Fire Punch anime teased by Chainsaw Man interview with MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka?

Volume 4 cover of Fire Punch.
Volume 4 cover of Fire Punch. Pic credit:

On August 10, 2022, IGN France’s staff released an article about their attendance at the Crunchyroll Expo 2022, where the upcoming anime adaptation of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man was the star. The anime will have its World Premiere in September 2022 before the official Chainsaw Man release date in October 2022 via Crunchyroll.

IGN France’s staff witnessed the studio revealing details about Chainsaw Man, and was able to ask questions of CEO Manabu Otsuka and Executive Producer and Director of Rights Management at MAPPA, Makoto Kimura. In one of the interview responses made by Manabu Otsuka it was hinted that Chainsaw Man may not be the last collaboration with MAPPA and Tatsuki Fujimoto.

“I have read all of Mr. Fujimoto’s works and have a desire to animate all of Mr. Fujimoto’s works with MAPPA,” Mr. Otsuka reportedly said. “MAPPA’s first job is to complete ‘Chainsaw Man’, so for the time being we will concentrate on it. The day may come when we see an animated version of Fujimoto’s other works.”

Already, fans are speculating if that means MAPPA may animate the popular manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto titled Fire Punch.

Chainsaw Man - Official 3rd Trailer / 『チェンソーマン』公式PV 第3弾

IGN France’s staff was impressed by the intense colors and realism of the Chainsaw Man trailer, which was released at the Crunchyroll Expo 2022. You can watch the trailer here:

Animating Tatsuki Fujimoto’s complex characters is a difficult undertaking. Character designer, Kazutaka Sugiyama, has done a great job. We were right to choose him and he’s done exceptional work bringing the characters to life.

Manabu Otsuka commented at IGN France

Apparently, during the World Premiere in Japan on September 9, 2022, more information about the music used in Chainsaw Man, as well as its cast will be revealed.

Chainsaw Man will be the first of Fujimoto’s works to be animated. MAPPA is responsible for everything with a 100% investment. MAPPA will be handling production marketing and even merch. This will also be the director’s first anime. This project is also a first for the voice actor, who plays Denji as his first lead role. This project is going to be a lot of firsts for a lot of talented individuals. We’re under a lot of pressure, but it’s this pressure that pushes the team forward. We plan to work hard and create a project, which will impress anime fans.

Makoto Kimura commented at IGN France

IGN France’s staff questioned Otsuka if he had any interest in adapting Fujimoto’s famous one-shot Look Back or Goodbye, Eri. His response was:

In regards to Chainsaw Man, I’m already looking to the future with hopes that we will animate the second part of the story. … The anime’s premiere is drawing near, but even though the countdown is shorter the wait has become even more intense.

Manabu Otsuka commented at IGN France.

What is the plot of Fire Punch?

Fire Punch takes place on an Earth that has become a frozen, barren wasteland. Apparently, long ago, an Ice Witch decided to freeze the entire planet. In this world, there are people who possess special abilities known as “blessings”. The story revolves around two siblings who both have a regeneration ability – Agni and Luna. In a dark twist, the siblings help a starving village of elders survive by offering up the meat on Agni’s severed arms each time they grow back.

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However, one day, their village is visited by a stranger named Doma, who is disgusted at the village’s practice of cannibalism and decides to wipe them out by using his flame ability. Unfortunately, Luna also succumbs to the inextinguishable flames, but not before wishing her brother Agni to live.

Agni, who was also set on fire by the inextinguishable flames, manages to survive but is constantly on fire with his body breaking down and then regenerating painfully over and over again. It takes eight years before Agni is able to control his body again and he vows to get revenge on Doma. When Agni comes across a convoy of slaves on his way to Behemdorg he kills the soldiers but spares a boy named Sun, who thinks Agni is a god and decides to follow him.

Later, more soldiers encounter Agni and Sun, and they fight for their life. One of the soldiers named Judah resembles Agni’s sister Luna, however, causing Agni to lower his guard and she ends up beheading him. The soldiers take Agni’s body and Sun to the city, where they force Sun to use his ability to generate electricity for the city. Doma encounters Agni, and asks for forgiveness but doesn’t allow Agni to kill him.

Judah decides that the only way to kill the immortal Agni would be to throw his head into the ocean and decides to take a train there. On the train when a girl named Neneto is about to be raped by the soldiers a man named Togata comes to her defense and ends up killing all of the Behemdorg soldiers on the train. Togata reveals to Neneto that he is a director, who is looking for an interesting subject to film. He makes Neneto his camerawoman and when he encounters Agni asks to film him getting his revenge on Doma. Agni agrees as long as he is trained by Togata.

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Will Agni get his revenge on Doma? What secrets is “Judah” hiding? What will become of the corrupt city of Behemdorg? You’ll have to read the manga or wait for the potential Fire Punch anime adaptation to find out.

Volume 4 cover of Fire Punch.
The cover of Fire Punch Volume 4. Pic credit:

Where can I read the Fire Punch manga?

Fire Punch is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. From April 2016 to January 2018, it was serialized through Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ website and its chapters have been collected in eight tankobon volumes. The manga’s English version has been licensed by Viz Media for release in North Amerca.

Are you looking forward to the upcoming anime Chainsaw Man? Which of Fujimoto’s works would you like to see animated next? Look Back? Goobye, Eri? Fire Punch? Let us know in the comment section below!

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