Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mature, Psychological, Supernatural
Author: Masami Kurumada
Artist: Masami Kurumada
Publication Date: 1991-1993
Serial Publication: Weekly Shōnen Jump
Chained Soldier, known in Japan as Mato Seihei no Slave is a Japanese manga series created by Masami Kurumada. The serialization was started in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. This ran from 1991 to 1993, and the chapters were gathered in four tankōbon volumes. An original video animation (OVA) series was made based on the series in 1994.
It is the story of Akira Hayami, a high school student who turns into a spirit warrior thanks to a woman called Sayaka. Akira, as the story goes, safeguards the city of Tokyo from Azazel, a demon lord capable of bringing in other demons to invade the city of Tokyo. Akira meets Rio Mizuki, a beautiful and deadly spirit warrior along the way who later becomes his love interest.
Akira Hayami: A high school pupil turned into a spirit warrior. He is an innocent, soft-hearted and ideal boy who wishes to defend the right.
Sayaka: A mysterious woman who turns Akira into a spirit warrior. She is also a spirit warrior and one of the strongest fighters in the series.
Rio Mizuki: an attractive but deadly spirit warrior. She is hard and merciless in the field of battle, but she adores Akira.
Kyoshiro Sakura: An enigmatic and mighty spirit warrior. He is excellent with sword and can call on mighty spirits to fight alongside him.
What is About Chained Soldier
The story starts with Akira Hayami gets attacked by some demons. Sayaka, a strange girl saves him and he becomes a spirit warrior. Akira is responsible for guarding Tokyo against an invasion from Azazel who is a mighty demon lord.
Akira is assisted by a band of other holy soldiers, Rio Mizuki and Kyoshiro Sakura, along the way. They have to fight the zombies together and save the innocent people.
The last battle in the series is fought between Akira and Azazel. Akira manages to overcome Azazel, but ends up dying in the process. Nevertheless, Sayaka saves him by giving her life back to him.
Chained Soldier is an intricate fantasy series dealing with various challenging issues. This series is not for all people, but a good experience for those who try it.