Chainsaw Man makes an explosive comeback after a two-year wait

A man sits in a field while holding a bible modified to look like Chainsaw Man.

He is like me, fr.
Photo: SHUEISHA Inc. / Shonen Jump / Kotaku / pcess609 (Getty Images)

For two long years, manga readers have been waiting for the second coming of our lord and saviour, Chainsaw man. To finish, Chainsaw Man Part 2 is among us, and friends, its first chapter slams.

Chainsaw Man is a pulp fiction manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto. The story follows Denjimiserable and poor, who survives by taking odd jobs at the local yakuza to kill demons alongside his adorable half-dog, half-chainsaw companion, Pochita. After a near-death incident, Denji finds himself with the power to transform into a chainsaw devil and begins slaying other demons under the employ of the equally fascinating and controlling Makima. While Denji’s initial motivation is literally to only want to “touch boobs,” his simplistic aspirations gradually grow as he navigates the bonkers world of Chainsaw Man.

Admittedly, I was nervous about whether the first chapter of Chainsaw Man Part 2 would live up to the manga’s previous highs. But after reading its final chapter, I’m happy to report that Chainsaw Man Part 2 not only meets those high standards, but it makes me more excited than ever to see what misadventures await Denji. Here’s what happens in the first chapter of the highly anticipated The Chainsaw Man Part 2.

(By the way, if you haven’t seen this joint yet, what’s wrong with you? Read this shit now. It would be weird to skip it completely, but I guess FOMO works in mysterious ways.)

Spoiler warning graphic for Chainsaw Man Part 2.

Spoiler images ahead.

At the beginning of part 2, we are in chapter 98: bird and war– the public considers Denji greater than Jesus. Well, not specifically Denji, but his evil alter ego Chainsaw Man. Denji was sobbing straight to the fact that the audience had started to adore him towards the end of Part 1, albeit under duress that he was the only savior people had as the big bad raged throughout the city. But I digress. We’ll just go ahead and count that as a victory in the now-reformed terminal book.

Years have seemingly passed since the end of the previous chapter, and society has changed dramatically. Compared to demons amounting to a domestic terrorist event waiting to happen, there are now devil-centric inclusive school lessons, and Chainsaw Man has his own merchandise, like a branded burger with collectible stickers.

Bucky the chicken raises his wing and waves to the class.

Unrelated, but does anyone else remember KFC’s Double Down sandwich?
Screenshot: SHUEISHA Inc. / Shonen Jump / Kotaku

In bird and war, a high school class learns they’re getting an evil pet, a headless, talking chicken named Bucky. It has no feathers, but this bow tie is simply excellent. Alas, their teacher explains to them that they will kill the avian beast in three months. Sad. However, the subject of the story is not the punnerific feathered devil, despite the fact that I was on board for it. Instead, it focuses on a new character, a sardonic girl named Asa Mitaka.

While his classmates love Bucky wholeheartedly, Mitaka hates him and other demons, especially Chainsaw Man. While her class raves about Bucky, Mitaka sulks in the background. When Bucky’s final hour draws near, the class almost unanimously decides—Mitaka is the resister—to spare him. It turns out the class has passed some sort of extracurricular devil’s test, as merriment ensues.

Bucky's chicken guts splatter all over Mitaka's dress.

Party poultry.
Screenshot: SHUEISHA Inc. / Shonen Jump / Kotaku

Until it doesn’t. When Mitaka decides to join the party after Bucky remembers his name (something even his classmates regularly forget), the clumsy girl stumbles over the misshapen bird, killing him instantly. Like, his little chicken casings and everything is overflowing from his poor jolly stomach. This strange death prepares us for the climax of the new chapter.

One night, Mitaka is invited by her teacher and class president to visit Bucky’s grave, and the latter reveals that she had made a contract with a devil and was responsible for Mitaka tripping over Bucky. It turns out that the class president, despite being in a sexual relationship with their teacher, was jealous of Mitaka for being a “good-two-shoe” and getting his attention.

Mitaka sits on the corpses of her teacher and class president.

For my part, I welcome our new devil overlord.
Screenshot: SHUEISHA Inc. / Shonen Jump / Kotaku

After sustaining a mortal wound from her class president, a mysterious bird-like devil offers Mitaka a contract, turning her into a war devil. Mitaka, in turn, rips his teacher’s head from his body and turns it into a sword to slice up the malevolent prez, before turning his victim’s severed arm into a grenade and walking away as they explode. Yeah.

In the chapter’s final panel, the newly devil-powered Mitaka swears that Chainsaw Man will suffer the same fate as her teacher and class president, but instead will make him “vomit nuclear weapons.”

    Mitaka and Denji were lying in their bed in a fetal position.

It’s like poetry, it rhymes.
Screenshot: SHUEISHA Inc. / Shonen Jump / Kotaku

Chainsaw Man The first chapter of part 2 does more than effectively set up a The Last of Us Part II-esque shift in narrative focus to Mitaka, but naturally picks up where its previous part left off. In Chainsaw Man Part 1, Denji’s sole purpose transforms from simping for Makima to being worshiped by the audience. Now that he’s achieved the level of notoriety he craves, it’s only natural that his new found fame will be the central conflict of Part 2. Although the reason for Mitaka’s urge to destroy Chainsaw Man hasn’t been revealed yet, her narrative film in Denji, along with her war devil powers, make her the perfect rival. Peak Fiction: Part 2 is going to be interesting.

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If you’re chomping at the bit for something else to sink your front teeth into Chainsaw ManThe next chapter (and upcoming anime) I recommend you check out some of Fujimoto’s one-shot manga, especially Goodbye, Eriand Just listen to the song. They are just as exquisite as today’s MSc chapter. If you’re looking to feel completely helpless, Gunshot, Fujimoto’s first serialized manga, could be faster. Happy reading and glory to Chainsaw Man.

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