MAPPA CEO’s Favorite Chainsaw Man Character Revealed At Anime Expo Panel

Otsuka wants to make the anime enjoyable for both him and the fans.

Manabu Otsuka MAPPA

While the Chainsaw Man Panel by MAPPA and Crunchyroll at Anime Expo 2022 did not reveal a new trailer or key visual for the anime, much to the fans’ dismay, some interesting information was indeed presented during its course.

The production team of Chainsaw Man anime were answering questions asked by fans at the panel presentation and the topic of MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka and his love for Chainsaw Man popped up.

When a fan asked about how MAPPA’s approach was to the anime, it came to light that Otsuka is a huge fan of the manga. The CEO wanted to ensure that the quality of Chainsaw Man anime was good enough to be enjoyed well by him as well as the fans.

Chainsaw Man anime key visual

After discussing the nitty-gritties, including the how the content from the manga will be handled, one fan brought up the topic of favorite characters of the staff.

It was revealed then that Otsuka’s favorite Chainsaw Man character is Power. The producer on the other hand chose Denji as his favorite, as he could relate to the character’s needs.

Otsuka, who was present at the panel, also shared that he was surprised at how well the first PV of Chainsaw Man was received by the fans and that he felt nice when he saw it.

The teaser video for the anime was revealed at Jump Festa 22, which stated that the anime will release sometime in 2022. However, no further information about the anime, which is currently under works, has been made available to fans since then.

The staff added that more info about the Chainsaw Man anime will be revealed at the Crunchyroll Expo in August 2022. Otsuka said that he really wanted to give fans some information about the anime in the panel, but he wanted everything to be perfect before he revealed it to the fans.

The Chainsaw Man panel was held at the expo on July 4, 2022.

Crunchyroll had revealed earlier that they will be streaming the Chainsaw Man anime in over 200 countries and territories across the globe, except Asia, while Media Link, which run Ani-One YouTube channel, brought the rights to stream the anime in Asia, including China.

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.

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. As of December 2021, the manga had over 12 million copies in circulation.

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 2021.

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