Ajin

Alt title: Ajin: Demi-Human

Vol: 14+; Ch: 74+
2012 - ?
4.206 out of 5 from 1,303 votes
Rank #2,147
Ajin

The first Ajin appeared 17 years ago and quickly became the most important discovery to mankind. While they appear to be human, Ajin are rare, immortal beings that are feared by the populace. Only 46 are known to exist in the world, and most try to hide their existence, for capture means being subjected to brutal experiments that never end. Kei Nagai is a boy who dreams of becoming a doctor to heal his sister one day, but after he dies - and revives - in a car accident, he learns the terrifying truth that he too is an Ajin. Now, Kei finds himself on the run from both human and Ajin monsters that wish to do him harm, while struggling with his new, unwanted identity.

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Noriko
8.5

Haiiii~ (~◠▽◠)~♥ Another manga review! This time it's Ajin. This particular manga caught my attention for several reasons. One of them is the genre. I kind of wanted to read some messed up manga with a great story where they cut eachother and bleed to death. Long story short, I was looking for something brutal. And I can tell that Ajin was a great choice, and not some waste of time. Let's start! STORY So the story is based on immortality. Which is an interesting topic. I mean we're all afraid of death and suffering. Ajins are only afraid of suffering.. which is a progress. Being a super rare human with immortal superpowers is a great thing riiiight? :D . . . Unless the government finds you and they start experimenting on you and trying to kill you in every single way causing you pain yet you can't die because you're special. And THAT'S what almost happened to this poor teenage main character. The story follows this god forsaken guy called Kei who gets caught in a accident and finds out he's... a bit more than just an ordinary high school student. I'd say that the story is kind of unique. I never saw a manga/anime dealing with the theme of immortality so seriously. Usually it's ''temple goddess in a bra'' or ''vixen who looks nothing like a freaking vixen''. Not saying that's bad... it just became boring to me. Also, the story is sort of elaborate, but very balanced. Not too much detail, not a lot of confusion for the reader. Everything is explained with enough detail. No useless filler stuff... Therefore it's refreshing to see something like this. In conclusion, the story is interesting and packed with action. I'd give it a 10/10 but it has bits and pieces I dislike. 9/10 ART Art is nice and polished... most of the times. It doesn't lack detail, especially on characters.  As for the genre. The story has a lot of action in it. I don't think that art catches up to that. I also don't like how the most gruesome scenes aren't drawn. There's some gore, but not enough to consider the genre horror. So art is well done, however, it is not on the same level with the story. 7/10 CHARACTERS There are plenty of characters. From humans/ajins to black spirits. I really like the main character. He seems plain, but he's really analytical which is awesome. I'm just going to mention his sister. She's ugly. It's rare to see a young ugly character in anime/manga that has a POSITIVE IMPORTANT ROLE (not me) in the storyline. Character desing is well done. I LOVE how the black spirits are designed (picture below). There is character development, but it's nothing major. I like it though, and I think that developing characters more would ruin the story. 9/10 OVERALL I really like this manga. Especially because it focuses on themes I'm interested in.  The story is interesting, art is well done and the characters are great as well. It's not that easy to read, but it is definitely fun. And that's it! Thanks for reading my review! ^^ I'd reccommend this manga to anyone who finds immortality interesting, or to someone who is looking for sci-fi ''immortality gone wrong'' kind of stuff. Rate if you found this review helpful, funny, or just like it. I have more anime reviews so check them out if you want! Thanks and have a nice day! ^^

casandra29
9

Honestly speaking, I cannot say enough about this story so far. Some people put it up next to Tokyo Ghoul but to me there is no real comparison. We could talk about similarities. However, in terms of story and character depth, there is no comparisons. They are like from 2 different worlds.  The art is okay, but not exceptional. Comparing it to Tokyo Ghoul this is the only place Tokyo Ghoul outshines it at times. However, I also feel it's important to say that like any manga with good art, the creator doesn't skimp on the background art. Although it lacks the type of flare Tokyo Ghoul has, it feels like the art is well matched with the tone of the story and it's main protagonist.  The characters are exceptional. Saying too much would take away from the experience I think and since this is one I would definately suggest people to try. I will keep it straight and to the point without my usual rambling on and on. The protagonist is a outward jerk with subtle hints to his true nature that he tries to cover up and actually manages to decieve most people with. You can tell in the 35 chapters that I have had the pleasure of reading that this guy has untold amounts of depth to him. He's not a cardboard cut out anti-hero and people around him generally feel uneasy around him.  The antagonist in this manga so far seems a bit too strong for such a random guy. At first, it seems like he has a motive and we see what humans are doing to Ajin and you actually begin to think maybe he has good reasons for doing bad things. However, as time goes on he boils down to being just your common psycho with anti-social tendencies (anti-social personality disorder I mean) he knows he cannot die so he is just having fun for the sake of fighting like it's all one big fun game. It is the only thing that irritates me given the depth to this manga otherwise. I want to believe that he is just the original bad guy and that after things are settled with him we get on to someone more worthy of the antagonist role... but now I have to just wait and see.  The rest of the characters are also interesting and have their own reasons for doing what they do both on the protagonist's and antagonists side. I don't really feel like solving things with Sado (the antagonist) will bring everything to a close. I want to say this is just the beginning but I cannot be sure. All I can do is hope... so as of now my overall score is 9 and as time goes on I may add a few updates to my review and change the numbers but as of chapter 35. This manga has me seriously hooked. I suggest that people give it a try! 

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