Chainsaw Man anime director has a bad bicycling accident

Fan art of Chainsaw Man.
Fan art of Chainsaw Man. Pic credit: Tatsuki Fujimoto/SHUEISHA Inc.

On October 12, 2022, Chainsaw Man anime director Ryuu Nakayama tweeted about how when he was biking somewhere today, he suddenly felt dizzy and ended up crashing face-first into the ground. Blood was flowing profusely from his head injury, and unfortunately a group of elementary school students were passing nearby and were probably frightened. Head injuries are known to bleed a lot.

Ryuu Nakayama continued to say he was sorry if he’d frightened the students. He went home, washed the blood off, and the injury doesn’t appear to be too severe. He’s currently cooling down the bump on his head with some ice.

Almost immediately after he tweeted this update Chainsaw Man fans and fans of the director in general began to express their concern for Nakayama’s well-being.

Chainsaw Man fans were extremely impressed with Chainsaw Man Episode 1, which premiered on October 11, 2022. Ryuu Nakayama is obviously doing an amazing job, and we all wish him well and hope he feels better soon. Chainsaw Man is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

RELATED: Chainsaw Man Episode 1 review: Hearing the screeching sound of a chainsaw will never be the same

Ryuu Nakayama is also known for The Rising of the Shield Hero (2019) and Yatterman Night (2015).

What is the plot of Chainsaw Man?

The story is set in a world where devils are born from human fears and are made manifest in reality. The devils tend to be evil and dangerous and are as powerful as the fear they are able to evoke. However, as the need for “Devil Hunters” arose so did the need to form contracts with the devils in order to gain their power and fight fire with fire. The devils usually live in a dimension called “Hell” but when they are killed they’re transferred to the physical plane of Earth. Once a devil is killed on Earth they return to Hell.

The story centers on an impoverished young man named Denji, who due to the astounding debt his father left behind is struggling to find odd jobs in order to survive. He befriends a dog-like devil named Pochita and together they collect devil corpses to earn money.

However, one day Denji is betrayed and killed. Just as his consciousness is fading he decides to make a contract with Pochita. The devil merges its body with Denji granting him the ability to transform parts of his body into deadly chainsaws. Using his newfound power, Denji joins the Public Safety Devil Hunters – a government agency tasked with fighting devils whenever they become a threat to humanity. 

Who are the cast members?

Chainsaw Man cast members include:

  • Fairouz Ai – Power
  • Kikunosuke Toya – Denji
  • Shogo Sakata – Aki Hayakawa
  • Tomori Kusunoki – Makima
  • Daiki Hamano – Samurai Sword
  • Karin Takahashi – Kobeni Higashiyama
  • Kenjiro Tsuda – Kishibe
  • Maaya Uchida – Angel Devil
  • Mariya Ise – Himeno
  • Natsuki Hanae – Shark Fiend
  • Saori Goto – Spider Devil
  • Shiori Izawa – Pochita
  • Taku Yashiro – Hirokazu Arai
  • You Taichi – Akane Sawatari
  • Yuuya Uchida – Violence Fiend

Who are the production team members?

Chainsaw Man production team members include:

  • Director – Ryuu Nakayama
  • Animation – MAPPA
  • Scriptwriter – Hiroshi Seko
  • Music composer – Kensuke Ushio
  • Original Story – Tatsuki Fujimoto
  • Character Designer and Chief Animation Director – Kazutaka Sugiyama
  • Devilish Design – Kiyotaka Oshiyama

Where can I read Chainsaw Man?

Chainsaw Man is a Japanese action, supernatural, shonen manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. From December 2018 to December 2020, its first part was serialized in Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. In July 2022, its second part was serialized in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ online magazine and attracted a great deal of attention. As of March 2021, the manga’s chapters have been collected in eleven tankobon volumes.

The manga’s print and digital English versions have been licensed by Viz Media for release in North America. The manga’s English version is also published on Shueisha’s online platform Manga Plus.

As of August 2022, the Chainsaw Man manga has over 15 million copies in circulation! In 2021, the manga won the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shonen category. In the Harvey Awards, it won first place in the Best Manga category in 2021. Although the manga is known for being incredibly violent and bloody, fans commend its storytelling and complex characters.

Did you enjoy the premiere of Chainsaw Man? Are you worried about Ryuu Nakayama? Let us know in the comment section below!

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