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Chainsaw Man's Opening Pays homage to Tarantino

by Staff Okuen 13 Oct 2022 0 Comments

Chainsaw Man's Opening Pays homage to Tarantino

Chainsaw Man's Opening Pays homage to Tarantino

The Chainsaw Man's opening can be seen as a love letter to the film industry, with many references to well-known films intertwined.

Tatsuki Fujimoto, creator of Chainsaw Man is a renowned filmmaker, and the opening theme for the series' anime adaptation perfectly captures his love of the medium.

Most anime openings tend to tease key scenes to captivate viewers.

While Chainsaw Man does show some fight scenes that will eventually air, the first half of the opening feature refers to iconic scenes from a different film.

As reported by Anime News Network, the opening sequence pays homage to several films, including, fittingly, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Accompanying the visual is the funky beat of “KICK BACK,” sung by Kenshi Yonezu.

Chainsaw Man's First Opening Full of Iconic Movies The

opening of Chainsaw Man begins with Denji pulling the strings to turn his saw and in the background is an engraving of Gustave Dore from The Divine Comedy.

The transition scene to Denji, Makima, Aki and Bond walking across the crosswalk, a reference to the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs.

The next reference is when Denji hugs Pochita close to his chest with the grave in the background, which is a rather ominous reference to the opening image of the mortuary monument in Hooper's 1974 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Man Massacre.

Kishibe is next shown holding a gun, a reference to a scene in another Tarantino film, 1994's Pulp Fiction, where Jules is locked in a gunfight with Ringo and Yolando at a restaurant.

The setting of Denji running to fight Katana Man just as Akane Sawatari jumps into a well, shimenawa coiling around him to ward off evil, is a reference to Kōji Shiraishi's 2016 Japanese horror film Sadako vs. Kayako.

To really understand that this is an homage to the film, the opening cuts to a scene where all the characters sit in a movie theater, watching the clip roll.

It then cuts to Denji and Aki's bowling with Denji using a cloth quickly wiping his bowling ball in a reference to the bowling scene from the 1998 black comedy film The Big Lebowski, which featured the iconic Jesus Quintana scene using the same method for him.