Ajin are humans that cannot die. Seventeen years ago, they first appeared on a battlefield in Africa. From then on, more of their kind are discovered within the human society. Their rarity in appearance means that, for experimental purposes, the government will generously reward anyone who captures one. In the present day, for what a certain high school student expects to be a typical summer holiday, his life is about to turn unexpected...
In 2013, Sakura Gamon stated on his blog that he will be working on the series alone for volume two onward. The reason for co-author Miura Tsuina's withdrawal was not given.
Ajin has been published in English as Ajin: Demi-Human by Vertical Inc. since October 14, 2014; in Spanish as Ajin: Semihumano by Norma Editorial since October 29, 2015; in German by Egmont Manga since June 5, 2015; in Polish by Studio JG since April 5, 2016; in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics/Planet Manga since June 2016; and in Italian by Star Comics since May 9, 2015.
"Why must one die?" Is being immortal a gift or a curse?
One day, our main character Nagai, Kei finds out the wrong way(and only way) that he's an immortal being with supernatural powers, which is not only bad since the government is after all "Ajins"(Immortals) for experimental purposes but because he's one of the few hundred Ajin's in the world.
His head has a price now, and his mysterious abilities make him the perfect target for everyone around him. Who will remain his friend and who will betray him?
Kei is given a quick introduction into a very realistic world.
Ajin is filled with psychological and
existential issues that question society's morals when dealing with this new "race". How would society react to these immortal people? It has many similarities to our world and it's a way to feel empathy with the characters and that part of the story since we too deal with issues like racism and discrimination.
The main character goes through many ideology changes throughout the manga as he fights for his freedom and "survival". His best friend plays a big part in his new life, and both are given great character development. Other characters are also well developed to show the other side of the coin, the cruel humans and the typical greedy government.
The art is great. The gore elements that are added for shock value are superb. Everything is really well drawn and the style blends well with the story. All designs and especially the Ajin's mysterious "ability" make the story more engaging.
The seriousness of this manga describes very well how we humans act in face of death and pain. People turn selfish and hateful when pushed to the limit, add a mystery and supernatural concept into the mix and you have the story of an immortal kid with a strange power.
Ajin are humans that cannot die. Seventeen years ago, they first appeared on a battlefield in Africa. Our main character turns out to be a Ajin and gets treated like he is some animal to be experimented on and everyone else sees him as a cash prize like an event being held everybody thinks they will get money if they hand in an Ajin even though Ajin are human other people don't see them as those adults were trying to kill the main character and smirking then they said let's see if he really is an Ajin. Long story short this manga has an interesting
The art is great it is very gritty and it portrays the story really well.
I will just talk about the main character and he is weird he seems like he is going to be that cliché character that's going to try to make peace with the Ajin and Humans but then he comes out as a character that doesn't care about the humans its just weird some may like him some may hate him he is an interesting character to observe. 8/10
Well, I can say it's good because when someone does something to another person you get REALLY PISSED or maybe that was just me but if I can get pissed about a Manga it means it did well enough to make me feel something about it and when you start reading this manga you will never stop. 8/10
I give this Manga a 9/10 while it is interesting it's not perfect.
While the ideas behind the series are not the most original, they do constitute an interesting premise nevertheless. The mangaka seems to especially like shows like the A-Team (going so far as direct references). So, that sort of identifies the tenor of the manga itself, blended with Death Note ideas (immortality, shinigami ideas adapted with some imagination) and and ample action.
Expect some attempt at realism, half hearted as it is. This is more of an action oriented manga with not much attention to detail. So, If you are a person who wants well fleshed out, consistent plots then this is not for you (at least
not so far until now). Ignoring quite a few glaring inconsistencies, this manga is fairly interesting.
Character Development: 6
As to character development, there isn't much growth. Sure, it is hard to change oneself does sound a good motif but that can't be a substitute for character development especially when most of the characters are confronted with the extraordinary circumstances of the manga. The idea that people are so very least likely to change themselves despite desperate situations is useful when handled carefully.
Spectacular scenes of violence, that is the premise of many chapters. The development of the "other self" is intriguing. Some of the chapters are questionable though.
The art of the series is well done. The scenes of action are well rendered.
Given the story so far, Ajin deserves a 6 from me. For people who like the A-Team this would rate much, much higher, say 8-9. So for those people this is definitely a recommendation. Even for others, if you have some time on your hands, do check it out. The story certainly holds promise, I'll revise my review depending on how the manga progresses.
Ajis is a rather new, and lesser known, manga that offers a good story, interesting characters and solid art.
As some other recent mangas, like Shingeki No Kyojin, it does have an overall "shounen" feeling to it but introducing elements of seinen like and increased use of gore and violence, antagonistic figures that go beyond "I want to rule the world because I am evil" and a reduced focus on the frequently used "friendship is power" theme.
As the preview on the site indicates, Ajin is about people that can't die.
They look and act like normal humans, and most of them don't even realize they are "ajins"
until the moment "die" for the first time.
So far, the main focus of the story has been to show that immortality in this case is not a blessing but rather a curse. Most people don't consider "ajins" to be human, they don't have human rights and as soon as one is found goverments from all around the world will hunt them down to capture them and use them as test subjects. As test subject they are victims of brutal experiments and constant torture, a fate that as immortal beings is almost worse than death.
While it's a nice take on immortality I honestly feel this more of a "pessimistic look" on not being able to die rather than a "realistic" look at the issue.
The story shows that before finding out about their power most ajin act as normal humans, they are born, have families, friends and a normal life, it's even said that most of them are not even violent or dangerous even after finding out they are Ajin. Yet we are supposed to believe that no one really feels bad about them and all agree that they are not humans and shouldn't be treated as one. At one point it's even shown that something like 0.0001% of the japanese population seem to be "ajin supporters".
The art is actually quite good. The overall quality of characters and backgrounds is great and the actions scenes in particular are drawn with a good ammount of detail.
The main character feels rather generic but the supporting cast is interesting. The manga is still in early stages so it's hard to talk about character development, but the world is filled with interesting characters of various or unclear motivations that seem to fall on a moral grey zone.
So far it has been a blast. The story is fun and combines mystery, action and a touch of drama in a world filled with interesting characters. I hardly could finish one chapter without having to start the next one right away
This is showing great promise. like other recent titles it finds a good balance between supernatural, action, drama and mystery all while being presented with a tone that feels a bit more serious and mature than your average shonen manga.
The concept of immortality being a curse is not exactly new and there a few elements I think are not very consisten about the world and how people react to "Ajins". But nothing bad enough to keep me from recommending this.