Chainsaw Man continues to be the most gripping manga that I am currently reading. Tatsuki Fujimoto is operating on an entirely different level right now. Fujimoto is like a maestro in the way that he is masterfully weaving the various story notes and beats in this manga. If Fujimoto follows his usual pattern of delivering several quiet reads with a few action-packed reads then we should be in store for lots of action in Chainsaw Man Chapter 83. Let’s go ahead and hit this review.
Words: Tatsuki Fujimoto
Art: Tatsuki Fujimoto
Story Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 7 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 8 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.
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.
Kishibe: Kishibe is a grizzled Public Safety devil hunter. Kishibe is also somewhat insane. The three things that Kishibe loves are alcohol, women, and killing devils. Kishibe believes that to be a successful devil hunter that you have to be crazy. Kishibe is the strongest member and also the Captain of Special Division 4. Kishibe has contracts with the Knife Devil, Claw Devil, and Needle Devil. Kishibe has super strength, super speed, super reflexes, and super durability.
Synopsis: We begin with Makima getting dressed for work. Makima grabs Denji’s hand and walks out to the hallway of her apartment building. Denji is still in a catatonic state. We see all the various fiends who have worked with Denji all kneeling in the hallway. Makima says that Seraphim, Beam, Galgali, Dominion, Virtue, Princi, Power, and Angel are all Denji’s followers. They put their lives on the line and fought to protect Denji. That they have been waiting for this day of resurrection.
Suddenly, there is a massive explosion taking out the entire hallway of the apartment building. We then see two soldiers with a rocket launcher on the rooftop of a nearby building. We then see Kishibe and a group of armed Public Safety officers. Kishibe gives the order to send troops into the apartment building.
We cut to armored troops arriving in the hallway. Makima is injured from the rocket blast. Kishibe orders the troops to open fire on Makima. The troops start pumping Makima full of bullets.
Kishibe then tells his Anti-Makima Squad ready. We see six devil hunters with knives. Kishibe says, “Forgive me.” We cut to the soldiers continuing to shoot Makima. We cut back to Kishibe calling for the Hell Devil to kill Makima and cast her into hell. The six devil hunters then slit their throats with their knives.
We cut to Makima asking Chainsaw Man to save her. Suddenly, Denji’s intestines burst out of his stomach and wraps around his neck.
We zip back to the six dead devil hunters and see the Hell Devil rising out of their bodies. The Hell Devil walks onto the rooftop across the street from the hallway of Makima’s apartment building. We then see inside the hallway that all the soldiers have been killed. Denji then pulls his chainsaw cord.
We then see Chainsaw Man humping onto the rooftop across the street from Makima’s apartment building. Chainsaw Man chops up the Hell Devil. We see that Chainsaw Man is in a new form. He is now much larger with a more spike monstrous body. Plus, he has four arms with chainsaws rather than his normal two. End of chapter.
The Good: Fujimoto does it again! Chainsaw Man Chapter 83 is another kickass read. I was correct that Fujimoto would deliver plenty of action in Chapter 83. Fujimoto has been rather consistent in delivering several chapters of quiet and introspective stories that focus on character work and world-building. Then we usually get several chapters of excellent action. This cyclical storytelling approach has been a constant pattern since the beginning of the manga. I love this approach. This gives Chainsaw Man an organic feel and a rhythmic nature that is pleasing to the reader.
Needless to say, the action in Chainsaw Man Chapter 83 is badass. The reader gets plenty of bloody action. Fujimoto has been a master of keeping the reader on their heels and constantly surprising them. This happens again with the opening of Chapter 83. Fujimoto continues his subdued and quiet storytelling for the first three pages and then blindsides the reader with the rocket explosion. This is just brilliant plotting and shows Fujimoto’s masterful skill of knowing when to hit certain plot beats in the story. This was a legitimate jarring moment for the reader and then signals as the tonal shift of the story as Fujimoto shifts into action storytelling for the remainder of Chapter 83.
