Chainsaw Man: so good it crashed Crunchyroll

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The long-awaited anime adaptation of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s shonen manga finally aired, crashing Crunchyroll’s servers in the process.

Chainsaw Man is the fourth anime, after Attack on TitanOne Piece and Dragon Ball Super, to cause problems with the popular anime streaming service.

Episode one of Chainsaw Man turned out to be a huge hit among fans, rightfully so. It’s thrilling, moving and downright epic, balancing between the right amount of gore and feelings.

The show is a mix of horror and action, set in the modern world featuring “devils” – demonic creatures able to possess and control humans. Creating a hybrid of a dog and a chainsaw, it is absolutely bizarre and innovative in the way it transcends genres and fuses comedy with body horror.

The main character is Denji, a broke young adult who, quite literally, makes a deal with a devil to pay his father’s debts. Like other shonen protagonists, his journey into a new adventure begins in the first episode of the show. He has a tragic backstory and an amazing power, but what makes him stand out from other heroes is his lack of a great goal.

He doesn’t want revenge, he doesn’t seek justice, doesn’t want to save the world. Denji is just a regular guy whose dream is to live a simple and peaceful life. He isn’t a genius, his physical abilities aren’t beyond average. He could just be anybody else on the street who just happened to meet the devil.

Denji and his devil, Pochita, in Chainsaw Man (2022).
Image Credit: MAPPA/Crunchyroll

Kikunosuke Toya, Denji’s voice actor, does a marvellous job bringing the character to life, making the audience instantly care about him. Where does Japan find these excellent people?

MAPPA’s recent projects have been nothing but remarkable, their animation of Chainsaw Man is chilling, gory and memorable.

Chainsaw Man is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

Featured Image Credit: MAPPA/Crunchyroll

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