This week gives Chainsaw Man fans much more to celebrate on top of their already mounting excitement brought on by news of its anime adaptation first rumored in December 2020. As of today, fans can read the creator Tatsuki Fujimoto’s newest story: a 140-page one-shot officially found online here.
Titled “Look Back,” the one-shot was initially speculated by fans to be a recap of the Chainsaw Man‘s incredible two-year run from December of 2018 to 2020. Serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, it diverged from the more traditional storylines of the shonen demographic with its unusual premise, leaning heavily into its dark humor and gory violence, and quickly became one of the top contenders for the most popular upcoming shonen. Fans were gutted at first when it came to end announced in December 2020, but then quickly rejoiced once it was revealed it was merely the conclusion to Part I. The story of Denji & co. would continue in the upcoming Part II, which will be serialized in Jump+ (but not before we get an anime adaptation currently in the works, of course)!
Unexpectedly, “Look Back” is, in fact, not a recap of Part I in preparation for its continuation (that will be released at some unspecified date). Instead, it explores an entirely different subject matter and tone, demonstrating the versatility of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s writing and illustrating prowess. Following two young students aspiring to become manga artists, it takes a look at the different challenges they face along the way to achieving their dreams. The title, perhaps, hints at a more personal nostalgia for Fujimoto, who has rocketed to fame for Chainsaw Man. It looks to be a heartfelt love letter to his own journey as a mangaka. Whatever the inspiration may be, the art is certainly gorgeous, and I am chomping at the bit to read it!
In news related to Chainsaw Man’s anime adaptation…
It will be produced by MAPPA, a studio quickly becoming known as an absolute POWERHOUSE in the arena of animation. You can ogle just how impeccable their visual style is in their recently produced series, such as The God of High School, Dorohedoro, Jujutsu Kaisen, and the final season of Attack on Titan.
They released the first PV for Chainsaw Man’s anime just a few weeks ago, which you can watch below:
The voice cast and release date have yet to be officially announced. As of now, the earliest we can hope for a season one debut would likely be sometime in late fall to the end of 2021.
The production staff, however, has been confirmed. The team includes some amazing creatives who have worked on quite the visually stunning anime in the past – the product of their combined efforts will surely be incredible!
Staff [via MyAnimeList.com]
Director: Ryuu Nakayama (Jujutsu Kaisen episode director)
Script: Hiroshi Seko (Dorohedoro)
Character Design: Kazutaka Sugiyama (Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu)
Action Director: Tatsuya Yoshihara (Black Clover director)
Chief Director: Makoto Nakazono (SSSS.Gridman episode director)
Devil Design: Kiyotaka Oshiyama (Devilman: Crybaby)
Art Director: Yuusuke Takeda (Vinland Saga)
Color Design: Naomi Nakano (Sword Art Online: Alicization)
Layout Design: Youhei Miyahara (Bounen no Xamdou director of photography)
Music: Kensuke Ushio (Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019))
Animation Producer: Keisuke Seshita (Jujutsu Kaisen)
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T. Wu is a contributing writer at All Ages of Geek. You can follow T. on Instagram @kata_the_clown.Bu