The anime adaptation of the hit manga series ‘Chainsaw Man’ is set to release in 2022, with a new PV trailer recently being shared at Jump Festa.
There are literally thousands of manga series from around the world available for you to read online, but there aren’t that many series quite like Chainsaw Man.
With a considerably darker theme than many other traditional series, alongside extremely gory violence and a set of superb characters, the manga has become a fan-favourite over recent years.
However, the series had some major announcements this weekend at the 2022 Jump Festa event in Japan, including a brand new PV trailer were shared!
Announcing the Chainsaw Man anime…
In December 2020, rumours about an anime started when The Unofficial Shonen Jump News Twitter page tweeted that a “TV anime adaptation” for Chainsaw Man would be produced.
Many fans had been expecting an anime adaptation to be revealed following the conclusion of the manga that weekend after author Tatsuki Fujimoto said that an “important announcement” would be made.
On December 13th, it was officially confirmed that the epic manga would be adapted into a brutal television series.
MAPPA letting it rip…
The anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man will be produced by the animation studio MAPPA.
MAPPA has had an incredible few years, producing The God of High School, Dorohedoro, Jujutsu Kaisen and the final season of Attack on Titan.
Considering how visually stunning these series have been, fans are understandably extremely excited about having MAPPA at the helm of the Chainsaw Man anime.
Chainsaw Man anime release date set for 2022…
On December 3rd, the WSJ_manga Twitter page reported that both part 2 of the manga and anime adaptation would premiere in 2022.
This weekend, both the Chainsaw Man anime and manga series featured heavily at the 2022 Jump Festa event in Japan.
As part of the series presentation, a new PV trailer was shared by the MAPPA YouTube channel and the Chainsaw Man PR Twitter page – see below.
Alongside the new trailer, it was officially confirmed that the anime adaptation would premiere in 2022.
“In 2022, the bloody circular saw devil finally begins to move! ] #チェンソーマン Project PV lifted! At the end, Makima is also …! !!” – Chainsaw Man PR, via Twitter.
Whilst a specific release date for the Chainsaw Man anime has not been revealed, HITC predicts the series will premiere in Fall 2022.
At the time of writing, 11 volumes of the manga series have been published in Japan, meaning the production team don’t have to wait around for source material to become available.
Similarly, MAPPA is one of the largest studios working in today’s anime industry, meaning the team can throw a significant amount of resources towards the animation; arguably the most time-consuming part of any series.
Assuming that a Chainsaw Man adaptation experiences a similar production schedule to other major projects such as Attack on Titan and Jujutsu Kaisen (fellow MAPPA titles), fans could expect the series to premiere in June 2022, but arguably a more likely scenario would be an October 2022 launch on the Fall slate.
CG vs 2D animation…
Unfortunately, fans have started to get concerned because of a recent ‘leak’ from Twitter user ‘rcco_r0nd0’ that explained how the CG animation will work in the CSM anime.
According to ‘rcco_r0nd0‘, the production will be 50% Computed Generated animation and 50% 2D art; but will be used to emphasise backgrounds, rather than characters or action.
“Unlike for example SNK, the CG is being used very intelligently. Let’s say that in terms of animation it is Arcane inverted. You prioritize traditional animation without downplaying the importance of the CG.” – User ‘rcco_r0nd0’, via Twitter.
Unfortunately, the ‘leak’ also revealed that this means the timeline on production will be significantly affected by the artistic direction from MAPPA.
“It will be a long-lasting production as well as the duration of the anime. The release date will be according to important moments of the source material.” – User ‘rcco_r0nd0’, via Twitter.
Chainsaw Man staff…
The following staff members have been confirmed to be working on the CSM production.
- Ryuu Nakayama as the director (Jujutsu Kaisen)
- Hiroshi Seko as the script director (Dorohedoro)
- Kazutaka Sugiyama as the character designer (Mushoku Tensei)
- Tatsuya Yoshihara as the action director (Black Clover)
- Makoto Nakazono as the chief director (SSSS.Gridman)
- Kiyotaka Oshiyama as the devil designer (Devilman: Crybaby)
- Yuusuke Takeda as the art director (Vinland Saga)
- Naomi Nakano as the colour designer (Sword Art Online: Alicization)
- Youhei Miyahara as the layout designer (Scrapped Princess)
- Kensuke Ushio is the composer (Devilman: Crybaby)
- Keisuke Seshita as the animation producer (Jujutsu Kaisen)
This article will be updated as soon as more information is revealed, so keep checking back in for the latest news.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]