Tatsuki Fujimoto, the renowned mangaka behind the unconventional “Chainsaw Man” manga series, is known for creating a world that defies traditional storytelling norms by merging horror, dark comedy, and action.
As a testament to the potential influence of personal experiences on his work, Fujimoto recently shared an intriguing anecdote in the comment section of his second one-shot collection, describing a time when he ate his deceased pet fish.
At the age of 24, Fujimoto and his girlfriend lived together in a modest 15,000 yen apartment. Despite their financial situation, they enjoyed a balanced diet, thanks to the generosity of their neighbours. One summer, their Japanese Rice Fish passed away.
Although Fujimoto initially considered disposing of the fish in the trash like in Parasyte, his girlfriend insisted on burying it. Upon attempting to dig a grave in the park, Fujimoto found the ground too hard and ultimately left the fish on the surface.
As he observed the fish, ants soon began to carry the body away. Overcome by affection, Fujimoto quickly brushed the ants off and ate the fish. The next day, he experienced an upset stomach.
When his girlfriend questioned whether it was due to something he ate, Fujimoto lied to avoid confrontation.
The “Chainsaw Man” author admits that throughout his life, he has often resorted to lying when frightened or under pressure. Although he usually gets caught, his deceit went unnoticed this time.
Fujimoto confessed that the memory of lying to his girlfriend has had a greater impact on him than the act of eating the fish, and sharing this story serves as his way of coming clean about the incident.
The story was translated by a Reddit user and shared on the Chainsaw Man subreddit:
Tatsuki Fujimoto is well-known for his manga series Chainsaw Man and Fire Punch. His first major serialized work, Fire Punch, was published on Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ online magazine from April 18, 2016, to January 1, 2018. The series produced eight volumes. Fujimoto also published two one-shots on Shōnen Jump+ in April 2017 and May 2018.
Fujimoto’s second major serialized work, Chainsaw Man, appeared in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 3, 2018, to December 14, 2020. This series was collected in eleven. A sequel started serialization in Shōnen Jump+ on July 13, 2022.
Chainsaw Man topped the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list of best manga of 2021 for male readers and earned Fujimoto the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award for Best Shōnen Manga. In 2021 and 2022, the manga won the Harvey Awards for Best Manga.