Published on December 23, 2022
Chainsaw Man, the highly anticipated anime series, will conclude next week with its final episode of the Katana Man arc. While the anime was highly publicized and had high expectations, it ultimately underperformed slightly in ratings and sales. In response, a dedicated fan from Japan has started a petition on Change.org, a popular online petition platform, calling for the anime to be remade with a new director.
The petition, titled “Please remake the anime ‘Chainsaw Man’ with a new director,” details the various problems with the current adaptation, in a 700-word description of the petition. The creator of the petition, a dedicated fan of the original manga, expresses disappointment with the anime version and laments the loss of the “momentum” that made the original work so charming.
One of the main issues raised in the petition is the interpretation of the original work by director Ryuu Nakayama. As cited in the petition, many fans have felt that there is a significant gap between Nakayama’s vision for the anime and the original manga.
Another major issue raised in the petition is the overall quality of the animation. While the animation itself has been praised for its high quality, there has been criticism of the direction and storyboarding of the show, with some feeling that the impact of the fight scenes and gags has been lost due to a reliance on realism and excessive use of drawing strokes. On SNS, on the other hand, there are opinions that Mappa studio’s “Dorohedoro”, the animation production company TRIGGER would have been the ideal director for the chainsaw animation.
The music and sound design of the anime have also come under fire in the petition, with many fans feeling that the background music is forgettable and the sound effects, especially the chainsaw sound, lack power. Additionally, there has been criticism of the voice acting, particularly in the comedy scenes, which some feel are unsuccessful due to a lack of proper intonation and an inability to capture the essence of the characters.
In particular, the performance of the protagonist Denji has been singled out for criticism in the petition. Compared to the original work, Denji’s portrayal is bleak and lacks the characteristic madness, and Toya Kikunosuke’s casting as Denji is unpopular. Even before the anime adaptation, there were strong calls for Nobuhiko Okamoto to play the same role.
Tatsuki Fujimoto’s take on the anime adaptation
The writer of Chainsaw man, Tatsuki Fujimoto, was involved in the anime adaptation from the beginning, as the MAPPA production team considered his opinion in all aspects of the anime. He posted a tweet at the premiere of the anime:
The animation of Chainsaw Man is recommended because the OP, ED and video are good. It seems like the video changes every time the ED is done, so I recommend it. OP is a good song that repeats many times, so I recommend it. The artwork is also very good, so I recommend it.
Tatsuki Fujimoto on Twitter (@nagayama_koharu)
But recently, in an interview, he explained that the Chainsaw Man anime is a little weird since it doesn’t follow the original manga art style due to the animation quality. But, he said it Sawyer anime could ignore the original manga and animate it to its best appearance.
MAPPA has a reputation for receiving criticism for its animation, particularly its use of CGI. A well-known example is Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 1, where some employees even deleted their Twitter accounts due to the backlash. Therefore, fans of Chainsaw Man expected similar problems with the anime adaptation.
It remains to be seen whether the appeal will be successful or not. What are your thoughts on this petition? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.