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Ajin: Demi-Human
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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 – present
Volumes 9 (List of volumes)
Anime film series
Ajin Part 1: Shōdō
Ajin Part 2: Shōtotsu
Ajin Part 3: Shōgeki
Directed by
  • Hiroyuki Seshita
  • Hiroaki Andō
Produced by Naoya Tanaka
Written by Hiroshi Seko
Music by Yugo Kanno
Studio Polygon Pictures
Released November 27, 2015 (Part 1)
May 6, 2016 (Part 2)
September 23, 2016 (Part 3)
Runtime 103 minutes (Part 1)[1]
106 minutes (Part 2)[2]
121 minutes (Part 3)[3]
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Hiroyuki Seshita
  • Hiroaki Andō
Produced by Naoya Tanaka
Written by Hiroshi Seko
Music by Yugo Kanno
Studio Polygon Pictures
Licensed by Netflix (streaming rights)
Sentai Filmworks (home video rights)
Original network MBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS
Original run January 16, 2016December 24, 2016
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Original animation DVD
Directed by Hiroaki Andō
Written by Kenta Ihara
Studio Polygon Pictures
Released May 6, 2016April 7, 2017
Episodes 3 (List of episodes)
Live-action film
Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro
Released September 30, 2017
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Ajin: Demi-Human (Japanese: 亜人 Hepburn: Ajin?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gamon Sakurai. It was adapted into an anime film trilogy by Polygon Pictures between November 2015 and September 2016. An anime television series adaptation also by Polygon Pictures aired between January and April 2016, with a second season premiering on October 8, 2016. A live-action film adaptation is scheduled for release on September 30, 2017.

Plot[edit]

The story is about a student named Kei Nagai (永井 圭 Nagai Kei?), who discovers he is an immortal "Ajin" when he is hit by a truck. He becomes a wanted person because the Ajin are considered dangerous inhuman beings and the only person who is there to support him is his childhood friend, Kaito. While the government claims to help Ajin live in a safe environment, they are actually using them as subjects for cruel and inhumane experimentation. As a result, Ajin that have escaped are bent on revenge with the exception of Kei. During his escape it is subtly revealed he lacks the capacity for empathy and throughout the series only shows an interest in his own goals, however he actually tries to hide his feelings and cares about people closest to him.

Characters[edit]

Kei's Group[edit]

Kei Nagai (永井 圭 Nagai Kei?)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano[4] (Japanese); Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Played by: Takeru Satoh
The main protagonist who first discovered that he is an Ajin after being killed in a vehicle accident. He appears to be a very smart and carefree student by his peers, but in reality he is overly logical and emotionally detached from others. As an Ajin, he has the ability to create an abnormal amount of IBM (Invisible Black Matter) which is a powerful semi-solid creature that is difficult to control. According to Ikuya, he is implied to have manifested his Ajin at a very young age.
Kaito (海斗?)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya[4] (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)
A close friend of Kei Nagai who helps him escape from the police and Ajin hunters. He was sent to prison for assisting Kei and later befriends Takeshi.
Kō Nakano (中野 攻 Nakano Kou?)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese); Griffin Burns (English)
Kō is a partner of Kei with the intention to stop Satō's plan to kill humans. Unlike Kei who is indifferent to others, Kō values friendship and is willing to put others upon oneself. He is also physically fitter than Kei but lacks the intellect that Kei possesses.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare[edit]

Yū Tosaki (戸崎 優 Tosaki Yuu?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[4] (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
Yū is the head of Ajin Research under the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and has a comatose girlfriend, Ai. He is protected by the Ajin: Izumi Shimomura.
Izumi Shimomura (下村 泉 Shimomura Izumi?) / Yōko Tainaka (田井中 陽子 Tainaka Youko?)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu[4] (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)
She is an Ajin working for Yū Tosaki at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. She also acts as his protector against other Ajins. She was recruited and had her name changed under a special contract with Yū.
Sokabe (曽我部?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura[4] (Japanese); Martin Billany (English)
Yū's junior at the Ministry who was also assigned to supervise Yū. After Yū decides to defy orders from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Sokabe was appointed as his successor.

Ajin[edit]

