10 Best Manga and Anime like Chainsaw Man

Manga of Chainsaw Man

Hundreds of new manga titles are released every year, and what should you read now? Many manga fans have got into dark-fantasy manga all over the world recently. Above all, Chainsaw Man is now one of the hottest manga in the Shonen Jump lineup.

Chainsaw Man has been just completed with the first part on Weekly Shonen Jump, and the sequel has been serialized on Shonen Jump+ online. Furthermore, Chainsaw Man will be adapted into the anime series by Mappa.

If you are a fan of Chainsaw Man or miss the completed serialization on Weekly Shonen Jump, I’d like to introduce 10 best manga and anime series like Chainsaw Man.

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About Chainsaw Man

Chainsaw Man
Chainsaw Man

Chainsaw Man (チェンソーマン) is an action, dark fantasy manga written by Tatsuki Fujimoto. The new face was added to Weekly Shonen Jump in 2019 and serialized till the first part with 97 episodes came to the end in December, 2020. There are 11 volumes in the part 1 of the manga series.

The part 2 has been serialized on the Shueisha’s online magazine Shonen Jump+ since July, 2022, and an anime adaptation will be made by a Japanese animation studio Mappa which created the anime series of Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan The Final Season and so on. The first trailer has been just released on Mappa Stage 2021 -10th Anniversary-!

A protagonist Denji lives hand to mouth working as a devil hunter with his pet dog devil Pochita. He is killed by devils and revived since Pochita merges with the heart of Denji. He gets an ability to transform himself into Chainsaw Man, the devil of chainsaws, and engages in beating the Gun Devil as a member of Public Safety Devil Hunter.

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10 Best Manga and Anime Series like Chainsaw Man

1. Fire Punch

Fire Punch
Fire Punch

Fire Punch (ファイアパンチ) is the first serialized manga of Tatsuki Fujimoto, who is the manga artist of Chainsaw Man. The dark-fantasy manga was released between 2016 and 2018 on Shonen Jump+. It has been not adapted into an anime series but there are 8 volumes of manga.

Fire Punch consists of 3 parts and is set in an apocalyptic world in the ice age that is led by the magic of the Ice Witch. It follows two orphans Agni and his sister Luna, who have an special ability of immortality.

Both Fire Punch and Chainsaw Man include shocking scenes and taboo themes, which a wider range of fans are attracted by.

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2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

If you like Chainsaw Man, you should have read Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃), which is one of the best popular manga and anime series around the world. The manga series, which started on Weekly Shonen Jump in 2016, was just completed in May, 2020. The first season of the anime adaptation was broadcasted in 2019, followed by the smash hit movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train in 2020.

The dark fantasy depicts the contract between humans and demons in a fictional old Japan. A protagonist Tanjiro Kamado is focused on until he beats the king of devils in revenge for his lost family and in search of a way to restore his sister Nezuko back to a human.

The characters and story of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba are different from those of Chainsaw Man, however, both makes a major impact on readers in many senses.

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3. Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8
Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8 (怪獣8号), which is also known as Monster #8 in English, is one of the latest popular manga series, highly recommended to read if you like Chainsaw Man. The action and fantasy manga, written by Naoya Matsumoto, has led Shonen Jump Plus and Manga Plus since its serialization started on the official online manga websites in July, 2020. The vast majority of fans of Kaiju No. 8 expect it is adapted into an anime series in the near future.

The story begins when a 32-year-old man named Kafka Hibino gets the ability to transform himself into a monster in Kaiju No. 8 as Denji can be transformed into a Devil in Chainsaw Man. Kafka fights against the vicious monsters as a member of the Defense Force hiding his inconvenient ability and appearance.

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4. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul

As one of the most popular dark-fantasy manga and anime, Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種トーキョーグール) should be picked up for those who like Chainsaw Man. Tokyo Ghoul and its sequel Tokyo Ghoul:re were serialized on Weekly Young Jump between 2011 and 2018. They were adapted into three titles of anime series Tokyo Ghoul, Tokyo Ghoul √A and Tokyo Ghoul:re.

The setting of Tokyo Ghoul is an alternate Tokyo where people and Ghouls exist. Ghouls look like a normal human but live on human flesh as food. One day, a 18-year-old boy Ken Kaneki is attacked by a ghoul to be almost dead, nevertheless, he is restored by transplanting the Ghoul’s organ into him.

He is forced to live as a half-human, half-Ghoul as Denji becomes a half-devil in Chainsaw Man. There are lots in common between the two dark-fantasy series.

