Despite its title, Chainsaw Man is a manga series that offers more than just gore and humor. Creator Tatsuki Fujimoto’s skill in crafting character-driven stories is evident in the series’ subtle and thought-provoking moments. While readers may find entertainment in the series’ violence and comedic elements, it is the quiet reflections that keep them engaged. Recently, Asa has been the character providing these introspective moments, and the latest chapter of Chainsaw Man demonstrates why she is a deserving heroine.
For those who haven’t caught up with the series, chapter 124 was recently released and features Fujimoto’s trademark blend of violent introspection. Asa faces her greatest challenge yet with the Falling Devil, and even the powerful War Devil, Yoru, struggles to overcome the primal fear it induces. Despite Yoru’s attempts to rescue her, Asa confronts the devil and gives him a much-needed dressing down.
“I don’t know the first thing about you. You’re always saying scary things and you take over my body whenever you want and you cut my hand,” Asa cries. As the weight of the Falling Devil bears down on her, Asa’s body language reveals that she is unraveling, with much to ponder upon. Tatsuki Fujimoto has woven Asa’s life with intricate layers of angst that have led her to this point. Unlike characters such as Denji, who fought against their fate gradually, Asa seems resigned to her existence. However, the arrival of Yoru ignites something within her, though it remains unclear whether this newfound spark is a blessing or a curse, only time will tell.
As for this latest chapter, Chainsaw Man lays Asa bare in this chapter and puts words to her greatest fears. “I have trust issues, but I’m lonely so once in a while, I’ll approach someone but something always goes wrong. I get hurt and then wind up alone again. Solitude and companionship, I’m afraid of both!”
Through a deceptively simple spread, Tatsuki Fujimoto taps into a universal fear that many of us face in life, and Asa is our avatar in Chainsaw Man, fighting to overcome it. Unlike typical shonen series that rely on unwavering optimism to save the day, the world Asa and Denji inhabit is a sharp and unforgiving one. However, in chapter 124, Chainsaw Man proves that even those resigned to their fate can confront their fears and persevere, making Asa an A-list protagonist in every sense.