Chainsaw Man is influenced by many things, including the anime shows FLCL and Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. It is also inspired by movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Big Lebowski. With such massive influences, what is the connection of Chainsaw Man's Gun Devil to the 9/11 tragedy in America?
Spoiler Warning: There are Chainsaw Man manga spoilers ahead!
How Strong Is the Gun Devil?
The Gun Devil is one of Chainsaw Man's most lethal devils. The devil is to blame for people's fear of firearms.
Most notably, it is the series' fastest killer devil, having killed over a million people in a span of five minutes.
Aside from killing the creators of Bleach, Attack on Titan, and One Piece, the Gun Devil took away Aki Hayakawa's family, as well as the loved ones of private devil hunters like Joey and Aldo.
However, the Gun Devil was unable to kill living things born in April, July, or October.
As strange as it may sound, the Gun Devil's powers only apply to living things born in the months exempt from its restrictions, as long as they are within one kilometer of his area.
Not only that, but the Gun Devil survived the simultaneous attacks of seven devils, including Makima, as well as the devil powers of her victims.
Unlike other devils, the Gun Devil was not popular in Japan, despite his reputation.
When Does the Gun Devil Appear?
The Gun Devil first appeared in Chainsaw Man 13 years before the present day. It emerged in America at the height of global gun fear, after everyone purchased firearms to defend themselves against demons.
After first appearing on November 18, the Gun Devil wreaked nuclear-like havoc in America.
It also spread to Japan and other countries around the world, killing 1.2 million people.
The Soviet Union discovered the Gun Devil's unconscious state after its devastating appearance.
The man responsible for the Gun Devil's weakened state remains unknown to this day.
What is certain is that the Gun Devil's body parts were separated and distributed to the United States, Japan, China, the Soviet Union, and other nations, as well as other devils.
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What Is the Gun Devil’s Connection to 9/11?
The 9/11 attack in America is widely assumed to be the catalyst for the appearance of the Gun Devil.
It is also believed that the real-life 9/11 incident, as well as its devastating impact on America, inspired Tatsuki Fujimoto's Gun Devil.
The destruction featured the same smoking building imagery and setting as seen in the Chainsaw Man manga and anime adaptation.
The difference is that the aftermath of the attack resembles a nuclear explosion rather than a terrorist attack.
However, the Gun Devil's link to 9/11 remains unconfirmed to this day.
After all, the Gun Devil appeared because everyone's fear of guns had reached its peak all over the world.