Asa Mitaka surprised both Denji and the readers when she asked him out on a date in Chainsaw Man. Now, Asa will do anything to save him, and Denji admits he likes her a little. So, will Asa and Denji end up together?
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Why Did Asa and Denji Go on a Date?
Upon first acquaintance, Asa disliked Denji, but she asked him on a date due to her plan to defeat Chainsaw Man as per the War Devil's request, to retake control of her body.
At first, Asa was reluctant to help Yoru - as the War Devil calls herself - defeat her archenemy, Chainsaw Man, as she was personally indifferent to Devil conflicts.
However, seeing her only friend, Yuko, suffering and becoming a Devil deeply affected Asa.
To stop this from happening again, she decides to help Yoru defeat Chainsaw Man in hopes that, once she returns to full power, Yoru will let her have full control of her own body once again.
The only flaw in the plan is that Asa and Yoru have no idea that Denji is the real Chainsaw Man.
Unlike Denji, Asa Mitaka is a fiend, so her body is taken over by a Devil. She only retains her consciousness and identity because Yoru allowed this to happen.
Does Asa Like Denji?
At first, Asa didn't like Denji at all. In fact, her dislike for him is partly why she chose to ask him out. But things are getting more and more confusing and complicated for them both.
Yoru needs Asa to use the War Devil's power to create a destructive weapon to attack Chainsaw Man with.
Unfortunately for Asa, the weapon must be made out of something or someone she cares about -- or at least a person or object she would regret destroying.
Knowing that she can't choose a random criminal who, in her opinion, deserves to die, Asa chooses her victim among people she dislikes, but whom she doesn't consider bad enough to deserve death.
Unfortunately, this person turned out to be Denji; a classmate Asa found annoying, but not outright despised.
By Chapter 119, Asa's feelings prove more complicated than initially suspected.
Asa and Denji appear to have become closer during the time they spent trapped in an aquarium, with Denji even noting that Asa reminds him of a friend (likely meaning Power).
Asa slowly warms up to Denji to the point of organizing a second date, though she immediately goes on to say that she hates him and only dated him because she was bored.
But could she have said just to make him end the date - thus saving him from Yoru's plans for him?
To complicate matters further, Yoru has mentioned that she can feel Asa's infatuation, which suggests that Asa hasn't been entirely honest about her supposed dislike.
It is entirely possible that Asa has developed feelings for Denji by now but pretends to feel differently in order to keep him away and save him from Yoru's plan.
It should be noted that while Asa doesn't know that Chainsaw Man and Denji are the same person her feelings about Chainsaw Man are also shifting.
During the Falling Devil arc, Denji saves her in his Chainsaw Man form. When Yoru tries to manipulate Asa into making him a weapon, Asa finally rebels.
Not only does she defend Chainsaw Man, saying that if someone like him deserves to live, then she can learn to forgive herself, too, but she also proceeds to run away with him!
After the ordeal, however, Asa and Chainsaw Man go about their separate lives.
Asa's crush is now clearer than ever, to the point of composing poetry about her savior.
Following Fami's claim that there's a red and a black Chainsaw Man, the former of whom Asa must make human again, our heroine goes on a Devil-slaying rampage to save her crush by making humanity forget about him.
Her motivation is noble but misguided, and probably not a good relationship starter.
Does Denji Like Asa?
In Chapter 150, Denji finally admits to Nayuta that he somewhat likes Asa.
Of course, this doesn't say much, as Denji only ever thinks about cute girls, but his banter with Asa does feel different from his brother-sister relationship with Power.
Having had some character development by now, Denji is hurt and confused by Asa's unpredictable behavior, showing that he did care about dating her even if he isn't fully in love yet.
Denji isn't the best character in terms of morality, but in many ways, he's endearing to fans, as Fujimoto allowed him to be raw and real; a stark opposition to more idealized shounen anime and manga characters.
While he's a powerful hybrid, what Denji really cares about is a normal life with a girlfriend and a family, rather than saving the world.
His wish is a pretty basic one, but it's quite tragic, too, because all the girls he sees as potential partners end up betraying him.
As such, many fans hoped that there will be some sort of twist this time, and that, perhaps, he and Asa will actually fall in love – or at least that Asa will refuse to kill him when the time comes, which she does in Chapter 129.
This didn't come without foreshadowing. Despite acting coldly in the past, and showing relatively little emotion when people die, she's done her best to keep Denji from being turned into a weapon.
Denji is unaware of Asa's Fiend status, but her being his "ex-almost-girlfriend" is enough of a reason for him to protect her from the Falling Devil.
