14 May 2021 1:03 PM +00:00

Is Chainsaw Man Anime Based on a Manga or Light Novel and Is It Complete, Finished, or Ongoing? Here is Everything You Need to Know

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Tatsuki Fujimoto brings a new take on a modern world filled with devils in Chainsaw Man—a fantasy action horror about the struggles of a teenage boy named Denji who becomes a human-devil hybrid after merging with his adorable devil dog named Pochita.

He gets recruited by the Public Safety Devil Hunters, a government organization that handles the dispatching of devils who cause danger to the public. Think of it as something like a bunch of firefighters, except they get rid of devils. Plus it's bound to get more deadly.

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Credit: Tatsuki Fujimoto/MAPPA

Is Chainsaw Man Based on a Manga or Light Novel?

It is based on a manga series. It started serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump last December 2018. Don't be fooled, this doesn't completely fall under the usual stories we see in Jump. Chainsaw Man is incredibly gory and violent, topped off with ridiculously entertaining dark humor. If graphic depictions of gore and violence are not your cup of tea, you have been warned.

MAPPA, the studio behind popular titles such as Attack on Titan: The Final Season and Jujutsu Kaisen, announced via Twitter last December 2020 that they will be working on the anime adaptation. They included a teaser image of Denji in his devil form as Chainsaw Man. A promotional video on YouTube was also released.


It has been announced that Chainsaw Man will be making an appearance at MAPPA's 10th-anniversary event on June 27, 2021. According to this tweet from the official Chainsaw Man account, the studio teases in the caption that they will be giving us a new promotional video. Hopefully, it's going to be an official trailer!


Is the Chainsaw Man Manga Complete, Finished, or Ongoing?

The first part of the series, the Public Safety arc, ended last December 2020. In an interview with Fujimoto by Anime News Network, it was mentioned that the second part will run in Shōnen Jump+, Shueisha's online magazine for manga. As of writing, there has been no official announcement yet as to when part two will start serialization. However, Fujimoto did release a teaser illustration for this incoming arc, which can be found on the official Chainsaw Man Twitter account.

While we wait for more updates and info, I highly suggest that you pick up the series if you haven't. If you liked the worldbuilding and overall vibe of Jujutsu Kaisen, then chances are you're going to like Chainsaw Man. Fujimoto's detailed art style alongside a plot that's just the right mix of action and comedy will be sure to leave you in a whirlwind of emotions.

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