Where there is life, there is death... or is there? What would you do if you could never die? The possibilities are endless.
Seventeen years ago, the existence of a special species called Ajin was discovered in Africa. They are said to be immortal beings, with several supernatural abilities, that look just like any other human being. Are these Ajin just random phenomena of nature or were they purposely sent to Earth to destroy it?
Since their first discovery, several other Ajin appearances have been reported worldwide. For the majority of citizens though, these creatures are less reality and more of something you see every once in a while in a textbook or on the news. This is how it was for the young protagonist of the series, Kei. That was until a sudden turn of events changed his life forever...
Ajin is a supernatural anime full of complex ideas about life and death, as well as the dark side of human nature. What does it mean to truly be human?
( No Spoliers ) First of all , Reviews are based on one's preferences and own interests so what I am writing will never ever be 100% for all people simply because we are different .
Second thing , the main reason why many of anime lovers aren't watching Ajin is because of the art . We (I am included ) are used to the 2D techniques in anime so if I found a 3D one I will not watch it .BUT I have to say that AJIN is different . TOTALLY DIFFERENT .
I can't deny that I started to watch it mainly because I know that Mamoru Miyano ( death note's yagami Light 's voice actor ) is the main character in the anime and when you watch a lot of animes you will become an expert concerning voice actors . you will know the best voice actors and watch all their works blindly without even thinking . that's Mamoru Miyano to me .
At first , I was like why CG ! Why ! But the plot , characters is masterpieces I find myself getting used to the art technique . and I am sure that some of you will change their opunione about the art when they start watching the anime .
So let's be more specific .
Who is more likely to love this anime ?
Anyone likes sci-fi , mystery , suspense, non human vs. Human animes .
In other words , to me Ajin is the next "Kiseijuu sei no kakuritsu :Parasite"
They are not the same , but they share some main features.
Maybe Tokyo Ghoul too
Let's move to the sound effects .. THE SOUND EFFECTS IN THIS ANIME ARE FREAKING KILLING ME sorry for the capital letters haha
But seriously if you want to enjoy the anime Headphones on and raise the volume to maximum .. You will definitely scream when you hear any gun shot or knife sound . I promise . they nailed it in this anime
The opening song .. masterpiece ♥♥♥
Overall I am enjoying the show the show so much .. I can't wait for the next episode .
( Until here the review was about the first 7 episodes )
UPDATE ~~~ 7/4/2016
From episode 8 ~ 11 i felt like something is missed .. i don't know what it is but i wasn't so excited while watching the episode (let's bear in mind that some factors play a role in this like your mood )
Anyways , Episode 12 is Awesome . I've just finished . A MASTERPIECE ♥
Can't wait for episode 13 ..
Last update ~~~ 14.4.2016
Episode 13 has left many things untold and unsolved . And this means WE ARE HAVING SEASON 2 yaaaaaay ..let's hope so
I totally enjoyed this anime ..
I just want more scenes of Kai ( Nagai kei's old friend ) maybe they should turn him into Ajin and let him help Nagai and Nakano .. i don't know .. i just missed his kind character .
So finally , i would be satisfied if there's season 2 . I mean they have to because it would be totally uncomplete if they didn't .
Last thing , for the zillionth time , I ADORE Mamoru Miyano (Nagai kei's voice actor ) .. and i adore how the black ghost repeat the words after kei also it's so funny that the black ghost do the opposite of what he is being ordered to .. DO I HAVE TO OBEY YOUR WORDS ! So polite Mr.Black ghost pretty much like me hahaha .
That's it .. see you ..let's pray for season 2 please and thanks for the friend requests ♥
"Don't judge a book by its cover": a metaphorical phrase that I'm sure many of us are familiar with, being one that has long transcended both generational and ethnic background to be used across the globe. A phrase that has taken on several reiterations depending on the time period and linguistics of the land, but still maintains the same direct message. It's simple, to the point and always relevant when entering the world of any storytelling medium. As much as many of us would like to think, that we could quickly discern the contents of a show simply off of the art cover and synopsis, there are times when we are all proven wrong.
Take the outward appearances of Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica and Gakkougurashi! for example. Both titles display an outer shell that could be described as innocent or even a bit too cloying upon first encounter. Had any veteran anime viewer taken a glance at them with no prior knowledge, it could be easy to understand if they had fallen for the façade. When any viewer becomes accustomed to familiarized signs in certain anime they've experienced before, it isn't out of character for complacency to kick in.
Whether we want to or not, past experiences tend to lead to some subconscious rewiring of expectations for certain content we perceive later on. It's how we refine our viewing habits and why we tend to avoid certain things that set off red flags in our heads due to unsavory experiences. It's a primal reaction our ancestors had to avoid danger and one we adopted for more trivial things, like avoiding shows that aren't within our favor. It's a habit with polarizing results, but still an understandable one we all share in one way or another.
