Ajin Review

This is review number three hundred and sixty two. This anime is part of the Winter 2016 lineup. The anime I’ll be reviewing is called Ajin. It’s a thirteen episode anime about people that cannot die. It’s just like Baccano and it’s insane. I love it, so let’s read on.

Story

Ajin are immortal people that society considers dangerous. The government wants them captured and they want this cancer in the community under wraps. One day, Kei discovered that he is an Ajin and his life slowly went to hell. Under the pressure of society and the government calling out a man hunt after him, Kei is now alone in the world and he can’t do anything about it. This show follows his journey as an Ajin, and the little circle involved with the whole ordeal.

Taking the Pants Off

I was not thrilled watching this anime, because I’m not really a fan of the animation. The fully CG rendered animation is the step in the right direction for animation in general, but I think anime itself should stay 2-D because it just feels natural that way. I am not discrediting the amazing effect of the CG rendered animation though, and I have a whole paragraph dedicated to that later on. My problem is that this’ll get saturated and studios will start cutting corners resulting in really gawd awful sh*t. This isn’t a “maybe” thing. This is how anime evolves. It starts great, gets saturated, and turns sh*t then it explodes until it finds another trend to exploit. But damn it, I’m getting off topic. Ajin, by the way, is incredible. This character driven horror anime is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long while. It follows the pace of the manga naturally, and the characters develop in an incredible way that you’ll soon be sucked into the exciting story. I love every single element that make up the story, and I think you can only fault the show with its starting episodes. A good story gradually becomes interesting, and Ajin takes the slow approach. It may look clunky at first but, holy sh*t, it picks up pace in the most beautiful way that every single character introduced up until that point becomes an important part of the show. Even someone that only appeared in four episodes will still sit at the back of your mind wondering what they’re doing now as the story escalates into something so f*cking amazing that you just can’t help but overthink. As you can see, I love the story and the story slut in me is very happy. I am still against the animation though, but I also can’t deny how f*cking far the fully CG rendered animation has developed up until this point. It honestly scares me.

Anyways, this anime is about immortals and the scary reality of being one. It follows the immortal people, known as the Ajin, and the shady individuals that want them arrested. The story is an absolute mess when you first watch it, because the focus isn’t established that early on. The first episode just featured our main character discovering he is an Ajin, and then the whole world started going batsh*t crazy when the third known Ajin in Japan revealed himself. Our main character’s entire life crumbles in front of him, and he has no one to turn to. He eventually seeks the help of a childhood friend he has lost connection with, but it’s a good thing the friend understands his situation and made the necessary preparations to help our main character. It’s pretty straightforward from here with the story just focusing on our main character just trying to escape the authorities. As I said before, it isn’t anything that special and the plot seems a bit predictable. The first three episodes really only seems interesting because of the animation. The chase scenes in the high way look amazing, and the promise of bloodshed is so cool when the entire thing CG rendered. I think the entire story starts to make sense at around the fourth episode when you realize that there is more than one main character, and the entire plot is actually bigger than just one guy trying to escape the bad guys. It turns out that the story also covers the bad guys and the story is shaped by the decisions the characters make.

I’ve seen this kind of storytelling before, and I never thought it could actually be improved upon. If you first watch the anime, the very first thing you’ll notice is that Ennis from Baccano is in the anime. It’s actually her look-alike, but the entire design of Ennis seems to be completely copied to give us this character in Ajin. I guessing this is an homage to Baccano itself, and it’s like a very cute tribute, but that’s not the only thing Ajin took inspiration from Baccano. The storytelling device of Baccano is something Ajin also took inspiration from. In Baccano, the characters shaped the story. It’s a messy string of events that focused on what the characters did in the story and how they all relate to each other. Ajin is told in the same manner. While Baccano has tons of characters, Ajin focuses on just three main characters and the actions they take to shape the story. This style of storytelling is evident when the first episode featured one of our main characters, Kei Nagai, triggering the start of the story when he walked into traffic and killed himself. Prior to that, he really just did nothing and the show didn’t have anything building up to, story wise. His actions shaped the story, and the different choices he makes will now make a big impact in the story later on as well. This is Baccano in a nutshell. When you put the crazy show into perspective, the events of 1932 is fueled by all the different characters complicating the situation and it’s a wonderful chaotic mess that makes Baccano such an epic show. Ajin has the same style of storytelling wherein the characters really impact the story in a strong way, and nothing is really planned that far ahead without the characters making an important action first. This makes the story so fun to watch, because it just builds and builds until the characters eventually crosses path with each other.

