With Episode 12 of Chainsaw Man premiering on December 28, the anime’s first season comes to a close, and it’s quite clear it’s one of the year’s biggest hits.
Chainsaw Man had already made waves with its manga due to its mix of absurdist humour and hyper-violence, but the anime has helped propel the series to new heights, thanks in part to the stunning animation work by MAPPA.
With all said and done, Chainsaw Man currently sits at a 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with over 80 critic ratings and an audience score of 84. Critics are quite positive about the first season of the show, both the Japanese sub and the English dub.
Kate Sanchez from But Why Tho? writes, “Chainsaw Man Season 1 is perfect in every way. Bloody, beautiful, and extremely heartfelt all in the same breath. Given how MAPPA has handled this series, Jujutsu Kaisen, and even Attack on Titan, it’s clear that their wheelhouse is telling emotionally resonant stories with as much horror creativity, and darkness as you can give them.”
Meanwhile, Monica Marie Zorilla of Inverse says “If Chainsaw Man can retain its current level of animated excellence, we’re confident that fans will continue to be entertained (and disgusted). With plenty of source material to work with, this series will likely be around for a while. So do yourself a favor and start watching now.”
How to Watch and Read Chainsaw Man
If you haven’t jumped on the Chainsaw Man train already, it’s high time you do so, and luckily it’s pretty easy to watch the anime or read the manga.
You can stream the Japanese subbed version of Chainsaw Man on Hulu or watch both the subbed and dubbed versions on Crunchyroll, although you’ll need a membership. Crunchyrolls’ fan membership runs $7.99/month, while its mega fan tier costs $9.99/month.
Chainsaw Man is also on Prime Video, although you’ll need to buy each episode individually for $2.99 a pop.
If you’ve watched the anime and are now looking to get into the manga, you have a couple of different options. You can, of course, buy individual volumes on sites like Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The series is up to volume 11 in the West.
The other option is to purchase a Shonen Jump Membership for $1.99 a month. This will let you read all Chainsaw Man’s chapters on both PC and mobile apps. If you choose this route, the series also stays up to date with new chapter releases in Japan.