As the remnants of Task Force 4 reel from the devastation of the force, Aki and Denji grapple with a sense of loss.
Kodoani.com – The following contains spoilers for Episode 10 of Chainsaw Man
When someone dies, those who stay will have to deal with their feelings and have to find a way to move on. The ability to mourn someone’s death and experience a deep sense of regret about what happened is often thought of as a core part of being human. In contrast to the thrilling action sequences that have always been at the forefront of the series, Chainsaw Man episode 10 takes a deep and thorough look at this darkest situation. In doing so, it not only explores the plight of those who suffer from survivor’s guilt, but also questions whether it is possible to lose one’s humanity.
Episode 10 shows Denji and the rest of Special Team 4 recovering from a brutal ambush led by Samurai Sword and Sawatari. Although they were able to fight them and were forced to retreat, the battle was not without its cost, as most of the Demon Hunters of the Public Safety Team were killed in the attack. Most notable among the casualties was Himeno, Aki Hayakawa’s longtime associate. The episode sees Aki grappling with her death and the emotions that come with it, including his attempt to become stronger for revenge.
Himeno’s impact on the rest of the members
As the most human-like of the central cast, Aki was, in some ways, the one who suffered the most of those attacked. Severely injured in the fight, he is currently recovering in the hospital. When he finally realizes that his dear friend and comrade Himeno are dead, she sacrifices her life to help them survive, which breaks him down. To push back the pain home, in between moments with her Demon Hunter colleagues, Aki was visited by Himeno’s older sister, who brought with her letters Himeno had written to her, many of them which details her feelings for Aki.
Since many family members of the deceased Demon Hunters have blamed their relatives’ surviving colleagues, it is unclear whether Himeno’s sister gave Aki the letters with good intentions or not. bad. What is clear, however, is how deeply they have influenced him, forcing him to do everything in his power to exact revenge on those who killed her. Even when the contract between him and the Demon Fox was broken, and with only two years of life left due to the deal with the Demon of the Cursed, Aki’s sense of revenge was so strong that he ended the episode by taking a risk. his life to gain the power of the Devil of the Future.
Conversely, the episode also sees Denji, who witnesses Aki’s devastating condition, questioning his own ability to experience grief. Although it was only for a short time, the guy and Himeno forged a friendship, leaving Denji confused because he wasn’t sad about her death. Denji quickly dismissed the idea, not wanting to focus too much on anything that bore him, but it made him wonder if merging with Pochita would make him Denji lost some important aspect of himself or not.
Death and Morality for the Devil
Denji doesn’t seem to be entirely alone in this, as Power, a Devil, has had little or no reaction to her colleague’s death. This is what Kishibe, the veteran Demon Hunter who intends to train the pair to ask about how to identify them as inhuman. Having said that, there seems to be a certain amount of truth to this, as both Power and Denji spend most of the episode being broken and killed, respectively, only to recover after a similar amount of time. relatively short.
A palpable difference in impact separates Denji and Power from Aki, implying that the ability to sense devastation after someone’s death, is a phenomenon that can draw a line between these characteristics. human point. As a Devil in a human body and a human fused with the Devil, Power and Denji experience a sense of paralysis where others can find sadness. However, neither of them is completely devoid of such feelings, as both are disappointed after losing their pets Meowy and Pochita, perhaps indicating that they both have enough of that nature inside of them. for something.
Makima’s role in current and future events
Additionally, neither Power nor Denji have much history with anyone who has gone missing, leaving a personal distance to lessen the impact on them. What may be most disturbing, however, is that Makima has absolutely no expression of sadness, who seems to have worked with the deceased members of the Division for quite some time. Although she doesn’t appear much in the episode, aside from introducing Power and Denji to Kishibe, she seems to be traveling on business as usual, completely unfazed by her subordinate’s death. When combined with Madoka’s belief that she knew something about the attack before it happened, along with her inexplicable survival and reversal of the onslaught, a dark shadow of speculation over who or what she might be.
Other than that, this could be just one example of the tragedies that will befall the remnants of Special Team 4. With the other Special Teams about to merge under the command of Makima, Denji, and the group. sure to reach an agreement with new colleagues as they track down the attackers. Since this seems to be just a prelude to the hunt for the Gun Devil, the number of corpses will surely continue to increase. Those who are left behind may have to train themselves and whatever humanity they have to get through.