The Chainsaw Man anime makes one hero even more tragic than the manga

The Chainsaw Man anime makes one hero even more tragic than the manga

Episode four of the Chainsaw Man anime adds an entirely new scene not shown in the manga to emphasize the importance of Aki’s character.


Warning: SPOILERS for chainsaw man episode 4A new scene added Chainsawmananime not present in the original manga makes the already tragic character of Aki even more devastating.


Aki has always been one of the more dynamic characters in Chainsawmanits already incredibly three-dimensional cast whose relationship with Denji was destined to develop beyond how the story originally presented it, as seen in their tragic snowball fight in later chapters of Chainsawman. Even anime-only fans who are only now experiencing Chainsawman for the first time can tell that Aki and Denji will one day be much closer than they already are. But that doesn’t happen for a long time – at least not in the manga. In fact, manga readers were initially forced to care more about Aki not because of how he treated Denji, but because of his relationship with another character who was just introduced in the last episode of the anime (although her name was not has been revealed yet ).

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In episode four of Chainsaw Man’s anime, Aki first has a serious talk with Denji in the hospital about Denji’s latest exploits with Power and the Bat Devil before presenting a condition that Denji must accept in return for his life. But then Aki updates Makima on the situation and proceeds to call out Denji and Power’s rule violations for being just stupid, finally advising Makima to overlook their transgressions. Makima is so surprised by Aki’s request that she can’t help but comment on how flexible Aki is becoming and wonders aloud if he is influenced by Denji.


What Makima’s conversation with Aki means in Chainsawman

The latter scene where Aki reports to Makima in the anime is completely new and does not exist in the Chainsaw Man’s manga. While viewers were already aware that Aki was going to speak for Denji and Power based on his previous discussion with Denji, seeing Aki actually stand up for them without mentioning that he gave Denjii a condition adds another layer of context to the situation even if it reveals nothing new. The fact that the anime shows Makima responding to what appears to be kindness on Aki’s part further emphasizes the viewer’s surprise that Aki was even willing to give Denji a condition in the first place. Of course, this extra scene might not mean much to anime-only viewers, but for those who have already read the manga, it just further emphasizes how much Aki changes later on.

Of course, either the next or the following episode will probably make anime viewers care more about Aki just based on what happens in the manga, and it has to do with Aki’s relationship with a fellow devil hunter named Himeno, not Denji. It will be quite a while Chainsawman anime will begin to portray Denji and Aki’s relationship in a different light, but how it will portray Himeno and her feelings for Aki along with her former devil hunter partners will definitely add an extra, much needed context to really understand Aki’s overall character in Chainsawman.

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