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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 6

Kobeni panics as Himeno investigate further. Himeno heads downstairs but she comes out from upstairs. Aki enters one of the rooms and discovers that the windows connect to room across the hall. They conclude that this must be the ability of the Devil they are hunting. The character of Kobeni takes precedence in this episode. She’s reveals that she never wanted to be a devil hunter but was forced into it by her own parents. Apparently, her brother is held in higher regard that she, and her parents wanted her to finance his education.

The world in Chainsaw Man isn’t we established yet, but we do know that civilians are directly effect (killed) by Devil. Obviously, the devils themselves are born out of human fears. As a result, Kobeni fear keeps feeding the devil. She also starts to lose her sense of reality blaming Power for creating this situation despite the fact that Power is the Blood Devil. Himeno noted in the last episode that Kobeni is a capable hunter but it’s difficult to imagine how that matters if she can’t get over her own fear.

The eternity devil

The eternity devil bursts into the hallway. A mass of heads, arms, legs, and flesh, the devil demands Denji, dead or alive. Kobeni hearing this slowly walks out of the room armed with a butchers knife. She demands Denji let the eternity devil eat him. Of course this isn’t going to happen but it’s interesting the reason Aki doesn’t want Denji dead. He needs Denji to kill the Gun Devil, which we learned earlier was responsible for killing his father, mother, and brother (and millions).

Another interest thing to note in this episode is Aki’s sword. I assumed that it was just a normal sword but apparently it’s so powerful that it could have ended this dire situation but at the expense of Aki’s well being. With Power’s weirdness, Kobeni and Hirokazu encouraging everyone else to kill Denji, and Himeno’s hesitation Aki get’s stabbed by Kobeni. Denji finally decides to do the “right” thing and “kill himself” by jumping into the eternity devil’s mouth. We know he’s going to survive but I wonder how he’ll kill the devil.

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 5

In my review of Chainsaw Man Episode 4 I wondered if we would get a Big Bad in this series and I think in this episode we got it, the Gun Devil. The last episode ended with Power offering Denji 3 feels of her breasts. After the groping Denji feels dejected. Coping a feel isn’t what he thought. He’s disappointed. I wasn’t sure when this series was going let Denji succeed in his life long mission to cop a feel, so I was surprised and relieved, that it ended this episode. However, I was surprised that Denji was so miserable afterward.

Considering the fact that most people in the series and out (like myself) thought his dream was too stupid, I thought the series would disagree. It seems that Chainsaw Man is arguing that Denji’s dream was shallow and he would need something more significant to motivate him in life. Makima takes advantage of his somber mood. She seductively takes his hand and tells him “it” would have felt better if he “knew the person better.” Denji may have been disappointed by the breast gropes but he’s still a horn dog.

The Gun Devil

The master manipulator she is Makima pivots to her desire. She asks Denji to defeat the Gun Devil. This Devil is particularly strong due to guns being used to kill devils originally. It appeared in America 13 years ago and after a terrorist attack that used guns the Gun Devil appears. During her story we see Aki’s backstory. He wants to play catch with his father but his brother Taiyo is sick and his parents tell him to “play alone.” His brother says he wants to play and goes with Aki. Outside the brothers engage in a snowball fight. Aki tells his brother to go inside since its getting cold. After he gets inside the entire house is blown away.

Makima explains that the Gun Devil killed 1.2 million people with 5 mins. Since then the Gun Devil has disappeared. With the fear of Devils increasing so has their power. To decrease the power of the Gun Devil, the government banned guns and limited news reports on gun involved crimes. But first they need to find the Gun Devil. Makima shows Denji some bullets made from the Gun Devils flesh. When a Devil eats one of the bullets they get stronger. Makima notes that the bullets stick together and when the piece gets big enough they’ll return to the Gun Devil. So the goal is set, find the Gun Devil by killing Devils that have swallowed a piece of it.

