I stumbled on this anime last year and never wrote a post about it. When I first read the description, I immediately became interested in it. However, I was not a fan of the drawing itself. I found that it was weird compared to other styles of animation, but I slowly got used to it.
One of the things that makes Ajin so great is the story itself.
We see what an Ajin is in the very first episode and what we have to look forward to in the coming episodes. Then, we follow Kei Nagai and his journey as he learns what he really is because of a freak accident. We also witness a transformation of his personality throughout the series as he faces multiple hardships.
The best part of Ajin is kuro-chan.
Kuro-chan happens to be the black matter that forms outside of a host’s body. The reason why I think kuro-chan is the most interesting part of the anime is a spoiler, so you’ll have to watch it yourself to see what I mean. Let’s just say that we get to see some really cool stuff and find out more about kuro-chan as the anime progresses. The other thing that I really enjoy about this series is that there are many psychological elements involved, especially when it comes to the character Sato. As for Kei, he possesses a lot of intelligence and is able to use logic to plan his way through the hardships.
I really like the characters.
They are multi-dimensional unlike some other anime that I have watched. Besides Kei, the other character I really like is Yu Tosaki (and not just because he’s voiced by one of my favorite seiyuu, Sakurai Takahiro). Tosaki is one of those characters that appears to be a total jerk, but he has a history that we don’t know about until later in the series. He has another side to him that totally changed my opinion about him. I love characters like this! Not because he’s a jerk, but the fact that he’s a jerk for a reason. Pretty much one of the reasons why I like Gaara so much. Anyway, I digress.
Since I watched this series after it was released in January, I was able to binge watch all the episodes in the matter of a couple of days. It was so addicting, even with the final episode that I was craving more. After watching this anime, I found it really hard to immerse myself in other anime, especially ones that I had previously enjoyed.
If you haven’t watched Ajin yet, I HIGHLY recommend it! Especially if you liked Death Note or any anime that has psychological/logical elements in it.
Finally, season 2 came out in October and I was able to enjoy another season of Ajin. Season 2 review coming out soon! Stay tuned!