With the airing of the season 1 finale, at the moment marks the ultimate Chainsaw Man Tuesday of the 12 months. Though our squad of dirtbag major characters have been by rather a lot by the 12 quick episodes of the sequence, none of them have suffered as a lot as Kobeni Higashiyama.
Chainsaw Man is the story of Denji, a down on his luck teenage boy who, up till a number of weeks in the past, thought he’d die with out ever touching a boob. In the intervening time, he’s merged with the Chainsaw Satan and has been employed beneath risk of loss of life by the Japanese authorities to combat different devils. Denji is a major character, and whereas loads of horrible issues have already occurred to him, there’s at the least the pretense that he’ll study from it.
Kobeni Higashiyama is just not a major character. She’s a fellow satan hunter alongside Denji, however she doesn’t have his powers of the Chainsaw Satan — at the least, none she will share or wield in the mean time. In actual fact, she doesn’t appear to have any powers in any respect. Kobeni spends most of her time screaming and crying when confronted with the ultraviolence Denji turns into accustomed to. If Denji’s journey is of discovering what trendy life is all about, Kobeni’s life is a slapstick routine. She’s already trapped within the rat race. She doesn’t need to be there, however she doesn’t have a selection. Her dad and mom advised her she wanted to become profitable to ship her brother to school, and she or he had a selection between being a satan hunter or a intercourse employee.
Though I really feel unhealthy for Kobeni and the never-ending stream of distress she experiences, having her round in Chainsaw Man is like having a personality from a Coen brothers film in my trendy, hyper-violent anime. She’s type of like Brad Pitt’s character in Burn After Studying, in that she has no thought what’s occurring and is continually in nice hazard, or like Barton Fink, in that she largely makes the improper selections and is continually, inexplicably moist with sweat, tears, or some combination of each. Not like her fellow satan hunters, she will’t even maintain her cool upon seeing the eldritch terrors she’s imagined to combat. She reacts like several common schmuck would; screaming, crying, and begging for mercy.
What’s most hilarious about Kobeni’s struggling to me is she doesn’t even get to die. As her colleagues drop like flies round her, Kobeni, for no matter motive, stays alive. By the point this season ends, virtually each one of many satan hunters Kobeni is aware of have been killed. However not Kobeni. Although she longs for the candy embrace of loss of life, she as a substitute has the privilege of waltzing as much as the season’s ultimate confrontation, and will get blood splattered on her face for her bother. When her fellow satan hunter Aki asks her why she’s nonetheless doing this job, she solutions bonuses are developing quickly.
What Denji learns about all through Chainsaw Man is the mundanity of the fashionable world. Issues that appeared magical, virtually mythological to him earlier than changing into a satan hunter, like touching breasts and hanging out with women, end up to not be as life-changing as he assumed. However whereas Denji could be on a journey of self-actualization, most of us watching are like Kobeni. Nothing particular occurs to us. The universe doesn’t bend itself towards ushering alongside our private growth. All of us simply need to maintain going to our shitty jobs till they kill us, or we get our bonuses. Kobeni could also be handier with a knife on the finish of the season than the beginning, however no grand future awaits her. Together with her luck, she’ll by no means die.