Satō (佐藤 Satou?) / Samuel T. Owen (サミュエル・T・オーウェン Samyueru. T. Ouwen?)
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka[4]
The leader of the pro-Ajin movement, also known as Cap (帽子 Boushi?) from his signature cap, Satō is a calm and collected individual who is well-known by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as the most dangerous Ajin. Despite his appearance as a white-haired friendly old man, in reality he is merciless, calculative and an extremely talented tactician, especially in combat as he is a former military soldier. Satō originally claimed that he wished to protest against the mistreatment of Ajins worldwide, but it is later revealed that he used this claim as an excuse in order to gather an army of Ajins in order to create an immortal army in order to rule Japan. He is frequently described as a "player" in the latter half of the anime, using strategies picked up from video games in order to carry out assassinations of famous politicians in order to negotiate with the government for allowing human rights of Ajins. This was revealed to be an excuse in order to wage war with the country simply for the sake of violence and destruction, with the end result of him ruling the nation. He enjoys the use of violence against anybody (human or Ajin) who attempts to ruin his plans and is especially irked by provocation.
Kōji Tanaka (田中 功次 Tanaka Kouji?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa[4] (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (English)
He is the second Ajin to be discovered in Japan. He was rescued by Satō and joins in with his pro-Ajin movement against the Japanese government.
Masumi Okuyama (奥山 真澄 Okuyama Masumi?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Lucien Dodge (English)
Masumi is one of the few Ajins who accepts Satō's invitation to use genocide to fight for Ajins' rights. He is an extremely skilled hacker and highly knowledgeable in weaponry and machines. In the anime, he eventually betrays Satō and reaches out to Kei in order to defeat him
Takeshi Kotobuki (琴吹 武 Kotobuki Takeshi?)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō
A prisoner who had escaped from jail after seeing Sato's announcement to protest for Ajins' rights. Takeshi becomes Kaito's partner after Kaito helped him when he was bullied by the other prisoners wanting to know how he had escaped from jail. His IBM is shown to have wings, which was his means of escape from prison. After he and Kai reconcile he promises to let Kai use his IBM to escape prison if, for whatever reason, he wishes to escape in order to assist Kei. In the anime, Takeshi uses his IBM to bring himself as well as Kai to Eriko's hospital in order to save both her and Kei from the riots occurring there.

Others[edit]

Eriko Nagai (永井 慧理子 Nagai Eriko?)
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki[4]
Kei’s sister who seems to suffer from a terminal illness and is hospitalized throughout most of the series.
Ikuya Ogura (オグラ・イクヤ Ogura Ikuya?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kinoshita[4] (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)
He is a researcher who studied Ajins in the United States and has a great deal of knowledge about them.

Publication[edit]

The series began publication in Kodansha's magazine good! Afternoon in 2012.[5] 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.[6]

In February 2014, Vertical announced that it had licensed the series for English release.[5] 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.[7]

Volume list[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 March 7, 2013[8] ISBN 978-4-06-387868-4 October 14, 2014[9] 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[10] ISBN 978-4-06-387902-5 December 9, 2014[11] ISBN 978-1-939130-85-3
  • 06. "Fresh Start" (心機一転 Shinki Itten?)
  • 07. "003"
  • 08. "Blindness"
  • 09. "Killtacular" (キルタキュラー Kirutakyurā?)
  • 10. "The Shin’ya Namakura Incident" (中村慎也事件 Nakamura Shin’ya Jiken?)
3 November 7, 2013[12] ISBN 978-4-06-387934-6 February 3, 2015[13] 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[14] ISBN 978-4-06-387972-8 April 7, 2015[15] ISBN 978-1-941220-44-3
  • 15. "Fighter" (ファイター Faitā?)
  • 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[16] ISBN 978-4-06-388007-6 June 2, 2015[17] 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[18] ISBN 978-4-06-388067-0 August 25, 2015[19] 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?)
7 November 6, 2015[20] ISBN 978-4-06-388098-4 March 22, 2016[21] ISBN 978-1-942993-26-1
  • 29. "Listen!!"
  • 30. "Call of Duty"
  • 31. "Don't say "lazy""
  • 31.5. "Don't say "lazy" 2"
  • 32. "The Attack Begins" (攻撃開始 Kōgeki Kaishi?)
  • 33. "Invincible" (無敵 Muteki?)
8 May 6, 2016[22] ISBN 978-4-06-388137-0 October 18, 2016[23] ISBN 978-1-942993-47-6
  • 34. "Splinter Cell" (スプリンターセル Supurintā Seru?)
  • 35. "The Man Trap"
  • 35.5. "The Man Trap 2"
  • 36 "Doom"
  • 37. "Shadowrun" (シャドウラン Shadōran?)
  • 38. "Battlefield Hardline" (バトルフィールドハードライン Batorufīrudo Hādorain?)

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format[edit]

  • 39. "Battlefield Hardline: 2"
  • 40. "Battlefield Hardline: 3"
  • 41. "Party's End"
  • 42. "Hirasawa"
  • 43. "Fight"
  • 44. "Blood Relations"
  • 45. "U & I"
  • 46. "Good Morning, See You Tomorrow"

Media[edit]

Film[edit]

Plans to adapt the series into an anime film trilogy were announced in June 2015.[24] The films were directed by Hiroaki Andō and written by Hiroshi Seko, with animation by Polygon Pictures.[25] The first film, titled Ajin: Shōdō (Ajin: Impulse),[4] debuted in Japan on November 27, 2015.[26] This film is a compilation of the first six episodes of the TV series. The second film, titled Ajin: Shōtotsu (Ajin: Collision), debuted in Japan on May 6, 2016, and the third and final film in the trilogy, titled Ajin: Shōgeki (Ajin: Clash), was released on September 23, 2016.[27]

