"I guess Devil Hunter's the best for making money," proclaims chronically broke Denji, a Devil Hunter-for-hire. With his trusty chainsaw and chainsaw...dog, Denji vies to make it to his next meal; however, nothing is ever as it seems, and things never go as planned.
Madness begins with the story of a dark hero who will rock the world. A new era of devils, hunters, and chainsaws begins!
With less than 1,000 members and only one other review at the time of posting this, I thought I should write this so that more people will hopefully read it. This is my first review by the way!
Story - 8
The story is pretty simple so far, but that is not a bad thing! It's a shounen jump manga so fight scenes are frequent and there are comedic elements as well. What sets this manga apart though is the characters and the monsters. I'll elaborate on the characters in the "Character" section, but the monsters are really great. Because of the premise, there are pretty much
endless possibilities for the bad guys in this manga. There are only 9 chapters out so far, and the story is still in the set-up phase, but I'm very excited to see where it goes.
Art - 8
Some people may not like the art style, but I love it. The more simplistic design allows the creative powers/monsters do be clearly drawn. You'll see early on what I'm talking about, and when Denji does use his powers, the art gets slightly more detailed and defined, and it looks really good. This manga is pretty much never visually boring, while still being easy to follow.
Characters - 9
Denji (the MC) is certainly unique for a shounen jump manga. He doesn't have any superficial ideals or an idol or hero he looks up to, but that didn't stop me from liking or caring about him. Not a jab at MHA or Naruto btw, but it's nice to see something different. The characters are great across the board, and blends some standard shounen tropes with a bit more realism. Like a lot of shounen protagonists, Denji has an unfortunate backstory, but it is addressed in a realistic manner that isn't superficial or character defining. He is completely his own person, and his character does not rely on him having a tough childhood or being poor. I initially thought that Power would be a nami clone of some sort, but this is quickly subverted as well.
Enjoyment - 9
I wish this had more chapters I could read. This manga is lots of fun to consume, and it has a perfect mix of realistic characters, great action scenes, and true originality. I can't wait to read more as it comes out!
Alright !!! As promised, I'm back to update my review since Chainsaw Man has finally reached 25 chapters. Yay??!!! I'll update once more if this reaches 100 chapters. I've been following the series right from chapter 1. Tone has shifted. If you are a horny teenager who loves some bloody actions fashioned with pseudo-echhi moments, congrats, you've picked the perfect manga.
Outline : We find ourselves in a world filled with devils. They range from pretty to cute to pure disgusting abominations. Our hero, Denji, is a poor dude with a pet living a harsh life. His life was isolated and pretty simple until shit happened
and he died. But wait, he heart merged with his devil pet and he became a pseudo devil-man. He gets a badass new form and now, he's out for more. He gets hired and now he becomes a devil-hunter. Where will his bloody and murderous journey lead him?
Story : Right from the first chapter, the story has never been slow. It has a very nice flow to it and I feel comfortable with the current pace. It doesn't drag out any scene. The fights are gore-filled to the brim(c'mon, its chainsaw man.....pretty flowery highschool romance ain't needed). The short, but rage filled fights are pretty dope to look at. There are wholesome, lovely moments too and there are a few naughty moments here and there. We've already past the arc of Denji's misery. Now we get to see him care for his dick and get some blood.
You see, this has become a pseudo-ecchi action series. Kisses, boobs, sex, crush, etc goes hand in hand with the action. Our hero is great at killing. He's basically a chainsaw that massacres everything in its path. Nothing short of highly mutilated death would stop him. He goes in, he absorbs pain as if he enjoys it and he massacres. You don't see normal superhero actions, not that naruto or dbz style fights. These fights are basically no rules street fights, you kill or get killed in a very messy and unsettling way. BUT, hold up!!! The writer fuels the non-action parts with raunchy stuff. Denji is a horny dude and his sole motivations are touching boobs, kissing, french kissing, sex, licking his crush, etc. Welcome to a virgin's world !!! xD
I must add, the story steadily kept me interested in it and will keep getting better. The current arc is extremely interesting with a very promising villain. Since I'm reading the Masterpiece Wano arc of One Piece and Monster Arc of Onepunch Man side by side, this manga seems mediocre to me, I'm sure that on its own, this is actually better than what I claim here.
Characters : Character development has been quite impressive. We've seen a notable increase in the side cast and so I have stuff to go on.