Aki, Don’t Die

The Public Safety have a new mission. A devil has taken over the Hotel Morin. Several civil devil hunters have been killed trying to stop this devil and its suspected that the devil has consumed a piece of the Gun Devil. Makima has assigned six Devil Hunters to this task, Denji, Power, Hirokazu, Aki, Himeno, and Kobeni. Hirokazu is your typical uptight, follow the rules, maintain your honor type of guy. Naturally he doesn’t trust Denji or Power. Kobeni on the other had is a bit of a coward. Himeno calms that Kobeni is strong but if she won’t use her power what good is strength.

Himeno appears to be calm and mature. I expect her to take the lead on these missions and keep everyone focuses. Like Aki, Himeno has suffered lost due to the Devils. She says that they died because “they were garbage.” That seems harsh and I think she probably hiding her pain. Regardless, the team encounter a weird devil, that’s just a head with hands. When it lunges at Kobeni, Himeno uses her Ghost Devil to kill it. By creating a contract with the Ghost Devil she sacrificed her right eye in exchange for use of it’s right had. The hand can touch others but cannot be grabbed. As the team walks through the Hotel, Hirokazu notices they’re going in circles. He heads downstairs to test his theory and is seen coming downstairs by the rest of the team.

I think the Gun Devil is clearly a commentary on Americas gun culture and the destruction it’s inflicted on American society. My theory that weapons of mass destruction being sources of powerful Devils is making more sense. There has to been a nuclear weapon devil right? I trying to figure out the power system and clearly the amount society fears something is determine the unofficial power level of the Devils. What do you think, is the Gun Devil a commentary on American gun culture? Is there a nuclear bomb Devil? Should there be?

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 4

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 4 begins with Power awakens surrounded by the Bat Devils intestines. She can’t  understand why Denji rescued her considering her betrayal. He points to her chest which Power thinks is a “foolish reason,” for saving her and Meowy. Regardless, she’s grateful and will allow Denji to fondle her. Excited, Denji jumps for joy, raising his arm in triumph only for it to be blown off by the Leech Devil. With Power unable to move, Denji has no choice but to fight. However, without enough blood Denji is only able to amass a small chainsaw in his head.

Leech Devil is out for revenge over her “man,” the Bat Devil. It’s a nice characterization of the Devils who not only have personalities but intimate relationships too. We already saw with Pochita fondness of Denji, and Power’s love of Meowy that Devils are capable of affection. Still dating each other is surprising. Denji and The Leech Devil fight in another spectacular Chainsaw Man battle, but Denji never gains the upper hand. When things look most dire he’s rescued by Aki and his Fox Devil.

A not so quite slice of life

At the hospital, Aki explains how contracts with Devils work. In exchange for a part of the body of the human a devil will serve Devil Hunters. While Aki still questions Denji’s fondness for Devils or at least some of them, he offers Denji a deal. Denji agrees and Aki lies to Makima. However, she notes that Aki is more “flexible” than usual and wonders if it’s Denji’s influence. He denies he’s changed but it’s clear he has. 

The second half of the episode is a glorious animated slice of life. Aki wakes in the morning, makes coffee, smokes on the balcony, makes breakfast, does chores, then prepares to make lunch. MAPPA really showed off in these scenes, making the food look real. It also characters Aki as a man with particular habits. He likes order. This order is disrupted when Power moves in and begins wreaking havoc in her new home. She has terrible eating habits, bathroom etiquette, and is generally rude. Denji hates having her there until she tells him he can cop a feel three times. Once for saving Meowy, once for killing the Bat Devil, and once for protecting her from Aki. Denji can’t contain his excitement. Hopefully it will end better than the last time.

I’m not sure how much this series can milk the fact that Denji wants to squeeze boobs. At some point he’s got to succeed right? Will he keep wanting to do it again or will he succumb to the pressure to “get serious?” Right now we’re just getting started. I wonder what the main conflict in this series will be. Devils seem too clever to just be getting slaughtered at some point they have to target Denji right? 

