed to escaped death by taking the powers of his Devil dog named Pochita, whilst also turning himself into a human-devil hybrid. And that is how a new Chainsaw Man Devil was born.
Denji is quite a character, being blunt, selfish and naive at the same time. Not everyone can handle his energy, nor will everyone like him. You will understand for yourself when you watch the show.
Denji is also madly obsessed with Makima - the Squad Leader of Public Safety Devil Hunters.
Power is a Blood Devil with a strong hatred and bloodthirst for humans, justified solely by her demons instincts. Some people may find her a brainless girl, while other adore her childish and innocent personality. Being Denji's partner in experimental Division 4 of the Public Safety Devil Hunters, this duo kick demon ass with extremely high energy & enthusiasm.
Suprisingly, Power's greatest dream is as simple as becoming Prime Minister.
Being an orphan after his entire family was killed by a demon, Aki has carried strong hatred for Devils and determination to avenge his family's death.
Aki is also a Public Safety Devil Hunter. He usually wears a black suit, with his hair tied up in topknot style, or, as Power likes to call it, a coconut palm. Aki is reserved and reliable person, who has a strong sense of justice and great ideals that he always upholds, unlike Denji or Power.
The Best Chainsaw Man Merchandise from Japan
Despite the fact we have only 11 volumes of the Chainsaw Man manga to date, and that the anime adaptation hasn't even aired yet, Chainsaw Man fans can already enjoy large variety of cool merch and goods released in Japan!
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Chainsaw Man Manga
If you can read Japanese or you are a die-hard fan who loves to collect the original editions, you can find both used and new volumes of Chainsaw Man manga from platforms such as Amazon Japan or Yahoo! Auctions.
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Chainsaw Man Figures
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Pochita Devil Plush
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To sum up
With the anime adaptation airing on October 11, 2022, we expect fan base of Chainsaw Man to grow significantly and Chainsaw Man become the hit anime of the year 2022 thanks to its badass characters and plot!
Come back after you watch it or read it and share your favorite moments with us!
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