Chainsaw Man has made a name for itself as one of the biggest anime titles, and the first season showed why Tatsuki Fujimoto’s manga is so popular. The story is as thoughtful as it is violent, and there is more nuance to its plot than expected. Of course, the first season kicked off last year with wild animation, but it generated some controversy during its run. And now, one debate seems to have heated up enough to merit a direct address from the team at Crunchyroll.
The ordeal came to light on Twitter after Chainsaw Man fans learned that one of his own had been attacked. Guilherme Briggs, one of Brazil’s most prolific voice actors, was inundated with online harassment over the anime last week. The coordinated attack was carried out because a group of Brazilian fans wanted to make it clear that they disapproved of a particular scene in Chainsaw Man. The controversial clip stars the future devil that Briggs plays, and after the actor addressed the bullying on social media, he said that they planned to leave the anime altogether before locking their Twitter profile.
“I’m going to ask to leave the dubbing of this anime. I don’t want to be in it anymore. It’s over,” Briggs wrote. The disturbing ordeal caught the attention of fans around the world, and it didn’t take long for Crunchyroll to weigh in on the Chainsaw Man controversy.
“There is no place for cyberbullying in the anime community. Crunchyroll fully supports actor Guilherme Briggs and condemns the attacks directed at him and his fantastic dubbing,” the site shared.
“We’d like to thank the fans who showed their support for Briggs, as well as the voice team for their work and professionalism. It’s their work that drives the industry today, and the Crunchyroll community stands with them.”
As you can see, Crunchyroll stands by Briggs and the work they’ve done as Future Devil. It’s impossible to condone all the backlash against Briggs just because of one particular scene. The moment was not decided by the actor to begin with because they were working with the material. After all, the main problem fans have with the scene is the translation. Briggs has no oversight of the Chainsaw Man scripts, and from what fans have seen, the veteran voice actor crushed every line he was given. And with a vocal minority, it looks like Briggs will be stepping away from anime altogether.