Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural
Air Dates: January to April 2016 (season 1) October to December 2016 (season 2)
Studio: Polygon Pictures
Mysterious immortal humans known as “Ajin” first appeared 17 years ago in Africa. Upon their discovery, they were labeled as a threat to mankind, as they might use their powers for evil and were incapable of being destroyed. Since then, whenever an Ajin is found within society, they are to be arrested and taken into custody immediately.Studying hard to become a doctor, Kei Nagai is a high schooler who knows very little about Ajin, only having seen them appear in the news every now and then. Students are taught that these creatures are not considered to be human, but Kei doesn’t pay much attention in class. As a result, his perilously little grasp on this subject proves to be completely irrelevant when he survives an accident that was supposed to claim his life, signaling his rebirth as an Ajin and the start of his days of torment. However, as he finds himself alone on the run from the entire world, Kei soon realizes that more of his species may be a lot closer than he thinks.[Written by MAL Rewrite]
Story and Characters
This is a refreshingly different kind of anime in many ways. The overall story is harsh, bleak, and explores the lengths humanity is capable of going to with no oversight. Violent and bloody would be good words to describe Ajin, but it is also thought provoking. There is a complexity to the story and characters that gives it a lot of depth. This is no mindless action anime and not everyone watching it will be rooting for the same characters. It raises a lot of moral questions that fall in the grey area. The story and the characters can be quite unpredictable so you can expect several surprises along the way. Make sure to watch the scenes before the opening theme as they are not just recaps and you will miss story elements if you skip them. There is no filler in this and no episodic plot, it’s all about the continuing story. Think of it like a 10 hour movie.
Animation and Music
The 3D CGI may throw you off at first, but it’s done well and by a couple episodes in you will be used to it.. The style is nearly identical to that seen in Knights of Sidonia (same studio) but more evolved. In a lot of heavy CGI animations the characters facial features lack signs of emotion and bodies portray little to no body language. That is far from the case with this title. The music choices for this could not have been any better. Each song fits the scene it’s in, does not over power it, and helps draw you in to the moment. Many who watch this series don’t skip the opening and ending songs and the beat of the actions scenes really gets your blood pumping.
This is a fantastic series that I highly recommend. Story, characters, visuals, voice acting, everything about this anime is powerful. To those offended by 3D CGI in their anime, don’t let poorly animated titles like Berserk 2016 scare you away from this one. They are not even in the same league.