Chainsaw Man has been overall well received by critics. James Beckett of Anime News Network ranked the first volume as a B+. Beckett commented: "[Chainsaw Man is] goofy, kinky, dark, and bizarre, which is already the kind of tonal mishmash I'm generally down for in my art," praising as well its compelling world-building and character development, adding that the volume "earns plenty of goodwill by committing to its surprisingly earnest and charming brand of ferocious bloodletting. " Nicholas Dupree from the same website commented: "[i]t's a bizarre, unpredictable, and undeniably unique thrill ride, and love it or hate it, there's nothing else quite like it. " Hannah Collins of Comic Book Resources gave the series a positive review, stating: "Chainsaw Man bears all the hallmarks of a standard supernatural action series, but its quieter moments are where its dark heart beats fastest. "Polygon's Julia Lee gave the series a positive review, commenting: "Chainsaw Man is considered one of Shonen Jump's best new series, and for good reason. The graphic rip-and-tear fights, paired with a unique and funny story about devils makes for one great manga. " Sheena McNeil of Sequential Tart gave the first volume a 9/10. McNeil stated: "I did not think I was going to enjoy this manga. I'm glad I was wrong!. " She noted that the series has elements from Army of Darkness, Devilman, Dorohedoro and "and a smattering of inspiration from any devil-hunting series you can think of," adding that fans of those works "will probably enjoy this. "