The previously announced anime adaptation of the Chained Soldier manga series will premiere in 2023, according to the anime’s official website.
The character design for the two main leads (Yūki Wakura and Kyōka Uzen) has also been dropped.
Studio Seven Arcs (Blue Period) is producing the series. Yūya Hirose (Idolish7’s Haruka Isumi) and Akari Kitō (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s Nezuko Kamado) will voice Yūki and Kyōka, respectively.
The staff is, as follows:
- Junji Nishimura (Vlad Love) — chief director
- Gorō Kuji (Bungo to Alchemist) — director
- Hiroyuki Yoshii (Just Because!) — character designer
- Kaoru Nishimura (Dances with the Dragons) — color designer
- Ryota Kanō, Akira Kindaichi — scriptwriters
The previously announced cast includes:
- Yume Miyamoto — Himari Azuma
- Hina Tachibana — Nei Ookawamura
- Mari Hino — Shushu Suruga
- Maaya Uchida — Tenka Izumo
- Nene Hieda — Yachiho Azuma
- Reina Ueda — Sahara Wakasa
A sneak peek of the Chained Soldier staff busy with planning the upcoming anime adaptation has been made available via the PONY CANYON official YouTube channel. Take a look below (note: no subs or dubs are available; it’s in Japanese):
About the Chained Soldier manga
Chain Soldier (都精兵のスレイブ, Mato Seihei no Sureibu) is a manga series written by Takahiro and illustrated by Yohei Takemura. In Japan, it is known as Mato Seihei no Slave. The manga started on January 5, 2019, and is still ongoing; it’s being serialized on Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ online platform.
The chapters have been collected into ten tankōbon volumes as of May 2, 2022. The Chained Soldier Volume 11 release date is set for September 2, 2022.
Chain Soldier is licensed by Yen Press. The publisher describes the plot thusly:
“Decades ago, gates to an otherworldly and dangerous dimension known as Mato — the “Demon City”—appeared across Japan. Those who partook in the “peaches” growing there gained unique abilities—but only if they’re girls. When down-in-the-dumps high school boy Yuuki Wakura finds himself caught up in a gate, he’s saved by Kyouka Uzen, the beautiful commander of the 7th squad of the Demon Defense Force, who…orders him to become her slave?!”
While Japanese readers may well enjoy the Chained Soldier manga series via the Jump+ website, English-speaking fans still have to rely on paperbacks (the first volume will be published on August 16, 2022, by Yen Press). Hopefully, a digital version will make its grand appearance via Shueisha’s Manga Plus app or Manga Plaza sometime soon as new volumes keep being released.
Keep an eye on the developments! The Manga Plus app is available worldwide and grants access to some of the most popular manga titles, including One Piece, Black Clover, Jujutsu Kaisen, My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and so on. Some titles are simul-released, while others are still incomplete due to licensing restrictions.
Presently, Manga Plus allows readers to access their favorite simul-release titles for free. The promotion will be valid until the end of 2022, but keep in mind that the chapters can be read once only; after reading a chapter, it will no longer be accessible for free.
The opening and ending chapters of other titles are also freely accessible for an unlimited time, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with your favorite Shōnen Jump titles!