Manga Review: Chainsaw Man Volume Two

Chainsaw Man Volume Two continues following Denji, a young man whose body is taken over by his demon dog, Pochita, which causes him to become the title character of the series.

Chainsaw Man Volume Two
Written by: Tatsuki Fujimoto
Publisher: Shueisha, Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 1, 2020

The beginning of this volume sees Denji defeating that Bat Devil that he encountered at the end of the previous volume. There were quite a few “action panels” in the first chapter, which cut down on the amount of dialogue that the reader has to read. Even though his partner, the Blood Fiend Power, tricked Denji into fighting the demon, he doesn’t get mad at her about it… especially after Power says she’ll let Denji touch her chest. However, when Power fulfills Denji’s desire later, he finds that attaining the dream of touching boobs wasn’t as fulfilling as he thought it would be.

When he confides this to Makima, she tells him that perhaps it was because he didn’t know the person all that well. Makima uses this to her advantage, though, and after toying with Denji, she asks him to take on the Gun Devil. She says that if he can kill the Gun Devil, she’ll grant him any wish of his choosing. While I got the feeling in the first volume that Makima was manipulative, I found her to be even more this way, especially with this particular scene. While Denj is obviously interested in her, I honestly can’t root for these two to get together. His feelings come from the fact that she’s the first person to acknowledge that he’s more than scum, and she just sees someone that she can manipulate and use for her own means.

We get a brief history of the Gun Devil, and it was interesting see the various locations that the backstory gives for where the Gun Devil struck and killed people. Most are countries (United States, Soviet Union, Canada, China, Mexico, India), but one thing stood out to me… Hawaii was included. Erm, Hawaii is technically part of the United States. Yes, it may be a chain of islands, but it’s still a state, so shouldn’t their numbers be included in the numbers for the United States? Yes, I’m being nitpicky, but this just made me do a double take.

With the Gun Devil Mission, Denji is assigned to work with Power, Aki, Himeno, Arai, and Kobeni. This section provides a little bit of backstory for both Himeno and Aki. It was nice to get to know a little more about Aki, since we first met him in the previous volume but knew next to nothing about him up to this point.

While the group finds a demon, it ‘s not the Gun Devil they’re looking for. Power manages to destroy it, but then the group finds itself trapped on the eighth floor of the building. It’s interesting to see how the various characters react to being stuck on this floor, especially after discovering that time seems to be standing still in this area of the building. Right at the end of the volume, there’s a great cliffhanger that will make readers want to see what happens when the next volume of the series is released.

The tone of the storytelling and the depiction of the characters is consistent between these first two volumes of the Chainsaw Man manga series. Denji is still the simple guy that readers were introduced to, and you find yourself feeling kind of sorry for him when you see how Makima is taking advantage of his simplicity. Perhaps his simplicity comes from naivete when it comes to dealing with members of the opposite sex, which makes it easy for him to be taken advantage of in this way. Denji isn’t necessarily the most likable of characters, especially for a protagonist, but there’s still just something about him that makes the reader care about him.

Chainsaw Man Volume Two perfectly continues the story of the characters and the world that they inhabit. It also does a good job at trying to expand the amount of characters and providing backstories for some of them. I can truly say that nothing felt boring in this volume, and that the cliffhanger at the end of it will keep readers interested in following the adventures of Denji and the other Devil Hunters.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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