The anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man is one of the most anticipated releases of the year, but will the new series live up to fans’ expectations?
Few anime series have been as highly anticipated in recent times as Chainsaw Man, with many fans and critics alike claiming that the series is poised to become a total phenomenon. With so much acclaim, many anime fans have wondered whether this new title can ever live up to the Titanic expectations placed on it. Thankfully, any fear of Chainsaw Man being overrated should go away with its first episode.
Based on a manga of the same name by Tatsuki Fujimoto, the Chainsaw Man anime series is from Studio MAPPA, which anime fans will recognize as the latest season of Attack on Titan and the animation house behind the recent hit Jujutsu Kaisen. With bloody action, darker characters, and a more thoughtful tone, Chainsaw Man Page was a one-to-one shnen jump masterpiece. With a pedigree like this, the anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man has a lot going for it.
Chainsaw Man tells the story of a young man named Denji who is crushed by a mountain of debt he inherited from his dead father. Denji works to kill lesser demons for Jacob and sells parts of his body such as one of his eyes, barely surviving with his chainsaw Devil Pochita. However, Denji comes face to face with a demon far beyond his abilities, making him a Titanic chainsaw in his time of need. The episode ends with the arrival of a woman named Makima, who offers Denji the treacherous choice to work for him and the demon-hunting government, or die at their hands.
Chainsaw Man Episode 1 is a bloody masterpiece. Looking at Chainsaw Man, it’s hard not to see the discrepancy between its bombastic title/hero and its underlying tone. While Titanic Chainsaw Man has a starring cast like Naruto and Luffy as hungry loudmouths, the Chainsaw Man anime is more introspective and quieter than first impressions. It looks like Chainsaw Man is an R-rated deconstruction of Naruto and similar shonen series. While isolation gives characters like Naruto tremendous advantages, Denji’s isolation has left him desperate for affection and easily manipulated. With less direction emphasizing the small moments, viewers understand Denji’s loneliness better than ever. However, none of this is to suggest that the action sequences are lacking, as they are packed with as much forceful action as expected. It all combines to make an anime that looks like it will define an entire generation of anime and manga fans.
If there’s one obvious flaw in this first installment, it’s the use of CGI for some of the action sequences (as feared by many anime fans). It’s not insulting and it’s not really bad either, but it’s worth noting. That flaw aside, the first installment of Chainsaw Man feels like a paradigm shift for the world of shonen action anime. With its mix of introspection and suspenseful battles, this is the one-of-a-kind thoughtful action series that fans young and old alike will love. This is without a doubt the best October 2022 anime to stream. If the anime premieres in 2022, it’s Chainsaw Man.