Scheduled for October 22, 2023, the upcoming general elections in Argentina saw one Presidential candidate, Javier Milei, publicly declaring his support for Pochita, the Chainsaw Devil from the popular manga Chainsaw Man. During a campaign event on October 15, Milei proudly held a plushie of Pochita, showcasing his allegiance. Chainsaw Man, written by Tatsuki Fujimoto, tells the tale of Denji, a destitute young boy who eliminates devils in order to repay his deceased father's debts. However, Denji's story takes a twist when he is betrayed and murdered by the Yakuza, leading him to merge with the Chainsaw Devil Pochita and become the formidable entity known as Chainsaw Man.
Presidential candidate for Argentina holds Chainsaw Man plushie during campaign event
At a campaign event held on October 15, 2023, Argentine Presidential candidate Javier Milei unexpectedly received a Pochita plushie. Without delay, Milei proudly displayed the plushie to the audience, affirming his support for the Chainsaw Devil symbol.
Known for his far-right, ultraconservative, and right-wing libertarian views, Milei has espoused his desire to dismantle the Central Bank of Argentina. Notably, he has occasionally wielded a chainsaw during his campaign appearances.
In an attempt to instill fear in the public, the mainstream media seized the opportunity to portray Javier Milei as a figure to be afraid of. Consequently, Argentina's prominent news channel, Canal 5 Notícias (C5N), broadcasted a political analysis that drew parallels between Milei and Pochita from Chainsaw Man. They asserted that the Presidential candidate bore a striking resemblance to the formidable Chainsaw Devil, a character who even evoked fear among demons in the depths of Hell.
How Chainsaw Man fans reacted to Javier Milei's campaign incident
Nonetheless, despite the media's efforts, they ultimately fell short and, to their surprise, Pochita became even more adored. Thus, in the midst of one of his political campaigns, a devoted supporter unexpectedly tossed him a cuddly Pochita toy. With great enthusiasm, he lifted the plushie high above his head, displaying a sense of pride in being likened to the formidable Chainsaw Devil.
Other fans were firmly convinced that Javier Milei was also a fan of anime. This assumption was based on the fact that he brought a chainsaw during his campaigns, a peculiar choice that could only be explained if the candidate was familiar with anime.
On the other hand, there were those who believed that the mainstream media had made a grave mistake. Instead of instilling fear in the public, their misguided comparison only served to enhance Javier Milei's popularity. This caused concern among his supporters who feared that people would vote for him solely based on this unusual attribute. With only a week remaining until the general elections, fans eagerly anticipated seeing what other surprising actions the Presidential candidate would undertake.