Denji makes an epic comeback in one of his most iconic fashions
The following includes spoilers for Chainsaw Man Chapter 102 by Tatsuki Fujimoto, Amanda Haley, and Sabrina Heap, now available in English through Viz Media.
chainsaw manbest boy is back for part two in the most Denji-esque way possible. Some argue that Denji fits more comfortably as an anti-hero rather than a typical shonen hero. It’s not just the fact that An almost painful main reason for doing it.
on the contrary, chainsaw man There may be Asa’s new protagonist who is far more emotionally complex. But the two share many unexpected similarities. Both had difficult lives and lost loved ones. It seems that both of them will do anything to save the cat.
Asa and Yuko are knocked off the leg by a bat demon, and when they see Yuko unconscious after being impaled in the leg with a pipe, Yoru the war demon tells Asa to use Yuko as a weapon. She taunts her by saying that she knows the guilt Asa feels from Bucky’s death is not that she accidentally killed him, but that she was caught. To do. But strangely, Yoru says, “You know because I am,” further cementing the fact that Asa is merely a vessel, even though it is she who lives in Asa’s body. .
Back in Chapter 98, while Asa lay dead on the ground, her last thought was that she wished she had lived more selfishly. Remembering when her mother was running away from a demon, she spotted an injured cat and rushed to help her. Objectively, Asa was right to ignore the cat, and her mother should have been alive.
Asa’s memory is similar to what happens when Denji arrives. The cockroach demon presents Denji with a trolley problem: can he save his one individual, or can he save a car full of five elderly people? Denji does neither. He ignores the falling man and car and runs straight for the demon to kill him. He only cares about one thing. To save a cat hanging by its claws on the roof. This is to Power in two ways: Power’s love for Nyawi and how Denji sacrificed six people to save the cat, just as Power wanted to sacrifice Denji for Nyarby. is a clear homage to
Selfishness is funny and subjective. Certain actions are perceived as selfish in the eyes of certain people. In a typical shonen setting, Denji would have been labeled a villain and Asa at least selfish and stupid, but chainsaw man We frame this concept in another way.
Yuko changes her view of Asa’s selfishness. When Asa refuses her shoes, Yuko brazenly tells her that he doesn’t care about her feelings. She boldly argued that it all mattered to her if her heart was in the right place: selfishness under the guise of her good intentions. It’s like what Denji did: he wanted to save the cat and didn’t care that others would die as a result of his choices. But how she interprets it in the context of her mother and Bucky’s death is a little off, like she’s pushing aside accountability. I didn’t mean to do that.
But that’s not the case with Asa. She struggled with survivor guilt over her mother’s death, and Yuko’s words finally allowed her to ease that guilt and finally push her to do the right thing. And it’s interesting that this epiphany came just before saving Yuko. This was correct. In Chainsaw Man’s case, instead of focusing on how Chainsaw Man killed six people, the newscaster proclaims him a hero.
what is right and what is wrong. heroism and selfishness. Demons portrayed as heroes and demons who act like humans. The confrontation between Chainsaw Man and Senki is sure to go down in history.