Is Chainsaw Man A Coming Of Age Story

Stone and The Promised Neverland season two are also ongoing, but the next major anime series to hit screens could be a recently-finished manga in the form of Chainsaw Man. MAPPA recently announced that they're producing a series, and given the praise that the manga got throughout and the hype and buzz online celebrating how it ended, this could very well be the next big anime. Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is certainly the biggest name in manga serialization, and several of their successful series get picked up for anime adaptations. The days of extremely long-form manga series like Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece--though the latter is still ongoing and maintaining its acclaim--have largely died down and authors are opting for more concessions. The likes of Demon Slayer, The Promised Neverland, and Chainsaw Man were needed to push sales and cycle in several successful franchises. Chainsaw Man pulled its weight on its WSJ run from start to finish, and the name it's established for itself through that platform will drive fans to watch on the premier date and beyond. Another big indicator that the upcoming Chainsaw Man anime will be the medium's next big thing is the fact that MAPPA are the ones at the helm. They've been well known in the industry as a powerhouse studio, but 2020 was definitely the year of MAPPA. Jujutsu Kaisen got its anime premiere through them, and after Wit Studio passed on animating the final season of Attack on Titan, they picked that up at the same time.

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Not to mention Dorohedoro being a quality, though underrated, anime of theirs from early last year. MAPPA has been handling all these big names, particularly Attack on Titan, and Jujutsu is another big-seller on WSJ. By now, they've surely gained the majority of confidence from fans that MAPPA has more than what it takes to make a stellar Chainsaw Man adaptation. It goes hand in hand in part with the previous point, but Chainsaw Man--elemenprisingly--is known in part for wild action sequences. Fujimoto's art in the manga alone is enough to drive home the brutality and intensity, coupled with his distinct stylistic approach to character design. If all goes smoothly in the animation department, and MAPPA isn't giving fans reason to doubt them, then audiences will be enthralled in the high-octane fight scenes throughout the anime's run. With how MAPPA has handled the fights in AoT and Jujutsu, this should be one of the strongest points of the soon-to-be anime. Touching back on the topic of concession, the series' length could be a strength in the upcoming anime adaptation. With the decade-plus-long format largely behind, brevity can allow the series to be potentially animated without major, long-term commitments by MAPPA in the midst of other projects. The anime could be the initial hook for audiences, and then set up a second season that will finish the story. Not everyone is guaranteed to hop on board another odyssey-level series, as those could burn out part-way through, and a good anime that starts and finishes strong, but also doesn't overstay its welcome is welcome.

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It's clear that there are some clear absurdities in the world of Chainsaw Man, even for a shonen manga. However, it's in how it unabashedly embraces those absurdities that make the manga work so well. This obviously works for action purposes, but Chainsaw Man relishing in its inherently over-the-top nature shows in worldbuilding as well. Doing an alternate take that works as an homage to Sui Ishida's more serious Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Goul:re do well in setting the stage in how devils plaguing Japan has infected practically every facet of society and, subsequently, the key characters in them-- namely Denji. Crucially, it does so without taking itself too seriously, which could be an easy pitfall in a manga about a teenager who can morph into a literal chainsaw devil man. What may surprise some is that Chainsaw Man also is part coming-of-age story despite the craziness of the premise and action.

It's certainly no slice-of-life, but in the midst of all the brutality and gore is a pleasantly-surprising and heartfelt coming-of-age story for Denji that resonates emotionally--devils and chainsaw men aside. In the end, Denji is a kid who had next to nothing growing up, aside from Pochita, after his father's death, living as a Yakuza slave to the point that some of his greatest life ambitions are some of the basic things humans crave and/ or need: eat sliced ​​bread with jam (essentially just food) with Pochita--his best and only friend--meet a girl, play video games with her and "fall asleep in her arms. " Seeing him grow and try to find the next goal to strive for, putting his all into it regardless of scope will give fans something to root for. It goes partly into the point on Denji's coming-of-age and character development, and also into how Chainsaw Man doesn't try and take itself too seriously, but the series makes great use of dark humor throughout. A lot of it is used well through Denji and Power, as they're both used comedically, also aren't relegated to cheap comic relief roles. Especially for Denji, a lot of the humor coming from his is used through his endearing childlike innocence and ignorance, since he's grown up knowing little outside of human cruelty.

