Sword Gai

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Sword Gai
Cover of the first manga volume
(Sōdo Gai)
GenreDark fantasy[1]
Written byToshiki Inoue
Illustrated by
Published byHero's Inc.
MagazineMonthly Hero's
Original run20122015
Sword Gai Evolve
Written byToshiki Inoue
Illustrated by
  • Keita Amemiya (characters)
  • Wosamu Kine (scenario)
Published byHero's Inc.
MagazineMonthly Hero's
Original run20162019
Original net animation
Sword Gai: The Animation
Directed by
  • Takahiro Ikezoe (chief)
  • Tomohito Naka
Written byToshiki Inoue
Music byKotaro Nakagawa
StudioLandQ Studios
Licensed by
  • March 23, 2018 (#1–12)
  • July 30, 2018 (#13–24)
Runtime22 minutes
Episodes24 (List of episodes)

Sword Gai (Japanese: ソードガイ, Hepburn: Sōdo Gai) is a Japanese manga series written by Toshiki Inoue with original character design by Keita Amemiya and scenario by Wosamu Kine. The first twelve episodes ("Part I") of an anime adaptation titled Sword Gai: The Animation were released on Netflix worldwide on March 23, 2018.[2] Part II was released on July 30, 2018.[3][4]


Gai is a young man who became an apprentice under a blacksmith named Amon, who found him as newborn holding on to a legendary cursed katana called "Shiryū" that drove his mother into committing suicide rather than let its bloodlust to consume her. The katana is revealed to be one of many cursed weapons that turn the user into a thrall to embody their murderous impulses, the Chrystalis gradually losing their humanity while becoming armored monsters called Busoma. After Gai lost his right arm when a ceremony to quell Shiryū goes awry, Amon forged the sword into a prosthetic limb for Gai. Becoming a chrysalis with the ability to fuse with his weapon, Gai clings on to his humanity while facing the Busoma seeking to exterminate humanity.


Gai Ogata (緒方 凱)
Voiced by: Yūto Uemura[5] (Japanese); Khoi Dao (English)
User of Demonic Sword Shiryu.
Seiya Ichijō (一条晴也)
Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara[5] (Japanese); Billy Kametz (English)
User of Chakram.
Sayaka Ogata (緒方 さやか)
Voiced by: Yuka Aisaka[5] (Japanese); Kayli Mills (English)
Daughter of Amon Ogata.
Amon Ogata (緒方 亜門)
Voiced by: Jouji Nakata[6] (Japanese); Taylor Henry (English)
Adoptive father of Gai.
Voiced by: Masaharu Sato (Japanese); John DeMita (English)
Naoki Miki (三木 直樹)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[6] (Japanese); Greg Chun (English)
User of Fallgon Sword.
Marcus Lithos (マーカス・リートス)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono[6] (Japanese); Zach Aguilar (English)
User of Azoth Sword.
Mina Haraya
Voiced by: Yu Shimamura (Japanese); Mela Lee (English)
Takuma Miura (三浦 琢磨)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki[6] (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English)
Kyōka Kagami (鏡 京香)
Voiced by: Rina Satou[6] (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)
Administrator of the Shoshidai.
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese); Faye Mata (English)
A Underground Idol and User of Flanberge Sword.
Yasuko Tanaka
Voiced by: Urara Takano[5] (Japanese); Jessica Gee (English)
User of Gallon's Hammer.
Issei Ariga
Voiced by: Kohei Murakami (Japanese); Steve Staley (English)
User of Nebestigma.
Voiced by: Michiko Neya[5] (Japanese); Michelle Ruff (English)
Shin Matoba
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese); Griffin Burns (English)
Kazuma Matoba
Voiced by: Takaya Hahi (Japanese); Richard Epcar (English)
Rie Matoba
Voiced by: Maria Naganawa (Japanese); Xanthe Huynh (English)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (Japanese); Laura Stahl (English)
Voiced by: Junichi Yanagita (Japanese); Jordan Reynolds (English)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Lauren Landa (English)
Leader of the Gabi.
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese); Xander Mobus (English)
Grimms (グリムス)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda[6] (Japanese); Chris Tergliafera (English)
Voiced by: Kousuke Toriumi (Japanese); Chris Hackney (English)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese); Austin Lee Matthews (English)
Voiced by: Hitomi Harada (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)
Voiced by: Sumi Shimaoto (Japanese); Philece Sampler (English)



It began serialization in Hero's Inc.'s seinen manga magazine Hero's in 2012 and has been collected into six tankōbon volumes. A sequel series known as Sword Gai Evolve (ソードガイ エヴォルヴ, Sōdo Gai Evolve) was released in 2016 and ended in 2019.