And if one were to glance at the outward appearance of Ajin, I'm sure the prenotion to quickly judge it would take hold. With promotional art and a premise that seem to enforce the trappings of a typical bishounen action romp, it isn't hard to see why that knee-jerk reaction to label it would occur. But what we see on the outside, and what we actually get, is a whole other story. While Ajin may pattern itself to shows of that caliber, it quickly deviates from the tropes associated with it to become something far more promising. This anime is a book that screams one thing while the pages inside reveal another.
The story takes place in a fictional universe where humanity stumbled upon the discovery of a new sub-species of beings dubbed the Ajin. Having the appearance of regular humans, the Ajins are thought to be immortal, while also possessing several supernatural abilities. Due to their documented cases' being extremely rare, they quickly become subjects of superstition. But all that changes when a resurgence of the species occurs in modern day Japan, bringing with it a public frenzy that leads us into the narrative that unfolds before us today.
What we have here is a fundamental case of man vs 'allegorical' man, something many of us are familiar with, whether we're aware of it or not. Every time there's a story that pits opposing ideals of beings capable of human-level thought, (whether that be man or beast), it follows the man vs man conflict. This isn't always limited to one conflict either, as multiple topics tend to branch out from its inception, as demonstrated with movies like Dances With Wolves, or Cameron's Avatar, for the modern viewing audience. It's the tale of societal discrimination and xenophobic rejection of anything that doesn't align with someone's own principal. These are the stories that advocate awareness by providing social commentary with the human condition used as a platform.
And these common tales are no stranger to the world of anime. You don't have to look far, with titles such as Parasyte and Shinsekai Yori adhering to this traditional narrative. Both of which serve as ambassadors in anime's ability to craft this tale just as effectively as anything found on the silver screen. But despite the commonality of these stories, it's still one that's easily botched when handled without finesse, with titles such as Tokyo Ghoul and Terra Formars being testaments to that fact. Thankfully, Ajin isn't a case of the latter, although I do hesitate to place it on the caliber of the aforementioned that did this narrative well. If I had to give a comparative evaluation, I'd say it finds itself somewhere comfortably in the middle. While not as fleshed out as Shinsekai Yori or as multifaceted as Parasyte, Ajin still manages to hold its own. Instead of letting the subject matter marinate in the subconscious of the viewer, Ajin makes swift actions to drive home the message quickly it wishes to convey. This gives room for a narrative that's constantly in motion, which is ideal for those seeking immediate results. And while this to-the-point approach may leave many of its concepts explored only on a surface level, it still allows for a more consumable binge-watching experience. It prioritizes thrills over thematic pondering, which makes it more accessible to a broader market. This also makes Ajin a good gateway for those who want just to get their toes wet with heftier concepts, but aren't quite ready to dive in. It sprinkles in commentary about our current populace's desensitized state, as well as touching upon ethical treatment taken by governing bodies. It does just enough to whet the appetite of the viewer and add flavor to its narrative. And for those who want just a little bit extra with their action, this might just be all that's needed. But despite that fact, there's still a barrier of entry for those willing to crack the spine of this anime, and that, of course, is the use of 3DCG animation as opposed to traditional style.
Deciding to use 3DCG, similar to that of Knights of Sidonia, was probably the biggest deterrent for those who saw past the generic premise and appearance. And in all honesty, just hearing of this news alone was probably the reason many overlooked this title altogether. Yes, the presentation can take some getting use to for viewers who don't find it aesthetically appealing, but for those not bothered by the occasional 'uncanny valley effect', the show remedied this problem better than most. Unlike Knights of Sidonia, the individual movements here show far more mobility. The soundtrack, composed of Gothic organs, booming 'Hans Zimmer' fog horn sections, heavy guitar rifts and more, also helps in compensating in places where the animation found itself lacking. It might not be by much for viewers who are bothered by even the thought of CGI, but it certainly made it a far more palatable experience for those that could see beyond that.
The fights that occurred throughout the series weren't reduced to two people smashing fists with no rational thought, but are rather tactical bouts where Ajins and humans alike use their strengths and weaknesses against each other. Even with the clear advantage given to the Ajins, the human opposition still found many clever ways of exploiting their strengths by using it against them. This was also the case for when Ajins clashed among themselves. The show went into a decent amount of detail in explaining the body mechanics of the Ajins as well as the extent of their abilities. And the more an Ajin was aware of its abilities, the better it was at utilizing it in and outside the battlefield.
But perhaps the most apparent demonstration of the show's deviation from its inherent trappings can be found with the main characters themselves. In order to avoid turning this into a long-winded analysis, I'll go over only the two prominent characters highlighted throughout the show. They were far from being the most fully realized characters of the 2016 Winter season (that honor resides with Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu); however, they were still far removed from the cookie-cutter lineup that would come standard-fare with these stories. And what they may have lacked in development, they more than made up for with their distinct personality traits and interactions. They're simple, but at the same time, subjects who would make for interesting, if only brief, character studies.
