A Chainsaw Man illustration at the Tatsuki Fujimoto exhibition in Angoulême International Comics Festival revealed that the author wanted to create something revolving around the theme of “femme fatale” in his next manga, as he loved the image of a woman who destroyed everything in her path.
A note under the illustration mentioned that this information was given as a “gift” exclusively to the exhibition.
“The author made this illustration of Chainsaw Man in November 2021, especially for this exhibition. As a second gift, he also gives us exclusive information about his next manga: ‘I wanted to create something about the femme fatale. I love this image – the typical woman who destroys everything in her path! In my opinion, it will please the fans of the genre,” the note read.
Fujimoto further added that the manga was far from finished, as he still had a lot of things to draw.
As this message surfaced on the internet, fans began speculating that Fujimoto had abandoned drawing Chainsaw Man part 2. However, he did not specify anything of that sort in his message.
Some argued that the author could be talking about a character from Chainsaw Man part 2 itself as the manga was confirmed to start serializing in Shonen Jump+ in Summer 2022 with the ‘School Arc’. Others were of the opinion that he was working on a new one shot or a mini series before focusing on Chainsaw Man part 2.
This is not the first time that the Chainsaw Man author has mentioned his love for such female characters. In a two part interview with Hiroaki Samura, the mangaka of Blade of the Immortal, in 2017 Fujimoto made a similar admission.
In part two of the interview that was published in Jump SQ, the author said that he liked “domineering and irrational women” and that he wanted to “have women in higher positions than men”.
“I also like domineering and irrational women. In college, there was a girl who was mean to me, and then one day at school my bicycle had fallen over. I was wondering what happened, when she said ‘I knocked your bike over, ha ha ha!’ I was so happy,” Fujimoto said in the interview.
In another interview that was conducted by a French magazine ATOM in early 2020, Fujimoto mentioned that he could relate to the masochistic tendencies of the protagonists from his manga.
“I feel closer to Agni or Denji from Chainsaw Man, especially their masochist tendencies, which translates in their respective submission to insane female characters like Togata and Makima,” Fujimoto said.
While he added that he didn’t mean to reveal himself through these masochistic characters, Fujimoto admitted that putting a part of himself in his characters was simultaneously a need and a reflex.
Fujimoto published his first serialized manga, Fire Punch, in Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ online magazine. It began serialization on April 18, 2016 and was collected into eight tankobon volumes.
The author’s second major work Chainsaw Man, began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from Dec 3, 2018. A part two of the series has been announced.