The show has three chapters highlighting the actions that our three main characters make. The first chapter starts when Kei is revealed to be an Ajin. In his part of the story, Kei experience the backlash of being an immortal. People he once considered friends actually doesn’t give a damn about him, and people just treated him like a diseased dog that doesn’t deserve any respect from them. The worst part would be the ugly experience of being hunted down like a criminal. The government does not like Ajin, and they immediately took preventive measures to capture Kei. He hasn’t done anything at this point, and yet the whole world seems to conspire against him. The police, armed to the teeth, are tracking him down and people concerned with obtaining a huge reward for capturing him also wants in on the action. The world is a scary place for an Ajin, and Kei seems to be alone in the world right now. Luckily for him, there are people that don’t care if he is an Ajin or not. His childhood friend, named Kaito, decides to be there for him, and then they run away in a place where Kei can be safe. In the first chapter, it follows the two trying to escape the authorities while Kei is also trying to understand his new abilities as an Ajin.

It turns out that very little is known about the Ajin. They are immortals, and the government considers them a threat. That’s about the only information there is about the Ajin people. It seems that any more information is kept confidential by the government and they mostly want it kept under wraps because they’re doing some pretty shady things to the Ajin people. Yu Tosaki, part of the Ajin branch of the government, assumes the role of our next main character. He mostly wants Kei captured, but he also serves as that person that knows the most about the Ajin. In the first chapter, he would lead the hunt to capture Kei and he would also take charge in trying to discover more things about the Ajin. It turns out that Ajin can control invisible monsters, and Tosaki is concerned that the Ajin might use these monsters to create chaos. Tosaki wants Kei captured before the boy realizes he has that kind of power, but Tosaki also gives us another important aspect of the story: political red tape. Tosaki is a political player, and he would assert his authority while also trying to keep people in the dark. The things he knows are all confidential and he just reeks of BS red tape that wonderfully captures the frustrating feeling people has with a governing body. Everything is hush hush with Tosaki, but he also commands people who are completely puzzled with what they’re doing. They’re blindly following orders, and Tosaki doesn’t care if they don’t know anything as long as they follow his commands. He is an arrogant prick that seems to want to help people, but his process is full of political red tape that you just want him to take a fist in the face.

Things take an interesting turn when another Ajin starts making his presence felt. Tosaki refers to him as “The Hat” and Tosaki starts getting worried when he showed up during the man hunt on Kei. The Hat, a man named Satou, is an Ajin as well and it looks like he wants to help Kei out of his predicament. Tosaki is freaking out big time though, and it can only mean that Satou is trouble. This is explained much further when the show revealed that Satou has aided the second Ajin in Japan to escape a research facility. I think the image of the second Ajin, Kouji Tanaka, wrapped like a mummy screaming for his life while Satou sits adjacent to him with the entire room littered with dead bodies that Satou himself mutilated explains why Tosaki is in an uproar. Satou looks so harmless though, and he did have a good reason for saving Tanaka. This guy helps out his fellow Ajin, and his intentions doesn’t seem all that bad when you think about it. He now plans on trying to reach out to Kei trying to get the boy to join his side and help the Ajin cause. The three main characters eventually meet in the end of the first chapter. The man hunt for Kei escalates and the boy soon meets up with Satou, but things took a bit of plunge as it slowly went to hell for the second chapter.

