Key points for Chained Soldier First Impressions:
- I found the incorporation of fan service in Chained Soldier to be awkward and forced. It reminded me of successful cases like High School DxD, where fan service felt more integral and in tune with the overall tone of the anime.
- Despite my criticism, I couldn’t ignore the positive aspects, such as the potential in world-building, a decent plot, and appealing character designs. I particularly liked the art style and the overall design of Mato.
- I’m willing to give Chained Soldier a few more episodes – around three – to see if it can impress me with its strengths. My decision to continue watching hinges on the anime finding a balance between its appealing elements and the perceived issues with forced fan service.
Have you guys heard of a borderline anime called “Interspecies Reviewers”? If you have been in the community for a while, you most probably have. Chained Soldier probably won’t be as down bad as that but holy shit, I don’t know what the author was thinking while writing this. This anime is kinda like High School DxD. I was watching the first episode of quite a few random anime for content purposes of course. And this was one of the episodes I just checked out.
So welcome back to another first impressions article. I never thought the 2nd first impressions article would be for something like this but here we are. Today we are talking about Chained Soldier.
What do I think of Chained Soldier Episode 1?
How do you come up with a good excuse to use fan service? Make the fan service an integral part of the plot. Worked for High School DxD why not try something like that again? Well, it worked for High School DxD because that anime never took itself too seriously and was always goofing around. We all can agree that High School DxD is garbage but it is OUR garbage and we LOVE it. This anime, on the other hand, seems to be going for a more inherently serious tone. This makes the fan service come off as forced and needlessly added to the plot.
I think most of us sighed or face-palmed really hard when we saw that scene near the end of the episode. Now, while I am mad about how forced the fan service feels in the anime, there are certain redeeming factors here for sure. Truth be told, I was kind of enjoying this episode before the fan service plot came in. The world-building and the plot have potential. I like the art style and the overall design of Mato as well. We haven’t seen much but the character design looks pretty good so far as well.
Will I continue with Chained Soldier?
I will give this series a few more episodes. Around 3 more. If it impresses me enough with the good parts, I am willing to put up with the fan service. Otherwise, I will save the anime till after the season has ended. Because there is always a lack of something to watch when the seasons are transitioning. I will admit, this will make for a good guilty pleasure anime.
I am well aware that this anime is going to be very divisive but that is how I feel as of now.
That is all for now
I give the first episode of Chained Soldier a 6/10. There were some interesting parts but the fan service aspect really turned me off. If I was a few years younger, I would have probably liked it instantly lol. Let me know what you guys think and I will take my leave here. See ya!
Also, check out my thoughts on Burn the Witch 0.8 here!