Television series[edit]

A television series that follows the anime films premiered on January 16, 2016.[a][28] It is produced by the staff that produced the film trilogy.[29] [28] It aired on MBS, TBS, CBC and BS-TBS,[29] with 13 episodes.[30] The series was streamed by Netflix,[29] starting on April 12, 2016, along with English, French, Spanish, German and Brazilian Portuguese dubs.[31] The series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks for home video release in North America.[32] The opening theme song is "Can You Sleep at Night?" (夜は眠れるかい?/ Yoru wa Nemureru kai?) by Flumpool, and the ending theme is "HOW CLOSE YOU ARE" by Mamoru Miyano, the voice actor who portrays Kei. An OAD was bundled with the manga's 8th limited edition volume, which was released on May 6, 2016.[33] A second OAD was bundled with manga's 9th limited edition volume, which was released on October 7, 2016.[34]

A second season premiered on October 8, 2016 and continued the original numbering sequence.[35][36] The second season premiered on Netflix on December 27, 2016.[37] The opening theme song from episodes 1 to 6 is "I am Who I am" (僕は僕であって / Boku wa Boku de Atte ) by Angela X FripSide. The second opening theme song from episode 7 onwards is "The end of escape" by Angela X FripSide. The ending theme song is "At the Edge of the Schoolyard the Wind Blows, Can I Say That Now?" (校庭の隅に二人、風が吹いて今なら言えるかな / Kōtei no Sumi ni Futari, Kaze ga Fuite Ima Nara Ieru ka na) by CreepHyp.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]
No. in
series
No. in
season
    Title Original airdate
01 01 "What's that stuff have to do with us?"
"Bokura ni wa Kankeinai Hanashi" (僕らには関係ない話) 
January 16, 2016
Prologue: A gun battle takes place in Africa in which a single western soldier outguns many locals, no matter how many times he is killed. He is eventually felled by tranquilizer darts and removed in a U.S. Top Secret body bag. Later, in Japan, Kei Nagai is leaving school, lost in his thoughts, crossing the road, when he is hit and killed by a truck. Within moments, he begins to recover and discovers he is an immortal Ajin, the third in Japan. The bystanders and students realize it too and begin to see the opportunity to receive a large reward for his capture. In shock, Kei screams which immobilizes everyone, allowing him to escape. The police and Yu Tosaki of the government Ajin branch converge on the scene. Kei manages to meet up with Kaito, an old trusted friend, and they flee on his motorcycle. 
02 02 "Why is this happening? Why me..."
"Nande kon'na kotoni natta nda. Boku wa warukunainoni" (何でこんなことになったんだ。僕は悪くないのに) 
January 23, 2016
Kaito takes Kei Nagai into the hills on his motorcycle. While stopping for fuel, Kei is recognised by two criminals in a van who have just abducted a schoolgirl. The criminals follow them and when the boys stop by the side of the road, the criminals attack. The leader pins down Kei and chokes him to death to see if he revives. As Kei loses consciousness a mummified figure or "Black Ghost." materialises nearby. Kei comes back to life and screams again, immobilizing everyone. Kaito recovers first and they flee again on the motorcycle, pursued shortly thereafter by the criminals, who are in turn followed by the Black Ghost. Meanwhile Yu Tosaki orders tranqilizer guns for the police as the best way to stop Ajin. Kaito and Kei manage to cross a railway line, but as the criminals cross the tracks behind them, the Black Ghost immobilizes the driver, and their van is destroyed by an oncoming train. The Black Ghost is heard repeating Kei’s words. 
03 03 "Maybe this is the end?"
"Mō Dame Janai ka na?" (もうダメじゃないかな?) 
January 30, 2016
Kaito and Kei are seen and pursued by another motorcyclist. Meanwhile Yu Tosaki recognises Sato, an Ajin hunter at the original accident scene. The other motorcyclist causes the boys to crash, but Kaito recovers and knocks him unconscious. Unfortunately Kei has a broken leg and cannot move. He uses the motorcyclist’s knife to kill himself, and then fully recovers without injuries. Sato and Koji Tanaka discuss ways to find Kei Nagai. Kaito takes Kei to his retreat in the forest where he suggests that they to go to Kyushu. Kei sees the Black Ghost again. Yu Tosaki’s assistant, Izumi Shimomura, questions Kei’s sister Eriko who tells her of the time Kei saw a Black Ghost when their dog died. Suddenly a Black Ghost appears and kills Izumi Shimomura and the police officers before her eyes. 
04 04 "Have you ever seen a black ghost?"
"Kimi wa Kuroi Yuurei o Mita Koto ga Aruka?" (君は黒い幽霊を見たことがあるか?) 
February 6, 2016
Izumi Shimomura recovers and is revealed to be an Ajin. She uses her own Black Ghost to attack the one sent by Koji Tanaka that killed her. The Black Ghosts battle each other, with the one controlled by Izumi Shimomura eventually defeating the one controlled by Koji Tanaka. However Sato abducts Eriko during the battle and tells her that he wants to help Kei. Kei decides that he should try to contact other Ajin who may be in hiding, but Sato contacts him first and they agree to meet. Kei leaves while Kaito is sleeping and meets Sato, but before Kei can decide whether to trust Sato, he is shot by a tranquilizer dart. Sato decides that Kei is inexperienced and must be 'educated'. 
05 05 "But when it comes down to it, you still want them to help you... You're the worst kind of trash..."
"Iza to Nattara Tasuke o Motomeru Saitei na Kuzu" (いざとなったら助けを求める最低なクズ) 
February 13, 2016
Yu Tosaki and the police arrive and take Kei into custody. Sato reveals that it was his plot to have Kei captured by the government so that they would mistreat him and thus turn him against humans. The government surgeons begin experimenting on Kei in a sealed room. Under intense pain, his Black Ghost appears, but Kei resists using it to kill the surgeon. Sato and Tanaka mercilessly attack the installation, until Sato finally reaches Kei to free him. However Sato discovers that Kei has not become the vengeful Ajin that he expected, and considers his strategy a failure. 
06 06 "I'm gonna kill you too"
"Kimi mo Buchikoroshite Yaru" (君もブチ殺してやる) 
February 20, 2016
Sato suspects that something is different about Kei and when Sato starts to kill helpless surgeons, Kei objects and kills Sato. In the Ajin research centre, Ikuya Ogura tries to explain the Black Ghosts and Yu Tosaki insists that Izumi Shimomura stay by his side to protect him. Sato hunts Kei to kill him permanently, but Kei decides to help the surgeons escape and act as a decoy. He attacks Sato, but fails and as Sato is about to kill Kei, Kei’s Black Ghost appears and kills Sato. As Kei and the remaining surgeon try to escape the installation, Sato again catches them, so Kei calls his on his Black Ghost but so does Sato. The Black Ghosts attack each other, and neither wins, but the distraction enables Kei to escape to the nearby river. 
