Chainsaw Man is finally getting an anime, but the release date situation remains a bit murky. The adaptation of the ridiculously gory and surprisingly great series is coming from MAPPA animation, the studio behind a run of recent hits like Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack on Titan Final Season — both of which will get new entries this year.
Even though we don’t know the exact date that the show will be starting, we do have a pretty good idea of when it will be and a few hints from other shows that might give us a clue for its debut date.
Chainsaw Man might be coming this fall season
Chainsaw Man’s adaptation was first announced last December. While anime projects are sometimes announced with a long runway, the lead up tends to be close to a year between announcement and release. MAPPA’s Jujutsu Kaisen was announced in late 2019 and released in October 2020, which makes for pretty good evidence that we could get Chainsaw Man this fall.
It’s worth noting that MAPPA will have some other projects on the way in the near future. Takt Op. Destiny, a new series that will be a co-production between MAPPA and Madhouse, is set to be come out on Oct. 5, while Jujutsu Kaisen 0, the prequel movie, is set to premiere on Dec. 24 — at least in Japan. Meanwhile, the studio also has Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 set to air sometime in early 2022.
Will Chainsaw Man stream on Netflix or Crunchyroll?
It’s currently unknown which western outlet will get the streaming rights to Chainsaw Man. Previous shows from MAPPA, like Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack on Titan Final Season Part 1 streamed on Crunchyroll. However, a recent rumor suggested that Netflix could be the eventual home of Chainsaw Man. This is a question we likely won’t get an answer on until a little closer to the show’s actual release, and one we’re especially not likely to get information on before the release date’s been announced.