Take, for example, our main character, Kei Nagai. The first defining trait he exhibits immediately separates him from the atypical wide-eyed idealist, or the hotblooded teen that come almost default with his role. Instead of a rehashed archetype with only a different coat of paint to define him, what we get is a selfish misanthrope who places his own self-preservation and needs above others. Whether he had to be deceptive or fake empathy to weasel his way out of trouble territory isn't of concern to him. There are no delusions of grandeur festering in his mind, he is very much aware of the extent of his capabilities, as well as his amoral standing with the world around him. And while not quite being pegged as a nihilist, he doesn't place trust in anything that isn't irrefutable truth. Kei Nagai is a teen whom we've either seen or were at one point in our lives, which makes him one of the more honest depictions of this age group in some time. Unless he's given a feasible or self-beneficial option to assist someone, he will not go out of his way to aid them if it means placing his own life in harms way. Anything outside of that is merely done out of forced guilt or social obligation. This underrepresented type of character makes him far from your garden variety, and as a result, an intriguing one to follow.
And as much as some of us would like to take the moral highroad in response to other people's suffering, the truth is most of us don't acknowledge it with any kind of substantial sympathy. And it's for this reason that our protagonist becomes not only well-depicted, but also easily identifiable for our modern society. Now this isn't to say some won't find his actions deplorable; there are certainly lots of people out there with a strong moral fiber, but his personality and actions are properly documented for the audience to understand his psyche, regardless of one's own personal ethics. He isn't going to fulfill the role of any white-knight advocate anytime soon, but in the context of the story he's placed in, his personality is tailor-made for the current social climate.
And while Kei Nagai retains the main character role, the true star of the series was none other than Satou. Satou, also nicknamed "The Hat" by officials, is quite the enigmatic figure. With a hospitable, soft-spoken demeanor upon initial contact, he brings with himself an aura of accumulated wisdom, but lurking just below the surface of his thinly veiled smile lies a man with a very twisted moral compass. Like the hybrid of a cunning old fox and someone akin to that of Magneto from the X-men franchise, there's nothing he won't do in order to reach his intended goal. While wanting for the betterment of his Ajin brethren, the path he takes to get there is paved with the blood of opposition and bystanders alike, all while sadistically reveling in the madness he brews up. He's a charismatic demon in sheep's clothing, a man who nonchalantly goes about his business with no sign of remorse, which is made all the more menacing given his weathered age. Any youth can demonstrate raw ferocity towards someone, but it's the carefully calculated approach of a much older man that strikes fear into the officials in this series. Satou, for all intents and purposes, is the show's undisputed badass, a title he more than lives up to.
Another character worth briefly addressing was Yuu Tosaki, an official who balances out the opposing ideals of Satou and Kei. He's your "all business no pleasure" kind of detective who is given the task to apprehend the Ajins at any means necessary. While he came across as one note in the beginning, that is later alleviated with the reveal of his motivation. Outside of Yuu Tosaki, the rest of the secondary characters aren't fleshed out to any extent, but they are given distinct enough personality traits to make their inclusion warranted. All in all, the characters, whether important or minor, helped in bringing the world and conflict to life.
This title proves that even action shows can have some level of thought and planning placed into them. It never tried to be something far more than what it was and performed well with the material it had to work with. For those thinking that this would be just another bishounen-cock-fight title, I implore you to discard that premature notion and give this show a try.
There was never a dull moment with this anime. With a plot that continued to push forward and main characters that constantly kept me at the edge of my seat, I found a great deal of enjoyment here. Satou's actions alone were more than enough for me. While the art was a bit off-putting at times, I still walked away satisfied. In terms of quality, it's somewhere between Tokyo Ghoul and Parasyte. If TG were McDonalds and Parasyte were a 5 star restaurant, then Ajin would be your local diner.
Ajin was a show that could have easily dissipated under the weight of its own premise, but managed to hold up incredibly well. With narrative choices and thoughtful insight that demonstrated a level of competency lacking in similar titles, Ajin has proven to be a show worth the initial investment.read more
First: You will hate this anime because of the ART, but put up with it and after a few eps you won't even notice anymore, because the story will take your mind away from it.
It starts off just like any other anime-school, school guys-BORING.
The best moments in anime are those when they turn everything against the MC. Your best friends, were they even your best friends? Humanity-are they really better than those MONSTERS? or are they WORSE?
Should I be filled with RAGE? - NO. I am different.
I'm bad with writing reviews, but this is a short idea about what this anime is about. read more
Ok, I cannot even begin to put my hatred for this anime into words, but let me try.
