Chainsaw Man has attracted popularity during its release last Fall 2022 – and honestly, it is not at all surprising.
The premise of a teenage boy named Denji navigating his way through a world with devils is intriguing. On top of that, he is accompanied by interesting and cool characters too – Power, Aki, Makima, Himeno, and Kobeni.
Particularly, Kobeni stood out because she is the scaredy-cat of the team. She is the one who is sweating and screaming a lot, which can be hilarious. She also puts two peace signs with her fingers to relax herself a little.
She wields a knife, and she is prone to make rash decisions out of fear. This leads to her teammates being at risk of being harmed due to her cowardness. This may be annoying to some, but Kobeni surprisingly has more to her than meets the eye.
1. She Never Wanted to Become a Devil Hunter
Kobeni mentioned that being a Devil Hunter was not really what she wanted. She is always filled with fear and uncertainty. Why did she go all the trouble to be a Public Safety Devil Hunter when she gets scared easily?
It is implied that she was only forced to become one by her family. This is probably because being a Devil Hunter pays well. They are protecting the nation and people from devils, after all.
What Kobeni really wanted is to be a college student. She is still young, only 20 years old. It is the perfect age for someone to enter college. However, it seems like she was not given any choice to pursue it.
2. She Came From a Poor Family
In light of the previous fact, Kobeni’s family is the one who forced her to become a Devil Hunter. They are most likely struggling financially, as they wanted Kobeni to work a high-paying job. They also gave Kobeni two choices for a job: become a Devil Hunter or sex worker.
It was revealed that they made Kobeni work because she has to pay for her brother’s tuition for college. It seems that her parents favor her brother more, and Kobeni has to sacrifice her own dreams.
From this, we can deduce that her family can be abusive, or they are just desperate to make ends meet. It is unfortunate that Kobeni cannot follow what she wants because of their situation.
Kobeni even elaborated that she only had ice cream three times in her life. She also enjoys it whenever other people pay for her food. This meant that she rarely gets to eat good food at home.
3. She Has 8 Sisters and 1 Brother
It was revealed that Kobeni’s family is actually a big one. She has 8 unnamed sisters and 1 brother. It is no wonder that the family may be dealing with financial problems. Most likely, they cannot handle addressing each sibling’s needs.
It is currently unknown if any of Kobeni’s sisters are working. What we can confirm is that she has an older sister who gave her a hand-me-down blue dress. This is the dress she wore during the newbie party of Public Hunters. Other Public Hunters thought that it looks cute on her.
4. She is Actually a Competent Fighter
Despite being cowardly, Kobeni is capable of fighting efficiently. Even her trainer, Himeno, stated that Kobeni is actually skilled. It was just her fear holding her back from fully using her abilities.
We see this when Katana Man and Akane Sawatari intended to get the Chainsaw Devil or Denji, for that matter. Before they got away, Kobeni arrived just in time.
She is very agile as she dodged Akane’s swift Snake Devil, and Katana Man’s bullets. She also flawlessly sliced off Katana Man’s arm without much effort with her knife. She seemed to be proficient in marksmanship, as she shot at Katana Man and Akane with precision. This led to the two to successfully retreat and leave Denji behind.
You can watch Kobeni’s fight scene here:
This is probably the scene that changed everyone’s perspective of Kobeni. While she may be annoying at the start because of her fright, she can still fight. Himeno would not have such a high opinion of her if Kobeni is utterly useless in battle. What she just really needs to work on is her confidence, and the ability to be level-headed in times of trouble.
5. The Devil She Has a Contract With is a Secret
Among Public Safety Devil Hunters, regular humans would have contracts with certain devils that can help them at their job. They cannot combat dangerous devils alone with their abilities. They would need the help of friendly or neutral devils to enhance their strengths so that they could stand a chance.
Kobeni is no exception, as she herself said she has a contract with a devil. However, she refused to share which devil it is as she prefers to keep it a secret.
But we can actually deduce from her fighting scene which possible devil she contracted with. It could be the Knife Devil, or even an Assassin Devil. We can never know for sure, but it is fun to theorize about it. There is an article that listed all of the best theories of which devil Kobeni has a contract with.