The eighth episode of Chainsaw Man is likely the most shocking one yet.
Warning: Spoilers from the first eight episodes of Chainsaw Man
Having premiered last Tuesday, Gunfire brought a ridiculous “WTF?!” reaction from the fans.
Starting out with characters speaking of their future, the episode follows the events of The Taste of the Kiss. Himeno makes plans with Denji, the two of them deciding to help each other in getting together with their crushes.
So, naturally, before that can happen the anime delivers a horrible blow by killing Himeno off.
Himeno doesn’t get a chance to get together with Aki, or even tell him her feelings. She doesn’t get to see the Gun Devil dead. She sacrifices herself for a man she loves and doesn’t get to live her own life or fulfil any of her dreams.
Is she truly gone? Is there a possibility for her to come back? You never know with anime.
Himeno’s tragic ordeal is just the tip of the iceberg that is Chainsaw Man episode eight.
Gunfire introduces Katana Man, who seems to be a human-devil hybrid like Denji, and also incredibly powerful. He’s an antagonist who messes up quite a bit with our characters.
Aki finally gets to use his own katana against this foe. The sword seems sentient, unless it belongs to yet another devil Aki has a deal with. Its origins are still unknown.
A little girl who comes with Katana Man makes sure he survives the fight. The child is mysterious, but clearly powerful as even the Ghost Devil claims to be scared of her.
To make things worse, Makima is shot in the head, and Aki looks fatally wounded. The anime keeps surprising this reviewer, and no doubt will surprise again in the next episode.
Because there’s no way these characters are killed off before we really get to know anything about them, right?
With another amazing episode and another beautiful ending, Chainsaw Man is now streaming on Crunchyroll.
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