Chainsaw Man Season 1 Finale Ending Explained

The first season of Chainsaw Man anime has reached its conclusion, and it is one of the most action-packed finales of all time. There is a lot of confusion, action, and plot points to unpack for the viewers. While manga readers will take it all in without batting an eye, anime viewers might miss out on key details. But worry not because we have you covered. However, please make sure to watch the Chainsaw Man anime‘s entire first season to avoid ruining this great story. With that said, let’s dive in and witness the Chainsaw Man season 1 finale.

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Finale Explained (2022)

Chainsaw Man Anime Season 1 Ending Explained

Note: Please watch the previous episodes or read the recaps for Chainsaw Man Season 1 episodes before moving forward.

The final episode of Chainsaw Man’s first season opens with the ghost devil holding Aki by the neck while he remembers Himeno. Then, it drops Aki down, hands him a cigarette, and for unknown reasons, allows him to kill it. At the same time, Kobeni sneaks behind Akane, the woman who controls the snake devil, and puts a knife to her neck.

Chainsaw Man vs Katana Man

Meanwhile, Power gets busy taking care of the zombies within the enemy’s hideout and Denji arrives on the floor where Katana Man is hiding. There, he first meets him as a human, who turns into his hybrid form after a little conversation. Then, the two devil hybrids jump out of the window and have an intense battle on top of the roofs of neighboring buildings. Eventually, they find themselves on top of a train, trying to understand each other’s perspective. But thanks to Denji’s openness to his thoughts, the conversation doesn’t last long.

They soon enter the interior of the train, risking the lives of all the passengers onboard. Here, Katana Man overpowers Chainsaw Man and cuts off both his arms while he is protecting the passengers. It seems like everything is about to end. Still, Denji rises up and starts fighting only with the help of the chainsaw on his head. But even that gets broken soon enough. This feels like the end for Chainsaw Man, but we learn that Denji ended up slashing Katana man in half with a chainsaw coming out from his leg. And with that, Denji ostensibly wins the Katana Man vs Chainsaw Man battle in the season finale.

After the Katana Man Fight

Being a hybrid, Katana Man survives and turns back into its human form. But Denji easily ties him down while he’s unconscious. Aki soon arrives at the scene and calls for backup. Then, keeping up the anime’s dark humor, the two take turns kicking Katana Man’s human form in the crotch. Though, since he is alive, the Chainsaw Man season 1 finale is probably not the last time we will be seeing Katana Man.

However, the villain who isn’t going to show up in later seasons is Akane. In the final minutes of the episode, we learn that she committed suicide with the help of the snake devil because of her contract with the Gun devil (one of the most powerful devils in Chainsaw Man). Our heroes won’t need her anymore as they found enough pieces of the gun devil during this mission. Combining them makes the pieces move toward the gun devil.

Chainsaw Man Post Credits Scene Explained

The after-credits scene in episode 12 of Chainsaw Man season 1 opens with Aki smoking and remembering Himeno, while Power and Denji are in deep sleep. At that moment, Denji is having a strange dream where he is standing next to a door with a bunch of pages stuck to it. But before he could open the door, Pochita’s voice warns him against opening it. Though, it seems that Pochita (aka the Chainsaw devil) is the one behind the door, as the voice seems to be coming from behind it.

Then, in the final scene of episode 12, we witness a girl walking toward, what appears to be, a cafe. As she approaches the street next to the cafe, she says “Denji, country mouse and city mouse, who do you think is better?” Manga readers might already know who this mysterious character is but everyone else has to wait for at least a few months to find out. One thing we can assure is that it will definitely be worth the wait.

Who Is The Girl Shown in Chainsaw Man Finale Ending?

*MAJOR SPOILERS* This section includes information for the upcoming season of Chainsaw Man while answering who was the girl we saw in the post-credit scene of the final episode. And the answer is Reze.

The girl we meet in the after credits of the Chainsaw Man season 1’s finale is none of than Reze (aka the Bomb devil hybrid). In the manga, she first acts as Denji’s new love interest but soon reveals her sinister plan to literally steal Chainsaw Man’s heart. From the looks of it, the anime is following in the same footsteps and the next season will open with a knock by Reze.

Image Courtesy: Chainsaw Man manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto – Chapter 40 (Shonen Jump)

Expanding on her character, Reze is a hybrid form of the bomb devil, just like the Katana Man and the Chainsaw Man. In this form, a human can willingly access the powers of a contracted devil while retaining consciousness. She is an agent of the Soviet Union whose main purpose is to capture Pochita. In her devil form, Reze’s head resembles an atomic bomb, and as you might expect, her powers let her create explosions and even explode herself. Being a hybrid, the latter move is not fatal for her but the same can’t be said for her enemies.

Where Will Season 2 of Chainsaw Man Anime Begin?

If the creators don’t venture too far from the original source material, the next season of Chainsaw Man will begin with the Bomb Girl arc. It is the fifth arc of the first part of the manga and introduces us to the next major character in the CSM universe.

From this point onwards, the plot will introduce you to a bunch of powerful Chainsaw Man devils until finally revealing one of the biggest plot twists of the entire shonen genre. Though, we suspect the final chapters of Chainsaw Man manga’s first part to only get adapted in the third season of Chainsaw Man. Nevertheless, Chainsaw Man season 2 will still be packed with a bunch of exciting plotlines.

However, if you are impatient and wish to read the Chainsaw Man manga after watching the first season, we have you covered. We have a dedicated article on where to start Chainsaw Man manga after watching Season 1. Go check out the exact chapter number in the article, so you can finally learn more about Reze, the Gun Devil, and more.

Chainsaw Man Episode 12 – Season Finale Ending Song

The season finale of Chainsaw Man ends with Stream Fight Song by Eve, a popular Japanese artist who is known for creating Kaikai Kitan, the opening theme of Jujutsu Kaisen anime. Use the linked list of Chainsaw Man’s opening and ending songs to find out about all the key soundtracks of the first season, along with streaming platform links.

Ending of Chainsaw Man Season 1

With that, you now know everything there is to know about the end of Chainsaw Man’s first season. But with that, you now have to face the inevitable wait for the next season which, for now, doesn’t have any release date. Fortunately, there is a workaround for the same by going directly to the source material. You just need to use our guide to figure out where to start the Chainsaw Man manga after Season 1’s ending. Having said that, which is your favorite moment from the first season of Chainsaw Man? Tell us in the comments below!

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