Ajin: Demi Human
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror, Supernatural, Demons
First Aired: Winter 2016, 13 episodes
Summary: Ajin appeared 17 years ago in Africa. These mysterious immortal humans have been labeled as a threat to mankind due to their potential to use their powers for destruction. Whenever an Ajin is found within society, they are to be arrested and taken into custody immediately. The tricky part is how Ajin are considered non-human, but appear human from an outsider’s perspective. Society knows little of the creatures besides their immortality. Some Ajin do not even realize they are monsters until they encounter something that would kill a human and they live through it. Such is the case with Kei Negai, a high school student who gives no thought to Ajin until an accident makes him unable to avoid the creatures any longer.
Ajin uses the classic story of society being indoctrinated that a specific type of abnormality is wrong simply because it is different than the accepted norm (Did somebody say X-Men?). Ajin can be violent, but maybe their aggression is a response to humankind’s aggression toward them. Maybe they are mindless killers, who am I to say? Another classic element is how an unlikely individual, Kei, gets thrust into a situation he was unfamiliar with that will change his life and possibly alter the future of the entire world.
You might enjoy this if: You want to watch a series with a dark storyline that doesn’t shy away from the gritty reality of what a human/demon world would be like. If you’re all about Ajin, there’s a film trilogy that was released after the series.
You might not like it if: Computer generated animation makes a show unwatchable. Once I got used to it I was fine, but I have talked to a few people that said that unusual animation was too much.
Note to the Viewer: The Ajin manga is punlished in “Good! Afternoon” magazine, which features such series as: Junketsu no Maria, Witch Craft Works, and Occultic; Nine.
AMV – Gorgeous Nightmare by GIOXSI DIOXS
(Warning, the AMV contains spoilers. I figure if you haven’t seen the show, you don’t know what’s getting spoiled anyways, right?)