After interferring with a devil hunt being carried out by civilian hunters, Power and her partner Denji are in trouble with their superiors. They both seem to be struggling with the concept of teamwork but when Power offers Denji and opportunity with a rewards befitting that which he seeks so desperately, Denji is convinced to work with Power on a personal mission, but not everything is as it appears.
Denji feels like a simple character to grasp at this early stage, as his main dream was to live a better life which he is currently doing with the Devil Hunters, and his main goal for succeeding, for now at least, is to be able to fondle a womens breasts one day. Of course such a simple goal will lead to big trouble because it seems Denji will do pretty much anything to cop a feel, without question. Which leads him into a situation where he must fight for more than just himself, as Power requests his help in rescuing her pet cat from a Bat-Devil.
This episode brings life to the latter half of Chapter 5 from the Manga (Book 1) and continues through to Chapter 8 (the start of Book 2) whilst also giving us elements from Chapter 9 as it gives us the backstory for Power and her relationship with Nyako the cat. The next episode will give us the result of the finall battle, but so far we have learned more details about Power as well as new details about Denji’s chainsaw ability, in that the chainsaws on his arms at least, can retract when needed, giving a larger opportunity for story elements to be adapted to this newfound characteristic.
There’s only one new noteable character introduced in this episode and that would be the Bat-Devil. As mentioned in previous episodes, devils are formed out of fear, and Bats are often associated with vampires, blood, rabies, and halloween etc. so a Bat-Demon’s existence makes sense, along with it’s ability to heal wounds by drinking blood. The Bat-Devil is a fun character, because an enemy that can heal makes for a seriously dangerous foe.
Power’s character is examined further in this episode, as we get a glimpse of her past before becoming a pet of the Devil Hunters. Her past shows her more devilish side and how her relationship with a cat started off as nothing more than her wanting to feed on animals, but her development as the story continues really brings a sympathetic touch to her character that we didn’t get to see in her introduction.
It was so much fun as always watching this show, and I hope that it continues to make me laugh and feel things emotionally as it continues because it seems to have a decent balance at this moment in time. There’s a decent amount of bloody action, which as I mentioned in my review for Episode 1, will probably be the selling point of this anime more than anything.
Chainsaw Man is available to watch exclusively on Crunchyroll here in the UK. New episodes every Tuesday!