The second chapter focuses on the three main character’s transformations and a bigger stage set for all of them. In the first chapter, it’s really just two people trying to track down a boy battling the odds against him. It’s a wonderful first chapter, but things get even more exciting when the odds overwhelm Kei. After experiencing so much, the story starts focusing on Kei not really behaving like any ordinary person. I love how her little sister sums her up as “not human”, and even he believes it as he ponders about it in the first episode. Kei seems to have finally convinced himself that he isn’t like any ordinary human and he should only focus on taking care of himself. His intuitive mind starts working up plans and theories as he experiences a lot of things in the second chapter. Kei has been studying all his life and it looks like this gave him a sharp wit that proves useful in his current situation. With a lack of empathy towards others and a cold calculating nature, the show is really setting up Kei as someone that can really affect the story greatly. It also seems that the show is finally acknowledging that he might be our main character as well. Despite having the traits of a psychopath, Kei also seems to have grown some kind of compassion towards helping others and even he is a bit puzzled by it. He doesn’t really care, but he also won’t abandon someone that needs his help. Kei is interesting, and even more so considering the special kind of hell he was treated to at the start of the second chapter. I’m trying to be vague here, but it’s a pretty brutal experience reminding us that this anime is a horror story.

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Tosaki takes an interesting transformation in the second chapter as well. The political red tape he has put up in front of the officers during the hunt for Kei is suddenly turned against him. In the second chapter, it turns out that Tosaki is actually placed in the Ajin division of the government expecting great results from him. His colleagues do not like him though, and people are actually hiding a lot of information about Ajin from him. They expect him to solve problems from them, but they are also withholding vital information from him and it’s really frustrating on his side. When things go bad, he’ll be put in the line of fire. The dude has no choice but to take the brunt of it, and you really feel for the guy. In the first chapter, he’s a giant assh*le begging for his mouth punched, but he really takes a different role in the second chapter. He is still the annoying stubborn guy that looks down on people, but he is also this sad lackey choking on political red tape. It’s absolutely beautiful. The guy is really driven to a corner, and the pressure placed upon him drives him to do some interesting things in the second chapter. I recognize it as Tosaki going down a path where he can’t turn back, and it really sets him up as a powerful force that can rival the immortal people he is trying to capture.

Tosaki’s change is interesting, but I think Satou taking center stage is the best part of the second chapter. This guy storms into a government facility by himself, and he kills a bunch of people. Satou really assumes the role of a really scary guy that does not like human beings. His reason for storming the place is admirable, but it’s also revealed that this guy might be more of a psychopath than Kei can ever be. Satou is really scary individual, and he really embodies the scary Ajin the government is trying to paint. The country is scared of the immortals running about and causing chaos, and Satou is ready to dish out that kind of image for them. He walks in a building greeted with bullets to his body, but he soon regenerates and then proceeds to kill the entire squadron that opens fires on him. It’s completely one sided as well, and I still remember Satou’s fixed happy face as he kills one person after another. It’s absolutely amazing, and one can only imagine this psychopath Satou crossing with a psychopath Kei and a power hungry Tosaki. It explodes in a beautiful clusterf*ck that really elevates the story to new heights. The anime starts out slow and a bit directionless, but then it transforms as well with how these characters really shaped the story up until this point. It soon leads a different landscape for the third chapter.

Satou is on a high after his one man massacre in the second chapter, and he soon turns to the media to declare his new plan. He tries to appeal to the people of the country to rally with him to get Ajin the human rights they rightfully deserve. This is an element of the story that I really like: it’s very much updated. The show has a very modern society wherein the internet, the culture of cellphones on every pocket and the influence of media is utilized to create a very compelling story. It feels very modern and the setting of the story isn’t that far out to the society we live in. I think the purpose is because the Ajin is a metaphor for something but, either way, Satou uses these components to get his real plan going. He believes that humans won’t care about Ajin unless the problem involves them personally. When you watch the news, most people won’t really give a damn unless they’re in it as well. Satou tries to rally people to his cause, but he also expects them to not care. For him, he plans on making them care and he’ll do it with force. Satou is prepared for war if needed, and this guy plans on getting everyone involved with his business so they’ll finally care about it. Satou is revealed as a psychopath in the second chapter, but he ascends a higher role in the third chapter. I think the word for his actions now suit a “terrorist” and he is more than happy to break a few eggs to get what he wants. If force is the only thing that’ll get people to care, then Satou is more than happy to deliver it to them.

