The gang of Devil Hunters find themselves trapped on the 8th floor. Each window and door leads to the rooms on the opposite side of the hallway and the stairs loop infinitely to the same spot. No chance of escape, no way to call for help, and almost all hope is lost.
When the Devil finally appears, it gives the Hunters an offer; serve up Denji for it to eat, and the rest of them live, or they can all remain trapped inside its stomach and die a slow painful death. The only real question is, can they come up with an alternative solution, or will they offer Denji as a sacrifice? After all, a pact with a Devil is unbreakable.
This episode is certainly interesting, as we watch the group of hunters in a very stressful environment, trying their best to keep calm and focus on what’s important. However, not everyone is cut out to be a devil hunter, so the stakes are raised when one of their own turns against them.
It’s an episode that makes you feel claustrophobic, because honestly what would you do if you were trapped on a single hotel floor, with no exits, where time has frozen, meaning no one will even know you’re missing. It’s a horrible situation to think about but it’s what makes the story of this episode that much better because we get to see how the Devil Hunters deal with it, with some being more professional than others.
We learn more about Aki and Himeno’s relationship, as well as more insight into Kobeni’s reason for being a devil hunter, despite her clearly being a scaredy-cat when it comes to facing Devils. The only characters seemingly unphased by the entire situation is of course the two devils of the group, Denji and Power, who make up the comedy for the episode, and the show.
In one flashback, we hear from Himeno that Devil Hunters usually die young, which is the reason she chooses to smoke cigarettes. This is a rather sinister truth to hear but not one that is at all surprising. Roles in film and TV that require what is essentially monster hunting usually have the same aspect attached to it, but to hear it out loud from a character makes it harder to hear as you begin to question what will happen to the characters you’re currently watching.
The episode is filled with different emotions that are captured and portrayed by various characters. Aki is the cool, calm and collected one, who knows his mission, above all else, is to keep others safe, whilst Himeno, also keeping calm, is focused on ensuring that Aki doesn’t do anything stupid that puts himself at risk. Their bond is stronger than originally let on, and even now it seems there’s more to their connection than what is being said, though not necessarily in a romantic way either.
Kobeni and Arai are the newbies. One is trying to prove themselves worthy of being called a devil hunter, whilst the other is letting their emotions overtake their reason. It’s understandable when you hear their backstory and reason for becoming a devil hunter in the first place, because they truly had no other option, and their own dreams of a normal life were shattered before it even truly began.
Of course, Denji seems almost unaffected by the situation but helped try to find a way out, before simply taking a nap, because he can. Meanwhile, Power being the chaotic aspect of the group looks bored, until the mystery of her teammates brings her to laughter, as is the norm for fiends. The pair make a great comedy duo and really help lighten up the mood of some of these situations because, without them, it would feel a lot grimmer and hopeless.
Adding to the horror element of this series as each episode releases, this episode, in particular, was one of the first more truly horrifying episodes of the anime series, and I’m sure it can only get better from here. The characters are brilliantly written, the story is top-notch, and the animation is beautiful. This series gets better with each episode and I cannot wait to see how the season ends.
Chainsaw Man is available to watch exclusively on Crunchyroll here in the UK. New episodes every Tuesday!
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