the portal of Japan mojito compiled a series of comments made for the latest episode of the anime adaptation of it Chain Saw Man. In Kobeni’s fight scene, he suddenly stops shooting with no explanation. Although in the original manga it is clear that his gun ran out of bullets due to a click heard when he tries to fire again, the anime production decided to remove this hint and only show the gun’s slide open. It was this “realism” decision that left fans confused.
«The popular anime adaptation of “Chainsaw Man” gave something to talk about with its latest episode, derived from the production’s need to “make it too realistic”. In the ninth episode, titled “From Kyoto,” negative opinions emerged towards the battlefield starring demon slayer Kobeni Higashiyama.».
«Suddenly, the Demon Slayers are attacked by Akane Sawatari with her “Snake Demon” and Katana Man, who fused with the “Katana Demon”; both are so powerful that Himeno ends up dying, Power escapes, and Denji is sliced in half. Kobeni, who was attacked elsewhere, rushed to their support. After detecting an attack from the “Snake Demon” with his amazing physical abilities, he closed in on the two subjects at breakneck speed. He immediately struck Katana Man’s hand, picked up the pistol deftly, and fired without looking.».
«In the past, Kobeni has been portrayed as scary and unreliable, but this time he looks like a different person, playing an important role. Of course, there were comments like: “The Kobeni scene is still amazing no matter how many times I watch it”; “I like how they changed the perception of Kobeni with one scene”; and “Kobeni’s scene is amazing, full of dynamism”».
«However, yes several aspects of Kobeni’s battle scene were changed from the original manga, and some fans really don’t fully understand those decisions. At the start, in the original Chainsaw Man manga, after Kobeni shoots Katana Man, the gun runs out of ammunition and click the trigger to reveal it».
«However, in the anime adaptation, perhaps to reflect the production team’s need for realism, only the open slide of Kobeni’s pistol is shown to indicate that he is out of ammunition. Kobeni realizes this and stops shooting, thus removing the click that was heard in the original manga and introduced to the readers.».
«Although the realism of the scene increased, The audience had a hard time understanding the scene, especially because they didn’t understand why Kobeni suddenly stopped shooting and let them go, even within range. Of course, without the auditory clue, they had to check the gun to realize that the slide was open, that is, he no longer had bullets. In addition, the scene where Kobeni uses Denji as a shield also drew comments. In the anime, he moves from a distance to where Denji is and uses his body as a shield, but this seems to break the rhythm, since in the manga there is a sudden change of situation.».
«It is for this reason that there were comments like the following in networks: “I don’t understand, did Kobeni run out of bullets or why did he suddenly stop shooting?“; “Wow, Kobeni surprised him with his moves in battle, but his aim is lousy. He was facing her when he was leaving, why didn’t he shoot?“; “Kobeni’s accuracy is definitely at his worst“; Y”Kobeni was so fast that they called her “monkey”, so why didn’t you move like that and kill both enemies?“. It seems that the need for realism requires the audience to know certain things in order to understand the story, a somewhat complicated decision. Considering that owning a gun in Japan is something that doesn’t happen very often, how would the viewer understand how a gun works without bullets? Maybe things are better left as they were».
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