Chainsaw Man just keeps getting better. The last chapter finally unveiled the dramatic debut of the Gun Devil. We also got more information about the mysterious Makima. All in all, the story in Chainsaw Man has cranked up the intensity to a completely new level. I am confident that Tatsuki Fujimoto is going to deliver another excellent installment with Chainsaw Man Chapter 76. The showdown between the Gun Devil and Makima should be exciting. Let’s hit this review!
Words: Tatsuki Fujimoto
Art: Tatsuki Fujimoto
Story Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 8.5 Night Girls out of 10
Cast:Denji: Denji is the Chainsaw Man! Denji was near death when his faithful chainsaw devil dog, Pochita, merged with him and made Denji something unique. Not Devil and not human. Denji is a member of Special Division 4 at Public Safety.
Power: Power is a fiend who is a member of Special Division 4 at Public Safety. Power is selfish and childish. But, she has become bonded to Denji.
Makima: Makima is a high ranking devil hunter who runs Special Division 4 of Public Safety. Both Makima’s personality and powers are mysterious. Makima’s powers are immense, but their source is unknown. Makima shrouds her goals from even her co-workers at Public Safety.
Angel Devil: Angel is a devil who is unique in that he is not hostile to humans. Angel works for Special Division 4 of Public Safety. Angel can steal people’s life spans in order to make weapons.
Aki Hayakawa: Aki is a devil hunter who works under the direction of Makima at Special Division 4. Aki has a contract with the Curse Devil and the Future Devil. Aki is in charge of both Denji and Power.
Synopsis: We begin with a young boy heading out of his house to go play. The mom gives the boy some money to buy a soda while out. We cut to the Gun Devil ripping across Japan and advancing toward Makima.
We cut to Makima sighting the Gun Devil at a distance of 500 kilometers. We shift back to the Gun Devil continuing to kill everyone and destroy everything in its path. The Gun Devil gets an ability activation. The Gun Devil now has the ability to fire a bullet through the heart of every living being born in all the months excluding April, July, and October.
Suddenly, we see the Gun Devil stopping. The Gun Devil gets another ability activation. The Gun Devil’s gunfire toward Makima begins. We cut back to Makima who is preparing for an ability activation. We see Makima with a chain attaching her to Aki and Angel.
Makima gets shot in the head. It is stated that this is the 29th recorded death of Makima. (What the hell?!?! Wow. What a twist.) Out of the hole in Makima’s head comes a worm-like creature. It then levitates and forms a halo over Makima’s head. (Holy crap! This keeps getting crazier!)
Makima gains an ability activation. We see a giant worm halo appear over the Gun Devil. The camera zooms out and we see that the Makima has chains running from her to Angel Devil, Spider Devil, Aki, Akane, Yutaro, and Michiko. (Various members of Public Safety.) Makima is now channeling all of the powers of Angel Devil and Spider Devil as well as the powers of the other members via their contracts with their devils.
We then see a combination of all the devil powers that Makima is taking from her subordinates emerging from the halo above the Gun Devil. It attacks the Gun Devil.
We shift back to Denji and Power asleep at Aki’s apartment. The doorbell starts ringing. Denji wakes up and thinks it is Aki back from his mission. Denji walks to the front door. We then cut to the mysterious door in the hallway outside of Aki’s apartment. A voice says. “Don’t open it.” Denji stands at the front door to his apartment as the doorbell continues to ring like crazy. End of chapter.
The Good: Fujimoto does it again. Chainsaw Man Chapter 76 is another intense read. Right now, Fujimoto is white-hot and cranking out one fantastic chapter after the next.
The focus of the manga continues to be centered on Makima. We learned several surprising aspects of Makima’s character in Chapter 75. Now, Chainsaw Man Chapter 76 surprises the reader with a couple of wild twists concerning the enigmatic Makima. We learn that Makima has died 28 times before the death that we see here in Chapter 76. Fujimoto manages to continue to deliver one “Holy Shit!” moment after another. This is a big moment. It is crazy how Fujimoto is able to consistently deliver moments that make my jaw hit the ground.
The fact that Makima has now died 29 times speaks to the awe-inspiring power of her character. It also would indicate that she may be much older than she seems. At any rate, I am curious to learn more about this aspect of Makima’s character.
Fujimoto also reveals even more detail about how Makima’s powers operate. The moment that Makima has chains attaching her to the various members of Public Safety in order to harness their powers is fascinating. There appears to be little limit to what Makima can pull off. The use of chains as the manner in which Makima harnesses the other characters’ powers is also a nice piece of imagery that reinforces Makima’s controlling and oppressive nature. Makima does not just command her subordinates. She enslaves them.
Now, Fujimoto certainly tries his best to make the reader believe that the Gun Devil has met his match. I am not so sure about that. The Gun Devil has been built up to be a massive big boss character since the start of this manga. There is no way that Makima is going to score an easy victory over the Gun Devil. Expect a big comeback with the next chapter.
I dig that Fujimoto loops back around to bring Denji back into the mix. After all, the titular character cannot be absent for too many chapters! By pulling Denji back into the story, Fujimoto also addresses another long-standing mystery in this manga: the ominous door in the hallway of Denji’s apartment building.
Since the beginning, Fujimoto has been teasing the reader with three main mysteries. Those include Makima’s background, the Gun Devil, and the mysterious door in the hallway of Denji’s apartment building. The last two chapters have given us important reveals concerning the first two mysterious. Now, Chapter 76 begins to shed a bit of life on the third remaining mystery.
I am so excited to see what Fujimoto has in store for us with the mysterious door in the hallway and who or what lives inside. This final scene is delightfully creepy. We have the constant ding-dong of the doorbell in combination with the ominous voice from behind the mysterious door warning Denji to not open his front door. Fujimoto has a real knack for delivering scenes like this one that sends chills down the reader’s spine. The reader is at the edge of their seat and practically shouting at Denji to get away from the front door.
As usual, Fujimoto composes another technically well-crafted chapter. The story keeps moving forward with a clear purpose. The pacing is just right. The story is progressing in a steady manner that helps to increase tension in the reader. Yet, at no point is the pacing so slow that the story starts to meander. Fujimoto threads the needle perfectly with this pacing. Chainsaw Man Chapter 76 also ends with a phenomenal hook ending. The reader is left anxiously waiting for the next chapter!
Fujimoto’s artwork is wonderful as always. Fujimoto’s art really shines when drawing cityscapes and the Gun Devil. The amount of detail that Fujimoto packs into the large city shots is impressive. All in all, Fujimoto is able to properly capture the grand scale of the Gun Devil and the sheer scope of the showdown between Makima and the Gun Devil.
Of course, Fujimoto’s art is not just about the big grand moments. Fujimoto also excels at the smaller moments. The two pages of Denji waking up and walking to the front door are fantastic. There is very little dialogue. Denji sleepily stumbling toward the front door while the doorbell keeps ringing helps to ratchet up the eerie feel of the moment.
The Bad: I have no complaints about this chapter.
Overall: Chainsaw Man Chapter 76 is another wildly entertaining read. Fujimoto just keeps delivering home run bombs with each chapter and he shows no signs of letting up. Chainsaw Man continues to be a manga that is well worth your money.
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