Denji - So far, we've got quite some character development on Denji's part. His motivations are funny but hey, he's just a simple guy. Denji is a horny virgin who would love to get laid. Turns out, he has integrity; he wants to do the raunchy stuff only with his crush. He usually tries to turn away offers from others but can't help himself. Don't blame him, the guy just got introduced to the world of the pleasure. So Denji's deeds of actions are wholly based around getting some dick action. MINOR SPOILER : He helped his female teammate in fighting a vicious opponent just so that he could touch boobs for the very first time.
Pochita - Denji's loyal devil dog who showed its greatness by saving its master right from the gates of hell. Their bond is truly touching and even though it got very limited exposure in the manga, it won our hearts.
Makima - Denji's crush and his boss as well. She is Denji's main motivation. Denji would do anything to impress her. She is probably a sadist. She is highly manipulative and a total control freak. She'd possibly whore herself to achieve her demands. However, she has the power to capture others' hearts and make them submit to her. She's the character from whom I have the most expectations of development.
Power - She is the funniest of the bunch. She is a potential deuteragonist contender. She has padding on her boobs lmao. She eats a lot and her motivations are funny as well. She is kind of a comic relief. However, at times she shows conviction.
Aki - Another potential deuteragonist contender. He is the most interesting character so far. His motivations and goals are not fully clear. We know he's quite righteous and sticks to his ideals. He is an admirable fellow. He stands by his comrades and his partners tend to like him and vice versa. He has a rivalry with Denji, both in action, leadership as well as over Makima's heart.
Himeno - She is the one who we all loved and hated at the same time. Her actions are pleasing, her motivations and her character is admirable. Her care for her partner is very moving. She is loyal, horny and definitely something to look forwards too. :'(
There are others as well who show promise and will probably become more intesting later on. We have recently encountered two very intriguing villains and the future chapters will possibly go uphill.
Artwork - The art is okayish. I expected it to improve but nah. For a battle series, it is somewhat suitable. Its messy, its convoluted and it reminds me way too much of Tokyo Ghoul fighting panels. In a nutshell, it has a sketchy feeling to it. It lacks intricate details that one might expect from non-action scenes. At times, the sketchy feel is annoying. However, its not enough to throw you off. Its not pretty but during battles, it does depict the adrenaline flow well enough. The messy-ness contributes to the gory scenes in a positive way. I try my best to like this art but fuck it, I repeatedly disappoints me. You don't get to see that one stunning panel that'll move you, that one tiny detail that you'd wanna recheck 10 times. Even the sexually stimulating scenes have a look of disarray, as if the mangaka has to take a shit and so he quickly did the artwork. The character faces are disfigured, the shapes are inconsistent, the backgrounds are bland and so.
So for now,
Story --- 7/10
Character --- 8/10
Art --- 6/10
Enjoyment --- 8/10
Overall --- 7/10
I still have high hopes for this series. I believe the story part is gonna be fantastic. The art art has lost me but I'll try to take it in. Other than that, my believe was right. It has become very interesting. I hope it keeps running, whilst improving its art(plz), broadening its reach.
I'd recommend this to teenage boys. Adults should steer clear and go for seinen or some mainstream shonen. But hey, its always your choice, don't let me discourage you. *PEACE*
Review subject to change as I (definitely) continue this manga, contains spoilers up to chapter 20.
So: I'm not exactly sure what's going on in Chainsaw Man. The basic elements are formulaic (insert random mishmash of shounen tropes here - actually scratch that- this thing basically works as a D-Gray Man parody) and I'm sure finer details will be revealed as the series continues. But I seem to have skimmed over other expository elements : how high up the government ladder is Makima? who is half devil, who is devil man, devil summoner, what's the difference?
The thing is, though, I really don't care at
This is probably me reading too much/not enough into it, but Chainsaw Man is a story about broken people almost à la Evangelion (and, well, that's how you keep me reading).
In the beginning of the manga, the story moves along almost exceedingly quickly. It's hard to care about what's going on more than recognizing as the backstory info dump that it is. But at the same time, the protagonist doesn't care either, still entirely stuck in survival mode, and excusing the reader from having to invest in some shitty ~my dad left me and now i have to bla bla ~ pity party. Great start!
In fact, in Chainsaw Man, no one is exceedingly relatable, and I don't think there's a single character present yet that I'd even dare call 'nice', not even as some sort of foil to the rest of the team. Everyone (you care about) is sharp, stony-eyed, and dangerous. They don't care about friendship, or saving the world, or rescuing strangers, no, their motivations are very much self-centred and vain. All the bloodshed is done to selfishly save the one person they (think) they love (who loves another girl, fuck), to feel up some tits, to save their cat. Honestly, the MC is just here to fuck a babe and try to survive till the next day. We respect that!
