The editorial team of the portal AnimeNewsNetwork interviewed the author of the manga Chainsaw man, Tatsuki Fujimoto. The author commented on the genesis of the story as well as his thoughts on the upcoming anime adaptation.

  • How much of the series and story was planned from the start? Fans have found a lot of subtle clues in the early chapters related to the final chapter of Part 1.
  • There are things that I thought about from the start, as well as others that I added later. When I created Chainsaw Man, I had no specific plans to pay off words that sounded meaningful and things that felt "out of place". There are more things that I left vague to make the second part easier. Hence there are many things that went unfinished.
  • Because of his violence and black humor, Chainsaw Man is often referred to as a "no-jump manga". How did you originally start the series in Jump?
  • I've always wanted to serialize a manga in Jump. So I had the feeling that if I did a serialization there, there was a risk that my work would be ignored if I did a β€œjump manga”. So I've tried to keep a lot of my individuality as a creator while only the structure and characters look like they're from Jump.
  • Similarly, the structure and release of the series is very different from other Jump series, which are generally meant to run for years. Although Part 2 was announced to be released on the Shonen Jump Plus service, it is still unusual for such a successful series to complete its publication in the magazine after just two years. What led to this decision?
  • It might be the case that I want you to see the next chainsaw man part 2 as something completely different from part 1.
  • You mentioned numerous other mangas in the magazine writer's comments. Was there a manga that inspired you to write Chainsaw Man?
  • There are so many works that have inspired me that I couldn't write them all here. I was terribly busy when I serialized, but I made sure to see as much new stuff as possible. And I also have memories of how I borrowed a lot from the things I saw.
  • Her previous series, Fire Punch, ran on Shonen Jump Plus for 2 years. When working on your manga, is there a big difference between the virtual magazine and the paper magazine like Weekly Shonen Jump?
  • There wasn't much of a difference. There were some renderings that were stopped during the design phase, but I was allowed to do what I wanted as far as the logic of the story goes. I don't think there's much difference between the Jump and the Jump Plus.
  • What do you think of the recently announced anime? What aspects of art and history do you hope to see in animation? Which parts do you think are difficult or challenging to animate?
  • I've spoken to the people who run production. I felt like people I was comfortable with, so I have no worries at all. I love anime, but I have no experience with it so I leave everything to them.
  • Do you have a message for your overseas audience?
  • Put Chainsaw Man in the Avengers! Like in an R-18 category!

Chainsaw man synopsis

The story takes place in a world where demons threaten the peace of people and turn them into targets that must 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 debts.

Denji owns a dog (who is also a demon) named Pochita who has chainsaws and who he does his work with. This is explained because humans can contract with demons. After Denji returns home from a job, a yakuza calls him to infiltrate a building and murder another demon. However, the plan was a trap to murder him under a yakuza contract with the demon and gain this more power. But Pochita comes to Denji to help and joins him, becomes half a man, half a demon and acquires Pochita's chainsaws.

Fountain: ANN

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