A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Despite going through extremely difficult times and having shortcomings, Denji is resilient and good-natured.
Positive Role Models
Police and Public Safety Devil Hunters are shown as brave and respected individuals who are willing to place themselves in danger and sacrifice their own lives to protect their families and communities.
Japanese series taking place in Japan. Cast is made up entirely of Japanese people. Both men and women are shown as powerful devil hunters.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of extremely graphic and gory depictions of violence and body horror. One scene shows a character being stabbed to death before their body is cut up and thrown into a dumpster. Another scene shows a character massacring many zombies by graphically dismembering them. Decapitation, dismemberment, and disembowelment are frequently shown. One character is implied to have died by suicide. Chainsaws, axes, swords, guns, and other weapons are used.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Main character Denji is a teenager who's obsessed with sex, throughout the show it's referenced that Denji's primary motivating goal is to "score with a girl." Major plot points revolve around Denji's desire to "touch a girl's boobs" or "cop a feel." Lots of crass language and talk of sexual desires. Some partial nudity; one scene shows a woman's naked backside in a nonsexual context.
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Expect extensive use of vulgar curse words ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," etc.) throughout.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character is shown smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chainsaw Man is an action horror-themed anime series based on the Chainsaw Man manga series. Devil hunters are tasked with eliminating devils, a type of supernatural creature that's born from humanity's fears. Expect to see intense scary imagery and heavy amounts of gore and graphic violence. Decapitation, dismemberment, disembowelment, and graphic body horror are frequently shown. Chainsaws, axes, swords, guns, and other weapons are commonly used. There's some partial nudity and sexual content; one scene shows the back of a naked woman. Throughout the show, sex is referenced as the main character's primary motivation. Expect frequent use of curse words ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," etc.) throughout. One character is shown smoking. Combining over-the-top stylized action with insane graphic horror, Chainsaw Man is intended for adults and older teens.
Is It Any Good?
Shocking amounts of gore and body horror dominate in this strange and brutal world where humanity's collective fears materialize as real-world monsters. Chainsaw Man takes this intriguing concept and runs with it at a relentlessly brutal pace. The stronger the fear, the stronger the devil it creates, and it's up to the devil hunters to track down these supernatural monsters and eliminate them. The stylized brutal action is entertaining, and there's a mixture of 3D and 2D animation that feels fluid. Real issues (suicide, extreme poverty, antisocial behavior, manipulation) are portrayed in this show, but they're mostly just there to highlight the brutality of the world the characters inhabit.
Chainsaw Man is a violently gory show set in a bleak and dangerous world, but if you're an older teen or adult who can stomach graphic, mature content, and if over-the-top anime with dark settings are your thing, then this unusual grim series could be just right for you.
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