Ajin: Demi-Human (new anime)

Posted: April 20, 2016 in science fiction, television
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Ajin: Demi-Human (season 1) is a new anime series streaming on Netflix (trailers here and here). So far, I’m really enjoying it. Disclaimer: I’m a fan of dark, gritty, more realistic anime (if realistic can be applied to anime). My favorites include Berserk, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Kite, and Evangelion.

Typical for anime, the series’ premise is fairly inexplicable: society has learned of immortals, called Ajin, living among us, many of whom aren’t even aware of their immortality until they suffer a fatal accident but fail to die.

The series starts off with a different angle: the government and industry are experimentingAijin poster on captured Ajin, conducting gruesome experiments to test the limits of Ajin immortality. This immediately creates a grey area of moral ambiguity and raises interesting questions about each of the character’s actions and motives. It’s not clear who the good and bad guys really are. This even includes the main character, Kei Nagai, who discovers he’s an Ajin and proceeds to make some surprising and questionable decisions. It’s clear he’s not your typical, heroic protagonist. Definitely an anti-hero, and I can’t wait to see what he does in season 2.

The overall plot is also full of unexpected twists and complexity. Combined with some scifi elements and very high caliber animation graphics, I highly recommend Ajin to fans of dark manga/anime.

According to Wikipedia, “The series began publication in Kodansha’s magazine good! Afternoon in 2012. Initially, it was written by Tsuina Miura; however, his name is not mentioned in the credits after the first volume, and Gamon Sakurai has been creating the manga himself since.” I hope Netflix continues adding new anime series like this to its catalogue.

If you’ve seen it, what did you think?

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