07 07 "I swear I'll cover the whole thing up"
"Soshite Kanarazu Inpei Suru" (そして必ず隠蔽する) 
February 27, 2016
After losing the 'sample', Kei, Yu Tosaki receives a warning from the minister. He recalls the time when the minister offered him a position in the Ajin Control Commission and where he saw weapons being tested on Ajin 002 for potential profit. As Sato leaves the research complex, he addresses the media and uses them publicize the fact that the government conducts inhumane experiments on Ajin and to announce a public meeting - his strategy being to attract other Ajins to the event. At the event, Tanaka uses his Ajin skills to address only the Black Ghosts of the Ajin present to tell them of the real meeting place. Meanwhile Tosaki pursues his own agenda to get more information about the Ajin. He kidnaps the expert Ikuya Ogura and leaves a damaged body in his place. Later, he visits a hospital where his fiancé lies in a coma because she couldn’t afford the high cost of her treatment. 
08 08 "Brace yourselves"
"Shōgeki ni Sonaero" (衝戟に備えろ) 
March 5, 2016
Kei recovers from drowning in the ocean but then is run into by an old lady on a bicycle. He decides to stop and help her. Sato addresses the seven Ajin who attend his private meeting and gives them the option of joining him in a massacre. Those that don't, he plans to keep as captives. Three decide to join him, but four do not. Two are shot and two run, but only one young boy, Ko Nakano, escapes. Kei helps the old lady home, and although she realises he's an Ajin, takes no action. Kei uses the opportunity to carry out some tests of his own to summon the Black Ghost. Nakano arrives home to find armed men sent by Tosaki to capture him. Before he's caught, an ambulance called by a neighbour arrives and takes Nakano to hospital. He dies, but re-awakens and escapes. Meanwhile Sato records a public message threatening to change public opinion by force, commencing with an attack on a pharmaceuticals company in 10 days. 
09 09 "Wait, let's talk it over"
"Mate, Mōichido Hanashiaō" (待て、もう一度話し合おう) 
March 12, 2016
Ko Nakano comes across Black Ghost tracks and finds Kei Nagai who is now acting as the grandson of the old lady in the village with her consent. Ko suggests that they join forces to fight Sato. Although Kei agrees with Ko, he really wants a peaceful life, and traps Ko in an abandoned truck to restrain him. Meanwhile Sato and the new Ajin prepare for the beginning of the war on humanity. Back at the Ajin Control Commission, Sokabe is assigned to monitor Tosaki, and possibly become his successor. Regardless, Tosaki continues to brutally question his captive Ogura for information about Ajin. After being allowed to smoke his preferred brand of cigarettes, Ogura is prepared to talk. 
10 10 "They start to decay as soon as they're created"
"Hassei to Dōji ni Hōkai ga Hajimatte iru" (発生と同時に崩壊が始まっている) 
March 19, 2016
Ogura starts telling what he knows about Ajin and Black Ghosts or IBMs (Invisible Black Matter). For example: IBMs have individual characteristics and are unstable; last only about 10 minutes; can be generated only 1-2 times per day; are difficult to control in the rain. Kei keeps Ko locked up and continues to try to understand how the Black Ghost behaves, for example he found that it does the opposite of what he tells it to do. Kei is seen in the woods by a local who becomes suspicious. To allay the fears of the local officials, Kei appeals personally to them to accept him into the village. Sokabe reports that Tosaki is acting under his own authority and suspects that he has Ogura, but the minister decides to take no action and continue to monitor him. Sato's group prepare for their attack on the Grant Pharmaceuticals company. 
11 11 "It's show time"
"Sā, Shōtaimuda" (さあ、ショウタイムだ) 
March 26, 2016
Sato's group puts his plan into action with the assistance of the three new Ajin, sabotaging a building dressed as cleaners. Tosaki coordinates the defense of Grant pharmaceuticals whose CEO does not stop production or send staff home. Kei still keeps Ko captive and refuses to stop Sato, enjoying his life playing the grandson of the old lady. Sato implements his plan, collapsing a nearby 50 story building onto Grant Pharmaceuticals, then challenging the elite Metropolitan Police Assault Team to defeat him. 
12 12 "Whew, I'm beat"
"Iyaa, Tsukareta ne" (いやあ、疲れたね) 
April 2, 2016
The Metropolitan Police Assault Team use different tactics to continually kill Sato to prevent him from acting against them. Two of Sato's Ajin begin shooting the police, but are themselves targeted by police snipers. However Tanaka uses his Black Ghost to attack the snipers in turn. A break in the action enables Sato to revive and use his Black Ghost to distract the Metropolitan Police Assault Team so he can wipe them out by firing at close range. After killing them all, Sato calmly walks away. Mr Keita, the villager who saw Kei in the woods, sees the ensuing news coverage and recognises a picture of Kei. 
13 13 "Sato, it's all your fault!"
"Satō-san, Anta no Sei de Mechakuchada" (佐藤さん、あんたのせいでメチャクチャだ) 
April 9, 2016
Mr Keita reports Kei Nagai to the police to claim a reward. Yu Tosaki orders all available forces to the area to catch Kei. When Kei is confronted by the police, he uses his Black Ghost to delay them allowing him to escape into the woods. He uses Ko Nakano’s phone to throw the police off his trail, but Tosaki realizes it's a ruse and closes in. Kei releases Ko and they try to escape together, but they are intercepted by Tosaki who shoots them with tranqilizer darts. Kei manages to invoke his Black Ghost to attack Tosaki, but Izumi Shimomura invokes hers to intercept it. The Black Ghosts battle each other, and it gives time for Kei and Ko to revive and run. Shimomura's Black Ghost pursues them, but much to Tosaki's and Shimomura's surprise, Kei manages to keep on recreating his. The boys manage to escape and Kei finally decides it's time for them to take out Sato, blaming him for the destruction of his peaceful life. Sato makes another public broadcast, announcing a 'Second Wave' action to assassinate 15 people involved in the conspiracy against Ajin, and if there is no improvement in the treatment of Ajin, a 'Third Wave' where he intends to rule the country. 


