Chainsaw Man is one of the most popular ongoing anime series, filled with dark themes and harsh storylines. The series has become hugely popular.
The story is about a boy named Denji who makes a pact with a chainsaw devil named Pochita by giving his blood to heal itself.
Pochita becomes Denji’s pet, and Denji becomes a devil hunter and works under Yakuza as he used to owe a debt to him.
Denji used to kill devils for money, and those were traded off in the black market so that Yakuza could profit from that.
Yakuza used to mistreat Denji. He used to give him very little money because he wanted Denji never to repay his debt.
One day Yakuza backstabbed Denji by contract with a Zombie devil.
Yakuza did manage to kill Denji and decomposed his body piece by piece.
But before Denji died, he made a pact with Pochita that if he ever died in any of his assignments, Pochita would merge with Denji and take over his body.
Therefore when Denji’s body is cut into pieces by the Zombie devil and dumped in a dustbin, Pochita, aka the chainsaw devil, merges itself with Denji and gives his heart to Denji.
Because of this, Denji resurrects himself as a hybrid (half devil + half man) known as Chainsaw Man.
Then he goes on killing the Zombie devil.
After that, a Government Devil Hunter group from the Public Safety Division, led by Makima, reached the spot where it happened, and she saw Denji’s hybrid Chainsaw Man; hence she persuaded Denji to join their ranks and help people.
In Chainsaw Man Episode 8, we witnessed all the divisions from 1, 2, 3 and 4 executed, and when Kantana Man attacked Denji, Aki and Himeno.
We saw Himeno sacrificing herself to save Denji and Himeno.
So what happened in that episode? Did Himeno die? or can Himeno be resurrected later in the Chainsaw Man anime?
Let us discuss the details below.
Did Himeno die?
Yes! Himeno died in Chainsaw Man Episode 8, which is the Sword Devil Arc of the manga chapter.
In the Sword Devil Arc, the Kantana Man and Akane and other Gun Devil’s men ambushed divisions 1, 2,3 and 4 because Gun Devil tasked them to retrieve the heart of Chainsaw devil.
Although Kantana Man had his own reasons to take revenge on Denji for killing his grandfather, Mob Boss, when they ambushed, they immediately injured Aki and Denji.
Aki was still trying to fight both Kantana Man and Akane to save Denji, who was shot.
But as Aki was also unable to stop Kantana Man and Akane, Himeno had to intervene.
Himeno saw no other option but to sacrifice herself to the Ghost devil to save her lover Aki.
Himeno made a contract with the Ghost Devil that she would give up her entire body, but Ghost Devil must help her to save Aki.
The Ghost devil agreed, and it helped Aki and almost managed to kill Kantana Man, and as she was fighting few parts of Himeno’s body were already taken.
Kantana Man and his Sword Devil were almost defeated, but then Akane’s Snake Devil intervened and devoured The Ghost Devil at once.
Therefore Himeno’s entire body disappeared, leaving only her hand, which she used for the final time to pull the chain attached to Denji’s body to transform into Chainsaw Man.
Hence we can safely conclude that Himeno has sacrificed herself fully to The Ghost Devil and died.
Can Himeno Be Brought Back to Life?
We don’t think Himeno can be brought back to life again in the Chainsaw Man.
You can consider Himeno’s death as permanent in the Chainsaw Man anime.
Because as of December 2022, the Chainsaw Manga had a total of 91 manga chapters, and we have yet to see Himeno coming back to life.
Himeno’s death seems permanent unless the manga author Tatsuki Fujimoto decides to bring Himeno back into the storyline in the near future.
But that, too, is not possible cause Himeno has sacrificed herself to The Ghost Devil in order to save Aki, and The Ghost Devil has also been killed by the Snake devil, who devoured it whole.
Hence as The Ghost Devil is dead, it is highly unlikely that Himeno would come back to life, so you can consider Himeno dead.