Asa's decision to become a Devil Hunter complicates things. If Denji likes one thing almost as much as girls, that's the glory that comes with being Chainsaw Man.
Asa and Denji's relationship seems doomed the moment she becomes the poster girl of the Chainsaw Man Church.
When the Church is dissolved, however, Denji admits that he's still thinking about Asa.
While Asa and Denji only shared a single kiss – when Yoru was in control – Denji still thinks tenderly about it.
Granted, his relationship standards are low, because every time he gets kissed by other girls (especially Reze and Makima), tragedy always ensues.
The fact that he has yet to lose someone important to him or see his life change in devastating ways ensures him that he and Asa are a better match.
Will Asa and Denji End Up Together?
Although Asa and Denji sound like an odd couple and everything seems to be against them, there are more and more hints that they could work as a couple.
At first glance, Asa and Denji are incompatible in more ways than one.
He's over-the-top, extroverted, and not particularly bright, thinking mostly about girls and food.
Meanwhile, Asa is cold, calculating, smart, and introverted, with no particular communication skills.
It's quite common for characters in literature and media to date even though they are entirely different from each other.
That being said, we cannot imagine Asa admitting that she might like Denji.
Of course, Chainsaw Man hardly ever goes the way fans predict it'll go, so some readers hope for a twist.
Given their unexpectedly fun dynamic and shared misfit status, we do think that a relationship between Denji and Asa would be very interesting to watch.
Of course, sharing a body with Denji's sworn enemy is bound to make such a relationship impossible for Asa.
Even if Yoru got persuaded not to turn Denji into a weapon, she would never be content to let him live if she found out that he's Chainsaw Man.
At this point, we can only keep reading and hope that the new budding ship won't result in another tragedy.
Nayuta's Involvement in Denji and Asa's Relationship
Nayuta's involvement in Denji's dating life temporarily halts all contact between him and Asa until Asa literally falls in Denji's arms during the Falling Devil arc.
During Denji and Asa's second date, Nayuta expresses jealousy and tells Denji not to see Asa again.
She points out that every girl Denji dated tried to kill him, making her the voice of reason for all of us fans despite her overall problematic behavior!
Because Nayuta has used her Control Devil powers to make Asa behave like a dog, Denji accepts Nayuta's condition not to see Asa anymore. For Denji, his adopted little sister comes first.
But when Asa gets home thinking that Denji stood her up, she finds that she still can't stop thinking about him, wishing that someone would stay with her for a change.
As it turns out, Denji is still willing to stand up for Asa and help her grow.
Riding Into the Sunset...Sort of?
During the Falling Devil arc, Asa becomes the Devil's target and almost falls into hell. But Denji won't sit around and let it happen.
In his Chainsaw Man form, Denji repeatedly slices the Devil.
At the same time, he does all he can to halt Asa's fall. When the Devil plays with her trauma causing her despair, Denji reminds her what makes life worthwhile.
When Denji can no longer keep the Falling Devil at bay, the Chainsaw Man impostor miraculously takes over.
Defying Yoru's order to turn the real Chainsaw Man (who, unbeknownst to her, is Denji) Asa runs off with him defying Yoru.
Following this iconic scene, the roles are reversed. Asa undertakes the role of the savior, hoping to rescue Chainsaw Man from himself and make him human again.
But how would she react if she knew who Chainsaw Man really is? And would Denji ever accept a girl who took his fighting away from him?
Where Are Asa and Denji Now?
After Asa became the poster girl of the Chainsaw Man Church, the manga didn't expand on her and Denji's relationship any further.
Denji is clearly annoyed that Asa is stealing his glory, but Asa doesn't really have time to think about Chainsaw Man, what with her Devil-slaying endeavors.
Chapter 145 of the manga finally reveals why Asa and Denji are inextricably linked.
Due to the Nostradamus Prophecy she's trying to prevent, Fami is trying to make the world fear the War Devil and Chainsaw Man to make them infinitely strong so that they can slay her elder sister, the Death Devil.
With the Chainsaw Man Church initiative dissolved for good, Asa is on the run, as she's turned her apartment into a weapon.
Meanwhile, Denji and Nayuta are out in the chaos on their own, so we wouldn't be surprised if they crossed paths soon.
Despite the infinite complications, we've been enjoying Denji and Asa's awkward banter and all that they have in common despite their differences.
Frankly, it's hard to see them staying together without tragedy ensuing yet again, but we'd love for the two loveable misfits to be happy.
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