On August 30, 2022, SWITCH Magazine announced that the upcoming September 2022 issue will feature a special illustration by MAPPA on the cover featuring the popular character Denji from Tatsuki Fujimoto’s supernatural horror manga Chainsaw Man.
The special edition will be released in Japan on September 20, 2022. This is especially close to the planned release of the anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man, which is set to premiere in October 2022! A feature article focused on Spy X Family will also provide information on the upcoming Chainsaw Man anime.
You can see the amazing SWITCH magazine cover here:
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What is the plot of Chainsaw Man?
The story takes place in a world where devils are born out of human fears and manifested in reality. The devils tend to be evil and dangerous, and are as powerful as the fear they can inspire. However, as the need for “devil hunters” arose, so did the need to make treaties with the devils to gain their power and fight fire with fire.
The devils usually live in a dimension called “Hell”, but if they are killed there, they are transported to the physical plane of Earth. Once a devil is killed on earth, he returns to hell.
The story revolves around an impoverished young man named Denji who struggles to find odd jobs to survive due to the staggering debt left by his father. He befriends a dog-like devil named Pochita and together they collect devil corpses to make money.
One day, however, Denji is betrayed and killed. Just as his consciousness is fading, he decides to make a deal with Pochita. The devil fuses his body with Denji, granting him the ability to turn parts of his body into deadly chainsaws. With his newfound power, Denji joins the Public Safety Devil Hunters – a government agency tasked with fighting devils when they become a threat to humanity.
You can watch a trailer for the upcoming anime here:
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Where can I read Chainsaw Man?
Chainsaw Man is a Japanese action, supernatural shonen manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. From December 2018 to December 2020, its first part was published in Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. In July 2022, its second part was published in Shueisha’s online magazine Shonen Jump+ and attracted a lot of attention. As of March 2021, the manga’s chapters have been collected into eleven tankobon volumes.
The print and digital English version of the manga has been licensed by Viz Media for release in North America. The English version of the manga will also be published on Shueisha’s online platform Manga Plus.
As of August 2022, the Chainsaw Man manga has over 15 million copies distributed! In 2021, the manga won the 66th placeth Shogakukan Manga Award for the Shonen category. He won first place in the Best Manga category at the 2021 Harvey Awards. Although the manga is known for being incredibly violent and gory, fans praise its storytelling and complex characters.
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