During the MAPPA Stage 2021 10th Anniversary live stream event the first promotional video for the recently announced television anime adaptation of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man manga series was revealed on Sunday.
In addition, the staff was also revealed:
- Chief Director: Makoto Nakazono (SSSS.Gridman episode director)
- Director: Ryuu Nakayama (Black Clover, Jujutsu Kaisen episode director)
- Script: Hiroshi Seko (Darling in the FranXX, Dorohedoro, Vinland Saga)
- Character Design: Kazutaka Sugiyama (Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu)
- Action Director: Tatsuya Yoshihara (Black Clover and Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou director)
- Devil Design: Kiyotaka Oshiyama (Devilman: Crybaby, Space☆Dandy)
- Art Director: Yuusuke Takeda (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King, Vinland Saga, Shirobako)
- Color Design: Naomi Nakano (Sakura Quest, Sword Art Online: Alicization, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV))
- Layout Design: Youhei Miyahara (Soul Eater director of photography eps 1-24)
- Music: Kensuke Ushio (Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019), Ping Pong the Animation, Space☆Dandy)
- Animation Producer: Keisuke Seshita (Jujutsu Kaisen)
- Studio: MAPPA (Attack on Titan Final Season, Jujutsu Kaisen, Kakegurui)
Chainsaw Man is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from December 2018 to December 2020, with its chapters collected in eleven tankobon volumes. A second part has been announced and will be serialized in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ online magazine. In North America, the manga is licensed in English by Viz Media, for both print and digital release, and it is also published by Shueisha on the Manga Plus online platform.
An anime television series adaptation produced by MAPPA has been announced.
As of June 2021, the manga had over 11 million copies in circulation. In 2021, the manga won the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen category. Chainsaw Man has been overall well received by critics, who have highlighted its storytelling, violent scenes, and dark humor.
Viz Media describes the series as:
Denji’s a poor young man who’ll do anything for money, even hunting down devils with his pet devil-dog Pochita. He’s a simple man with simple dreams, drowning under a mountain of debt. But his sad life gets turned upside down one day when he’s betrayed by someone he trusts. Now with the power of a devil inside him, Denji’s become a whole new man—Chainsaw Man!
I’m Jake Caprino, who is more commonly known by the online alias Swaps4. I’m a business owner based in Japan. I enjoy writing about anime, video games, and bits & pieces of Japanese culture.