Fans of the fantasy/ecchi manga Mato Seihei not a slave – known as Mabotai or Chained Soldier – got an announcement of an anime currently in the works. As of now, there’s no set release date, but since the manga will be out on paperback to English readers this summer, it’s likely there’ll be a coinciding anime debut.
Animation for the production will be led by Seven Arcs – known for their recent work on Blue Period. The current PV may not give many hints about animation quality, but it does include one of the songs in the series, as well as some reassurance that the adaptation will be true to the manga.
As of now, the well-known cast list is as follows:
- Akari Kitou as Kyouka Uzen
- Yuuya Hirose as Yuuki Wakura
- Yume Miyamoto as Himari Azuma
- Hina Tachibana as Nei Ookawamura
- Mari Hino as Shushu Suruga
- Maaya Uchida as Tenka Izumo
- Nene Hieda as Yachiho Azuma
- Reina Ueda as Sahara Wakasa
What is the premise of Mato Seihei no Slave?
In 2020, the world is divided into an extreme gender gap. Women are given more opportunities and better services, while men are forced to fill service positions. Despite feeling powerless in society, Yuuki Wakura cannot help but question the way of the world – wondering if there is more to life than expected.
After a mysterious fog takes over the streets of Tokyo, Yuuki finds herself trapped in another world known as Mato. Years earlier, a portal to Mato had been opened and explorers were able to find a mysterious fruit that gave only women special abilities. Yuuki is immediately frightened because Mato is also home to a large number of menacing beasts. And not only that, five years earlier, his sister went missing in Mato.
Before he can check his surroundings, Yuuki is accosted by one of the fields in the mysterious land. And he assumes that all is lost before a member of the anti-demon corps arrives. After eating one of Mato’s magical peaches, the members of the Anti-demon Corps are the only ones with the power to take out the world’s monsters.
As they fend off the devils, the Anti-demon Corps member introduces himself as Kyouka Uzen. She may seem omnipotent to Yuuki, but despite eating one of the peaches, Kyouka has had to deal with her peers who called her power useless. But that doesn’t stop her from trying to prove others wrong.
She turns to Yuuki and asks if he will help her take down the monsters that threaten their return to the real world. He is immediately eager to help until he learns the nature of her strength. She is able to unlock the power of others, provided she takes the person as her slave.
Two characters looking to prove themselves and go beyond what the world around them expects, Yuuki and Kyouka make an interesting team. But will they be able to work together effectively to return to Tokyo? Fans will have to wait for the anime to find out! (Or read the manga while they wait.)
How can I read Mato Seihei no Slave in the Jump+ app?
For Japanese readers, Chained Soldier (Mabotai) is available at the Jump+ website† The first chapter along with the latest is available for free, but there are many cost points that can be purchased on the site. While there is a convenient way for Japanese readers to enjoy reading the manga, the same cannot be said for English readers.
As of now, there is no official way to read Chained Soldier in English. But since the first part of the manga is set to be in paperback on June 21There’s a chance there’s a digital version coming to Shueisha’s international app Manga Plus.
Manga Plus is an online manga platform that allows fans outside of Japan to enjoy their favorite big-name series such as One Piece, Jujutsu Kaisen and My Hero Academia. Unfortunately, due to licensing reasons, many series are incomplete. That said, it’s a handy way to keep up to date with many series for free and from an official source.
Currently, the Manga Plus app is running a promotion that allows new readers to watch concurrent release titles (series currently running in Japan) for free! Readers can view all chapters of a series once from now until the end of the year. After reading a chapter it is no longer available for free.
The first and last chapters of a series are also available for free for an unlimited time, so this is the perfect chance to catch up on a vast selection of Shonen Jump manga. Now that Chained Soldier may be out this year, it’s all the more likely that the title will hit the platform in the future.