Finn Wolfhard and Guillermo del Toro Talk About Chainsaw Man Anime

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Finn and Del Talk about Chainsaw Man in WIRED Interview; Credits: WIRED
Finn and Del Talk about Chainsaw Man in WIRED Interview; Credits: WIRED

The WIRED Autocomplete Interviews have all our hearts, and last Saturday, it was a treat for the anime fans. It is rare even for anime to be brought up in these interviews so fans were caught off guard by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and Pinocchio’s director Guillermo del Toro talking about Death Note and Chainsaw Man. 

Stranger Things lead Finn Wolfhard is voicing Candlewick in Guillermo del Toro’s recently released Pinocchio animated film, and the two got down for a video that WIRED magazine uploaded this Thursday. 

In the video, the two use autocomplete recommendations to ask each other questions based on commonly used Internet searches. In the video, del Toro asks Wolfhard whether he likes anime. Wolfhard responds that he enjoys and respects anime but that he isn’t as crazy as his brother.

Wolfhard mentions in the video that his favorite anime is Death Note, which he considers to be great. He then adds that he still needs to watch Chainsaw Man and questions del Toro whether he has. Del Toro has not yet seen the series, but Wolfhard says that he heard it is indeed going to be great. 

Chainsaw Man, a Japanese manga book series, is both written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. From December 2018 to December 2020, it was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and compiled in nine Tankbon volumes. Denji, a young guy attempting to make up the shortfall and repay his dad’s debts to a ring of money lenders, is the protagonist of the series. He gains the ability to turn into an evil spirit hybrid with a chainsaw for a skull, which he utilizes to battle other devils and preserve mankind.

Death Note; Credits: Anime India
Death Note; Credits: Anime India

Ohba and Obata’s manga started serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2003. The story of Death Note centers on a teen called Light Yagami, who finds a strange notebook. However, Death Note’s magical abilities attract the notice of a Japanese city’s police unit led by L. Death Note had approximately 30 million copies in distribution as of April 2015, in addition to numerous live-action movies, a series, and a TV drama series.

Finn Wolfhard’s brother, Nick Wolfhard, is a voice actor who has played Shun Midorikawa and Kai Minamisawa in World Trigger and Hokuto Toto Mitarai in the animated feature film Goodbye, Don Glees! Nick Wolfhard is a renowned Twitch broadcaster in addition to having dubbed Jack in The Last Kids on Earth.

Chainsaw Man Poster
Chainsaw Man Poster; Credits: Hulu

Stranger Things cast member Finn Wolfhard is not the only one who enjoys Death Note. The Duffer Brothers, co-creators of the Netflix series Stranger Things, collaborated with the streaming platform in July 2022 to make a live-action version of the 2007 anime. Previously, Netflix launched a live-action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s comic series, starring Nat Wolff of The Naked Brothers Band as Light Yagami and Willem Dafoe of Platoon as Ryuk. Despite the presence of major actors, the film received mixed reviews from both critics and fans due to its failure to stay true to its original story.

Stranger Thing’s Anime Arc

To Finn Wolfhard’s delight, the Stranger Things Movie Realm is rumored to be expanding into the anime business. Stranger Things: Tokyo is a spinoff series that follows video game-loving twin boys who reside on the outskirts of eighties Tokyo and find themself in the terrifying dimension of the Upside Down. While narrative and release date specifics are scant, Stranger Things: Tokyo would be roughly six hours long. 

Stranger Things Vecna; Credits: YouTube
Stranger Things Vecna; Credits: Netflix

Aside from Stranger Things, Wolfhard portrayed Candlewick in Guillermo del Toro’s 2022 stop-motion remake of Disney’s Pinocchio. The film was the second Pinocchio adaption in 2022, after Robert Zemeckis’ live-action picture starring Tom Hanks and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Unlike Zemeckis’ film, del Toro’s Pinocchio received mostly favorable reviews. Disney’s Pinocchio now has a Rotten rating of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, whereas del Toro’s version has a Certified Fresh rating of 97%.

Given del Toro’s affinity for animation, he recognized the designers with voice artists. He wanted to give the animators back control of the artwork and treat the animators as artists, del Toro explained. Furthermore, del Toro avoided employing computer effects to emphasize the film’s genuineness.

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