The upcoming Chainsaw Man anime will release in October 2022, with the main voice cast confirmed alongside a brutal new PV trailer.

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 has now received a major update; confirmation the Chainsaw Man anime adaptation will be streaming via Crunchyroll in October 2022 and the reveal of the main voice cast.

MAPPA is letting it rip with their Chainsaw Man anime adaptation

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. Alongside the announcement, the first look promotional image for the new series was also shared, see below.

“Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump” serialization #チェンソーマン will be animated! Production is handled by #MAPPA ( @MAPPA_Info ). The teaser visual has also arrived! Please look forward to it.” – Chainsaw Man PR, via Twitter.

The anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man will be produced by the MAPPA animation studio. 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 – but when will it release?

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Chainsaw Man anime will release in 2022, confirms MAPPA in new trailer

On December 3rd, 2021, the WSJ_manga Twitter page reported that both part 2 of the manga and anime adaptation would premiere in 2022. This would be confirmed at this year’s Jump Festa Event in Japan, where both the anime adaptation and manga series featured heavily as special panels.

Thankfully, at MAPPA’s recent livestream event, it was confirmed that the upcoming anime adaptation would release in October 2022 alongside a brutal new teaser trailer – see below.

A more specific release date was sadly not shared, but HITC predicts that Chainsaw Man will premiere on Sunday, October 2nd or Sunday, October 9th – as the Sunday schedule is typically the ideal broadcast slot for adult-themed anime.

There are rumours about the anime adaptation will run over two cours; however, this has yet to be corroborated by an official source. A cour is a three-month programming block, with this rumour indicating that around 24 episodes will be produced, running from October 2022 to March 2023 – assuming both broadcasts run back-to-back.

The good news for international fans is that Crunchyroll has recently confirmed that the new anime will be streaming via their platform upon its domestic premiere.

“Crunchyroll is announcing today that the upcoming Chainsaw Man anime, based on the Tatsuki Fujimoto manga of the same name, will simulcast on the platform this year! Chainsaw Man will be available in Crunchyroll territories worldwide (excluding Asia), with additional dubs for the series to include English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French and German.” – Crunchyroll News.

Animating the series will be MAPPA, 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. However, this has brought up an interesting conversation about the amount of Computer Generated animation that could potentially feature in Chainsaw Man, see below.

Chainsaw Man production staff and main voice cast revealed

As part of the aforementioned livestreamed event, the following main voice cast was revealed:

  • Denji will be voiced by Kikunosuke Toya
  • Makima will be voiced by Tomori Kusunoki
  • Aki Hayakawa will be voiced by Shogo Sakata
  • Power will be voiced by Fairouz Ai

The following staff members have also 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)

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‘ in a now-deleted tweet, 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.

However, if the new trailer is anything to go by, the CG elements of the new Chainsaw Man series are sure to impress as MAPPA looks to continue their momentum (and reputation) of producing truly beautiful anime.

What do you think about the new Chainsaw Man anime trailer and the CG involved? Let us know in the comments below!

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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