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5. Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen (呪術廻戦) is one of the most trendy manga and anime series. The action dark-fantasy manga’s publication started on Weekly Shonen Jump in 2018 and it is adapted into the anime series by Mappa that is in charge of the anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man.

Jujutsu Kaisen follows a high school boy named Yuji Itadori who gets a powerful curse power by taking a part of the king of curses called Sukuna in his body. He fights against curses and other sorcerers as a student of Tokyo Metropolitan Magic Technical College.

Both Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man focus on antiheroes like Yuji Itadori including Sukuna and Denji including the Chainsaw Devil. You cannot talk about the modern Shonen Jump without the two manga.

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6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Golden Wind

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険) is a recommended manga and anime series for fans of Chainsaw Man. The classic dark-fantasy adventure manga has been published since 1987, which consists of eight different parts so far, and has been made into the anime series since 2012. It’s been just announced that the latest 6th part titled Stone Ocean will be broadcasted in 2022 as the season 5.

If you like the dark-fantasy story and unique characters in Chainsaw Man, the 5th part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure titled Golden Wind should be have priority. You can enjoy JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure wherever you start since each part is almost completed. The whole series tells the story of the Joestar family and Dio Brando and his successors focusing on different protagonists in every part. Golden Wind, also known as Vento Aureo, is set in Naples, Italy, following a 15-year-old boy Giorno Giovanna, who plans to eliminate the gang called Passione from inside. There are a variety of characters with their Stands in the gang group.

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7. Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro
Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro (ドロヘドロ) is a hot action, dark-fantasy manga and anime series similar to Chainsaw Man. Dorohedoro, written by Q Hayashida, consists of 23 volumes that were published from 2000 to 2018. It is also adapted into the anime series by Mappa in 2020.

Dorohedoro revolves around a protagonist named Caiman, whose head is transformed into a reptile. He fights against sorcerers to get back his original head and lost memory with his friend Nikaido.

You can see impressive characters with grotesquery and comedy scenes in Dorohedoro as well as Chainsaw Man. The appearance of Caiman may also be associated with Chainsaw Man.

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8. Dororo

The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru
The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru

Dororo (どろろ) is a classic historical dark-fantasy manga and anime series for all ages. The original manga series was written by the legendary manga artist Osamu Tezuka between 1967 and 1969, and its remake manga The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru has been serialized by Satoshi Shiki since 2018. There are also both old and modern versions in the anime series. The first anime adaptation was released in 1969, and the new quality version was produced with 24 episodes in 2019 by a popular anime studio Mappa, which also creates the anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man.

Set in Japan in the Muromachi period (1336-1573), Dororo revolves around a young thief girl named Dororo and a teenage Samurai named Hyakkimaru, who loses any part of the body from birth. The blind, deaf and dumb boy hunts demons to get parts of his body back, traveling with Dororo.

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9. Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku

Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku
Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku (地獄楽), written by Yuji Kaku, was serialized on Shonen Jump Plus between 2018 and 2021, where the sequel of Chainsaw Man will be serialized in the near future. There are 13 volumes containing 127 episodes published in the manga series. It’s also officially announced that Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku will be made into an anime series adaptation.

The dark-fantasy and drama manga is set in the late Edo period (1603-1868), focusing on a protagonist Gabimaru, who is known as the strongest Ninja. He is sentenced to die but is given a chance to let himself walk free at the same time. A female executioner Yamada Asaemon Sagiri suggests him to find an elixir of eternal life an isolated island to discharge himself.

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10. Look Back

Look Back
Look Back

Look Back is a new coming-of-age manga, released as the 143-page long oneshot story on the free online manga site Shonen Jump Plus and translated into English on Manga Plus by Shueisha in July, 2021. The much-hyped manga is written by the hottest manga artist Tatsuki Fujimoto, who is famous for the recent dark-fantasy manga series Chainsaw Man.

Look Back focuses on a fourth-grade elementary school girl Fujino, who draws a manga strip for the school newspaper. She finds out about a truant Kyomoto, who is better at drawing than Fujino. The story unfolds after the two main characters, which captures and touches your heart emotionally.

The one-shot manga depicts the story looking below the surface of teenagers and alternative possibilities that could relate to them.

Their names seem to partly originate in the author’s name: “Fuji (藤)” of Fujino comes from Fuji of Fujimoto (藤本) and “Moto (本)” of Kyomoto from Moto of Fujimoto (藤本). That means their story is inspired by the real life of the manga artist.

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