The official Twitter account of VIZ Media announced on Oct 8, 2022, that they will be releasing Chainsaw Man: Buddy Stories in the Summer of 2023.
Chainsaw Man: Buddy Stories is the franchises’ first light novel originally released in November 2021. It was written by Sakaku Hishikawa, with Tatsuki Fujimoto providing special illustrations.
The light novel contains four stories revolving around, in the words of VIZ, the iconic characters from the manga, including Power and Denji, Kishibe and Quanxi during their partner era, and Himeno and Aki around the time they first met.
The four stories are titled as follows:
- Chapter 1: Master Detective Power and Her Assistant Denji
- Chapter 2: The Taste of a Nine-year Old
- Chapter 3: The Day We Became Buddies
- Chapter 4: Dream of Enoshima
Chainsaw Man anime will start airing in Japan on Oct 11, 2022.
Ryu Nakayama is directing Chainsaw Man anime at MAPPA studio. Hiroshi Seko is writing the scripts, and Kazutaka Sugiyama is designing the characters.
Chainsaw Man is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. Its first part was serialized in Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from December 2018 to December 2020; its second part began serialization in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ online magazine in July 2022. Its chapters have been collected in 12 tankobon volumes as of October 2022.
Chainsaw Man follows the story of Denji, an impoverished young man who after making a contract with a dog-like devil named Pochita, he fuses with Denji, granting him the ability to transform parts of his body into chainsaws. Denji eventually joins the Public Safety Devil Hunters, a government agency focused on fighting against devils whenever they become a threat to the world.
In North America, the manga is licensed in English by Viz Media, for both print and digital release, and it is also published by Shueisha on the Manga Plus online platform.
As of October 2022, the manga had over 16 million copies in circulation.