Chainsaw Man is a manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto that was originally released in 2018. It is set in a world where Devils are born from human fears and the stronger the fear, the more powerful the Devil is. On the other side are the so-called Devil hunters, humans specializing in hunting and employing Devils. Chainsaw Man‘s anime adaptation is currently airing in Japan and is one of the most talked about anime at the moment, but is it appropriate for your kids? With Chainsaw Man being simulcast in the United States, we have decided to tell you whether the series is appropriate for kids or not.
Chainsaw Man is categorized as TV-MA in the United States; Amazon Prime lists the show as 18+ and it is listed as R18+ in Japan. And while Chainsaw Man is certainly not the most mature show you’ll see, it has a moderate amount of sexual references, and a severe amount of violence, gore, and profanities, which is why it is not suitable for younger children.
In the paragraphs that follow, we are going to elaborate on this answer and give you some additional information on the show’s content. You’re going to find out whether Chainsaw Man is appropriate for children, how scary and gory it is, whether there is sex, nudity, and profanities, as well as what age it is appropriate for. This is going to be your ultimate parent’s guide for Chainsaw Man.
What age is Chainsaw Man appropriate for?
As per the official ratings, Chainsaw Man is rated as “MA”, which means mature. That standard is defined as follows: This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. Amazon Prime lists the show as being 18+, with Japan listing it as R18+, which is the same rating as in Singapore and the United Kingdom. Other countries have also applied a similar (if not stricter) rating for Chainsaw Man. What does this mean?
This means that Chainsaw Man is a show that should be viewed exclusively by adults and not children. Children under the age of 18 (or 17) shouldn’t watch this show as the censors have deemed it inappropriate for their age. This is the official rating for the show and we are now going to observe how things stand in several different categories.
Chainsaw Man: Sex & Nudity
As we could have seen, there is a mild level of nudity in the series, but there are some sexual references that might not be best suited for the youngest of viewers, but so far – it’s not much. This category is relatively fine when compared when to the other categories. Here is an example of some scenes involving nudity and/or sexual references:
- The intro video for the series shows Power in a bikini, however, it’s only for a few seconds, after which it moves on and there is no further mention of that.
- Denji, the protagonist, dreams of having a romantic and sexual relationship with a woman and is constantly focused on that, so much, in fact, that he is willing to sell himself out to do it.
- One of Denji’s dreams is to be involved with girls and he often talks about it, focusing currently on both Makima and Power.
- The screen sometimes zooms in on girls’ bodies, but it doesn’t happen often.
As you can see, this is really not much, but it might be suggestive for younger viewers.
Chainsaw Man: Violence & Gore
The violence and gore of Chainsaw Man have been described as severe and we can only agree; the first episode featured scenes of excessive violence that didn’t always seem merited, but they are part of the show’s style and fit the lore. There will be a lot of gore shown throughout the series, which is going to be complemented by morbid and gory characters, as well as intense and violent fighting scenes.
Examples of the show’s violence include head removal, mutilation, dismemberment, shock, etc., and even the main characters won’t be exempted from that; you’ll also see organs, which is another example of the show’s gore. Also, since Denji uses chainsaws as his primary weapon, and the chainsaws start coming out from his body, that’s also another example of the gore of the series.
Chainsaw Man: Profanity
As far as profanities are concerned, they are not heavily featured in Chainsaw Man, although they are present. Examples of words that can be heard are “ass”, “boobs”, and “dumbass”, while the word “dog” is used in a derogatory manner. Now, this might bother some viewers and it is something that children shouldn’t really repeat, but it adds to the realism of the show, doesn’t it?
First of all, we have to emphasize that the characters of Chainsaw Man aren’t academics; Denji is a poverty-stricken teenager who never actually finished school, much like Power, and while the government agents are educated, they kill monsters for a living so you can imagine the kind of world they are living in. It would be silly if these characters didn’t curse, wouldn’t it? Secondly, we have to stress that the series portrays the lower layers of Japanese society, which is why such language is proof of the show’s realism more than anything else.
So, profanities are certainly present in the show but we don’t think it’s something bad. It simply adds to the show’s realism and it helps the viewers to better understand the characters, the world, and the complete setting. Anything else would be completely out-of-character, which is why we can only praise the authenticity of the show. And, on top of that, they are not heavily featured.
Should you allow your kids to watch Chainsaw Man?
Chainsaw Man is nothing overly disturbing, save for the gory violence of the fights. The ambiance of the show is violent and the producers haven’t really tried to tone down the anime in comparison to the original material, which makes sense when you know how mature Chainsaw Man really is. Now, while the focus of the show certainly isn’t on its profanities, its world is simply like that, full of violence and blood. So, in order to achieve its own, inherent realism, the world of Chainsaw Man had to be brutal, as it was the only way to realistically portray the whole idea.
Such dark fantasy settings are nothing strange when Japanese art is concerned, and there are many other manga and anime that portray such worlds and where the dark fantasy is mixed with violence. We actually have to applaud the boldness of the producers to stick to the original material so faithfully, which is rare in anime adaptations. So, should you allow your children to watch Chainsaw Man?
Well, the official ratings do suggest that you should not but it all comes down to your parental approach. We at Fiction Horizon don’t think that Chainsaw Man is the worst of the lot, but the violence of the show might be a bit too much for the children. We are aware that children don’t perceive it like adults, but the violence is very extreme so we don’t think that children would really enjoy it. Teenagers can watch it, definitely, they don’t have to wait until they’re 18, but Chainsaw Man really isn’t appropriate for children due to the violence (the profanities and sexual references aren’t an issue here).
Children under the age of 13 might be a tad confused, but we don’t think that those older than 13 or 14 will have any problems with the show. It’s not like they’re going to grab a chainsaw and go on looking for Devils to slaughter, right? Well, at least we hope we’re right. So, in our opinion, Chainsaw Man is too violent for children under the age of 13 and they should definitely not watch it, but teenagers and older fans can definitely watch it without any major restrictions.