The Chainsaw Man Anime: Is it Worth the Wait?

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With the manga being a huge success and surpassing over 11 million copies sold, it is no wonder that fans are hype waiting for the anime release of Chainsaw man, but will it live up to its hype? 

Chainsaw Man is a manga series created by Tatsuki Fujimoto, serialized in Shueishia’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from December 2018 to December 2020. The manga ran for only two years waiting for the return of the second part of the series. With the manga being a huge success not only in Japan but also internationally, an anime adaptation was announced and is planned to be released this year by the animation studio MAPPA.

Chainsaw Man Anime: Story Overview

With the premise of the series revolving around devil hunters. Denji, one of the main characters, is forced by the yakuza to kill devils as a way to pay off his deceased father’s debt. With the aid of his pet devil, Pochita, he hunts devils using it as a weapon. However, in an unfortunate situation, Denji is betrayed and murdered by a devil in contract with the yakuza. This resulted in Pochita, his pet devil merging into his dead body granting him the power of a chainsaw devil.

From the start, we are expected to accept the setting of the series where the existence of devils is normal and an occupation exists just to deal with them. 

However, this acceptance of a rather irregular setting is quite common in modern shounen series.

Chainsaw Man Anime to be Produced by the Same Studio as JuJutsu Kaisen

Expectations are high for Chainsaw Man especially with the tremendous success of Jujutsu Kaisen being awarded the Anime of the Year 2020 in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards. Choosing MAPPA as the animation studio was highly praised by the community.

Themes

Another reason as to why the anime is worth the hype is its gory theme, often being referred to as the gory version of Jujutsu Kaisen even though the series itself is considered to be extreme already. 

On the contrary, some would also say that Chainsaw Man is just another clone of your typical shounen anime, with it revolving around four characters, the hyperactive one, the edgy one, the female one, and the mentor. 

Even if there is a repeated pattern, it is undeniable that the structure works and many highly acclaimed anime follow the same structures.

But is it worth the hype?

Finally, to answer the question whether it is worth the hype or not, my answer would be yes. It is worth the hype especially if you like Jujutsu Kaisen as they share tons of similarities.

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