In Chainsaw Man, the characters are not judged for doing what they must to feel human. And as a piece of shit living in a collapsing capitalist society, that makes me feel goooood.
From these scarred and probably traumatized characters (you can see where I'm connecting to Evangelion with this, huh), this semi-abstract web of obedience & freedom, risk & reward, pain & pleasure. And yes.... this is the part where I pretend that the cheesy fan service scenes are actually crucial and thematically relevant. What I'm getting from the strange sexual favour pacts the characters keep promising each other are half-hearted, dissimulated adolescent attempts at connection and communication. In a universe filled with demons, where you can't even afford to believe that your ~cute ~half-demon ~coworker is human much less will still be alive tomorrow, promising him to opportunity to feel you up is a way of desperately establishing a communal dream, a moment of connection, a way of veiling your insecurities and doubts - if only for a brief breast grab.
Tell me that's not some Sexuality 101, kink studies type shit. Tell me *main character's name* isn't learning how to integrate a social order by being Makima's dog (woof). Tell me that (Aki? Eyepatch girl)'s character isn't eerily similar to Eva's Misato: trying to protect and connect and love all at once, having kissed pretty much (child, adult) passing through the squad, pretty sure that includes everyone that has died so far! Huh, kinda tragic. Honestly I hope this desparate/strange horny energy continues through the manga. It would be fun seeing that energy continues through the manga, that instead of your average shounen battle team, that these characters end up fitting together like kinda horny, kinda broken puzzle pieces, while carving demons into spectacular blood fountains along the way.
I'm not sure why this review is so long lol. Honestly, I'm fairly certain that this manga will disappoint me, that in a couple dozen chapters we'll be firmly settled into a more conventional shounen series with an OP protagonist, and a rival, and a love interest, and a mission to save the world. Can't wait to watch my analysis of this series thus far crumble, but I can't help but hope that Chainsaw Man stays on its track of being a subversive battle manga focused on young adults dealing with pain in through unhealthy and fatal coping mechanisms.
Chainsaw Man is the new weekly manga from Tatsuki Fujimoto, the author of Fire Punch. A lot of inspiration obviously comes from the seminal Devilman and a good number of other prominent works that feature a good-natured underdog being imbued with some sort of dark/demonic/evil power which they end up using to the better end.
As of writing the review, only 13 chapters have been released, but most of the core concepts, cast, and motivations seem to have been established at this point. This is impressive development speed for a weekly manga, considering most of the scenes have been very well-paced. Things get slow when they
need to be and speed up when circumstances call for it. Virtually no panels are wasted, with plot-significant turns communicated very succinctly, creating a lot of emotional impact nearly on the spot.
That being said, the premise and the main character may seem a little juvenile, needlessly edgy, and unoriginal. Such first impression isn't necessarily false, as the manga is published in Weekly Shonen Jump which targets teenage boys as its core audience, and furthermore, the first chapter presents the reader with a whole orgy of evidence that the main character Denji is doing badly—to the point where it borders on self-parody. I'm not a big fan of misery porn, so it was rather off-putting at first, but I decided to read a couple more chapters to see if the manga had any redeeming points. And thankfully, it did.
The best part about Chainsaw Man is undoubtedly the character dynamics. By himself, Denji is not particularly interesting, but the other characters and how they all interact with him and each other are often a joy to behold. This, for me, was the main reason to follow this manga, as it's no secret that colorful, well-developed characters can elevate even a shallow story—in fact, they can keep you reading even in the total absence thereof, which is why such genres as sitcom and slice-of-life even exist. The cast of Chainsaw Man surely checks those marks: their character traits are exaggerated but ultimately grounded in reality, sometimes to a painful extent, which is what makes them relatable and funny even without jokes or gags thrown in. This is a good, ballsy kind of comedy; it's not easy to do, it's relatively subtle (boobs aside), and it works well because it relies on the strength of the character writing rather than cultural references or ironic self-awareness.
The art style also deserves some recognition. It's consistently gritty and doesn't resort to cutesy elements (e.g. SD/chibi imagery) or other such changes for the sake of levity, which instantly gets a bonus point from me. The way the author combines low-detail ink sketches in depicting the mundane scenes with high-detail page-spanning panels for the more impactful ones is also quite impressive. This contrast in the level of detail creates a potential for a wide dynamic range of emotions delivered via the art, and the author is able to leverage it well. Definitely a good job there.
All in all, while it's too early to make any solid conclusions about Chainsaw Man, it appears to be a work with significant potential; whether the author will realize or squander it remains to be seen, but I'm giving it a shot. I will keep updating the review as needed.