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Chainsaw Man Ends, But No Sequel Announcement

Today the final episode for the anime adaptation of the manga written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto, Chainsaw Manand while there was no sequel announcement right after airing, fans are sure that such a project will be announced sooner or later, especially since at the end of the episode a key character from the next story arc appears.

Chainsaw Man

This twelfth episode featured the expected participation of the singer Eve in the end credits, who performed the theme song “fight song“. Unfortunately, we cannot collect fan reactions to the episode, since They are full of spoilers as manga readers are used to.

Finally, it should be remembered that the production of Chainsaw Man It is quite particular in the economic sense, because MAPPA studios did not agree to work under a production committee system. That is, the animation project does not have investors other than the studio itself. Although this implies direct profits for the company (leaving aside what happens to Shueisha), it is a tremendous risk that the study runs if the sales or the performance of the series do not reach a desired minimum to, at least, return the investment. This would explain why there was no immediate sequel announcement.

The series aired during the season of Autumn-2022 (October-December) and had a total of twelve episodes, while the platform crunchyroll is in charge of its distribution in the West. On the other hand, Fujimoto began the publication of the manga Chainsaw Man in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from the publisher Shueisha in December 2018, finishing the first part in December 2020. The second part of the work moved to the digital service Shōnen Jump Pluswhere it has been published since July 2022.

Production team

  • Ryū Nakayama (Black Clover, Jujutsu Kaisen) was in charge of directing the anime at the studios MAPPA.
  • Hiroshi Seko (Ajin, Attack on Titan The Final Season) was in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
  • Kazutaka Sugiyama (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) was in charge of character design and animation direction.
  • kensuke ushio (DEVILMAN crybaby, Liz and the Blue Bird, A Silent Voice) was in charge of composing the soundtrack.

Synopsis for Chainsaw Man

The story takes place in a world where Demons threaten the peace of humans, making them targets to be eliminated. Denji is a depressed young man who has sold several of his organs and works as a lumberjack and demon hunter to pay off his late father’s debt. Denji owns a dog (which is also a demon) named Pochita, who has chainsaws and which he uses to do his work.

This is explained because humans can make contracts with demons. After returning home from a job, Denji is called by a Yakuza to infiltrate a building and kill another demon. However, the plan was a trap to assassinate him as part of a Yakuza contract with the demon, gaining them more power. But Pochita comes to Denji’s aid and bonds with him, becoming a half-man, half-demon and acquiring Pochita’s chainsaws.

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