MAPPA has hardly revealed any information regarding the Chainsaw Man anime adaptation, and fans are clearly getting antsy. Today, the Twitter account Animehype @AnimeHypeYT has stated that Chainsaw Man anime will be a split-cour production, and its first season will cover the entirety of part one of the manga.
No sources have been listed, and the account was recently in hot waters regarding the Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 announcement. Regardless of the authenticity, fans are currently debating over the merit of adapting part 1 of the manga in one season.
Recent claims about Chainsaw Man anime by Twitter-user sparks debate amongst fans
In their tweet, AnimeHypeYT claims that Chainsaw Man will be a split-cour production, which means that the first season will be split in two parts, separated by a few weeks.
Recently most anime have adapted this format, especially those by MAPPA. A split-cour season would usually consist of 12-14 episodes in each cour, leading the season to consist of 24-28 episodes in total.
The second part of the tweet claims that the first season would adapt the entirety of Part 1 of the Chainsaw Man manga. The part 1 consists of 97 episodes spanning across 11 volumes, packed with both action and dialog.
Previously, Studio Bones and Wit Studio had adapted 11 volumes in 24-26 episodes for Mob Psycho and Ousama Ranking, respectively. Neither show had suffered a pacing issue due to that, and both went on to achieve critical and popular acclaim.
Additionally, the manga is famous for its fast pacing and rapid transitions. The speculated chapter-to-episode ratio should not pose a problem, and should translate the mood and essence of the series to the screen properly.
However, the series is also heavy in dialog and information alongside worldbuilding and character exposition. Some fans are worried that in order to keep pace, MAPPA might overlook crucial details and delicate nuances in the series.
Chainsaw Man has been in production for nearly two years by this point, and fans are getting increasingly impatient by the day. While AnimeHypeYT is not a legitimate source, it has proved to be a credible one in the past.
However, the recent stunt with Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 has cost them a lot of trust, which can be gained back if this announcement turns out to be correct.
During Jump Festa 2022, mangaka Fujimoto had announced that the manga will get a part 2. No news of that has been revealed to readers either. Additionally, the names of the voice cast and production staff have not been made available.
The trailers released during Jump Festa disclose very little apart from assuring fans of the incredible quality of the animation in the upcoming series. Another unofficial source mentioned that the anime is set to begin airing in October, 2022.
Whether the news is correct or incorrect, the issue of chapter-to-episode ratio remains. Chainsaw Man is a series where the pace can make or break the quality of the final result.
MAPPA would need to be extremely careful with the adaptation, especially considering that they have decided to add a few anime-original scenes. Hopefully official sources will provide the readers with authentic information soon.