Chainsaw Man is a shōnen manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto. The first part was published in Shūeisha publisher’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine between December 2018 and December 2020, and the second part is published in Shōnen Jump+ from July 13, 2022. The first part is compiled into a total of eleven bound volumes. An anime adaptation also began airing in October 2022. The manga is currently on Part 2, which is being published on a more-or-less weekly basis, while the anime has just started its run.
Chainsaw Man is one of the most popular titles in recent years and with the anime currently airing, we wanted to give you an insight into the structure of the story so that you know what you can expect. This article is actually going to be a detailed and complete guide to the Chainsaw Man story arcs from the manga.
How many Chainsaw Man arcs are there?
As of the time of writing, including both the first and second part of the manga, there are currently 9 Chainsaw Man arcs. The first part of the manga had a total of eight arcs, whereas the second – at the time of writing – consists of one sole arc, but that number is definitely going to increase as the publication continues.
Chainsaw Man arcs in order (at a glance)
Here are all of the Chainsaw Man arcs in proper chronological order (the ones marked with an asterisk have unofficial titles):
- Intro arc
- Bat Devil arc
- Eternity Devil arc
- Katana Man arc
- Bomb Girl arc
- International Assassins arc
- Gun Devil arc
- Control Devil arc
- War Devil arc
What is the best way to read the Chainsaw Man arcs?
The best way to read the Chainsaw Man arcs is by their proper chronological order. You might start off with the first arc just to get to know the world, but then you can go back to the prequel arc before continuing on.
Denji is a boy whose father ended his life by contracting a debt of a large sum of money with a group of Yakuza who made this young creditor to his father’s debt which he pays by selling his organs, cutting down trees and killing Devils with help of his pet, a strange chainsaw-shaped dog named Pochita who is actually also a Devil whose life Denji saved and they became friends from that moment.
In one of his jobs, the Yakuza with which Denji was indebted, ended up associated with another Devil, a Zombie Devil with whom they made a contract to kill Denji in exchange for power, but the Zombie Devil had other plans since He turned the Yakuza and their accomplices into zombies and uses them to kill Denji and Pochita, because they killed other Devils and as such, he detested the humans who hunted them.
After killing Denji and Pochita and then mutilating their bodies, Denji remembers that he made a promise to Pochita that if he were to ever die, he would let her own his body so that he could live the life that Denji didn’t have. the opportunity to enjoy. However, Pochita then decides to merge with Denji’s body which rebuilds and regenerates the organs he lost, so that in return, as part of his contract, she would allow him to share all of his dreams and goals.
Pochita finishes merging with Denji’s body who upon waking up realizes that Pochita’s tail protrudes from his heart, from which when pulling it, Denji becomes a chainsaw hybrid which easily kills the Zombie Devil and everyone. the Zombies he had created.
The next morning, a group of individuals in suits arrived at the warehouse where they discovered the massacre that had taken place, claiming that someone had beaten them to their plans to kill the Zombie Devil, revealing themselves to be Devil Hunters who They worked for a government public security agency, being led by a young woman named Makima, who upon seeing Denji and noticing his peculiarities, gives him two alternatives: join her organization or be killed. Denji agrees to leave with Makima to join her team.
After he arrives in Tokyo, Denji is paired with Aki Hayakawa, who at first tries to get Denji to quit, but ultimately fails and ends up living with him, at that. Later, he introduces himself to another member of her squad, a hothead named Power, and seeing that she is a girl, Denji is excited to work with her.
Bat Devil arc
Denji teams up with Power and runs through the city, where he kills a Sea Cucumber Devil and causes a bit of trouble for them. Sometime later, Power states that her cat was kidnapped by a Devil and that Makima recruited her before she could save her. Denji then makes a deal with her and will save her cat in exchange for Power allowing him to touch her breasts.
Power then takes Denji to the Devil that took the cat from her, but knocked it down beforehand and presented it to the Devil as an offering to get her back. The Bat Devil then ingested some of Denji’s blood and used it to regenerate his arm. Instead of giving the cat back, he ate it whole along with Power as well. As the Bat Devil tried to fly up and attack the citizens, Denji grabbed his leg and flew up with him, after which he transformed into Chainsaw Man to fight him.
He quickly cut off the Devil’s arm again and proceeds to punch it. The Devil tries to fight back and blew Denji away with his attack, but Denji was able to get up and continue fighting him. Denji kept slashing at the Bat Devil, killing it, and saving Power and the cat from it. Just then a Leech Devil, the Bat Devil’s girlfriend, appears and attacks Denji.
Due to blood loss, Denji is unable to fully manifest as Chainsaw-Man, but he still began to fight the Devil. As Denji was about to pass out and be eaten by the Leech Fiend, Aki arrives and uses her Fox Fiend to eat the enemy and save Denji. Waking up in the hospital, Aki interrogates Denji to find out about the events that transpired, but Denji protects Power from his actions. Makima later had Power live with Aki and Denji and their daily roommate problems appeared.
She calls Denji, to fulfill her promise to save her cat. She gave him three squeezes for saving Nyako, killing the Bat, and protecting her from Aki. After doing so, Denji felt dissatisfied and worried for a while. Makima noticed that he was feeling depressed and confronted him to tell him why. After listening to him, she told him that naughty things feel better when you meet your partner and touch his hands, letting him touch his ear, biting his finger, and then letting him touch her breasts, which really excites Denji.
