Ajin: Demi-Human

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Ajin: Demi-Human
Ajin Demi-Human Manga Cover.png
Cover of the first manga volume released in Japan.
亜人
(Ajin)
Genre Action, adventure, horror, mystery, supernatural
Manga
Written by Gamon Sakurai
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine good! Afternoon
Original run 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 6 (List of volumes)
Anime film
Gekijō-ban Ajin: Demi-Human
Directed by Hiroyuki Seshita
Produced by Naoya Tanaka
Written by Hiroshi Seko
Music by Yugo Kanno
Studio Polygon Pictures
Released November 2015
Anime and Manga portal

Ajin: Demi-Human (Japanese: 亜人 Hepburn: Ajin?) is a seinen manga written and illustrated by Gamon Sakurai. It will be adapted into three anime films.[1]

Plot[edit]

The story is about a student named Kei Nagai, who discovers he is an immortal "Ajin" when he is hit by a truck. He becomes a wanted person because the Ajins are considered criminals and the only person who is there to support him is his best friend, Kaito.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The series began publication in the Kodansha magazine good! Afternoon during 2012. Initially it was written by Tsuina Miura; however, his name is not mentioned in the credits after the first volume, and Gamon Sakurai has been creating the manga himself since.

During February 2014, it was announced that Vertical had licensed the series for English release.[2] On March 15, 2014, Crunchyroll began to release the series on their manga service under the title Ajin: Demi-Human, starting with the first two chapters. The service will continue to add chapters until it can release new chapters the same week they are released in Japan.[3]

Volume list[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 March 7, 2013[4] ISBN 978-4-06-387868-4 October 14, 2014[5] ISBN 978-1-939130-84-6
  • 01. "Detection and Subsequent Action" (発覚とその後の行動について Hakkaku to sonogo no kōdō ni tsuite?)
  • 02. "Event on the First Night" (1日目、深夜の事象について 1-Nichi-me, shinya no jishō ni tsuite?)
  • 03. "Escape and Threat" ( 逃走と脅威について Tōsō to kyōi ni tsuite?)
  • 04. "Interrogation and Conspirator" (尋問と協力者について Jinmon to kyōryoku-sha ni tsuite?)
  • 05. "Appearance and Organization" (発現と組織について Hatsugen to soshiki ni tsuite?)
2 June 7, 2013[6] ISBN 978-4-06-387902-5 December 9, 2014[7] ISBN 978-1-939130-85-3
  • 06. "Fresh Start" (心機一転 Shin Kiitten?)
  • 07. "003"
  • 08. "Blindness"
  • 09. "Killtacular" (キルタキュラー Kirutakura?)
  • 00. "The Shin’ya Namakura Incident" (中村慎也事件 Nakamura Shin’ya Jiken?)
3 November 7, 2013[8] ISBN 978-4-06-387934-6 February 3, 2015[9] ISBN 978-1-941220-21-4
  • 10. "The Real Kei Nagai 1" (本当の永井 圭1 Hontō no Nagai Kei 1?)
  • 11. "The Real Kei Nagai 2" (本当の永井 圭2 Hontō no Nagai Kei 2?)
  • 12. "The Real Kei Nagai 3" (本当の永井 圭3 Hontō no Nagai Kei 3?)
  • 13. "Plan A" (作戦A Sakusen A?)
  • 14. "Backstage" (舞台裏 Butaiura?)
4 May 7, 2014[10] ISBN 978-4-06-387972-8 April 7, 2015[11] ISBN 978-1-941220-44-3
  • 15. "Fighter" (ファイター Faita?)
  • 16. "Runaway" (逃亡者 Tōbō-sha?)
  • 17. "Double Team" (ダブルチーム Daburuchīmu?)
  • 18. "Fringe" (フリンジ Furinji?)
  • 19. "Let's Make It Flashy!" (派手に行こうぜ! Hade ni ikōze!?)
5 November 7, 2014[12] ISBN 978-4-06-388007-6 June 2, 2015[13] ISBN 978-1-941220-45-0
  • 20. "Sucker Punch" (サッカーパンチ Sakkāpanchi?)
  • 21. "Battlefield Bad Company" (バトルフィールド バッドカンパニー Batorufīrudo Baddo Kanpanī?)
  • 22. "Ajin" (亜人 Ajin?)
  • 22.5. "Ajin 2" (亜人② Ajin 2?)
  • 23. "The Chosen Man" (選ばれた男 Erabareta Otoko?)
  • 24. "Come with Me!!"
6 June 5, 2015 ISBN 978-4-06-388067-0 August 25, 2015[14] ISBN 978-1-941220-88-7
  • 25. "Day One" (初日 Shonichi?)
  • 26. "Genius…?!"
  • 27. "Izumi Shimomura" (下村 泉 Shimomura Izumi?)
  • 27.5. "Izumi Shimomura 2" (下村 泉② Shimomura Izumi 2?)
  • 28. "Wall" ( Kabe?)

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format:

  • 29. Listen!!
  • 30. Call of Duty
  • 31. Don't say "lazy"

Animated film[edit]

An animated film will be released in November 2015.

Cast

Reception[edit]

The Japanese manga news site Comic Natalie awarded the series third place in its poll of the best manga in 2013.[15] The third volume ranked 6th on the Oricon manga chart on the week of its release.[16] In a survey of 400 manga and publishing professionals for the manga guidebook Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, the series was rated 3rd place in a list of top 20 manga for Male readers.[17]

The series was listed as a nominee for the Readers Award in the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, and in the Seinen category in the 38th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards.[18][19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ajin: Demi-Human Action Manga Gets Anime Film Trilogy". Anime News Network. June 2, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Vertical Licenses Ajin, Witchcraft Works, Garden of Words Manga". Anime News Network. February 15, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Crunchyroll Releases Ajin, Koe no Katachi, Arslan Manga". Anime News Network. March 14, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "亜人(1)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ajin, Volume 1". Random House. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "亜人(2)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ajin, Volume 2". Random House. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "亜人(3)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ajin, Volume 3". Random House. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "亜人(4)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ajin, Volume 4". Random House. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ "亜人(5)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ajin, Volume 5". Random House. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Ajin, Volume 6". Random House. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Nami Sano's Sakamoto desu ga? Manga Wins Comic Natalie Grand Prize". Anime News Network. September 18, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 4–10". Anime News Network. November 13, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Top Manga Ranked by Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2014 Voters". Anime News Network. December 9, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ "18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize 'Reader Award' Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  19. ^ "38th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. April 3, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014.