Denji’s father killed himself leaving Denji to inherit his massive debt and the Yakuza weren’t about to forgive it. His only hope came when he made a contract with a chainsaw devil, allowing him to make money by killing devils!
Chainsaw Man (Volume 1) – Dog and Chainsaw
The debt Denji inherited was enormous forcing him to turn to selling his body parts to keep up with the repayments. Together with his devil dog, Pochita, they survive as best they can, which is barely at all. However, Denji has dreams. They’re not overly ambitious ones, but it’s enough to keep him going. Late one night, the Yakuza boss wakes Denji and tells him he has another job for him. However, when they get there Denji learns that the Yakuza boss is being controlled by the zombie devil who hates devil hunters and has his zombies cut Denji and Pochita into pieces.
Prior to his death, Denji told Pochita that if he was to die, Pochita could take his body to keep living. He hated the idea of Pochita slowly starving to death without anyone to watch over him. Well, Pochita took him up on that offer. Kind of… He told Denji that he would give him his body back if he showed him his dreams. Pochita became Denji’s heart which enabled him to use the chainsaw devil’s powers. He returned to the zombie devil and slashed it up!
Soon after he’d defeated all the zombies too, a public safety devil hunter showed up and was intrigued by Denji. She took him in as her loyal dog and put him to work. After proving himself against the muscle devil, Denji was paired with a fiend, someone who had been possessed by a devil. Her name was Power and she was possessed by the blood devil. She asked him for his help recovering her cat, but when they got there she hit him with a hammer and handed him over to the bat devil who was hungry!
What did you think?
I decided that I would start the manga before diving into the anime and as such knew nothing about it other than there was a guy who had chainsaws coming out of his body. That should have been a big clue as to how dark this was, but even that didn’t prepare me. That opening chapter was bleak. It was amazing, but oh so bleak. Seeing Denji having sold a kidney, an eye, and a testicle to keep up with his repayments was awful.
Then after killing the zombie devil and the Yakuza boss, Denji was free for about two seconds when he was picked up by Makima. Sure, she’s giving him a job and providing all the things he wanted in his dreams, but I can’t help but feel like she is not much better than the Yakuza boss. Only time will tell, but I don’t like her.
In fact, everyone Denji has met so far has been an asshole. After Makima, there was Aki Hayakawa who believed that Denji’s motivations were shallow and as such tried to beat him up and force him to quit. Now, wanting to survive and follow his dreams might seem shallow but that’s only because his dreams are simple, but that doesn’t mean he’s not motivated by them. Then, there was Power who tricked him so that she could get her cat back. Anyhow, this is a dark-as-hell story, but it’s also fascinating. I’m looking forward to getting into more volumes.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Dog & Chainsaw
- Episode 2 – Arrival in Tokyo
- Episode 3 – Meowy’s Whereabouts
- Episode 4 – Rescue
- Episode 5 – Gun Devil
- Episode 6 – Kill Denji
- Episode 7 – The Taste of a Kiss
- Episode 8 – Gunfire
- Episode 9 – From Kyoto
- Episode 10 – Bruised & Battered
- Episode 11 – Mission Start
- Episode 12 – Katana vs. Chainsaw
- Season One
- Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man