Chainsaw Man Creator’s New Manga Adapted Into Anime

It has been reported that manga artist Tatsuki Fujimoto’s one-shot manga “Look Back” may be adapted into an anime in the future. This speculation stems from the recent registration of a domain name related to “Look Back,” implying plans to create an anime version.

Fujimoto is best known as the creator of the popular manga series “Chainsaw Man,” which itself is getting an anime adaptation.

However, last year Fujimoto published the self-contained, 143-page manga “Look Back” via the Shonen Jump+ online platform.

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Chainsaw Man (Credits: MAPPA)

“Look Back” was later compiled into a single print volume by major manga publisher Shueisha.

The registration of an anime-related domain name suggests the one-shot could also be adapted into an animated format.

However, specific details about a potential “Look Back” anime, like animation studios or release timelines, are still unconfirmed at this point.

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Chainsaw Man (Credits: Tatsuki Fujimoto)

The domain registration simply hints that there is serious interest in expanding Fujimoto’s latest critically acclaimed manga into animation. More concrete announcements may come in the future.

“Look Back” Manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto Sparks Anime Speculation

Reports have surfaced that manga artist Tatsuki Fujimoto’s one-shot manga “Look Back” may receive an anime adaptation in the future.

Look Back (Credits: Tatsuki Fujimoto)

While no formal announcements have been made yet by Fujimoto, publisher Shueisha, or any animation studios, the recent registration of the website domain “lookback-anime.com” hints at plans for a potential anime project.

With no other information besides the new domain registration, fans can only speculate details about the possible “Look Back” anime for now.

Since the original manga is a concise, 143-page one-shot, the adaptation may be a standalone OVA or movie rather than a full series.

Look Back (Credits: Tatsuki Fujimoto)

Additionally, some fans theorize that MAPPA, the studio animating Fujimoto’s popular “Chainsaw Man” manga, could be involved with animating “Look Back” as well.

This is based on MAPPA CEO Manabu Ohtsuka previously stating his wish to adapt all of Fujimoto’s works due to being a self-proclaimed fan. However, MAPPA’s direct involvement is merely speculation at this stage.

More About “Look Back” 

The one-shot manga “Look Back” tells the story of two high school girls – Ayumu Fujino and Kyomoto. Fujino was known at school for creating four-panel manga strips that were published in the school newspaper.

However, Fujino’s teacher one day asks her to give up one of her usual manga strip slots to a shy, shut-in student named Kyomoto.

Look Back (Credits: Tatsuki Fujimoto)

Fujino generously agrees, but soon feels threatened after seeing that the reclusive Kyomoto is extremely talented at drawing manga. This pushes Fujino to strive to improve her own artistic abilities in an attempt to catch up to Kyomoto’s superior skills.

Unfortunately, despite her best efforts, Fujino is never quite able to reach Kyomoto’s level of artistic prowess. Eventually, a frustrated Fujino gives up on manga altogether.

Look Back (Credits: Tatsuki Fujimoto)

The core of the story explores Fujino and Kyomoto’s evolving relationship as young manga creators, as well as themes of motivation, creative passion, and knowing when to quit.

The Potential for ‘Look Back’ Anime Adaptation Gains Traction

With strong critical acclaim and Tatsuki Fujimoto’s reputation as the author of Chainsaw Man, speculation of adapting the Look Back one-shot into an anime continues to build among fans.

Look Back (Credits: Tatsuki Fujimoto)

Towards the end of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s one-shot manga “Look Back”, the main character Ayumu Fujino graduates high school but is tasked with delivering the diploma to her former manga rival Kyomoto.

While reluctant to see Kyomoto again after giving up the manga, Fujino agrees to visit her home.

In an unexpected moment during this meeting years later, Fujino impulsively draws another short four-panel manga strip. She intends it merely as a self-deprecating joke about quitting her artistic passion.

Look Back (Credits: Tatsuki Fujimoto)

However, this impromptu manga Somehow profoundly impacts both Ayumu and Kyomoto’s lives going forward.

Without spoiling the moving conclusion, Fujimoto poignantly explores themes of lost youth, regret over failed dreams, and the power small creative acts can sometimes have.

Look Back’s bittersweet ending leaves a strong impression on readers.

Many fans feel an anime could further highlight the emotive final act and the complex bond formed between two young aspiring manga artists.

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