HIDIVE Licenses Chained Soldier in Winter 2024, Premieres First 2 Episodes Early at Anime NYC

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© Takahiro,​Yohei Takemura /​SHUEISHA, Chained Soldier Production Consortium

HIDIVE has announced the license acquisition of the Chained Soldier dark fantasy TV anime series. The anime will premiere as an exclusive simulcast on the streaming service in January 2024. 

HIDIVE also revealed that it will host the North American premiere of Chained Soldier with a special screening of the first two episodes on November 17, 2023 at Anime NYC in New York City.  

Gorou Kuji (Bungo to Alchemist assistant director) is directing the anime with Junji Nishimura (Vlad Love director) as chief director, Hiroyuki Yoshii (Just Because!) as character designer, Yasuhiro Nakanishi (A Couple of Cuckoos) as series screenwriter, and KOHTA YAMAMOTO (Attack on Titan Final Season co-composer) as music composer. Seven Arcs is in charge of the animation production. 

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© Takahiro,​Yohei Takemura /​SHUEISHA, Chained Soldier Production Consortium

Meanwhile, the main voice cast includes Yuuya Hirose as Yuki Wakura, Akari Kitou as Kyoka, Yume Miyamoto as Himari, Mari Hino as Shushu, Hina Tachibana as Nei, and Maaya Uchida as Tenka. 

The anime is based on the manga series by Takahiro and Youhei Takemura, which was first serialized in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ online magazine on January 5, 2019. It is published under the Jump Comics label and has released 14 tankoubon volumes as of October 2023. 

HIDIVE describes the synopsis of Chained Soldier as: 

Two supernatural forces appeared simultaneously on Earth: entrances to another dimension known as Mato, and Peaches, resources that give unique abilities to women. From the Mato come Yomotsu Shuuki, dangerous monsters that leave destruction in their wake. The government’s Anti-demon Corps stands against these creatures, employing women empowered by Peaches to face the monstrous threat. Yuuki Wakura watches these forces clash from a distance, but when he unexpectedly runs afoul of a Yomotsu Shuuki, he’s rescued by Kyouka Uzen, the chief of the Seventh Unit of the Anti-demon Corp—and she sees something in him that could turn the tide of the monster incursion. Yuki holds the unique power to make Peaches more effective, but he’ll have to become Kyoka’s willing slave to join the fight against the Yomotsu Shuuki and save the world.

Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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