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 3 Review

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 3 begins with the aftermath of Power’s bloody slaughter of the Sea Cucumber’s Makima tells Power that when Public Safety kills a civilian hunter’s devil they commit a crime and are usually arrested. Power’s revealed to be the Blood Devil. She can use blood as a weapon and has a tendency towards aggression. When Makima questions whether Power might not be cut out for Devil Hunting duty, she lies and tells Makima that Denji ordered her to attack. It’s not a convincing lie. Makima tells them to be quiet and work together in such a manner that it suggests she has a weird control over Power. 

Rescue Meowy

While Denji gets himself a drink from the vending machine, Power encounters a cat. She tells Denji she hates humans but “enjoys only a cat’s company.” She then reveals that her pet cat Meowy was taken by a devil. Unfortunately, she was captured by Makima and hasn’t been able to rescue her cat. Using Denji’s lust for breasts, Power convinces him to help. Elsewhere, Makima meets with the higher ups. They mention that other countries have started using devils in the military. They hope that one day Japan’s only enemies will be devils. I wonder if they intend to kill off all the other humans or if they assume the other countries will leave Japan alone. 

At the outskirts of the city, Power points out an isolated house where the devil is keeping Meowy. As they walk towards the house, Denji wonders if she should be so close, especially if the devil is going to use the cat against her. Power claims to have “misspoke” when she mentioned this possibility earlier. Tension arises, as the two stop. Suddenly, Power creates a blood hammer and strikes Denji as he attempts to counter with his ax. She wins. Dragging the unconscious Denji inside.

Power’s betrayal and the Bat Devil

Inside is the Bat Devil. Missing his arm, Power and him agreed she’ll bring him a human in exchange for Meowy. The Bat Devil squeezes Denji hard enough to force him to spit up blood. While Denji’s blood tastes disgusting to the Bat Devil, it’s enough to restore its arm. The Bat Devil seeks other humans to “cleanse” itself of the vile taste, specifically children. Having fulfilled her end of the bargain, Power asks for Meowy back. The Bat Devil punishes her for bringing such a bad tasting human by swallowing Meowy and its cage. He grants Power the same fate. Obviously, by swallowing both of them they’ll still be alive. It’s up to Denji to save them. 

As the Bat Devil takes off towards the city, Denji latches on to its leg. Appalled, the Bat Devil tries to fling Denji off, but the latter transforms into the Chainsaw Devil and cuts off the Bat Devil’s arm. The two crash into a building and begin to fight. I’ve mentioned before the similarities between Chainsaw Man and Jujutsu Kaisen, but one of the differences is how the civilians are directly affected by the conflict. In JJK, the Cursed Spirits cannot be seen by regular people and so are indirectly affected, 

Bat Devil vs Chainsaw Man

During the fight between The Bat Devil and Chainsaw Man, it’s not made clear if Denji actually cares about all humans or just women. When the Bat Devil tosses a car with a man inside. Denji tosses it back claiming he doesn’t “care about dudes.” The man survives by jumping out before the car explodes in the Bat Devils’ face. 

The battle between the two is unsurprisingly impressive; the animation specifically when the Bat Devil shoots a sonic shockwave, was beautifully rendered. The power system hasn’t been fully flushed out yet we got some small information. First, Chainsaw Man can retract his chainsaws at will. Secondly, Makima notes that Devils get their power from how much their names are feared. The Devil’s power scale is based on the amount of fear their name induces. Makima finds the Chainsaw Devil to be interesting for this reason and I happen to agree. 

Do you think Makima has some sort of strange control over Power? Will Power learn to like humans? Just Denji? Or will she hate humans forever? Does Denji seem too forgiven? What do you think about the possibility of military based Devils. Is there a Nuclear Bomb Devil? 

