Chainsaw Man might just be the biggest new anime series this year. With the story of Denji becoming a resounding success thanks to its bloody manga, it’s no surprise that it will be a behemoth task in creating the anime adaptation. Recently, at this year’s Crunchyroll Expo, our own Megan Peters was in attendance as some of the movers and shakers at Studio MAPPA discussed some of the biggest challenges that came with bringing Chainsaw Man to the small screen.
In attendance for this Crunchyroll Expo panel, CEO of MAPPA, Manabu Otsuka, and producer Makoto Kimura dove further into the premiere episodes of Chainsaw Man, answering fan questions following the release of the latest trailer for the television series aiming to capture the intensity of the world plagued by devils: “Kimura is asked how Chainsaw Man is being handled from a business perspective without a production committee. He admits it was important for the studio to produce the anime independently. I think the newest challenge is that we have to think about how we are delivering what we are producing – where do we release the teaser, key visual, and merchandise. They have to do that on their own, and that is a difficulty we are challenging ourselves to do.”
If you haven’t officially followed the story of Denji and his gruesome world, Crunchyroll has offered the following official description of the series: “Denji is a teenage boy living with a Chainsaw Devil named Pochita. Due to the debt his father left behind, he has been living a rock-bottom life while repaying his debt by harvesting devil corpses with Pochita. One day, Denji is betrayed and killed. As his consciousness fades, he makes a contract with Pochita and gets revived as “Chainsaw Man” — a man with a devil’s heart.”