Published On: Mon, Oct 17th, 2022

The Film Reference-Filled ‘Chainsaw Man’ Opening Is Perfection

Screenshot from the opening to Chainsaw Man

The much-hyped anime adaption of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man has finally premiered. Expectations for the series are high, thanks to Japanese animation studio MAPPA, which gave us Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack on Titan. Maybe I’m a dummy, but I was so excited for the meat of the Chainsaw Man anime that I didn’t realize how giddy I was to see the OP until it was right in front of my face. That opening? Perfect. A perfect OP.

As much as the internet was praising the first episode of the anime, even that seemed to take a back seat to everyone freaking out about the OP. The Chainsaw Man OP boasts beautiful animation, courtesy of director Shingo Yamashita, and a catchy-ass song, “KICK BACK” by Kenshi Yonezu. The vibe is both gritty and incredibly fun — it’s freaking Chainsaw Man. How thoroughly the OP nails it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise: MAPPA brought a ton of its Jujutsu Kaisen staff to Chainsaw Man, including Yamashita, who directed the second OP for Jujutsu.

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