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 2

It’s nuts or nothing

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 2 gives us a general sense of Makima. She’s manipulative and domineering. She tells Denji that he should “only” answer her using “yes,” and “woof”. For Makima Denji is a “dog” that should be obedient otherwise he’s useless and should be “put down.” In fact Makima threatens to kill or have Denji killed a number of times in this episode. Denji’s relationship with Pochita contrasts greatly with his relationship with Makima. 

Despite this, Makima is able to use Denji’s hunger and his lust to her advantage. When Denji asks “what type of guys she likes” Makima responds (in unconvincing fashion) “Denji” type guys. However, in the first episode we learned that despite Denji’s appearance and behavior he’s actually capable of making his own decisions. At least when he wants to. Right now he’s obsessed with food, boobs, and Makima. 

At Devil Hunter headquarters in Tokyo, Makima introduces Denji to Aki Hayakawa, a hunter that started working three years ago. They get off to a poor start. Denji wants to work with Makima and Aki assaults Denji in an alleyway. Aki claims he’s trying to “be nice” and spare Denji from dying. He doesn’t believe Denji actually wants to fight devils and would likely get himself killed. I think he’s right. 

However, Denji has different ideas. Aki gets kicked in the nuts for his violent attempt to convince Denji to quit. Personally, I found the moment to be a bit juvenile and a little funny. Plus Aki had it coming. 

I don’t have any friends

The first mission Aki and Denji attempt together is one regarding a fiend. A Fiend is a devil that has possessed a human corpse. Aki wants to see Denji transform into the Chainsaw Devil but Denji just decapitates the fiend. It would have been overkill to transform and likely to frighten the cops outside. Furthermore, Denji states that he doesn’t want to make the Fiend suffer, so he gave him a painless death.

Aki finds this offensive. His entire family was killed by a devil and the police are protecting their families. To Aki, Denji isn’t taking the threat of Devils and Fiends seriously. Denji’s motivation reminds me of Tanjiro’s from Demon Slayer. He’s willing to kill them but has a soft spot for some. Tanjiro has met “good” demons like Tamayo and Denji had Pochita. 

When Aki leaves, Denji admits that he “ just wanted to keep the blood away from the porn magazines on the ground.” Denji had nothing. So to him, getting to bathe daily, eat good food, and hang out with a “hot chick (Makima),” makes his life perfect. He’s a simple man. But something’s missing. A goal. Denji decides his goal is to try to touch a woman’s boobs. 

My name is Power

Denji is given a partner. Her name is Power and she’s a Fiend. Makima explains that Public Safety Devil Extermination Special Division 4 is an “experimental” unit. Without results the “higher ups,” will dissolve the team resulting in Denji and Power being killed. Power is blood crazed and she’s eager to kill devils. She finally smells blood and takes off. The Sea Cucumber Devil is attacking Nerima Station. Power leaps off a building and mashes it with a hammer made from her blood and laughs while covered in its blood. 

I definitely think Power is the most interesting character introduced so far. I’m intrigued by the fact she’s a Fiend. I really want to know how that happened. The power system seems to be more fluid so far. I wonder how specific and limited it becomes if it does at all. So far the Devils haven’t been too difficult to defeat. I don’t expect that to remain the standard but other than the Zombie Devil the rest don’t really stand out except for their design. 

So what did you think of episode 2? Do you think Makima is as manipulative as I do? Is the humor of this series too juvenile? Are the Devil too weak? How did you like Power? 

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 1 Review

Dog & Chainsaw

Chainsaw Man has been the manga series I’ve been hyped to see as an anime the most. Written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto, the first part of the series was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from December 2018 to 2020. The second part of the series began this July. As of October 2022, Chainsaw Man has sold over 16 million copies. 

Chainsaw Man Episode 1 Dog and Chainsaw, opens with Denji and his adorable pet chainsaw devil dog, heading to “work”. He calculates how much money he made from various “odd jobs”, 60,000 a month for cutting down trees, 1.2 million for one sold kidney, 300,000 for his right eye, less than 100,000 for one of his “nuts.” Despite this Denji still owes 38,040,000 yen. To pay off these debts Denji and Pochita hunt devils for profit. 