With such batsh*t insane plans coming from Satou, the other main characters will be very much affected by it. So what do they do in the third chapter? Surprisingly, nothing. Tosaki took the path of no return in the second chapter, and he only really just prepared for the worst concerning Satou. He heard the psychopath’s plans and he has created counter measures to take him down. Tosaki’s action in the third chapter is notable, because he is now in the dog house when it comes to the government. They are putting a gun to his head, and they’ll fire it should they decide that he is no longer useful to them. They even appointed his successor to watch over him and to make sure he does his job well. It’s a beautiful slap in the face and you just feel sorry for Tosaki getting the bad end of all of this. In the third chapter, Tosaki usually just spends time in a room watching the news and setting up his plans to combat Satou. The political red tape is still in play because Tosaki is hiding some secrets from his superiors while the government is also refusing him access to things that’ll help deal with Satou. I’m guessing this’ll blow up in another chapter, but it’s interesting how the political red tape has shifted so far that both sides are choked up in it. It’s beautiful, because the presence of danger is upon them but the government is still twiddling their fingers concerned about other things. A psychopath just declared war on the country of Japan, and the political red tape is so concealing that they would rather just leave things to Tosaki and cross their fingers that he succeeds. Isn’t the government such a reliable force? This plays into the modern society the anime has established, because a shady unreliable government is also in the same era as the internet and social media. Tosaki is being prepped up to do so much more though, and I actually love how you can’t predict what’ll happen to him unless the guy does a significant action that moves the story first. The idea that an arrogant guy slowly having a gawd complex will cross path with two psychopaths just excites me. Oh sh*t, he might turn psychopath as well and I think that idea isn’t that far out there.

As for Kei, he didn’t do much in the third chapter. His goal the entire time is just to run away, and he finally found a good place to do that in the third chapter. His entire arc isn’t that interesting, because it really just leads to one thing. Satou claims that people don’t care because they aren’t affected, and Kei shares this kind of belief. As long as his life isn’t bothered by Satou then he doesn’t give adman if Satou declares war on the human race. It’s a bit frustrating watching Kei in the third chapter, because he just delayed the inevitable. He doesn’t care, but the story will soon lead to him caring and he really just wasted a good amount of time avoiding the unavoidable. His participation in the story is downplayed though because there are other characters needed to be introduced in the third chapter. Other Ajin disagrees with Satou and they want to stop him. A guy named Kou Nakano is introduced as a possible fourth main character in the story, and he doesn’t want Ajin to go to war with the human race. He wants Satou stopped before he does more damage to people. Unfortunately for him, he is alone in this mission though, and he tracks Kei down hoping Kei would join his cause. Kou is pretty stupid in this chapter too, because he didn’t really do anything notable. The entire chapter focused on Satou making his terroristic presence felt, and Kei and Nakano only took action when Satou’s impact finally affected them. It sets up the epic confrontation between Ajins as they fight to the metaphorical end. The epic fight happens in another season though, but that’s fine. After seeing how f*cking well developed the story has become, I’ll wait to see this all blow off in another season.

