Tatsuki Fujimoto’s acclaimed shonen epic returns with the wildly unpredictable first chapter of the series’ second arc.
The first chapter of Chainsaw ManThe second part of is now available in English.
MILD SPOILERS FOR CHAINSAW MAN CHAPTER 98 FOLLOW:
Chapter 98 of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s famous shonen manga has been released on VIZ Media’s Manga Plus Service. The new chapter is the series’ first entry since the end of the first story arc, the Public Safety arc, in December 2020. The chapter also marks the series’ move from publication to the print magazine Weekly. Shonen Jump at the exit. through the digital-only Shonen Jump+ platform. True to the series’ reputation for subverting expectations, the new chapter focuses primarily on a new character, antisocial schoolgirl Asa Mitaka, while Part 1’s protagonist, Denji/Chainsaw Man, is mentioned but not seen.
First reaction to the prologue of Chainsaw ManThe second arc seems to be generally positive, with many fans on social media declaring their interest in learning more about Mitaka and also professing their love for Bucky, the pun-tastic Chicken Devil who is also introduced in the new chapter.
The first arc of Chainsaw Man centered on a young man named Denji, who lives in an alternate timeline where human society has grown side by side with demons, a race of creatures embodying the fears of humanity. After being brutally murdered by the criminals he worked for, Denji makes a pact with his chainsaw demon, Pochita. in addition to giving him a second chance at life, the pact also allows him to transform into a half-human, half-demon creature with chainsaws for arms and a head. Shortly after his revival, he is recruited into the Public Safety Devil Hunters, a government organization that wants to use his power to hunt down other demons who have become a threat to the populace.
While the new chapter focuses on a new character, Part 2 still maintains the series’ penchant for ultra-violence, a trait the upcoming anime adaptation promised to maintain. At this year’s Anime Expo, the producers of the Chainsaw Man the anime has promised not to censor the infamous gore from the source material. The long-awaited adaptation is still in production at studio MAPPA, the animation company that also produces Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack on Titan: The Final Season. A release date for the anime has yet to be announced, but Crunchyroll has already confirmed that it will stream the series when it debuts.