Denji and Pochita kill the Tomato Devil off screen and are awarded 400,000 yen. However, after paying interests, a finders fee, admin fee, management costs, and bills  Denji is only left with 1,800 yen. Denji is constantly in a precarious state of poverty due to his massive debt and despite risking his life receives very little money for his efforts. His boss sees him as a compliant worker he can use but it seems like he’s mistaken. 

His driver offers Denji 100 yen to eat his cigarette. It’s a moment that appears to represented Denji’s desperation and his compliance but after they leave Denji spits the cigarette out. I think we’re meant to see this as proof Denji has a mind of his own and the old man is wrong. In a flashback, we see how they meet. At Denji’s father’s grave site, the old man tells him his father’s debt now belongs to him and he should do anything possible to pay it by the next day. 

Denji and Pochita’s deal

Suddenly, Pochita appears behind Denji. Injured, Pochita collapses. Denji offers it his blood in exchange for Pochita’s help. The next job they pursue is in an abandoned factory. The old man acts strangely. Denji is stabbed from behind and it’s revealed that the Yakuza have sacrificed themselves for power to the Zombie Devil. In doing so they have become his slaves and he orders them to kill Denji.

Naturally Denji tries to flee but is caught and brutally stabbed, and then he and Pochita are chopped up. We get a flashback from Pochita’s perspective. We learn that devils can take over dead bodies and Denji asks Pochita to take his body and live a normal life and have a normal death. Pochita fuses with Denji becoming his heart. In a trance-like state, Pochita tells Denji that it will give him its heart in exchange for Denji showing it his dream.

The Zombie Devil is shocked to see Denji still alive and orders the zombie to “eat him.” As the pile on top of Denji he transforms into his Chainsaw form for the first time. He chops up some zombies then launches himself at the bewildered Zombie Devil. He gouges out one of its eyes. Afraid the Devil starts tossing zombie Yakuza at Denji hoping to keep the newly formed Devil away but Denji merely hacks through them. Once he reached the Zombie Devil he sawed him in half. He then turns to the yakuza zombie, after all if they’re all dead he can’t owe them anything.

Denji joins Public Safety

The morning after, a woman and two men arrive. The young woman approaches Denji and notices that he “smells” different. As Denji’s about to pass out he tells the young woman to “hug him.” She does and he returns to his human form. She offers him two options: death or a job with Public Safety. Denji may have escaped on debt but he seems to have accepted another. 

I think the hype surrounding Chainsaw Man was accurate. At first I thought it was too similar to Jujutsu Kaisen but the series might stand apart from other Shonen. Each series has its own art style and Chainsaw Man has a more grotesque feel to it. I am talking specifically about the devils. The Zombie Devil is just a floating torso with an exposed brain and organs. There’s something wrong about it but it’s still cool. 

While the use of hellspawn like devils isn’t particularly new for anime and the manner in which devils come to exist is similar to Jujutsu Kaisen’s cursed spirits I always love how different writers play with the lore and their design. At the end of the day, Chainsaw Man is a Shonen anime and action is important.

The power system and fighting styles are obviously not going to be revealed in the first episode but the impression I’ve gotten is that Chainsaw Man is going more for gore. Which means a lot of blood, decapitations, and eviscerations. Chainsaw Man’s combat feels like combat found in older anime, brutal and unforgiven. Denji doesn’t seem to know how to fight like most Shonen. He just swings wildly. I like it. It remains to be seen if this remains true, but I’m loving the bloody gore this series has presented so far. 

So did Chainsaw Man live up to the hype for you? What do you think of the gore? Too violent? How cute is Pochita? I didn’t mention the animation but MAPPA does it once again. Are they officially the standard for the industry? Let me know what you think. Like and Comment.


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