The show has three main characters, but it also has a lot of side characters. The thing I like about this anime is that it clearly pointed out who the main players are, and the rest of the cast really just helped making them look good. In Baccano, the show has no main character and the audience is just asked to pick your own. I never would’ve thought how amazing Baccano’s storytelling is when it’s fine-tuned and focused. The character driven type of story is so effective that it makes a straightforward story into something more complex. Anyways, the way the characters transform is probably the best example of why this kind of approach works. They start out simple, and their own actions shape the story which in turn shapes them as a character. I absolutely love it. The supporting cast is pretty great as well. Every single character that contributed to the story really stands out in their own special way. My favorite character is Kei’s sister, Eriko, because she absolutely hates his big brother. She claims that he isn’t human, and she would just frown at the mention of his name. It’s interesting because we never really understand why she is disgusted by him that much, but gives us an idea just what kind of person Kei is. As a supporting character, she really helped in making the main character look good. She appeared in the first chapter, and her claim of Kei not being human is soon supported when Kei himself realized that he isn’t normal. I also love her, because most little sisters display undying love to onii-chan and yet Eriko is so bitter that she’s actually cute because she isn’t cute. Am I the only one that likes how different this character is? Ennis being part of the story makes me smile, because she plays a great supporting cast for Tosaki. Her name is Izumi and she helps portray Tosaki’s arrogant superior attitude by simply being next to him. Izumi is small, and she looks up to Tosaki when she talks to him. This is intentional, because Tosaki looks superior when this petite girl with innocent eyes would always look up when talking to him. It’s subtle, but that’s really enough to make Tosaki an arrogant prick. It’s even more effective when he speaks, but simply being next to Izumi drives the point home as well. For Satou, he doesn’t need a side character to display how much of an awesome guy he is. He does travel with another Ajin named Kouji Tanaka, and it’s important to note that this guy is a murderer. He enjoys killing, but Satou overshadows him. This old man with a creepy harmless face can go f*cking overboard that the murderer companion he has would even fall silent to him. In a sense, Satou is such a dominating presence that even a killer would submit to his entire being. Satou is just that gawd damn awesome, and he makes the anime special every time he goes around killing people.

There are two characters that I felt were oddly under developed. I understand Kou is just another ally for Kei, and he will soon have his time to shine. A big deal of the third chapter follows Kou being hunted the same way as Kei, and his experience is just as horrific as the other guy. Kou always has the odds against him, and he really underwent the same hell Kei experienced so you can expect him to change as well given the right kind of motivation. For Kei, he realized he’s a psychopath when he pointed a gun at Satou and Kou might get the same opportunity as well. The one underdeveloped character that worries me is Kei’s childhood friend, Kaito. He tried to get Kei to a safe place, but things went bust at the end of the first chapter. After that though, Kaito simply vanished. This is puzzling because every character still has a presence in the show even though they aren’t part of the story anymore. Kaito is different, because he oddly fell off the grid and I don’t understand why. I can only suspect that he might be used as a pawn to lure out Kei when Satou starts tracking him down, or Kaito might also be an Ajin and he’ll cross path with Kei as well in a different circumstance. Either way, I am curious about this character and I hope the second season comes soon so I won’t spend my free time googling what happened to him while avoiding the spoilers. Of course, I can just read the manga but why the hell would I do that? Don’t be silly.

Polygon Pictures seems to be sticking with CG rendered anime, and I guess it’s a good way to make themselves standout. They also did Knight of Sidonia, and it’s interesting how they’re mostly adapting dark stories that conventional anime might have a problem properly adapting. I think they’re also doing a three part film of Ajin, and I think they really want to ride this wave hard. They did found considerable success with Knight of Sidonia as a franchise, and I guess sticking with Ajin all the way is a smart move for them. They should try adapting move gore though, because I think CG rendered animation looks great with actual body parts splattered around instead of just blood. They’re aiming for a broader audience though, but I think there’s also a market for the depraved stories. I’m mostly saying this because I want someone to reboot Bokurano and properly tell the twisted child rapy story the anime adaptation disgracefully cut from its story. Polygon Pictures is in a prime position though, because if CG rendered animation catches on then they’ll be miles ahead producing shows fast while most studios are still blindly transitioning to it. I pray to gawd it doesn’t become the norm though, but I also know this kind of animation will catch on. As long as it’s not rotoscope then I’m all for it, I guess. This anime is directed by Hiroyuki Seishita, and I think this is his second directorial work. His first work is the second season of Knights of Sidonia, and it’s something I should really try and watch soon. I love how he was faithful to the manga, but he also understood how to keep things PG. There were some panels in the manga that was just too gory, like Kei split in half after he was ran over with a truck, and the director really reimagined the scene in a different perspective without losing the creepiness of the entire scene. I trust a director that can faithfully adapt a manga, and I hope he continues on with this kind of style. Horror is tough genre to sell, but I think he is able to capture the dreary mood of the manga nicely. There were moments that forced me to close my eyes because I was so caught up in it, and a good director knows when to pull that kind of sh*t off. I trust him with the second season, and I hope it happens soon.

