The story is set in a not too distant future, in which Earth has been overrun by a horrifying technovirus. Mechanical parasites, mistakenly created in an attempt to advance technology, attach themselves to human spinal cords and turn their hosts into cyborgs. Desperate to rid themselves of this technological terror, the remaining human survivors try to band together and learn to defend themselves against android enemies.
Anyway, I've read 21 out of the "23" chapters. I don't know where the last 2 chapters are but I can't seem to find them. Regardless, the story ends pretty conclusively even at chapter 21, so I'm not too worried about that. So let's get down to it.
Before I say anything, I'd like talk about this story and its "yuri." One of the lead mains, "Carol," does have a male mode, but it's mostly used as a "supermode" more than anything else (not spoiling anything, it's revealed pretty early." Most importantly, all the s-e-x scenes are
when Carol is in her main, female mode. The documentation states that she assumes a "male mentality, whatever that means.
I'm a huge sucker for yuri and their love was a big part of the plot. If you don't like girl on girl, don't read this. One thing though, this manga is really lewd and makes no effort to hide it. It's not uncommon for both of the leads to "accidentally" have their clothing destroyed during battle.
Warning: the relationship between the leads does get sappy sometimes
This is a mixed bag for me. You'll find a surprisingly large amount of action for a yuri manga. For people looking for the classic "coming of age, schoolgirl yuri" this is probably not for you. The plot revolves around two girls, one of them an android, saving the world from an evil AI. Not very original. There's plenty of death, killing, and violence. There's even rape.
For me, the plot can be divided into two halves. For the first half, Carol, the android, is pretty much invincible and is able to beat anything really. For the second half, after the introduction of that one antagonist, the narrative suddenly shifts to "it's hopeless no one can beat [antagonist]." But the brief moments (when the author actually does accomplish it) feeling of hopelessness and despair add to the quality of the story.
Anyway, sometimes in this story you just have to roll with it.
It's nothing remarkable, really. However, the art was not bad and it definitely did get in my way of enjoying this series. If you feel it's unsatisfactory, remember that it was created in the mid 90's.
I very much appreciated the main leads, Carol and Shiori. In many ways, Shiori is your archetypal "damsel in distress." In other ways, she proves to be quite competent and actually saves the day in some cases. She's very emotionally strong and is the one that makes their relationship work.
Carol, as the beginning of the story, seems to be an instant win condition. She's very powerful in combat and there's no enemy that can beat her, except for that one [antagonist]. She is very capable and strong. She does have a few moments of weakness, however.
Honorable mentions: [Antagonist] was a really sick and vile person. He really was an enemy to take and he does some very vile things.
Even with its few shortcomings, I very much enjoyed Chirality. There were no boring moments for me and I was on the edge of my seat for some parts of the plot. The way the two main characters grew on each other really melted my heart.
If you like yuri relationships and want a bit of a classic, this is a manga for you. It's not a short read but it's not too long either. It's always interesting and there's really no filler. For yuri, it realy is a classic because of how early it was created. Anyway, I hope you take the time to read it when you get the chance.