Chainsaw Man

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  • TV-MA
  • 2022
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (47,136)

Chainsaw Man is a dark fantasy anime series produced by MAPPA and directed by Ryū Nakayama. It is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. The series follows Denji, a young man living in poverty who makes a contract with his pet chainsaw devil Pochita to become the Chainsaw Man, a human-devil hybrid able to transform parts of his body into chainsaws.

After Denji's new handler Makima recruits him into the Public Safety Devil Hunters, he finds himself caught up in a shadow war between devil hunters and the Gun Devil and his minions, who seek to plunge the world into fear and violence. Denji discovers that devils are born from human fears and that the Gun Devil plans to unite devils into an army to destroy humanity. Alongside fellow devil hunters like the stoic Power and naive Aki Hayakawa, Denji uses his chainsaw devil powers while balancing his violent missions with a simple desire for a normal high school life.

The anime has a distinctive visual style combining 2D and 3D animation. It features dark, visceral action sequences as the Public Safety Devil Hunters battle against diverse devils created from concepts like sharks, zombies, and cockroaches. Denji himself has a unique character design with a chainsaw sticking out of his forehead in his hybrid form. The series also integrates gory violence and black comedy, with Denji nonchalantly using his chainsaws in over-the-top ways.

Underneath its supernatural action, Chainsaw Man explores thoughtful themes about what it means to be human versus a devil. Denji starts out only caring about basic needs like food and female affection due to his harsh background. Over the course of the series, he slowly develops human relationships and learns to care about more than just his own desires. This personal growth happens in contrast to malevolent devils who embody primal fears.

The series has an eclectic supporting cast with varied motivations. Power is a fiend devil who becomes Denji's friend despite her violent tendencies. Aki seeks revenge against the Gun Devil who killed his family, but his hatred threatens to consume him. And the mysterious Makima has larger ambitions behind the scenes that impact Denji and the other devil hunters. The interplay between the cast grounds the supernatural premise in raw human drama and emotion.

Chainsaw Man stands out for its original premise, a subversion of standard shonen anime tropes, compelling characters, and striking animation style combining hand-drawn and 3D visuals seamlessly. It tells an unpredictable story saturated with action and emotion, centered around a dynamic protagonist who transforms from victim to hero. Dark, violent, humorous, and philosophical all at once, Chainsaw Man is one of the most intriguing new anime series of 2022.

Chainsaw Man is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on October 12, 2022.

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December 28, 2022
Sawatari sends the "Ghost Devil" after Hayakawa, and he's nearly killed before the "Ghost Devil" stops and hands him a cigarette with a message from Himeno. The words inside give Hayakawa the strength to kill the "Ghost Devil" and capture Sawatari. Meanwhile, Denji heads into his rematch with Samurai Sword. With a pull of the starter on his chest, he transforms into Chainsaw Man. And now, the last battle between Chainsaw Man and Samurai Sword has finally begun...
December 21, 2022
Denji and Power complete their training with Kishibe, while Aki Hayakawa makes a new contract with the "Future Devil" through Kurose and Tendo. Meanwhile, Makima threatens the yakuza boss into revealing the names of all those who have made contracts with the "Gun Devil," along with the location of Samurai Sword's hideout. The time has finally come for Public Safety to begin their counterattack against Samurai Sword and his companions.
December 14, 2022
Samurai Sword's vicious attack resulted in many lost personnel for Public Safety Devil Extermination Division 4. Aki Hayakawa wakes up in a hospital bed, unable to accept the reality of losing Himeno. Kurose and Tendo then appear in front of Hayakawa, letting him know that they are now in charge of coaching him. Meanwhile, Makima introduces Denji and Power to a member of Public Safety who will act as their mentor in order to strengthen Division 4.
December 7, 2022
A fierce battle unfolds between Denji and the menacing Samurai Sword. But even after Denji takes one of Samurai Sword's companions hostage, Samurai Sword slashes through them both until Denji is captured. Meanwhile, after seemingly being killed, Makima turns out to be alive. She sets out to rescue Denji with the help of Public Safety Devil Hunters from Kyoto, Kurose and Tendo.
November 30, 2022
Denji experiences his first, yet devastating, kiss. An intoxicated Denji is taken to Himeno's house, where she starts seducing him. Feeling torn between Makima, whom he admires, and Himeno, who is standing in front of him, he decides to fall into temptation. However, Denji then finds something in his pocket: The Chupa Chups lollipop that Makima gave him.
November 23, 2022
Aki gets stabbed by Kobeni while protecting Denji. Seeing this, Denji jumps inside the "Eternity Devil" and starts attacking it. He fails to kill the "Eternity Devil" and his chainsaw power ends up fading after losing too much blood. But then, he manages to restore his power after eating the devil's flesh and drinking its blood, and begins to fight back. As Himeno watches Denji, she remembers the saying, "The Devil Hunters that devils fear are the ones with a few screws loose..."
November 16, 2022
Denji and Tokyo Special Division 4 members enter a hotel to collect a piece of the Gun Devil. However, they end up being trapped on the 8th floor due to the devil's extraordinary power. With the members being cornered on the endless 8th floor with seemingly no way to escape, the devil makes them an offer: "If you let me eat Denji, I will let all of the other devil hunters leave in one piece."
November 9, 2022
Aki Hayakawa, Denji, and Power start living together. Denji finally fulfills his dream of touching Power's boobs, but is shocked when things do not turn out the way he expected. As Denji realizes that chasing his dream was more fun than achieving it, Makima approaches him and says, "If you can kill the Gun Devil, I'll grant you one wish."
November 2, 2022
After a fierce battle, Denji defeats the "Bat Devil" and rescues Power even after she had trapped him. He says it is all for the sake of "touching Power's boobs". Power mocks his ridiculous motivation saying "that's a pretty dumb reason", but still agrees to let him fondle her boobs. As Denji gets thrilled with the idea, he faces a sudden attack from out of nowhere...
October 26, 2022
Denji decides that his new dream is "to fondle some boobs." His partner, Power the Blood Fiend, offers to let him feel her boobs only if he rescues her old pet cat Meowy from a devil. With his dream in sight, Denji is all fired up and ready to go, until...
October 19, 2022
After being taken into custody by Makima, one of the Public Safety Devil Hunters, Denji finds himself head over heels in love with her thanks to her suggestive insinuations. Wishing to team up with Makima, Denji arrives at the Devil Hunters Headquarters in Tokyo, and gets introduced to Aki Hayakawa, a senior hunter that he was supposed to partner with. But then Hayakawa beats Denji up, and demands that he "quit this job"...
October 12, 2022
Denji is a teenager who lives his life as a Devil Hunter. Aiming to pay off the debt he inherited from his father, he starts hunting devils for the yakuza with his buddy Pochita, a "Chainsaw Devil", while living a tragically poor life. Just when things seem like they couldn't get any worse, Denji gets betrayed and killed by the yakuza. As Denji starts passing out, he hears someone calling from inside his head...
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Chainsaw Man is available for streaming on the TV Tokyo website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Chainsaw Man on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 12, 2022
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (47,136)