‘Chainsaw Man’ Opening Sequences Side-by-Side With The Movie Scenes They Reference

The highly anticipated “Chainsaw Man” anime premiered on Tuesday, featuring one of the most memorable opening sequences in recent memory.

While most of the openings tease viewers with the show’s main cast and upcoming fight sequences, the opening of Studio Mappa’s animated adaptation from the acclaimed shonen manga pays homage to some of the most iconic films and moments in cinematic history.

The opening scene features series characters Denji, Makima, Aki and Bond in costume at an intersection as a nod to the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 feature debut.”reservoir dogs.” The shot is just one of three references to the director’s ultra-violent films and black humor sprinkled throughout.

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The next sequence shows Denji clutching his fellow chainsaw devil Pochita to his chest, which is a fitting nod to the corpse monument shot in the 1974 slasher.”The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Some other notable references include sequences inspired by films made by the Coen brothers, including one that riff off of Jesus Quintana’s iconic bowling ball rubbing technique from black comedy”The great Lebowski.”

The opening was directed and scripted by prolific animator Shingo Yamashito, whose past work includes the 13th opening of “Naruto Shippuden” and the opening for “Jujutsu Kaisenand its theme is an electrifying rock number by Kenshi Yonezu titled “FLIP.”

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“Chainsaw Man” centers on an unlucky boy named Denji who gains the ability to turn parts of his body into chainsaws after fusing with a chainsaw devil named Pochita.

A side-by-side comparison of some of the intro references to the actual movie scenes that inspired them was compiled by the Twitter user. @Yuyucow in a video that has been viewed more than 3 million times since it was shared on Tuesday. Watch it below:

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