Ajin: Demi-Human - Analyzing the Form and Content of One of Your Favorite Manga or Other Graphic Narrative
The regular citizens don't know much about them. Shady government organizations are hiding everything, as they do. The main character Japanese high school student Kei is hit by a car and dies. However, he resurrects, which is the clearest sign of his not-human self. Everyone begins a manhunt to capture him. There are secret government organizations, morally dubious scientific experiments, nothing as it seems and black ghosts.
But the interesting thing is that partial damage stays until the body dies, so it’s possible to incapacitate an Ajin for capture. Ajin themselves can put their regeneration to creative combat uses and may intentionally try to kill themselves if they’re too hurt. Ajin are still incredibly rare though, with only 46 known to the world at the start of the series, and they’re considered to be no longer human. Any found are quickly rounded up by the government which is rumored to experiment on them. Since they can’t die, they’re excellent guinea pigs.
The designs of those ghosts are so visually pleasing. Overall, I had so much fun reading this volume! Perfect balance of suspense, paranormal unknown magical elements and great artwork!
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