"This is all that is left. Wait for me Takumi. I will convey, with all my might, my thought and feelings to you. First, by killing you... and then, killing myself."
Saitama Chainsaw Shoujo is a short story by Japanese science fiction author Hiroshi Sakurazaka that has been adapted into a serialized manga published in Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine. The original story was the 2004 winner of the "Hayakawa's S-F Magazine Reader's Award" for Best Japanese Short Story.The story follows Fumio Kirisaki, who is an Ordinary High School Student in nearly every way - she is not particularly popular, intelligent, or attractive. Her greatest joys in life are reading her extensive manga collection and spending time with Takumi, her first love and current boyfriend.Fumio's life takes a turn for the worse one afternoon when she finds her boyfriend in the arms of an eccentric New Transfer Student introduced to their class that very same day. Crushed and confused, she seeks the advice of her only friend Kaoruko Odagiri. When Fumio is seemingly abandoned by Kaoruko after rejecting her friend's somewhat odd advice, her depression only deepens.Having given up hope, the now friendless and heart-broken Fumio decides on the only sensible solution she has left - tomorrow when she goes to school she will take her family's chainsaw, which she will use to kill Takumi and then herself. And God help any of the other students who choose to stand in her way.
Tropes in Saitama Chainsaw Shoujo include:
A-Cup Angst: Fumio is keenly aware that her western DNA has failed her in this regard.
Americans Are Cowboys: Fumio's grandfather was a Texan bounty-hunter who wears a cowboy hat and frilled buckskin vest.
Beware the Nice Ones: You wouldn't think the shy, quiet, bespectacled, manga reading girl is someone you need to watch out for. You would, however, be in several separate pieces by the time you figure out just how wrong you were.
But Not Too Foreign: The protagonist is 25% "American", since her grandfather was a Texan bounty-hunter who settled in Japan after meeting Fumio's grandmother. If anything, Fumio actually wishes she was more foreign, because she wants to stand out.
Butterfly of Doom: Discussed; Kaoruko thinks that this is why the new transfer student is going after Takumi — specifically, that aliens need him to turn the tide of a great war being waged in space. Her logic is... a little out there.
Chainsaw Good: It's right there in the title. She mentions that her grandfather learned to wield 3 at once!! Hopefully this could be worked into a sequel.
Ax Crazy Prepared: For someone who's going on a chainsaw rampage, Fumio actually prepares it extremely well to not leave Takumi any way to escape her (by jamming the locks on doors leading to alternate escape routes), and have enough time before the police busts in (By disabling the local cell towers and cutting the land line so that nobody can call for help). Actually, even using a chainsaw is probably only a very pragmatic way to do it for her, since she is quite proficient in American Chainsaw-fu, and able to kill very efficiently with it.
Cut Short: The story is intentionally left open-ended. Whether that's a cop out or a great setup for a sequel is debatable.
Though she slices her way through the school with seemingly little show of emotion, Fumio subverts this near the end of her quest when she repeatedly begs Kaoruko to get out of her way.
Kaoruko acts unnaturally cool during their encounter as well, owing to the fact that she's not real, just like all the other students Fumio hacked to little bits.
Gainax Ending: The clues are all over the place. Kaoruko even spoils the big twist with a straight face, and Fumio chooses to not believe it, not because she thinks it's not true, but just because the implications are unacceptable for her. But despite all of this, the open ending still manages to be this, especially to those expecting an horror story rather than a sci-fi one.
Martial Arts and Crafts: Fumio, whose grandfather taught her a 140-year-old chainsaw martial art created by Confederate foresters for use during the U.S. Civil War. This becomes the subject of In-UniverseFridge Logic when Fumio wonders if chainsaws even existed during the Civil War.note Something like one did exist, but they were small, handheld surgical instruments for cutting bones, and obviously not gas-powered.
Mirror Match: The transfer student reveals the true extent of her supernatural power by changing into an exact physical duplicate of Fumio, forcing the protagonist to fight herself. Which of course means a chainsaw duel.
Poor Communication Kills: Еspecially when you're trying to "communicate" your feelings via a friggin' chainsaw. Fumio actually invokes this trope. Since everyone is ignoring her, and she's not that good at communicating to start with, the only way she can appropriately convey her point is to get her chainsaw out and let it do the talkingnote But chainsaws are the great communicator! She must not be doing it right..
Fumio: Wait for me Takumi-kun... I will convey, with all my might, my thoughts and feelings to you... First, by killing you... and then, killing myself.
Reset Button: Fumio's chainsaw rampage was real, however the students she killed were doppelgangers under control of the Transfer Student. In the end, Fumio has an Accidental Hero moment when she frees the real students trapped in an alternate dimension.
Satellite Love Interest: Takumi receives absolutely no character development. The story is all about how Fumio reacts to him seemingly dumping her. One the other hand, Fumio has a very well-developed relationship with Kaoruko, which makes the ending in which Fumio leaves Kaoruko behind to pursue Takumi and the transfer student somewhat disappointing.
See You in Hell: Fumio, as she's cutting down what she believes to be Kaoruko, her best and only friend.
Fumio: We will be meeting again... at the bottom of hell!!
Shrinking Violet: Fumio, prior to meeting Takumi, whose love and attention was just starting to bring her out of her social shell before he dumped her for the transfer student. Instead of returning to her old ways, Fumio decides to go in the opposite direction.
Super-Deformed: Fumio and Kaoruko switch to this style very frequently.
Widget Series: Only Japan could make something like this and get away with it.
One of the reviews (that apparently a lot of people agree with) on the Japanese Amazon page for the book has a title that can be translated as "...I don't understand..." Apparently, it's incomprehensibly weird even by Japanese standards!
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even after seeing her carve her way through dozens of innocent (if suicidal) people, you can't help feeling sorry for Fumio after reading her Inner Monologue about how she's already dead on the inside and her final wish is to die along with the only boy she ever loved.
Fumio: When I started this chainsaw today, my heart stopped working.