MAPPA has cemented itself as one of the top Japanese animation studios. Founded in 2011, MAPPA (Maruyama Animation Produce Project Association) has produced some of the most impressive anime in recent years, Yuri on Ice (2016), Banana Fish (2018), Dororo (2019), Dorohedoro (2020), Jujutsu Kaisen (2020), AOT (2020/2022), and now Chainsaw Man. The series follows Denji, a young man that becomes a Devil Hunter for the yakuza. Chainsaw Man sold 11 million copies so far and has been received well by critics and fans. The first part of Chainsaw Man ended in December 2020.
The second part of the series has already been announced and will follow Denji as he attends school while balancing being a Chainsaw man. In between the two parts will be Chainsaw Man’s anime and the expectations are high. The anticipation for this trailer was notable, with fans eagerly waiting for what MAPPA had to offer. The date of Chainsaw Man’s anime release isn’t known, but you could expect that it will premiere in October or November 2021.
It’s difficult to explain exactly why MAPPA’s animation is so amazing, but I think they have managed to blend 2D and 3D animation together. It’s hard to tell if something is 2D or not. The backgrounds are clearly 3D but they don’t feel out of place. Their animation is both detailed and simple if that makes any sense. The trailer starts off slow, with the main characters doing mundane things, like eating and going to the beach. Then the music cuts out, given way to some haunting voices in the background. Suddenly, loud music begins as the characters engage in bloody and violent battles. Chainsaw Man is going to be compared to Jujutsu Kaisen, but I think the former seems way more violent. Not that I’m complaining.