Sight and Sound

Character design is pretty impressive. I know it isn’t that impressive in the anime, but the manga takes on a life of its own. Gamon Sakurai knows how to establish mood and concentration through his design, and it makes the manga a compelling read. The body proportions aren’t that notable, but his inking style creates a really dark mood that just swallows the setting. The way the faces are drawn becomes a bit creepy with how it blends with Gamon’s heavy inking style. Soon, every panel feels dreary and the atmosphere overwhelms the story at times. He does put great emphasis when doing character close ups, but it’s mostly the heavy atmosphere that influences his design greatly. Combined with his creative panel shots and unnerving atmosphere, the characters just become compelling by default. It’s pretty incredible that you can create characters by putting emphasis on the setting they are in. You also can’t help but be in awe in how he creates his panels. The inking is so well done, and the facial expressions are pretty great. They’re inconsistent at times, but it’s mainly because he likes to play with his angles. The stylized inking also delivers the gore well. I haven’t really reached a chapter with gross out kills, but a lot of them just involve a lot of blood and the facial expressions of the victims pretty much tells it all. Combined with the heavy atmosphere, the horror is in full effect in the manga. It’s also pretty incredible how spot on the adaptation was.

Some scenes are altered slightly, but it still follows the idea of the manga nicely. The animation is a bit distracting at first, because it still looks robotic when you first lay your eyes upon them. The way the character moves are convincing though, but they still look awkwardly robotic on first glance. Compared to Knights of Sidonia though, the studio seems to have nailed a more compelling storytelling with the CG rendered animation. In Sidonia, some of the dreary scenes are lacking of the authors incredible visual work. Sidonia is supposed to be very dark, and the CG rendered animation can’t give it justice yet. They seem to have worked around that problem in Ajin though. Instead of swallowing the scenes in darkness, you can just heighten the moment with some appropriate suspenseful music. The animation then covers certain scenes that bring about action and mystery in the story. I love the highway chase scene in the first chapter. It’s just two motorcycles going at top speed, but the movement is so fluid that it’s exhilarating to watch. The show also utilizes dynamic camera angles to make the moment a lot more exciting giving us shots of the two vehicles in aerial, the chase in the rear view mirror and even a close up of the motorcycle wheels at top speed. They’re really utilizing the animation to its maximum and they make sure every scene is compelling to watch. Even the dialogue heavy scenes are nicely presented despite the fact that they don’t really contain much. Kei’s plot point in the third chapter is so f*cking boring, but the animation still gives us this beautiful pace that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

The animation shines the most in two ways. First of all, the kills. When an Ajin dies, his body goes limp and then regenerates. The entire scene is just amazingly animated, and the smallest mannerisms are nicely captured in such a short scene. People being shot or stabbed also looks legit because the smallest mannerisms are captured. This is really where CG rendered animation shines. It captures the minute details that we don’t consciously notice. Secondly, I love the way the characters walk. It’s another small detail, but every character walks differently representing their personality. Satou walks stoic, Tosaki walks fast and Kei really does a lot of running in the series. Their hand placements and facial expressions are nicely animated during this pretty insignificant scene, and it draws you in because you just know the movement feels right. This is the power of CG rendered animation, but I really don’t want this to catch on because other studios will cut corners trying to get the same effect. Unfortunately, it’s easy to screw this kind of animation up. Have you ever seen Kakurenbo? It’s horror as well, but the animation is CG and it’s awkward. CG rendered animation isn’t for everyone but it might become a trend that other studios will imitate, and I’m scared of that. Anyways, Hiroyuki’s talents as a director is really in full display here and he really took full advantage of the powers of the animation at his disposal.

