Good (but potentially divisive) news for fans of the Chainsaw Man anime: The next story arc of the manga, the Reze arc, will be turned into a movie which happens after MAPPA's acclaimed anime TV adaptation.The news arrived yesterday via the official Chainsaw Man account on X/Twitter, which also unveiled the first poster for the project. You can see it below in all its glory:
The Chainsaw Man anime made a splash last year with a 12-episode first season. Now, during the Chainsaw Man Jump Festa 2024 special stage, the series revealed that its next arc is getting turned into an anime movie adapting the Reze arc of the renowned manga. On top of the first poster, an announcement teaser trailer was shared. You can watch it below:
The anime is produced by MAPPA (Attack on Titan: The Final Season) and originally aired on TV Tokyo, with Crunchyroll handling the international distribution. For those who know nothing about the manga nor anime, the series is described as follows:
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.
Without getting into huge spoilers, the new arc follows Denji and Reze, his new friend and love interest, but veteran fans know this is a heartbreaking and twisty part of the larger story, so there's plenty of excitement surrounding the adaptation of the fan-favorite arc. Since it's a shorter one, it also makes sense to go with a movie over a full season, but at the same time, it's making Chainsaw Man yet another anime adaptation that's harder to follow in the long run because of its fragmentation, especially for viewers who live in countries where the distribution of the movies isn't great. For now, however, most fan reactions online are quite positive.
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