Although Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto is hailed as a great storyteller, he also describes himself as a movie buff who is inspired by everything he sees and readable. And in fact, the work of Chainsaw Man has many different inspirations, combined into one.
If you’ve ever wondered why Chainsaw Man is so popular, it could be partly due to the way Fujimoto has fused the languages of TV and cinema together and still feels so fresh and wild. .
Here are the inspirations for Tatsuki Fujimoto to create Chainsaw Man:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Fujimoto stated during his presentation at the MAPPA 10th anniversary celebration that American history inspired his interest in chainsaws. So it makes perfect sense that Chainsaw Man was inspired by the most famous chainsaw in cinema in the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The Monogatari series has been widely praised for its unique storytelling, direction, and visual effects. And then the birth of Kizumonogatari – a trilogy released in 2016, had a significant influence on this pivotal moment in Chainsaw Man’s history.
According to various sources, it was inspired by one of the greatest battles. It was the match between Koyomi Araragi vs Shinobu Oshino.
Abara is a much shorter series than Chainsaw Man, which has only two volumes. However, its content is very unique and impressive. This work was nominated for the Eisner Prize and clearly marked Fujimoto.
Abara is set in a fantasy world with majestic buildings. The story revolves around objects known as Gauna. Gauna has the ability to transform his skeleton into protective armor and combat weapons. Transformation starts from the spine and forms a protective layer of armor with many layers. Abrara is started when a strange creature attacks the city. A man possessing a special strength has reluctantly come forward to confront this creature…
At first glance, it sounds quite similar to the situation in Chainsaw Man, right. When Chainsaw Man hit 3 million copies released in 2020, Fujimoto called his work “Abara Pop”.
Furi Kuri or FLCL is a hit anime, especially in the United States. In 2020, Tatsuki Fujimoto labeled Chainsaw Man as the “Demon of FLCL”. This suggests that the FLCL movie not only inspired Chainsaw Man in general, but is also suspected to have inspired a number of key characters. For example, Makima, she has many similarities with FLCL’s mysterious Haruko Haruhara.
The Wolf Brigade: Jin-Roh is a little-known 1999 animated film written by Mamoru Oshii, the director of Ghost in the Shell. This is a psychological action series that revolves around Kazuki Fuse, a soldier from the special unit who failed to finish off a young terrorist before he blew himself up.
The incident left a scar for Kazuki, yet he ended up having a relationship with the terrorist’s sister. Fujimoto has said that Jin-Roh inspired Reze in Chainsaw Man along with his backstory.
The Big Lebowski
As it turns out, one of the most beloved Chainsaw Man characters was directly inspired by another classic American film, The Big Lebowski’s Walter Sobchak. Stubborn, overly aggressive, and somewhat delusional, Walter Sobchak is the main inspiration for Denji’s arrogant and insidious counterpart, Power. This was revealed during Fujimoto’s interview at Jump Festa 2021.