MAPPA’s Chainsaw Man is currently the most anticipated anime according to MyAnimeList (MAL), with more than 377,000 members waiting for the series to air. The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 and The Devil Is A Part Timer Season 2 took the second and third places respectively in the website’s “Top Upcoming” anime list.
Meanwhile Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Arc languishes at the 12th position in the list. Kanojo Okarishimasu Season 2, Overlord IV and My Hero Academia Season 6 all managed to come in the top 10 of the list.
According to MAL, their “Top Upcoming” anime list is decided by the number of users on the website who have added that particular anime to their [watch]list.
While the official release date of Chainsaw Man anime is still not revealed, a teaser video that was streamed during Jump Festa ’22 stated a 2022 broadcast date for the anime.
Ryū Nakayama is directing Chainsaw Man at MAPPA, and Hiroshi Seko is writing the scripts. Kazutaka Sugiyama is designing the characters, and Tatsuya Yoshihara is directing the action.
Makoto Nakazono is serving as chief technical director. Kiyotaka Oshiyama is designing the devils, and Yūsuke Takeda is directing the art. Naomi Nakano is the color key artist, and Yohei Miyahara is designing the screens. Kensuke Ushio is composing the music.
The Jump Festa panel also announced that the second part of Chainsaw Man manga, which will feature the school arc, will release in early Summer 2022 in Shonen Jump+
Chainsaw Man is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from Dec 2018, with its chapters collected in eleven tankōbon volumes.
The manga was nominated for the 13th Manga Taisho awards in 2019, and ranked at #4 on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2020 (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook’s top manga for male readers. The manga won in the Best Shōnen Manga category at the 66th Shogakukan Manga Awards in January.
Additionally, the manga topped the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2021 list for male readers. Chainsaw Man also won the Best Manga award at The Harvey Awards in October.
MAL describes the plot of the anime as:
Denji has a simple dream—to live a happy and peaceful life, spending time with a girl he likes. This is a far cry from reality, however, as Denji is forced by the yakuza into killing devils in order to pay off his crushing debts. Using his pet devil Pochita as a weapon, he is ready to do anything for a bit of cash.
Unfortunately, he has outlived his usefulness and is murdered by a devil in contract with the yakuza. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Pochita merges with Denji’s dead body and grants him the powers of a chainsaw devil. Now able to transform parts of his body into chainsaws, a revived Denji uses his new abilities to quickly and brutally dispatch his enemies. Catching the eye of the official devil hunters who arrive at the scene, he is offered work at the Public Safety Bureau as one of them. Now with the means to face even the toughest of enemies, Denji will stop at nothing to achieve his simple teenage dreams.