An anime adaptation originally developed by DLE and Fields was scheduled to air in April 2016,[7] but it was delayed indefinitely until Netflix streamed the series worldwide on March 23, 2018.[8][9] Tomohito Naka directed the series while Takahiro Ikezoe served as the chief director, Inoue himself wrote the scripts, Atsuko Nakajima designed the characters, Toshiki Kameyama was the sound designer, and Kotaro Nakagawa composed the music. Sword Gai: The Animation was animated by LandQ Studios.[10] The opening theme song is "Sadame Goto" (サダメゴト, What is Predestined) by Yūto Uemura.[6] Sentai Filmworks will release the series on home video.[11]


Season 1[edit]
No. Title Original air date
1"Episode 1"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Shoshidai, an organization tasked with collecting cursed weaponry, dispatches two of its agents to retrieve the legendary Demon Sword Zsoltgewinn.
2"Episode 2"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
An abandoned baby boy is adopted and named Gai by swordsmith Amon. He becomes an apprentice, later losing his arm in a ritual gone horribly wrong.
3"Episode 3"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
After acquiring the Azoth Sword, Miki is ambushed by Marcus and Miura. Amon forges a prosthetic arm out of the sword Shiryu to replace Gai's lost limb.
4"Episode 4"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
With his soul possessed by a demonic spear, Tatsumi transforms into a monstrous entity called a Busoma. Miki takes Marcus to Shoshidai headquarters.
5"Episode 5"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
The Shoshidai reawaken their most powerful Chrysalis, Seiya Ichijo. After Gai's powers partially awaken, his mind reverts to that of an infant.
6"Episode 6"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Ichijo attempts to test Gai's potential as a Chrysalis but is interrupted by a member of the Gabi, a group that has long fought Busoma.
7"Episode 7"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
With Gai in tow, Ichijo heads to Shoshidai headquarters before stopping to meet his lover, Kei. A mysterious sword appears before gamer Midoriko.
8"Episode 8"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
A wealthy widow hires a search vessel to find the lost treasure of pirate Throlla, who reportedly also kept a mythical weapon known as Gallon's Hammer.
9"Episode 9"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Miki and Marcus are sent on a covert mission by the Shoshidai to infiltrate and retrieve an ancient weapon of the fairy world: the legendary Halberd.
10"Episode 10"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
A depressed Sayaka questions Amon about Gai's motives. Meanwhile, Ichijo reveals to Gai how he came to harness the power of the Chakram.
11"Episode 11"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
After Gai is safely brought to Shoshidai headquarters, Ichijo is ordered by Kagami to cold sleep due to his rapidly progressing change into a Busoma.
12"Episode 12"March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Shoshidai's new weapons are no match against the demonic powers of Zsoltgewinn, pitting Ichijo and Gai against Miura in a fierce battle.
Season 2[edit]
No. Title Original air date
13"Episode 1"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
With the long-fought battle against Miura's Zsoltgewinn coming to a dramatic end, Gai must now fulfill a promise he made with Ichijo.
14"Episode 2"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
Although content with his missions for Shoshidai and relationship with his girlfriend, Marcus senses something is not right after his date with Aya.
15"Episode 3"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
With a Busoma running rampant outside Shoshidai headquarters, Kagami reawakens three Chyrsalises from cold sleep to neutralize the hostile threat.
16"Episode 4"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
Himiko, leader of the Gabi, locates the Busoma responsible for her comrade Soin's death. Kagami is ordered to stand down against Marcus' Azoth.
17"Episode 5"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
Under the care of the Gabi, Gai dedicates himself to meditation and receives a new prosthetic arm. A bullied kid seeks help from an unlikely source.
18"Episode 6"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
Shin undergoes a risky procedure to rid his body of the core alma. Kuromaru takes a liking to Gai after Gai rescues him from attack.
19"Episode 7"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
Shoshidai sends three Chrysalises to kill Miura's Zsoltgewinn, but Kyoka begs them to use their prototype vaccine on her father to save him instead.
20"Episode 8"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
The true reason for the Shosidai-sponsored hospitalization of Rie and the others is revealed. Shin and Ogata ask Kuromaru to take them to meet Gai.
21"Episode 9"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
Shin makes a grim discovery at the hospital where Rie resides. Meanwhile, both Yasuko and Arnys pay a visit to Isse who has left the Shoshidai.
22"Episode 10"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
With his resentment towards Gai intensifying, Shin resolves to devote himself to combating the Busoma as a Chyrsalis.
23"Episode 11"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
Gai's awakening unleashes chaos into the world. Busoma Zsoltegewinn in Miura's human form appears before Arnon and Kigetsu.
24"Episode 12"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
With the all-powerful Grimms looking on, Gai and Shin face-off in a ferocious battle, wielding their respective Shiryus against one another.


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