Chainsaw Man‘s season finale not only featured the Chainsaw Devil confronting the Katana Devil, but it also hinted at where the anime may go if and when a second season is released. While no official word has been made on Denji and the company having a feature-length film, the gory Shonen franchise will have its first live-action adaptation next year, though it may not be in the way that many fans imagined.
Following this recent confirmation that Denji, Aki, Power, and Makima will be gracing the stage, an official Twitter account for the Chainsaw Man live-action stage play has been launched and will release future details, joining series such as Spy x Family and Attack on Titan that have done the same.
Many anime series have been adapted into live-action stage plays in Japan, including Shonen franchises such as My Hero Academia, Naruto, Bleach, and The Prince of Tennis. Chainsaw Man The Stage is the official title of the planned stage play, which will premiere in Japan in September and October of next year, with director Fumiya Matsuzaki set to direct.
Imagining Denji‘s story in live-action is challenging, given the wild supernatural challenges that the Shonen protagonist has faced in the past, but given that a Beastars live-action stage play has already arrived, we could easily see this Shonen series on the stage.
MAPPA has yet to confirm if Chainsaw Man’s anime adaptation would receive a second season, though this could be owing to the fact that the production house has so many projects planned to hit the small screen next year. Returning to the gloomy series Attack on Titan and Jujutsu Kaisen, the animation company has also taken up Vinland Saga for its second season, as well as presenting the universe of Hell’s Paradise.
Seeing Aki, Denji, Power, and Makima in action on a live stage is definitely an experience that’s one for the books!