In the past few years, the buzz for this manga has been louder than any other manga.
Yes, as you probably read in the title, we are talking about Chainsaw Man.
Chainsaw Man is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto.
It was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from December 2018 to December 2020.
Its 2nd part is set to be continued in 2022.
Incidentally, the manga is also getting an anime adaption by the Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack On Titan fame, MAPPA studio.
As of December 2021, the manga had over 12 million copies in circulation.
So, what is the hype around this manga, and is it worth the hype?
The Setting Of Chainsaw Man
Chainsawman will hook you in from the very panel.
The story takes place in a world where Devils are created as a result of human anxieties and fears.
Devils are typically violent and hostile, and their power is proportional to the amount of dread they inspire.
Humans can, however, create contracts with them to use their power, and there are Devil hunters who specialize in hunting and employing them.
Devils are born in Hell and live in a cycle between the two worlds, migrating to Earth when they are murdered in Hell and vice versa.
Primal Fears, immensely powerful Devils who have never been killed, reside in Hell. The Hell Devil appears to be in charge of travel between the worlds.
In rare circumstances, a Devil may inhabit the body of a deceased human, inheriting some of their memories and personality; this entity is known as a Fiend.
Devils with naturally humanoid forms are said to be kind to humans
Chainsaw Man follows Denji, an ever-horny, young man who became a Devil hunter to clear his debt with the Yakuza.
In order to achieve this goal, he sets a contract with the Chainsaw Devil, Pochita.
He is slain when the Yakuza, who are under the power of a Devil, betray him, and Pochita becomes his heart.
By pulling a string on his chest, he transforms into the Chainsaw Devil.
He became a Public Safety Devil Hunter after encountering Makima.
Chainsaw Man Characters
Despite the series' violence and dark humor, Fujimoto always wanted to serialize it in Weekly Shonen Jump.
However, he was afraid that if he made a "Jump-like manga," his work would be buried and forgotten, so he tried to retain much of his individuality as a creator while only making the structure and characters Jump-like.
As a consequence of his decision, we get a very unique story with some very easy to like characters.
Characters like Makima and Hayakawa do not have anything obviously unique about them but are very memorable.
Denji himself is not much like usual shonen protagonists.
He is crude, tactless, and has a foul mouth, however, you will come to love him almost immediately.
Fujimoto succeeded in creating some very Shonen Jump-like characters while retaining their originality and uniqueness in his own way.
The Art Style And Fight Scenes
The Art Style of Chainsaw Man is very neat and clear. The dialogues and events are easy to follow.
Although the blood and gore make it a somewhat unorthodox fit for Shonen Jump, it only adds to the story’s allure.
The story is set in 1997 in an alternate Universe, where the Soviet Union is still intact and the Holocaust never happened.
The art style perfectly captures the vintagey early 90s vibe of the manga.
Fujimoto’s excellent penmanship along with his neat and detailed art style, make the goriest of scenes refreshingly unfiltered and raw in a very engaging way.
Upon the announcement of an anime adaptation, Fujimoto commented
Chainsaw Man is like a copycat of Dorohedoro and Jujutsu Kaisen, and the studio of Dorohedoro and Jujutsu Kaisen will produce its anime!? I have nothing to say! Please do it!!
Judging by the trailer for the anime adaptation, MAPPA is not going to pull any of its punches.
Chainsawman Manga took the manga world by surprise through its honest storytelling, explicit violence, and dark humor.
The anime adaptation is set to do the same very soon.
If you want to prepare yourself for the anime or if you’re just looking for a brutally hilarious manga to binge-read, Chainsaw Man manga is waiting for you.