Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 8 by Gamon SakuraiAjin started off as a decent series, but seems to improve as it goes. Im loving the great action, the interesting characters, and the great plot flow that continues to reveal a little more about the Demi-humans and their abilities every volume.
Nagai and Nakano play off each other really well, neither being good guys, but who have personalities and motivations that seem to compliment each other. I enjoyed the creative action Sakurai comes up with. Nagai using his IBM (powers) to create a fog that only other Demi-humans can see was brilliant. Satos solution of getting into the facility and foiling their every plan makes him one of my favorite villains in some time. He feels believably dangerous.
The IBMs continue to be bad-ass in whatever scene theyre in. The back and forth between Nagai and Sato is fantastic and gripping. Im eager to continue the series and hope it continues to get better. As it stands, its shaping up to being one of my favorite series. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
ABOUT THE PHYSICAL BOOK
Vertical Comics produces the English adaptation of this title and does a great job creating a sleek little book with good paper quality. I just finished Immortal Hounds volume 3 by the same company, and found the paper quality of that one not as good. I really hope Vertical isnt cheapening out.
Ko Ransom does the translation and it feels smooth. It reads well and there wasnt any translation notes added, that I can remember anyway.
One thing I LOVE about this series is that Sakurai (or someone responsible for this titles creation) lists the assistants and what work they did on the book. The Japanese comic scene is notorious for excluding credit of the assistants, who often do a lot to produce the comics there. Especially with backgrounds and toning. It makes me really happy to see their work recognized and listed.
Manga Awesome - Ajin - Demi-Human (Vol. 1-9) - Review
The manga was adapted into 2 seasons and 3 movies by Polygon Pictures. The anime features its own original ending that is separate from the manga. The story starts when Kei Nagai , a high school student, is killed in a traffic accident and then comes back to life. When he revives, Kei and those watching the crash realize that he is a Demi-Human. When the word gets out that he is a Demi-Human, Kei's world changes dramatically. Terrified and confused, Kei is saved by his friend, Kaito.
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