If someone walked up to me and recommended this, I would act as if they spat on my late grandmother's grave. The anime is a punch in the face to the manga, and I curse whichever dumbass who thought it would be a good idea to make a CGI animation for a brilliant manga to hell and back, infinitely.
Anyone who scored this as a 10 obviously haven't read the manga. OBVIOUSLY.
I was reading the manga, and to be completely honest, I have never fallen for a story and its characters so hard before. I was absolutely taken by it, and there was no going back. The art is beyond fantastic, the gore scenes are top notch, and the characters are so lovable it quite literally hurts me. The creator took a unique approach to a stereotypical plot line and turned it into something every gore/horror fanatic should read. So I was ecstatic when I found out there was an anime to say at the least.
Upon seeing the trailer, I had to lay down to piece my sanity back together. You know, I like to think of myself as a positive thinker, so being the person I am, I tried not to judge it by that little snippet, and sat down to watch the first few episodes. I got to episode 3 before I had to stop.
Let me give you a brief run-down of why I really, really despise Ajin the anime.
1. The gore scenes are super lacking. I was AT LEAST expecting some cool blood effects, because, you know, THAT'S LITERALLY WHAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE TO READ/WATCH IT. But it failed every aspect of that test. The graphic scenes looked painfully fake, and it was honestly kind of sad to watch. But I suppose it was my fault for expecting more than something half-assed because it IS a CGI after all. Silly me!
2. The black ghosts look like something you can buy at the Dollar Tree during the Halloween special. I want to cringe at the effects they used, and cringe I do. The ghosts in the manga were probably... Geez, I can't even put a number on this, but they were significantly more horrifying. Originally, Their limbs were mutated and stretched out, making them look like grotesque mummies that you only see during the latest hours of the night. But the anime took away that factor and made them look more human, completely soiling the creepiness. Plus, for some other-wordly reason they tried to make them a comic relief? Why..? It completely baffles me! They NEVER talked this much in the manga, much less spouted out bullshit like "I really... need to pee." (This is also a big spoiler what is revealed later in the series. So I ask again: Why..?)
3. I also don't like how they practically SPELL things out for you. Like, just off the top of my head, I can think of 3 things that are spoiled because of this issue. A good horror story like this NEEDS to have suspense and mystery, or it just won't work. They leave no room for imagination with some characters. Maybe I just think this way because I already know what happens, but still. It irks me.
Ugh, I could rave on forever about how much the anime pisses me off, but I'm sure no one wants to read anymore, so I'll end this review with this: If you enjoy this even remotely, which quite honestly is a hard thing to do, do yourself a favor and read the manga.
You don't even have to read the whole thing, literally just a chapter or two. It won't even take you a minute of reading to see that the manga is umpteen times better that this poor excuse for an anime adaptation. Hell, you'd agree even if you hated reading manga. Anything is better than this, I swear.
So please, PLEASE go read the manga.
EDIT: Geez, you people are persistent. Whatever, nag me all you want, I'm not changing it. Sigh. But I will add somethings to this because looking back on this now, I realize that I was being unfair. So here we go again.
1. As disappointed as I was with the art, I can't say that the animation is entirely bad. As far at CGI animation goes, it's pretty good. It's hard to get used to at first (especially if you were expecting some high quality animation), but it gets easier. Though the first episode kind of through me off. But the animators got their act together as the series progressed. They made different types of face shapes and it fit each character really well. (And they got everyone's eyebrows right. Thank God.)
2. The soundtrack and opening are really nice. I have to say I enjoyed it a lot. Let's not forget the voice actors as well. They did a great job at not making everything sound super cheesy. The voices of the characters can either make or break an anime, and I'd say it really tied everything together. One example being Tanaka's mad laugh in episode 4. It was totally spot on. I felt like it captured his character and it makes me hella excited to see his char. development later on in the series.
3. Although it can be awkward at times, the perspectives are original and creative. There is a lot of variation when it comes to scenes where it's just dialogue and that's something you don't see very often, or at the least well done. My only problem with it was during some fight scene, I couldn't really see what was going on, but the ghosts are dark browns and greys, so that was probably the leading factor that made it hard to follow. But regardless, it was still an exciting scene.
I hope I kind of cleared the air with this last bit. Though, to be honest, I still expect to receive some sort of hate message in my PM box. Hehe, I guess I have it coming though. This review is a bit more salty than I'd care to admit.
So to conclude (once more), despite the anime having its ups and downs, it's still worth looking into. And if you like it, the I 10/10 recommend reading the manga.read more
On April 6, Dai Sato and Justin Leach stopped by The Japan Society to talk about the state of Japanese animation post Hayao Miyazaki. How has it been since his retirement, and is anime moving in a good direction? Or bad direction? Here's a recap of the event.