I’ve a few ideas about this episode of Chainsaw Man, beginning with the truth that it was probably the most attention-grabbing to date. Additionally the one which’s left me probably the most conflicted, in just about each sense. As regards my very own emotions about what we’re seeing, and Fujimoto’s intentions with this story and these characters. Definitely that is the primary time that I’ve strongly gotten the vibe that there’s one thing deeper to CSM, a thoughtfulness past the slick pulp of the primary 4 episodes. I’ve heard nothing however guarantees that it was there, however till now by no means gotten a way of it myself.
For starters, it was unusually reassuring that Denji truly bought to tune in Tokyo with Energy. Not less than that’s not going to be dragged out as a operating gag, which might have been unbelievably tiresome. What we bought is far more attention-grabbing, particularly Denji being disillusioned about the entire expertise. And never simply due to the breast pads, both. I used to be apprehensive Energy was going to deal with it is a huge joke, however she let Denji have two legit squeezes after that fake-out. He learns a useful life lesson right here – more often than not, the anticipation of one thing we construct up that a lot is best than the achievement itself. Not at all times although…
The subsequent scene is probably the most fascinating and troubling of the sequence up to now. hey, I do know Makima has been nothing if not a cipher – I made no assumptions about her nature as she hasn’t given us a lot to go on. The way in which she manipulates Denji right here is definitely masterful, however truthfully he might hardly be a better mark. Not solely is he obsessive about intercourse however clearly in love together with her, which supplies Makima successfully limitless energy over him. One would possibly say this change paints her in a fairly unflattering mild – she mainly seduces Denji, guarantees him (implicitly) intercourse, and in change will get him to conform to a suicide mission.
I do not know if we’ll ever discover out what Makima would do if Denji truly held up his finish of the discount and killed the Gun Satan. I strongly imagine she’s satisfied it’ll by no means come to that, as Denji can be useless. The Gun Satan has, in any case, killed 1.2 million individuals – although that was in 5 minutes twelve years earlier, and it hasn’t been seen since. That was a game-changing occasion on this mythology – it “nearly” bought the U.S. Senate to move gun management laws (low-cost shot, Fujimoto, however depressingly correct). It additionally modified the way in which individuals on this world felt about devils – and by rising their worry of them elevated the devils’ energy, particularly the Gun Satan itself.
Amongst these killed was the youthful brother of who I’m assuming was the younger Aki (Murase Ayumu). That was the occasion that presumably set Aki off on the trail to turning into a satan hunter. And the Gun Satan’s impression is felt in different methods, too – as items of it flip up right here and there and at any time when a satan eats one, it turns into a lot stronger. Put sufficient of these items collectively they usually act like a magnet, drawn to different items – the bigger the piece (and the unique is the most important) the stronger the attraction. Since Denji can’t
be killed by kill the Gun Satan with out discovering it first, that appears to be one of the simplest ways.
A type of items has apparently been consumed by a satan who’s holed up inside a resort, killing individuals (together with non-public satan hunters). Aki and his full staff are assigned to take it out, which supplies us our first prolonged have a look at the opposite members. All can have their highlight moments in the end I’m certain, however the one in focus right here is Himeno (Ise Mariya) Aki was assigned to be her associate after the final 5 had died and is now her boss, which form of suggests extra to that story. Within the current Himeno comes off as probably the most carefree and assured on Aki’s staff, however like Makima she casually makes use of intercourse as a software to govern the blokes. And once more, Denji is a ridiculously straightforward mark.
Samu has already mentioned Fujimoto’s obvious fetish for being humiliated by bossy ladies, so I suppose none of this could come as a shock. In all truthfully it is a little bit of a story third rail for me – it’s not as if it may’t be used for good dramatic impact, but it surely’s an especially dangerous highway to take. That’s not essentially a nasty factor, thoughts – Fujimoto taking the extra harmful path is a part of the draw with Chainsaw Man, and I’m joyful to have my preconceptions challenged greater than they have been within the first quartet of eps so long as the author has the chops to drag it off. There’s good purpose to suppose Fujimoto does – solely time will reveal for sure.
Maybe probably the most ridiculous a part of this episode is the notion that 1.2 million deaths would even be sufficient to lead to America enacting correct gun management.
However earlier than weapons, boobs. When you might have Denji as a foremost character horniness is inescapable; attempting to take away it from the sequence could be like tearing out an artery and anticipating the physique to nonetheless perform because it did earlier than. The magic is that regardless of how prevalent it’s to the sequence it’s nearly by no means irked me or felt as crass as most different correct ecchi or fanservice title that relish in comparable delights. Half of that’s from the framing not being as lecherous however the different is Denji himself; he need for boobs is as pure as Luffy’s is to be pirate king. However we begin off this episode by seeing him underwhelmed by his a lot needed need of fondling boobs, bringing forth a thought to his thoughts of being extra within the chase than the vacation spot – that if the thought of one thing goes to be extra satisfying than the precise result’s it value having any purpose within the first place if there’s no understanding it’ll be what you suppose it is going to be? Some fairly by accident deep stuff from a boy who primarily simply realised it’s worthwhile to be attraction to the physique hooked up to the boobs to really feel one thing, which isn’t what his relationship with Energy is destined to be.
Enter Makima. I might say quite a bit however what I’ll restrict myself to is that she does a marvellous job of drawing out of Denji what he thinks he desires. Similar to that, his need is freshly relit, as if the frustration of what he simply felt by no means even occurred, and he’s being tempted another time by the possibility of the relative unknown. We additionally see Himeno play into the thought of luring within the boys from their demon looking get together; compared to Makima’s calculated method hers feels far more chaotic for the sake of it, like a remedy for boredom – or a entrance for her internal fears primarily based on that flashback of her dropping her sixth associate to the casualties of their career. Even Energy tried it at the beginning of the episode by utilizing her physique as temptation (although the entire thing was extra of a joke than something to her).
This archetype is Fujimoto to a tee. That is the person who when requested in an interview why he like bossy and unreasonable ladies he thought again to his time at college when a lady who was imply to him in the future pushed over his bike and laughed at him about it. And Fujimoto’s response? “At that second, I assumed how joyful I’m”. Denji very a lot carries that essence of Fujimoto, and all of the dominant and highly effective feminine characters Fujimoto creates are his personal model of Denji’s fantasy needs.
However after boobs comes weapons. We get a reintroduction to the Gun Satan after the primary episode talked about it, and now its revealed because the driving power of the plot going ahead: it killed so many individuals so rapidly that it prompted the worry of devils to spike, making devils stronger because of this, over the previous decade. The idea of the devils on this sequence being the personification of a selected collective worry and the power of that worry figuring out their energy is an attention-grabbing one for certain (I’d contribute to the Heights Satan, in all probability). The Gun Satan is offered as the most important and baddest of all of them – gone with out a hint with solely stray bullets left in its devastation appearing as magnets that, if gathered up from the our bodies of different devils who’ve ingested these leftovers, would possibly result in the situation of this thriller satan for a ultimate conflict.
You simply have to offer factors to the sequence for locating methods to distinguish itself whereas nonetheless sticking solidly to the battle shonen routine. What different sequence of this will can say their huge unhealthy man is the literal manifestation of the worry of rampant gun violence? And what convinces that sequence’ hero to take motion and save the day? The promise of intercourse along with his superior. As you might be, Fujiomoto. As you might be.