After a long hiatus and several critically acclaimed one-shots, Tatsuki Fujimoto has released the highly anticipated Chainsaw Man Part 2.
Chainsaw Man unmistakably stormed onto the manga landscape. With so much blood and gore on the pages, Chainsaw Man is undoubtedly an action horror series.
Still, it also has a unique protagonist named Denji who is mostly driven by his sexual impulses and has clear goals in life. The story is told bluntly and wittily. It is so obvious that it is impossible to take your eyes off it.
Chainsaw Man had some difficulties. Unusually, Part 1 was first made available via Weekly Shonen Jump before moving to the Jump+ platform.
In an interview, Fujimoto expressed a wish that Part 2 readers would perceive it as completely different from Part 1; So far it seems to be successful. Chainsaw Man Part 2 begins with a headless chicken named Bucky introducing himself in the best Fujimoto manner imaginable.
The nameless girl and the headless chicken
Denji was absent from the start of Part 2, but Chainsaw Man Chapter 98 presented an intriguing character that served as an ideal prelude to the school’s story. According to Mr. Tanaka, the children would butcher and devour Bucky, a very lovable headless chicken devil.
All but one student in the class, who treats Bucky the Chicken Devil with disdain, quickly warms to him. She claims that the whole town is corrupt and is being made worse by a devil, Chainsaw Man, acting as the Devil Hunter. She also claims that she doesn’t like Bucky.
After three months, everyone but the horrified nameless girl decides to spare Bucky, much to the teacher’s complete satisfaction as that is exactly what he had hoped: to educate the students about the value of life.
Ironically, the girl never expected anyone to remember her name among all the other things. But that’s enough for Asa to understand that her jealousy of her peers was at the root of all her grudges.
And for a little moment, Asa’s life seemed to change. It did, but not in the way she had hoped. She unexpectedly trips over Bucky and crushes him, ruining her fleeting attempt to interact with the other students in her class.
The death of Asa and Denji’s origin
Fujimoto’s talent for seamlessly fusing gore and dark humor in Chainsaw Man is one of his best assets. It’s so obviously confident, it’s like Asa making a hand grenade out of the class president’s hand.
Before detonating the grenade, she forces Mr. Tanaka and the class president to kiss. The explosion that erupts behind Asa is very similar to the ending sequence of Goodbye, Eri, right down to Asa calling it a “happy ending,” except with blood and body parts flying everywhere.
Denji is still very present in this chapter despite not being in it. The clearest indications of Chainsaw Man being hailed as a hero are these, but the scene where Asa is awakened by a knock on the door resembles Pochita imploring Denji in his dreams not to open the door. Unlike Denji’s origin story, Asa begins similarly in Part 2.
The only thing left of Asa after the Justice Devil kills her is an eyeball. This is similar to how Denji first appeared in Chapter 1 with one eye removed.
An image of a devil eyeing her from above at the intersection that Tanaka had pointed out earlier catches Asa’s attention. The only similarity between Asa’s transformation into the War Devil and Denji’s transformation into the Chainsaw Man is that both beings were in weaker, diminished forms as they approached their human counterparts.
Unlike Pochita and Denji, who had already formed a friendship based on trust and true devotion, Asa seems to have been completely possessed by the war devil. She wishes she had lived more self-centered while she rests there. Denji isn’t selfish when it comes down to it, even if he appears that way at first, because he just wants to live a simple life and have lots of sexual escapades with girls.
Asa is the war devil, and her goal is crystal clear: she intends for Chainsaw Man to “vomit nukes again,” since the resurgence of nukes will increase public concern about the war and give her greater influence.
Given that Bucky’s purpose was for Mr. Tanaka to educate children about the value of life and that war is all about killing as many people as possible, no one overlooks the fact that Asa the war devil is.
Prior to her death, she had previously shown a strong dislike for Chainsaw Man, although it’s unclear why. It seems Denji has yet another formidable opponent to contend with.