Then, using the situation, she asks Denji to kill the Gun Devil and if she does, she will grant him a wish. Makima then explained who that Devil is and what he has done, and how to find people of his who can locate him. That’s when they received a Devil extermination request from an unknown Devil at the Morin Hotel and Makima’s squad was sent for the task.
Eternity Devil arc
Arriving at the Morin Hotel, Aki understood that it was not the Gun Devil, as the Gun Devil flesh that he possesses did not react strongly. Himeno say that she will then reward the one who kills the Devil with a kiss on the cheek. Denji gets excited for a moment, but then remembers Makima’s promise, so he loses interest.
However, Himeno tells him that he would be one with a tongue, causing him to get excited again. Inside the hotel, Denji is eager to find the Devil, but Arai tries to stop him so Himeno doesn’t have to kiss him. That’s when a head with hands comes out of a room and tried to attack Kobeni, but was quickly knocked down by Himeno and Power.
As they continue to explore the hotel, they notice that no matter how many floors they go up or down, they are always on the eighth floor. Realizing that they are trapped on the same floor, they enter the rooms so that they can think of a way to get out of the loop. After a while, they realized that the Devil they killed had gotten bigger and is still growing. The Eternity Devil speaks and tells them that if they handed over Denji, he would let them out of the Hotel.
Desperate, Kobeni tries to attack Denji, but was neutralized by Himeno and Aki, who then tries to summon the Fox Devil to no avail, as they were completely cut off from the outside. Himeno decides to summon his Ghost Devil to attack the Eternity Devil, but that only made him grow bigger. As Kobeni began to panic again, the Eternity Devil grew larger and revealed that it grows larger out of fear.
Aki then tried to use the sword on him but was stopped by Himeno’s Ghost Fiend. Just then, Arai and Kobeni attack Denji, but Aki protects him with his body and Kobeni accidentally stabs him. Seeing Aki bleeding, Himeno panicked that she might lose another partner. Annoyed by everyone, Denji decides to let himself be devoured by the Eternity Devil, jumping into the void. Denji is devoured by the Eternity Devil, but soon after he emerged as the Devil’s Chainsaw Man and began fighting it.
As Denji loses a lot of blood quickly, his chainsaw starts to retract, so he decides to drink the Eternity Devil’s horrible blood to make them appear again. Himeno recalled a conversation in her past about why some of his classmates died and that they need to be insane enough to fight Devils. Seeing the insane fight Denji had with the devil, he thought that he was crazy enough to kill the Gun Devil. When Denji was about to lose, using his Ghost, he turned his lanyard back on to activate it.
Katana Man arc
On various occasions, all members of the Special Division were attacked with guns by Gun Devil henchmen and nearly all were killed. At the same time, Denji, Power, Himeno, and Aki Hayakawa eat at a restaurant where the katana man explains his connection to Denji before shooting him in the head and then shooting the others. Aki quickly uses the Fox Devil, but the Katana Man transforms and pops out of the Fox Devil.
Aki then attacks him, stabbing him enough times to activate his Escape Devil, and supposedly kills the Katana Man, but a woman named Sawatari arrives and bounces the Katana Man, who then knocks Aki down. Himeno is fatally shot and decides to hand her over to his spirit demon to fight the Katana Man.
When the Ghost Devil captured the Katana Man, Sawatari used his Snake Devil to eat the Ghost Devil. In Himeno’s final moments, she pulls Denji’s rope, turning him into the Chainsaw Man. As they fight, other goons appear and shoot Denji. He then decides to use one as a shield, but Katana Man doesn’t carry it, he cuts Denji and the henchman in half, ending the fight.
Bomb Girl arc
Denji finds a new love interest, but it turns out that the girl is actually a Devil which causes Denji much more trouble than he had anticipated.
International Assassins arc
Denji has that weird dream again where he sees himself standing in front of a door. A few days after the confrontation between Denji and Reze, while Power was recovering from his excess blood and Denji was thinking about the girl bomb, Makima proposes to all the boys a trip to Enoshima in order to forget all the problems. recent; but the plan is immediately canceled when several members of the agency enter the apartment where Denji, Aki, and Power lived together.
Makima reveals to the trio that his actions as a result of the confrontation with Reze ended up being made known to everyone, revealing Denji’s existence so his life from that moment was in serious danger, implying that the chaos unleashed by Reze was intended to make known the existence of a being that was neither a Human possessed by a Devil nor a Devil as such due to his failure to obtain Chainsaw Man’s heart.
Gun Devil arc
The operation to defeat the Gun Devil prepares to begin, with Makima revealing a shocking fact to Denji and company about the very nature of the Devil himself. This was the penultimate arc of Part 1 and it saw the defeat of one of the major enemies of the first part of the manga, the Gun Devil, as well as the revelation about him.
Control Devil arc
Ulterior motives come to light when a grieving Denji goes to Makima for comfort. This arc finally reveals the true motives behind Makima’s behavior and her true intentions with Denji. After Makima actually kills Power, Denji becomes angry and kills Makima, after which he consumes her so that the Control Devil cannot come back as Makima.
War Devil arc
After the highschooler Asa Mitaka becomes the host of Yoru, the War Devil, she is ordered to find and kill the Chainsaw Man so that the War Devil can to gain access to nuclear weapons. This is the first arc of the second part of the manga and is still ongoing, so we don’t have too many details about it at this moment, but we are going to update the article as more information is available.