Not all anime is created equal, and in fact not everything looks the same. Sure, the medium has a shared aesthetic, but the anime we know today looks very different from what we saw decades ago. Still, this retro look is always popular with netizens, and one artist is going viral for giving Chainsaw Man a throwback.
As you can see below, the art comes from Twitter user hanavbara, a popular fanpage that specializes in retro anime. Not long ago, the account exploded thanks to a tribute to Chainsaw Man, and you can see why fans are obsessed with the makeover below.
retro chainsaw man 🪚😈 #チェンソーマン #chainsaw pic.twitter.com/vgrilBO2bE
— 🌸 STORE OPEN (@hanavbara) February 3, 2023
After all, this retro style brings together some of the best style points from the ’80s and ’90s. The sharp line art, bold colors and exaggerated eyes suit Chainsaw Man despite his shojo lens. Makima somehow looks like a puppet from Sailor Moon, while Aki rocks his big eyes. And of course, Pochita is thriving with this retro makeover.
Obviously, this art style is very different from how we met Chainsaw Man. Creator Tatsuki Fujimoto has a looser art style, and Studio MAPPA gave his anime adaptation a more realistic aesthetic. Still, this interpretation works even with Chainsaw Man’s graphic nature. And to be honest, we need to see what Chainsaw Man vs Katana Man would look like in this style ASAP.
What do you think of this retro take on Chainsaw Man…? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or give me a call on Twitter @Megan Peters CB.