2022 Is The Year Of Chainsaw Man

Anime is bigger than it’s ever been–an obvious sentiment to anyone who spends enough time online–with films breaking out of series like Demon Slayer: Mugen Train setting all kinds of records in 2020 through to last year, and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 setting its own this year. These two series, alongside the likes of My Hero Academia, are obviously some of the big hits at the moment. But this year belongs to one series, and one series only: Chainsaw Man. And 2023 will be no different.

Chainsaw Man really has been the big anime to watch this year, which I guess isn’t that surprising since it’s a popular Shonen Jump comic being animated by a studio with a strong legacy behind it, Mappa. The thing is though, anime adaptations of popular manga are typically made to shift more volumes of the manga, and create a consistent feedback loop that regularly increases a series’ popularity. But Chainsaw Man was already an incredibly popular manga long before the anime dropped. You wanna know how I know? Because cosplayers are all over it.

I was at London Comic Con back in October, which kicked off just a couple of days after the anime’s third episode was released. My partner and I placed bets on what franchises would be the most cosplayed–we picked safe bets like Demon Slayer, Genshin Impact, and threw in some wildcards like an inflatable Among Us costume, and a Sailor Moon x Moon Knight crossover. I did personally expect to see a few Chainsaw Man cosplays… and it ended up being one of the most popular cosplays we saw there.

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Author: Oisin Kuhnke