"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!
I've been following this series since it began and so far, I've read 8 chapters. I'll update my review once more when it reaches 25 chapters(assuming it runs that long). My thoughts are based on these 8 chapters. Here I go:
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. What does Denji's journey have?
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.
So far, we've got quite some character development on Denji's part and even his pet Pochita. His motivations are funny but hey, he's just a simple guy. The side characters are pretty nice too, I expect quite a lot of fun from them. Their designs aren't the best.
The art is okayish. 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. 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.
So for now,
Story --- 7/10
Character --- 6/10
Art --- 7/10
Enjoyment --- 8/10
Overall --- 7/10
I have high hopes for this series. I believe it can be very interesting. I hope it keep running, whilst improving its art, broadening its reach. *Peace*
P.S --- This is my first review. Hope I did well.
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.
With not many reviews on this manga I thought I would write a quick little one so people would give it a shot.
I would this is a fairly entertaining story and it is pretty interesting. It is something a little different from other manga's I have read in my personal opinion.
I don't want to give any spoilers but it is a world with devils in it and Denji is the main character who after a couple crazy things happen he becomes a devil and has to make some choices of what he will do. I like the humor and the reason why he
fights in his first big fight is great too!
I would recommend giving it shot and just seeing at how it plays out cause it has a shot to be a pretty good manga if it gets popular enough to keep going.