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Is Power dead in ‘Chainsaw Man?’

In a series as brutal as this one, can a fan-favorite character escape death?

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Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Chainsaw Man’s Bat Devil and Control Devil arcs.

Chainsaw Man delighted gore enthusiasts everywhere with each and every episode of its first season. As it aired, the anime surprised newcomers with its graphic depictions of violence, something that long-time fans were luckily already used to. The manga prepared them well for that sort of thing.

Violence isn’t all there is to Chainsaw Man, though. The series is highly regarded as one of the best shonen released in recent years, full of interesting plot twists, compelling characters, and a rich universe full of inhuman creatures. Among Devils, hybrids, and Fiends, we have Power, a charismatic, bloodthirsty devil hunter introduced in the second episode of the anime. Sadly, viewers had little time to get used to her before they saw her meet what appeared to be certain death.

In episode three, the audience witnessed a grief-stricken Power being swallowed whole by the Bat Devil, much like what happened to Meowy, her cat. Hurt by her four-legged companion’s death, Power didn’t even put up a fight against the Devil; she simply let it happen. Later, Denji engaged the Bat Devil in a fight, but the episode reached the end before we see who came out victorious. The cliffhanger caused a stir among viewers, who were left to wonder if Power actually dies in the series. The answer to that question is right here, but be sure to proceed with caution.

Warning: Spoilers to follow.

Does Power die in Chainsaw Man?

Power from 'Chainsaw Man'
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Answering this question is a little bit more complicated than one might’ve thought. To be clear, Power doesn’t die during the Bat Devil arc, despite being eaten by it. Thanks to Denji’s efforts, the Devil is defeated, and both Meowy and Power are freed from its guts, still alive. Although it was a close call, surviving to see another day during this arc doesn’t mean that Power makes it to the end of the story.

Unfortunately, this fan-favorite character is currently dead in the Chainsaw Man manga. During the Control Devil arc, Power meets her end two times, and the second seems definitive. In the first instance, the Fiend is shot by Makima in cold blood, right in front of Denji’s eyes. Power’s torso is immediately blown to pieces, and the remaining body parts fall to the floor, but that doesn’t bother Makima in the least, as she calmly makes her way back to her couch. As we later learn, Power doesn’t fully die from this, and we see her again a few chapters after.

Power from Chainsaw Man
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Being a Fiend and the Blood Devil allows Power to remain somewhat alive… as the blood Denji had previously consumed from her. Inside Denji’s body, the Fiend is able to communicate with Pochita, who lets himself be eaten by Power, reviving the character in the physical world. However, the revival is short-lived, as later Power gives her life to save Denji and help him defeat Makima. By making a contract with the protagonist, Power gives him her blood once more and makes Denji promise to look for her reincarnation, so they can one day be friends again. With this, Power as we know her disappears.

As explained in the manga, when a Devil dies on Earth, they return to Hell, but not as the same person they once were. This means that if Denji keeps his end of the contract, fans may see the Blood Devil again, but it won’t be the Power they grew to love. Thus, for all intents and purposes, Power is dead in Chainsaw Man.

It’s soon to say what the future holds for the anime adaptation, but if season one’s success is anything to go by, fans should expect more of Chainsaw Man. Meanwhile, they can rewatch all episodes of the series on Crunchyroll and Hulu, or read the source material to get further ahead in the story.

Rafaela Coimbra
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Rafaela Coimbra

Rafaela is a freelance writer for We Got This Covered. Writing professionally since 2022, she loves sharing her knowledge about all things anime, TV shows, and Internet culture. When she’s not working, you can easily find Rafaela with a fantasy book in hand, or consuming some other form of entertainment — you know, lest a thought occur.