And what excellent action we got in Chainsaw Man Chapter 83. The action is hard-hitting and bloody. Seeing Makima pumped full of bullets in such an over the top fashion made the scene more intense. It also emphasized exactly how Makima is so damn hard to kill. This is a good use of action to get over the strength of a character. The reader is left wondering how in the world anyone can kill Makima as she seems to have the survivor skills of a cockroach.
I was happy to see Fujimoto looping Kishibe back into the story. Kishibe is a fantastic character who definitely deserves some panel time. Kishibe is also the only character that Fujimoto has ever shown to have any chances of standing up to Makima.
Having said that, the ending of Chainsaw Man Chapter 83 shows Kishibe’s plan completely falling apart. Makima survives the attack of the soldiers. Chainsaw Man then makes short work of the Hell Devil. Is Fujimoto going to continue Makima’s win streak and have her mow over Kishibe? Or are we in for another surprising plot twist with Kishibe having a few surprises up his sleeve? This is brilliant plotting and a great way to end the issue to get the reader excited to see what happens next.
Fujimoto continues to do an excellent job with Makima’s character. In case there were any lingering doubts in the reader, Chainsaw Man Chapter 83 cements that Makima is the final boss of this manga. Makima is a full villain and is only concerned with her increasing her power and advancing her personal plans. Fujimoto is deploying good psychology in building up anticipation in the reader to see Denji finally break free from Makima’s control and kick her ass.
We get several fascinating plot developments in Chainsaw Man Chapter 83. Fujimoto teases a resurrection of all the various fiends who have died protecting Denji. Makima mentions how all the fiends are Denji’s followers and that they have been waiting for this day of resurrection. Fujimoto does not give us any more of this plotline since he has Kishibe’s soldiers interrupt the scene at that moment. However, this is a good tease of what we may see in future chapters. Personally, I would be happy if several fiends like Angel and Power are resurrected. Those two in particular are great characters and I would enjoy seeing them in the story again.
The next interesting plot development is that Denji is fully under Makima’s control. When Makima commands Chainsaw Man to save her we see Denji’s intestines come out of his stomach and wrap around his neck. This could possibly be the physical manner in which Makima controls Denji. It is a bizarre method and completely maintaining the creepy vibe of the story. It is sad to see our hero nothing more than a shell of a man. Denji has been completely broken mentally and spiritually and is nothing more than a meat puppet in Chainsaw Man Chapter 83.
Of course, the biggest plot development is the physical evolution of Chainsaw Man. Until Chapter 83, Denji’s Chainsaw Man form consists of Denji’s normal body with a demonic head and a chainsaw on it plus a chainsaw on each arm. However, Fujimoto presents Denji in a brand new Chainsaw Man form in Chapter 83. Now, Chainsaw Man has a much larger body that looks armored with spikes. Also, this new Chainsaw Man form has four arms with chainsaws in them rather than just two.
This new Chainsaw Man form is a real surprise at the end of Chapter 83. The reader is quite stunned and is eager to learn more about Chainsaw Man’s new evolution. There is no doubt that this new Chainsaw Man form looks far more imposing and powerful than ever before. Fujimoto wisely emphasizes the increased power of Chainsaw Man’s new body by showing how easily he dispatches of a powerful devil like the Hell Devil. Fujimoto is clearly telling the reader that Chainsaw Man has hit an all-new power level.
As usual, Fujimoto delivers plenty of solid artwork. Fujimoto’s art continues to do the heavy burden of carrying large parts of the story. I also love the new design of Chainsaw Man’s form. Chainsaw Man looks so much more badass and imposing.
The Bad: I have no criticisms of this chapter.
Overall: Chainsaw Man Chapter 83 is another excellent read. Fujimoto is firing on all cylinders and is cranking out superlatives every single chapter. This manga continues to be well worth your hard-earned money.
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