It seems with each new episode of this anime, I find it more and more entertaining. This weeks episode was certainly entertaining to say the least, but it also gave us more expansion to the world of Chainsaw Man, so here is my latest review to explain more.
If you haven’t read my review for Episode 3 yet, you shoul read that first: https://mediamallrat.com/2022/10/26/chainsaw-man-episode-3/
After defeating the Bat-Devil, and rescuing both Power and Meowy, Denji is about ready to pack up and go home, but a promise is a promise, and Power agrees to let Denji finally fondle her chest. Sadly though, Denji’s moment of victory is interupted by a rather disturbing looking Leech-Devil who claims ‘Batty’ was her man, whom she had planned to take over the world with. Denji doesn’t have much energy left, but if he is to save himself and Power, he must fight once again, but this time…things don’t go quite according to plan.
The story in this episode starts off somewhat peaceful, as we see flashbacks of Power and her journey with Meowy up until the point Meowy is captured by the Bat-Devil. It shows us a more sentimental side to not just Power but Devil’s in general. Despite their nature and the reputation they all have for being monsters, Power and Denji both show that there is a softer side to some of them.
It really expands the sympathy for Power and perhaps for other devils like her as I’m sure we’ll meet more in the future, as this creates a wider, more morally grey area when it comes to the Hunters and their job of exterminating Devils. If a Devil can feel love for something, be it a person, or a cat, then surely some of them can live in peace? However’s that’s just my thinking at this stage of the story, as I haven’t read the manga far enough to know anything more that would alter that point of view.
This episode also gives us a glimpse of Denji’s true power, as well as his limitations. Defeating the Bat-Devil took a lot out of Denji…literally. As explained in the second episode, Denji’s power to change into Chainsaw Man releases a lot of his blood, so he becomes faint after unleashing his power due to heavy blood loss. However, in this episode, we are able to see him push past some of those limits, and continue fighting in a crazed state. This moment becomes one of the highlights of this episode as it proves that Denji’s power isn’t completeley tied into his Devil state, and rather, he is a strong character when his mind is set on something such as his goal.
Besides the Leech-Devil we don’t get introduced to too many new characters this episode but we do get a small glimpse at some of the other Devil-Hunters in the organization, as well as a new suprise from Hayakawa. This introduction to some of the other Devil-Hunters gives us a glimpse at some of the possible friendships or partnerships that Denji will go through as the series progresses.
Episode four also gives us shows us the kindess of Denji once again, as he helps keep Power out of trouble with the organization’s higher ups. He doesn’t tell the whole truth of what happened and why the two of them were operating outside of the Devil-Hunters area of authority, and by doing so, he proves once again that he is a genuine guy as the thought that he would get to fondle her chest isn’t mentioned or even thought about at the time of his deceitful explanation.
Another fantastic episode with some truly hilarious moments. I won’t spoil anything but the ending also leaves me with no doubt that the laughs will just keep on coming. I am thoroughly enjoying this new anime and it is quickly becoming one of my favourite shows that is airing at this time. I hope they can keep this up and not stray form this formula that mixes action, humour, heart and supernatural so well.
Chainsaw Man is available to watch exclusively on Crunchyroll here in the UK. New episodes every Tuesday!
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