Chainsaw Man anime adaptation to release later in 2022 on Crunchyroll


Crunchyroll has confirmed that they will be streaming the anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man in 2022, with reports indicating an October 2022 release date.

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 from Crunchyroll that the Chainsaw Man anime adaptation will be streaming via their platform when it releases later in 2022!

Announcing the 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 Twitter.

The anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man will be produced by the MAPPA animation studio. MAPPA have 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 | Official Trailer



Chainsaw Man | Official Trailer





Chainsaw Man anime will release in 2022, confirms MAPPA

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.

Unfortunately, MAPPA has not revealed exactly when the Chainsaw Man anime will premiere in 2022. However, with the Summer slate only just around the corner and the majority of its upcoming series already being revealed, our money is on an October premiere as part of the Fall slate.

Interestingly, this has already been rumoured on social media, with fans around the world also theorising that an October 2022 release was the most likely premiere window.

Last month, new rumours about the anime adaptation began circulating online with anime YouTuber James Hanson tweeting that the series will run over two cours and also will premiere in the Fall.

A cour is a three-month programming block, with this tweet indicating that around 24 episodes will be produced, running from October 2022 to March 2023 – assuming both broadcasts run back-to-back.

When Chainsaw Man does eventually make its big debut, fans can expect the series to feature as part of your Sunday anime schedule. This is because Sundays are turning into the most prominent day for anime to air in Japan, see Attack on Titan, Jujutsu Kaisen and Demon Slayer for recent examples.

At an early estimate, we predict that Chainsaw Man season 1 episode 1 will premiere on either Sunday, October 2nd or 9th – again, this has not been officially confirmed at the time of this update.

However, more good news for Chainsaw Man is that Crunchyroll has now 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.

As part of the Jump Festa presentation, a new PV trailer was shared by the MAPPA YouTube channel and the Chainsaw Man PR Twitter page – see below.

“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.

As of March 2022, 11 volumes of the manga series have been published in Japan, meaning the production team doesn’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.

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

The debate over 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 production staff revealed

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)

By Tom Llewellyn – tom.llewellyn[email protected]

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