Season 2[edit]
No. in
series
No. in
season
    Title Original airdate
14 01 "It Has Become Tiresome"
"Nanka Mendokusaku Natte Kita" (なんかめんどくさくなってきた) 
October 8, 2016
Sokabe informs Yu Tosaki that he must resign his position because of his failure to stop Sato and for allowing Kei and Ko to escape. Sato announces his 'Second Wave' action to assassinate 15 people he believes are involved in the conspiracy against Ajin, subject to 2 conditions which include the government admitting to experiments on Ajin. Meanwhile Kei discusses options to trap Sato with Ko and he decides they need a powerful ally, Yu Tosaki. They drive in a stolen car to the hospital where Yu Tosaki's comatose girlfriend lies to force him to meet them. Yu Tosaki confronts Kei who proposes that they work together to stop Sato and Tosaki reluctantly agrees. When Sato realizes that the government will not meet his demands, he makes another public announcement to start his 'Second Wave' action and kills a young surgeon who is one of the 15 people on his list. 
15 02 "Everyone Around Here Is An Idiot"
"Doitsu Mo Koitsu Mo Baka Bakkari Da" (どいつもこいつもバカばっかりだ) 
October 15, 2016
Sato changes his looks while his assistants buy airline tickets. Kei and Ko undergo physical training while Tosaki tries to devise a plan to catch and hold Sato. Izumi takes them to meet Ikuya Ogura who asks Kei to bring out his IBM and then carries out some tests. He confirms that the IBM does the opposite of what Kei tells it, that it can acts on its own impulses, but that not all IMBs behave in the same way, depending on the host person. Sato boards a plane carrying Kazuo Sakurai, one of his assassination targets, and smuggles a bag on board with the help of his assistant Okyuama's IBM. Once airborne, he kills the man and his guards, then detonates a bomb forcing the plane to land in the sea. Meanwhile during training, Kei cautions Ko against becoming too friendly with the Ministry’s troops as they may have to be sacrificed to capture Sato, surprising Ko with his apparent callousness. Later, Kei experiments alone with his IBM, but finds that it is more difficult to control than he thought. 
16 03 "I'm Always Scared"
"Ore Wa Itsu Datte Kowai" (俺はいつだって怖い) 
October 22, 2016
Kei tells Ogura of his frustration at not being able to control his IBM. Ogura tells him, that to change the IBM's behavior, Kei must change his own. Tosaki predicts that Sato's next target will be Kishi, the Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare, and begins plans to trap Sato. However before Tosaki can prepare his trap, Sato's team find Kishi's location in the mountains and kill him using an IBM despite the high security. Tosaki’s team continue training and preparations, learning more about IBMs using Ogura’s knowledge. Kei contemplates the need to change his behavior, and his lack of empathy for others. Tosaki reminds Kei that his best friend Kaito is in juvenile detention for helping him. Meanwhile Kaito meets his new cellmate with some apprehension. 
17 04 "It's Sickening, Right?"
"Hedo Ga Demasu Ne" (反吐が出ますね) 
October 29, 2016
Kaito's new moody teenage cellmate, Kotobuki Takeshi has escaped once in baffling circumstances, and 3 adult prisoners want to know how he did it. He says he doesn't know, but they try to beat the information out of him. Kaito intervenes to help, and is badly beaten, receiving no assistance from Takeshi. Takeshi tells Kaito that he defends Takeshi against other prisoners at his own risk. TV news announces that Iwasaki Keita who was on Sato's list was killed with his bodyguards. Later, two more men on the list are also killed. Meanwhile Tosaki's team including Kei and Ko continue their physical and mental training. Douglas Almeida and Carley Myers arrive from the U.S. Department of Defense meet their Japanese counterparts to investigate the death of Professor Ogura who they believe was killed by Sato, but who is in fact still alive as part of Tosaki's plan. At the prison, the three adult inmates start beating Takeshi, and Kaito intervenes again to help. As Kaito is about to be choked to death, Takeshi activates his IBM to protect Kaito who now realizes that Takeshi is an Ajin. Takeshi offers to get Kaito out of prison if he wants to leave. 
18 05 "Kuro-chan, Please!"
"Kuro-chan, Onegai" (クロちゃん、お願い) 
November 5, 2016
Tosaki's plan is in final preparation as two more people on Sato's list are killed. Tosaki is questioned by Myers and Almeida who is suspicious about Ogura's death and believes that Tosaki is withholding information. Four more people on Sato's list are killed. Meanwhile Tosaki's team including Kei and Ko increase their preparation to confront Sato. Tosaki gets Shimomura to steal the Minister's schedule to lay a trap for Sato. While Tosaki is waiting for her in the carpark, Almeida immobilizes and abducts him. Shimomura arrives and attacks with her IBM, but Myers is also an Ajin and she uses her own IBM to disable Shimomura, leaving her to die. They leave with the unconscious Tosaki in their car. 
