Chainsaw Man 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto- Review
Chainsaw Man 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto – review by Kabir Mishra.
A promising start to a new manga series
Chainsaw Man is an up and coming Shonen Jump manga comic, filled with both brutal action and tear jerking moments and it is releasing on 6th Oct 2020. I am a huge fan of Manga and comics especially Shonen Jump, so naturally I had been hearing a lot about Chainsaw man from the community and I knew I had to try it out.
Chainsaw man takes place in a devil infested world where no one is safe, throughout the first volume we follow young Denji through struggle and triumph. His struggle is immense and I found myself very connected to most of the characters despite my short time with them. This shows that Fujimoto can introduce characters very quickly and make them feel more real to the reader, which is a very difficult thing to do. I was so immersed I couldn’t help punching the air in happiness occasionally.
Moreover, Chainsaw man boasts an emotional roller coaster as the reader goes through the first half of the book, I believe the sadder more somber moments of this brutal manga are portrayed beautifully, and excellently contrast the brutal action. Fujimoto does this by altering his art style to fit the current vibe, with the vicious devil killing action drawn with thick black lines and shaded faces whereas the more tragic scenes having a lighter outline and more minimalistic look, this really portrays emotion and makes the reader feel more absorbed in the book
Why I didn’t give 5 stars?
Like most things, this manga doesn’t come without flaws and although I’m sure they will all be fixed later down the line, as this is only the first volume, I have to address them in my review. So if you look forward to reading the second, third or fourth volume, take this section with a grain of salt.
During the last few chapters of the book, it appeared to me that Fujimoto created a bit of a fodder content to give him time to think through and get ready for the next big story arc. It feels like this because there are a few characters introduced very quickly. Although, this is understandable, all Mangaka do it, even the most successful ones. However, having it right at the end of the first volume takes away the satisfying feeling when you put the book down after the first read through, a feeling that I thoroughly enjoy. However this is still the first volume and I shouldn’t really expect an incredible ending after reading through the amazing opening arc.
In conclusion of this review of Chainsaw Man 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto – I will say that the author has created a brilliant and compelling piece of storytelling, complete with characters that feel tangible and panels of incredibly detailed art that portray the vibe of the scene. This manga has both savage battle and heartbreaking moments that contrast seamlessly and make the reader more invested in the story. Nonetheless like everything in the world there are a few more or less minor shortcomings such as towards the end of the book a lack of a goal and the fodder content towards the ending. After reading through the first volume, I think this book is more suitable for readers of age 13 to 16. On that note, I give my rating of 3.75/5.
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Review by Kabir Mishra, a keen Manga enthusiast, KS3 student, intern and blogger at Browzly. Browzly is a reading for pleasure focused innovative teaching and learning technology that connects school communities-teachers, parents and students, to share the love of reading and get valuable reading insights to support each student. Through Browzly, school community members can share what they are reading, share text and video reviews and discover age and Lexile levelled personalised reading recommendations.
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