Chainsaw Man MAPPA art illustration of Denji featured in new SWITCH magazine

Key visual for Chainsaw Man, featuring Denji.
A new visual for Chainsaw Man, featuring Denji. Pic credit: MAPPA

On August 30, 2022, SWITCH magazine revealed that its upcoming September 2022 issue will feature a special illustration by MAPPA on the cover featuring the popular character, Denji, from Tatsuki Fujimoto’s supernatural, horror manga Chainsaw Man.

The special edition will be released in Japan on September 20, 2022. Notably, this is right before the scheduled release of Chainsaw Man’s anime adaptation set to premiere in October 2022! A feature article centering on Spy X Family will also include information about the upcoming Chainsaw Man anime.

You can see the amazing SWITCH magazine cover here:

SWITCH magazine's September #10 issue cover, featuring Denji.
SWITCH magazine’s September #10 issue cover, featuring Denji. Pic credit: SWITCH magazine

SWITCH is a Japanese magazine, which features leading artists in a variety of cultural fields, including anime and manga. The interview and culture magazine was first published in 1985.

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 there 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.

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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. 

You can watch a trailer for the upcoming anime here:

The official trailer for Chainsaw Man.

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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.

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Are you looking forward to the upcoming issue of SWITCH magazine? Are you looking forward to the anime Chainsaw Man? Let us know in the comment section below!

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