19 06 "It's Tough Being a Lapdog"
"Kaiinu Wa Taihenda Na" (飼い犬は大変だな) 
November 12, 2016
As Shimomura lays bleeding to death in the car park, she thinks back to when her name was Yoko Tainaka and her stepfather sold her out as an Ajin. Sometime later, Tosaki revealed that her mother and stepfather died in a fight when her mother attacked her stepfather after Yoko fled the house. Meanwhile Almeida mercilessly tortures Tosaki to discover the whereabouts of Ogura but he won't talk. When she recovers, Shimomura tells Kei and the others what happened. Kei decides to move their hideout rather than rescue Tosaki to Shimomura's horror. She forcefully convinces Kei that she and Tosaki are necessary to defeat Sato, so they prepare a rescue plan. Kei's team raid the safe hideout where Tosaki is being held, but Almeida and Myers escape with him, while Almeida cruelly berates Myers for what he sees as her faults. Kei and the team give chase by car, but Almeida heads for the USA Embassy. 
20 07 "Kuro-chan, Just Once More, Please!"
"Kuro-chan, Mōichido Dake" (クロちゃん、もう一度だけ) 
November 19, 2016
Sato's group prepare to assassinate the Minister. While chasing Almeida, Kei sends his IBM ahead to intercept them which causes them to crash into the car driven by Shimomura and the chase continues on foot. Myers disables Shimomura, but while Almeida berates Myers again for her failings, Shimomura shoots him instead of Myers with a tranquilizer dart to shut him up. Angry at her treatment, Myers then takes his gun and kills him, leaving to start a new life. When Tosaki awakes, he's angry that his team rescued him instead of following their plan to trap Sato. Meanwhile, Sato has ambushed the Minister. The Minister tries to make a deal, but Sato kills him anyway. Kei sends an email to the Americans saying that Sato has Ogura to send them after Sato. Meanwhile, Sato announces that he will kill the remaining target, President Hashiguchi of Musashi Heavy Industries, at a Directors meeting in 3 days. Chief Cabinet Secretary Mitsui announces a new powerful Anti-Ajin Special Force. Tosaki says that this has obviously been in preparation for some time and that they have a new inhumane weapon. Nevertheless, Tosaki and Kei agree to continue their objective of stopping Sato themselves. 
21 08 "Things Are Getting Kind Of Tough In This Country"
"Kono Kuni Chotto Taihen na Koto ni Naru Kara" (この国ちょっと大変なことになるから) 
November 26, 2016
With a new target announced by Sato, Tosaki's team are presented with another opportunity to capture him, however Tosaki unfairly starts to take out his frustrations for their previous failure on Shimomura. Chief Cabinet Secretary Mitsui demonstrates a new range of anti-Ajin weapons which he says will stop Sato. Although there are some misgivings in Sato's group about his strategy, the Ajin realize their best chance is to stay with him. Sato tells Nekozawa who provided special technology to leave as things are getting kind of tough in this country, which he plans to rule. Kei outlines their new plan which assumes Sato will be successful and so they decide to attack after he defeats the anti-Ajin forces. Tosaki blackmails Sokabe into helping him get access to the Musashi Heavy Industries building and to be reinstated. On the day of the Musashi Heavy Industries meeting, Sato commences his attack, outwitting the government forces by taking out all electronic devices with an EMP. With the area in darkness and no communications Kei decides to go on the offensive rather than wait until Sato carries out his plan. 
22 09 "You're the one messing up my life!"
"Jama shiteru no wa anta no hō daro" (邪魔してるのはあんたの方だろ) 
December 3, 2016
Sato's group enter the Musashi Heavy Industries building, but with most of their special weapons neutralised by Sato, the anti-Ajin force are limited to fighting him with conventional weapons. The anti-Ajins are well trained to incapacitate Sato's group without killing them, however Sato's combat skills prove too good for them. Sato's group reach the upper floors, but they encounter Kei's group who are already in position. When Sato reaches the meeting room, Kei already has President Hashiguchi prisoner, threatening to kill him and deprive Sato of his victory. Sato appears to be defeated and is shot with tranquilizer darts. Although unconscious, his IBM is still active and it takes out Kei's group and 'resets' Sato by killing him. Sato then kills all the human members of Kei's group when they try to stop him and Kei is unable to activate his IBM. Suddenly more anti-Ajin forces attack by helicopter and force Sato's group to retreat with the company president whom Sato kills to gain access to a store chemical weapons. Kei, Shimomura and Ko are arrested by Sokabe who plans to have them tried as accomplices, but Tosaki tranquilizes Sokabe and frees them. Tosaki drives them off, frustrated at their failure to stop Sato and with Kei devastated at the death of Manabe and the other humans. 
