Chainsaw Man’s Anime Will Have Key Differences to Manga, Says MAPPA

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As an adaptation of an incredibly popular manga, all eyes are on MAPPA for their upcoming Chainsaw Man anime. And recently, a new interview with the MAPPA CEO revealed that the Chainsaw Man anime has key differences from the manga.

At Crunchyroll Expo, interviewed MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka and executive producer Makoto Kimura. There, they mentioned some interesting details about the TV anime.

When asked about the anime’s pace, Otsuka shared that the show’s “story will move in its own way” and that some pieces will be “slightly different” from the source material.

While Otsuka didn’t go into much detail regarding what specific moments will be different, the anime will likely add some original scenes to make the story flow better when animated.

Fans of Chainsaw Man will note that the manga has an unusual pace, where the action can pick up out of nowhere. This is part of the series’ appeal and identity, but some changes will have to be made for it to better translate into anime.

Change isn’t always great when it comes to anime adaptations, but Otsuka said that the team’s goal is to “keep the anime as close to the original manga as possible.”

He also said that he hoped fans of the original work are looking forward to the anime.

Chainsaw Man is an upcoming anime series by MAPPA, and it’s one of the most highly anticipated shows in the Fall 2022 season as it is based on the hit manga of the same name by Tatsuki Fujimoto.

The anime series features an all-star staff, including scriptwriter Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan), action director Tatsuya Yoshihara (Jujutsu Kaisen), and composer Kensuke Ushio (Devilman Crybaby), among others.

As for the manga, it was initially serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from December 2018 to December 2020. The series then continued with Part 2 which serializes in Shonen Jump+.

If you haven’t read the manga yet, here’s something to give you an idea of its popularity. When Part 2 debuted last July, the first chapter got over 3 million views in under 24 hours, and that’s based on Japanese views alone in Jump+.

The Chainsaw Man anime will premiere in October 2022.


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