‘Chainsaw Man’ is a horror comedy manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto with the Tokyo-based publisher Shueisha releasing it under their Jump Comics imprint. Its popularity led to an anime adaption produced by the Japanese animation studio MAPPA which premiered in October 2022. Crunchyroll has released it on their streaming app for a North American audience and has announced they are developing an English dub.
They announced the cast on their website:
- Ryan Colt Levy (Rody in My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission) as Denji
- Suzie Yeung (Lena in 86 EIGHTY-SIX) as Makima
- Sarah Wiedenheft (Tohru in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid) as Power
- Reagan Murdock (Alvin in Don’t Hurt Me, My Healer!) as Aki
- Lindsay Seidel (Eris in Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation)
You can watch the trailer below:
The show is directed by Ryū Nakayama and Makoto Nakazono.
MyAnimeList described the synopsis as follows,
“Denji has a simple dream—to live a happy and peaceful life, spending time with a girl he likes. This is a far cry from reality, however, as Denji is forced by the yakuza into killing devils in order to pay off his crushing debts. Using his pet devil Pochita as a weapon, he is ready to do anything for a bit of cash.
Unfortunately, he has outlived his usefulness and is murdered by a devil in contract with the yakuza. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Pochita merges with Denji’s dead body and grants him the powers of a chainsaw devil. Now able to transform parts of his body into chainsaws, a revived Denji uses his new abilities to quickly and brutally dispatch his enemies. Catching the eye of the official devil hunters who arrive at the scene, he is offered work at the Public Safety Bureau as one of them. Now with the means to face even the toughest of enemies, Denji will stop at nothing to achieve his simple teenage dreams.”
‘Chainsaw Man’ won the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2012 and won the Harvey Awards in the Best Manga category in 2021 and 2022.