Chainsaw Man is getting its anime adaptation this October, and the CEO of MAPPA, Manabu Otsuka, gave an interview to IGN France where he talked about the desire to possibly animate the other works from the shonen hit creator Tatsuki Fujimoto. He said that he has read all of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s works, but also that their current focus is solely Chainsaw Man. It’s the first anime that MAPPA is producing 100% in-house, which means that everything from the production and marketing to merchandising is in their hands. However, if Chainsaw Man is successful, we may see more of Fujimoto’s works get animated.
Besides Chainsaw Man, the only other serialized manga from Tatsuki Fujimoto was Fire Punch. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ and ran from April 2016 to January 2018.
Viz Media licensed it in English, and they describe the story:
Orphaned siblings Agni and Luna, like the Ice Witch who cursed their world, are two of the “blessed,” humans who hold special abilities. However, not all who are blessed are friendly, and after another of their kind attacks Agni and decimates the orphans’ village, Agni fights to survive, vowing revenge.
The other works from Tatsuki Fujimoto that the MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka is likely referring to are his one-shots. They are Look Back, Goodbye, Eri and Just Listen to the Song. You can read the synopsis for each one below:
With his mother dying, Yuta attempts to capture her last days on his phone. After her death, Yuta heads to the roof of the hospital to commit suicide, but a meeting with a strange girl leads him on the path to making a movie. (Manga Plus)
Fujino is a fourth grader who draws a manga strip for the school newspaper. Her art makes her the star of the class, but one day she’s told that Kyomoto, a student who refuses to come to school, would also like to submit a manga for the paper… (Manga Plus)
Just Listen to the Song
A unique one-shot from the mad genius behind Chainsaw Man and the rising star of To Strip the Flesh. (VIZ)
We’re looking forward to the Chainsaw Man anime in October, and we’ll have to wait and see if MAPPA ends up animating more works from Tatsuki Fujimoto in the future!
Source: IGN France via IGN Japan
Chainsaw Man ©Tatsuki Fujimoto / Shueisha, MAPPA
Fire Punch ©Tatsuki Fujimoto / Shueisha
Look Back ©Tatsuki Fujimoto / Shueisha