With Power, it's her trying so hard to be a cartoonishly over-the-top tyrant, despite her deep-down empathetic traits. Cases like these are great ways to tastefully inject natural humor in a dark premise, so that said premise isn't overbearingly grim on the story/reader. The timing is great for this, as the original has all the source material laid out for MAPPA, allowing for space between the franchise's soon-to-be two series. Spacing the coming anime into a couple of seasons will give the studio plenty of time to put out quality work with this, plus hopefully, allow "Part 2" to get enough chapters published to get a potential anime adaptation to go into early production/conceptual phases. This would keep Chainsaw Man as a whole talked about for longer. An interesting aspect of the upcoming anime is how Fujimoto's art style will be illustrated and animated. A unique pull of Chainsaw Man's manga is the distinctive art style used, particularly in terms of character design. It doesn't use an approach that a shonen manga typically would, and, instead, uses the setting the tone of a darker world--though still using said comedic elements for balance. The character designs with this style are clearest when depicting devils and action sequences, portraying them in a grotesque manner to amplify the brutality of the threats this world faces. While Denji carries the bulk of the "coming-of-age" part of the story, there are definitely other empathetic characters. Power is a fun character who lightens up the mood, but isn't just the aforementioned prop, as her backstory begins to carve out some layers. Early on, perhaps the two best supporting-characters with a dynamic are Aki and Himeno. Aki definitely has the superficial tropes of the blander Sasuke, but his more genuine, warmer traits surface in the middle of the battle-hardened exterior when exploring his relationship with Himeno. Himeno leaves an emotional impression when the reader discovers her numbness to death until meeting Aki and feeling what having a deeper bond with someone is like again.

Scott Shelly ( Hangul:셸리 ) is one of the female protagonists in the webtoon. She begins a one-sided relationship with Jay at the start of the series but as the story progress they have a mutual crush on each other and as of chapter 378 they are in a relationship. Shelly is the only female member of the Humming Bird Crew. Because she stayed at England before coming to Korea her personality is perceived as very headstrong. She does not like it when people talk badly about her friends, especially Jay. Shelly also has a lot of stamina and strength, she can keep up with the group's pace when racing and can actually send people flying with her punch (Although that may be for comedic reasons) but never got into the street fights with the guys of the crew. When she was hit on in her first appearance on the series she refused with a lot of sass. Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Although her words are harsh, it is because she never sugar coated her words with her friends. And with Jay, Shelly is very clingy and flirtatious. She has very foreign features: pale skin, her eyes actually look more mint green in color than blue, blond wavy hair. It is known later in the series that she has a tattoo in the side of her arm near the wrist that reads out "temet nosce" or "Know Thyself". At school she wears her uniform usually without the red vest and both wears the skirt and pants.

She is often seen wearing high-end brand clothing, but also occasionally wearing street wear and tomboyish clothes. When riding her bike, she usually wears a jacket and helmet with the same color as her eyes or the Hummingbird crew's hood. She is tall, with long thin legs, a small waist and a bigger bust. Not much is known about Shelly, but it is established that she is from England and she requested to transfer to Sunny High School because of Jay. It was told in an early episode (Ep. 27) that she will be in Korea for one semester. Shelly is the granddaughter of Sunny High School's principal, Nick. When Shelly was a kid, she didn't want to get married and promised Nick that she will just live with him forever, which caused Nick to think that Shelly is not interested to guys until she got interested in Jay. That also caused the over protectiveness of her grandfather. Jay saw what happened and chased the thieves to get her purse back. She refused on taking him to the hospital but Jay refused. She picked up his student ID that had fallen to the ground and, motivated by her encounter with Jay, called her grandfather, asking him to let her attend Sunny High School. Her second meeting with Jay was in their classroom. She kissed him out of the blue and the gossip that Shelly and Jay were in a relationship quickly spread around the school.

When Jay, Dom and Minu got suspended, Shelly visited them and scolded Dom and Minu badly about how Jay got caught with their actions. Jay got pissed and told her to screw off, she ended up crying and running away. When Jay was about to say sorry, he got a pink rose from Minu, saying that he should give it to her. He couldn't and Shelly went on saying that she'll forgive him if he became her boyfriend for a week and Jay agreed. She joined Hummingbird as the only female on the team, she continued to flirt with Jay and when Jay was teaching Mia how to ride a bike, she kept on intervening and wanting him to teach her even though she knows how. On a special episode, Shelly was seen riding a bike in Jay's neighborhood. Minu and Kay noticed her, Kay was thinking of who might Shelly go out with and ended up being shocked that it was his brother. In the last scene, Jay and Shelly are resting after riding their bike together, and she comments that Jay suits biking more than studying. The Preliminaries for the League of Street has started, only Dom and Jay were able to race at the first two rounds. After that, they found out that Jay's birthday was near and planned to celebrate it. She didn't showed up at school on his birthday because she was the one who prepared the gift that they got for him.

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