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Manjiro 'The Chain' was a member of Masa Bokuto's gang and a supporting character in the original Devilman manga. He joined Akira Fudo's fight against the demons after Fudo had rescued him from the living-web demon Rasber.


Manjiro was the shortest member of the gang, he had a boyish face and short scruffy black hair. He is seen commonly wearing a large beige trench coat, wearing his school uniform beneath it.


Manjiro had no special or abnormal powers, however he was a capable fighter and skilled with using a bike chain as a weapon.


Manjiro came across as somewhat thuggish in his first appearance, but was loyal to his gang and Akira Fudo, after he had saved their lives. In the face of danger he put on a brave face, in spite of being terrified, something Miki Makimura picked up upon.


Manjiro is first seen alongside his gang, confronting Akira Fudo late one day at the end of school, intending to avenge the beating Dosu-Roku had received at Fudo's hands a few days prior. The group unwisely challenges him to a fight, with all ignoring Dosu-Roku's pleas of peace, only to end up beaten down and bruised by Fudo only moments later, with Manjiro sprawled out over the floor.

After recovering shortly after, the boys lick their wounds before they are unexpectedly confronted by a strange girl, who offers them a chance to beat him. Then, without waiting for an answer, dozens of horrific spiders burst from the girls skin, tearing her to pieces, and attach themselves to the gang.

The group, now possessed, confront Akira and Miki Makimura in a classroom and attack. Doing his best not to hurt them, Akira takes out the spiders controlling them, destroying Manjiro's after smashing it with his hands. After wiping the blood from his head Akira tells them that they had been possessed. Grateful for being saved, Manjiro and the others team up with Akira, vowing to help him in his battle against the demon race.

The group departs from the school in good spirits, however as they leave the find them self surrounded by the schools various sports teams, all possessed by the cruel spiders. They battle, doing their best not to badly harm the students, as Akira hunts down the mastermind, identifying it as the sentient web demon Rasber. Akira kills the demon, and the other students are freed from their control. 


  • Manjiro was advertised to have a figure of him released by Marmit, as advertised on the back of the figures packaging, ultimately however, it was never made.