The anime’s OP is “Yoru wa Nemureru kai?” by flumpool. I love this opening song. It’s just so nicely composed with a nice balance of the rhythm and the lyrics. The singer’s voice is also pretty great, and I just love listening to it when it plays in the anime. The song is about not giving up even when the situation is really dire. It’s mostly negative though with someone contemplating suicide, but it picks up in the chorus with a strong message. The OP sequence features the characters going from 2D in the manga design to the show’ CG rendered characters. It’s pretty cool, and it nicely introduces them one by one so you can understand the scope of the story as you watch it. It also contains some nice tidbits of the story including Satou’s psychopathic tendency to kill. The anime’s ED is “HOW CLOSE YOU ARE” by Mamoru Miyano. It’s a weird love song because I keep imagining Kei and Kaito when the song is playing. It’s a deeply romantic song about holding onto love and staying strong, and it’s even weirder with the forced English lyrics in the song. It’s weirder some more when it’s paired with the ED featuring the Ajins killing themselves in some of the most notable moments in the show. It’s done in some cheap flash animation style though, but still CG rendered, and its good I guess but not in the proper context.

Overall Score

8/10 “It’s engaging, compelling and just a simple fun show about people that can’t die and the bastards that want them captured.”

This is an amazing anime in terms of both the story and the animation. The characters really deliver a powerful performance here and you’ll be instantly drawn to it. It’s a really great character driven story, and it just builds from a simple story to something so much more. If you like Baccano’s storytelling, then you’ll enjoy a more polished style in this anime. If you like some nicely executed horror, then you’ll see some here. It’s not scary and there are not a lot of them, but they’re nicely executed and it stands out easily. If you like compelling characters constantly fleshed out at every episode then you’ll enjoy this anime as well. It’s a fun and crazy ride thorough and through. I recommend it.

11 thoughts on “Ajin Review

    • For me, I write a review for myself. What do I want in my review if I am the one looking for an opinion about a show? When I read review, do I prefer something short and simple, or heavily detailed?
      As for the things to be discussed and left out, it just naturally comes to you. Your main goal is to convince someone to watch a show, so just focus on that. Spoilers be damned, you’ll get the hang of avoiding spoilers naturally.

  1. I thought the changes in storytelling from eps 4 onward was because the author changed, like Kei’s character too somehow grew more guts? I just didn’t think he actually had it in him lol

    • what do you mean “the author changed”? what happened to him? And I love Kei’s growth in the story. I hope his fight with Satou is beyond epic. No spoilrs. :p

      • The initial manga project had two co-authors: writer Miura something and artist Sakurai Gamon, then starting from vol 2 Sakurai Gamon both writes and draws. I like Kei too he’s fun to watch~ hope the movie sequel doesn’t disappoint (movie format scared me a bit because it has more limited screentime), seriously after such build up >.<
        I also want to add, you keep mentioning Baccano got me thinking that maybe these Japanese cops in Ajin should learn a thing or two from Italian mafia on how to deal with immortals: put them in a barrel and throw them to ocean lol

        • whoa, hat happened to the other writer? writing differences? that’s intriguing.
          And lol, maybe we’ll get a cement in a barrel scene in Ajin because I think the writer will find a way to homage it.

          • If i don’t get a wrong info: the writer used to be a hentai mangaka who try doing ajin as a breather but grow tired doing it and become hentai mangaka again in the middle of the manga

  2. I was so excited to see that you had reviewed Ajin, because it’s one of my favorites! I feel like a lot of people were turned away by the CGI, lol (so was I at first) but it’s worth it. I heard season two got greenlighted for this year, I believe, so I’m really looking forward to that as well. Hopefully they’ll bring back Kai or at least mention him…?

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