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Six franchises that inspired the story of Chainsaw Man

Although the creator of Chainsaw Man, Tatsuki Fujimoto, lauded as a great storyteller, is also a self-identified movie buff who is inspired by everything he sees and reads. In fact, Chainsaw Man It has many inspirations, as Fujimoto himself points out.

If you’ve ever wondered why Chainsaw Man is so popular, it may be partly because of how Fujimoto marries the universal language of television and film in a way that still feels incredibly fresh and wild. The wide variety of inspirations is a great example of Fujimoto’s unique tastes.

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Given Chainsaw Man’s origins, it should perhaps come as no surprise that he was born from the most famous chainsaw in cinema. Fujimoto stated during a presentation at the 10th anniversary of MAPPA that American history had inspired his interest in chainsaws. which ultimately led to this successful series.
  • Kizumonogatari: The Monogatari series has been widely praised for its narrative, unique direction, and visual effects. Kizumonogatari, a film trilogy released in 2016, had a crucial influence at a key moment in Chainsaw Man’s history. According to various sources and what is known to be Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Twitter alias, he was inspired by one of the great final fights of Kizumonogatari (Shinobu vs. Araragi) to create a great final battle in his own manga.
  • Abara: Abara is a much smaller series than Chainsaw Man, with only two volumes. However, she was quite visionary, was nominated for an Eisner Award and clearly made her mark on Fujimoto. Abara translates to “ribs” in Japanese, and the dark action series revolves around people who can create bone-like armor and weapons around themselves. To the much like the Chainsaw Man himself, Abara is full of people who seem to have weapons coming out of their bodies. When Chainsaw Man reached 3 million copies in circulation in 2020, Fujimoto referred to his work as an “Abara Pop”.
  • FLCL: Furi Kuri -or FLCL- is a cult anime, especially in the United States. In 2020, Tatsuki Fujimoto branded Chainsaw Man an “Evil FLCL”. This franchise not only inspired Chainsaw Man in general, but it is rumored that it may have inspired some of the characters, such as Makima, who bears many similarities to FLCL’s enigmatic Haruko Haruhara.
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  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade: Jin-Roh is a lesser-known 1999 anime film written by Mamoru Oshii, the director of Ghost in the Shell. It is a psychological action series that revolves around Kazuki Fuse, a soldier from a special unit who fails to kill a young terrorist before he blows himself up. The incident leaves scars on Kazuki, who ends up developing a relationship with the terrorist’s sister. Fujimoto has said that Jin-Roh inspired Reze from Chainsaw Man along with his story arc.
  • The Big Lebowski: As it turns out, one of Chainsaw Man’s most beloved characters was directly inspired by another American movie classic, The Big Lebowski’s Walter Sobchak. Headstrong, overly aggressive and slightly delusional, Walter Sobchak was a great inspiration for Power.Denji’s arrogant and devilish partner, according to interviews Fujimoto gave at Jump Festa 2021.

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