23 10 "I won't do it"
"Boku wa yarimasen yo" (僕はやりませんよ) 
December 10, 2016
After their failure to stop Sato and now a wanted fugitive, Tosaki angrily berates Kei, who quietly accepts the blame. While the Japanese and US governments separately prepare for Sato's third wave, some of Sato's Ajins begin to doubt whether their leader really cares for Ajin rights. Sato's group assaults and easily captures a Self-Defense Force base and sets up missile launchers armed with nerve gas stolen from Muhashi Heavy Industries. In his broadcast from the base, Sato announces the beginning of his third wave and demands that the Japanese government turn over all state of affairs to the Ajin in one week’s time. Failure to meet this deadline will mean that he will launch the chemical missiles and exterminate all humans in Japan. Watching the broadcast, Tosaki realises that it is now everyone's problem and encourages the group to stop Sato once more. Kei however refuses to do so. 
24 11 "At this rate... it really will be war!"
"Kore ja honto ni sensou ja nai suka" (これじゃホントに戦争じゃないすか) 
December 17, 2016
The US Government offers to assist in the fight against Sato, but the Japanese are reluctant to agree. The Japanese government offer some Japanese islands to Sato for the Ajin, but Sato angrily launches a nerve gas projectile to further assert his demands for full control of Japan. He gives the Japanese government 3 days to surrender before he launches all his missiles. Meanwhile, Sato's demands and game-playing cause dissension in his group as it will escalate their war, so most plan to desert him. The launch motivates some civilians to hunt down families of Ajin, including Kei's sister Eriko at the hospital. Kei intervenes to save her, but his IBM will not appear. Fortunately Kaito appears, accompanied by his fellow cellmate Kotobuki with his IBM to save them. After subtly telling Kaito to look after Eriko, Kei decides to return to Tosaki's group in order to stop Sato. The Japanese forces try a sneak attack on Sato but fall into a trap and are killed. 
25 12 "It Sounds Interesting, So I Guess It's OK"
"Demo mā, omoshiro-sōdakara īkedo ne" (でもまあ、面白そうだからいいけどね) 
December 17, 2016
The US military plan to release the nerve gas under the Self-Defense Force base to kill Sato, but which will also kill tens of thousands of citizens within the area. The Japanese government agrees, but have 7 hours to act before the plan is implemented. Tosaki and Kei meet Sato's men, Masumi Okuyama, Takahashi and Gen who offer to help capture Sato. They reluctantly agree to work together and Kei suggests a plan to bury Sato alive. Sato and Tanaka leave the Self-Defense Force base for their hideout and prepare for a showdown with the US and Japanese forces. Kei's group of Ajin takes them by surprise, but this time, using Sato's psychological weaknesses they him lure him into a trap in the underground tunnels. Just as Sato is buried by a collapsed ceiling, the floor of the tunnel gives way and Kei's group fall into the hole. Izumi resets, and finds Tosaki trapped by rubble. As she looks for the others, Sato emerges from the darkness, still alive. 
26 13 "I make promises too, Mr. Sato"
"Boku mo Yakusoku Shimasu yo, Satō-san" (僕も約束しますよ、佐藤さん) 
December 24, 2016
Kei's Ajin group revive in the underground tunnels, but are separated by rubble. Sato goes after Izumi and the injured Tosaki who frees her from her contract. Free to do as she likes, Izumi decides to confront Sato. She is no match, and when Sato is about to cut off her head, Kei arrives and stops him with his IBM. As their IBMs battle each other Sato punishes Kei severely, while Izumi manages to shoot Tanaka with a tranquilizer dart. Only minutes remain before the US plan to release the nerve gas. Sato corners Kei and prepares to decapitate him, when suddenly multiples of Kei's IBM materialize and attack Sato and remove his head. As Sato's body regenerates, the US forces attack and shoot him with tranquilizer darts. They are about to arrest Kei and his group when Tosaki and Sokabe arrive and claim that they are under the protection of the Japanese government, so the US forces leave with only Sato and Tanaka. Sokabe says Kei and his group are pardoned and free to go. The Japanese government announces that Ajin will now have full citizen rights. Later, after Kei resumes his normal quiet life, he receives a phone call from Tosaki saying that the plane carrying Sato exploded in mid air. 

