OP: 「Kick Back」 (Kick Back) Yonezu Kenshi
「犬とチェンソー」 (Inu do Chainsaw)
“Dog and chain saw”
Since the release in 2018, Chainsaw Man, like every successful WSJ publication, attracts attention and follows it with each subsequent chapter.Despite this, he finally slipped through the gaps for me, although I would lie if I said that I never heard anything about it.Whoever said that the criticism echoes louder than all compliments and praise, was not wrong.When I scrolled the network, some of the most common ratings were: “MC just wants to lie down and touch the tits!””This story doesn’t make sense!””Not enough explanations!”
Undoubtedly, it is difficult to formulate a full opinion based on one episode, but we can certainly say a few things.Perhaps you will want to join me in this ride when I try to find out if I agree or do not agree with the above votes?Here’s what I found this week:
Denji – hyperbola of male condition
From the very beginning, the author of Chainsaw Man takes huge hardships to establish Denji (Kikunosuke Toya) as the quintessence of a good, simple, honest man; He just wants to do an honest job and earn for his work. His father? He died and left him only a long and ultimatum. The boy contains a arrangement with the devil to get out of the debt, which we later learn that he was not even justified. Normal life? This is just a dream for him – he will probably die before he has a girlfriend (fear that is very related to the uncomfortably large percentage of the male population). Denji is a really tragic character of Tarantino. I mean that at the beginning of this story he came out of the nucleus, eye and kidney. Life circumstances deprived him of half of the masculinity, half of the visual perception and half of the life force [kidney are the magazine of Jīng, the fundamental building material for our physical existence and reproductive life force in traditional Chinese medicine]. Still, he doesn’t complain. It remains faithful to the relationship between work and money. He doesn’t even suspect that his whole situation is really a fraud and he plays a lost game. His two life aspirations, he thinks in his miserable cottage, is a luxury of jam on bread and a date with a girl. Are you asking about a sexy date? Lustful defeat? Not according to this window in his thoughts. He wants to go on a date, play video games together, and then fall asleep in a joint embrace. But even his dreams are interrupted by a deadly illness, and the debt literally knocks on his door: “It’s time to go to work!”
It is tragic that Denji does not even aspire to be rich. He is ready to do things like eating a cigarette for money to entertain people who still use his honesty. These people not only ask him too much, but also cut his payments through absurd management and interest fees. Despite this, when Denji dies cut into the dustbin, he wonders if he was too greedy to want to jam on his bread, underestimating what he already had. His only regret? Leaving your pet alone. Denji is murdered, betrayed and expelled from work by literally sold out zombies to change the gear. He takes him so much: “All right, I’ll just do what I want. And I’ll kill you if you stand on my way. Denji tried to seriously play this game; He collaborated with the system until the very end. He was intentionally cheated by the fake system and those who would gladly reject the peak of his work without doing anything [remember about management and administration fees that reduced his salary from 400,000. Up to 70,000], then died without reaching anything he wanted. him.
A greedy devil who threatens sales as a representation of the corporate work paradigm?A hilarious touch and very culturally significant.The devil’s “Employees” are ready to exchange their autonomy and even conscious knowledge, for a little power.Especially after the whole monologue of Yakuza, when he tells Denji that although he works cheaply and is as loyal as a dog, he cannot not hate Denji’s “stench”.After all, they can’t use it even further, because their own reflection is too repulsive.
It is all such a clear metaphor.Nothing is a mistake.Chainsaw Man issues a statement at every step;None of this is literal.And it is clear what the statement is.Regardless of whether the author meant this or not, Denji’s figure is a hyperbola of contemporary male condition.
The young Japanese faces pressure from all sides;Everyone wants an insolent piece of his honest work;He assumes duties that are not even his;naively expects a fair relationship between value and pay;Finding female intimacy is a fight;There is no time for dreams and he can’t get what he wants.But seeing how I found out that Fujimoto Tatsuki (author) studied beautiful art, specializing in Western painting, it’s hard for me to believe that this comment would be something other than intended.
If the number of references to Western films in OP (especially those from Tarantino) whatever indicates, it only confirms that this work is very metaphorical. The sad thing I notice is that the critical consumption of literature, art and media is dying at an alarming rate. People want them to be told what to think and that everything would be explained. And because the passive consumption of content is growing due to the endless cycle of supply and demand, we begin to collect its tragic consequences when people turn off the brains and simply log in “to entertainment ride”. I think people are difficult to look beyond the face of things. And in the case of Chainsaw Man it is not even so deep or hidden. The author really makes the case easier. Even at the end, when Denji becomes a physical manifestation of prolonged violence, his face and appendages transform into a chain saw blades, this expenditure of suppressed aggression literally melts when he is surrounded by nurturing feminine energy.
Does CGI bother me?Yes, but this does not diminish the message transmitted in this narrative.So far this is a fascinating story.I wonder how this program will develop.I don’t think it promised to be a masterpiece in case someone thought that my analysis indicates it.But Chainsaw Man is a bit darker, like Jigokuraku and Dorhedoro, which are a series that I really love and which stands out with its uniqueness, so I’m curious.
Ed 01: 「Chainsaw Blood」 (Chainsaw Blood)) by Vaunda