OAD[edit]

Three OAD (original animation DVD) episodes have been announced. The first was released on May 6, 2016, the second on October 7, 2016 and the third is sheduled for April 7, 2017.

No.     Title Original release date
1 "Nakamura Shinya Incident"
"Nakamura Shinya Jiken" (中村慎也事件) 
May 6, 2016
Shinya Nakamura breaks his promise to his friend Yusuke to attend a party with a girl he likes. Running late, he is killed in a motorcycle accident but is soon revived. Discovering he is an Ajin after witnessing his right arm regenerate, Shinya hides evidence of him being an Ajin. When he keeps seeing a black apparition, Shinya is nearly run over trying to flee but is saved at the last second by Yusuke. Later just as Shinya is about to admit to Yusuke he is an Ajin, gunmen from the Ajin Management Committee show up to capture him. Yusuke however shields Shinya from a bullet and is fatally wounded. Shinya vows to kill them but they immediately kill him instead. While he is unconscious his Black Ghosts kill all the gunmen then fade as he comes alive. Following Yusuke's final words to run, Shinya leaves town, pondering the name print on the tissues which he also saw earlier, Grant Pharmeceuticals. Meanwhile Tosaki is ordered by the Defense Minister to quietly investigate the Shinya Nakamura incident. As a first step, he wants to find an Ajin to help him, and looks up the report on an unconfirmed young woman Ajin living in Hyogo - Tainaka Youko. 
2 "Kei, Kō, Tosaki, Shimomura in Kakurega no Ryokan / Satō and Tanaka in Himitsu no Ajito"   October 7, 2016
3   April 7, 2017

Live-action film[edit]

The production of a live-action film was announced in November 2016,[38] which is scheduled for release on September 30, 2017. The director will be Katsuyuki Motohiro, with Takeru Satoh in the lead role. The action scenes are to be planned by the team behind the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, which also starred Satoh.[39]

Reception[edit]

The Japanese manga news site Comic Natalie awarded the series third place in its poll of the best manga in 2013.[40] The third volume ranked 6th on the Oricon manga chart on the week of its release.[41] 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.[42]

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.[43][44]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The episode is listed for broadcast at 25:55 on January 15; this is the same as a broadcast time of 1:55 on January 16.[28]

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