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Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3

Cover to Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3
By Gamon Sakurai
Vertical Comics, 200 pp
Rating: Not Rated

Sato’s attempt to rescue Kei from the Japanese government continues, but soon Kei’s forced to make a choice that might leave him at odds with his would be rescuer. Elsewhere in the facility, scientists face off as amid the chaos and slaughter as they debate the nature of the mysterious Black Ghosts. Gamon Sakurai’s Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3 continues to ramp up the action and tension while offering us teasing glimpses into Sato’s true motivations and the childhood of Kei.

This volume is all over the place, but in a good way. Gamon Sakurai manages to keep several balls in the air throughout this volume as the focus is constantly shifting from Sato’s brutal rescue attempt, to Kei’s bizarrely apathetic past, to scientific infighting over the nature of the immortal demi-humans and more. It’s an incredibly busy volume that’s packed to the gills with story and action, resulting in a fast and exciting read.

Ajin has nearly everything I could want in a story, but after having read volumes two and three I just couldn’t shake the feeling that it was missing something. That there was something it was lacking that was keeping me from loving it. After reading this volume I think I’ve discovered what that is. Sato is easily the most interesting character in this series, while the ostensible protagonist, Kei, is a just too bland. He lacks any real personality and, after this volume, what he does have isn’t terribly interesting. I’ve never been a fan of the whole apathetic teen routine that Kei’s working, and that pops up from time to time in Manga and comics. The whole “I never really felt anything so I faked it” schtick is an immediate turn off for me. Then when you add in the fact that Sato seems to have plans and desires, along with a long term goal, versus Kei who’s just kind of stumbling around trying to survive right now, it’s not terribly surprisingly that I found myself far more interested in what he’s going to do next than in anything that’s going on with Kei at the moment.

Page from Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3


Gamon Sakurai’s action sequences continue to be a treat to watch play out across the page. We get to see a few new takes on the Black Ghost form, including Sato’s rather disturbing variation which debuts in a rather disturbing and memorable scene. One of the action sequences actually came as a bit of a surprise, namely the Black Ghost vs. Black Ghost showdown. It’s something that seems like it would have been inevitable, but isn’t something I would have expected quite so early in the series. Throughout all the gun battles and knife fights, Gamon Sakurai manages to keep the action clear and easy to follow. While none of the sequences are quite as impressive as last volumes multipage sequence of Sato breaking into the lab, it still has several exciting and dynamic scenes. Sakurai also manages the various shifts in time and location throughout the book quite well, ensuring that readers won’t get lost amid the myriad of flashbacks and memories that populate this volume.. The Black Ghosts continue to be the visual highlight of the series, with a shot of Kei’s emerging from a mass of smoke which has gathered against the wall being the most memorable moments in Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3.

Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3 continues to role out some fantastic action scenes, blended with a rather intriguing plot about conspiracies and the mysterious nature of the immortal demi-humans. The combination of intrigue and violence, with a dash of sci-fi that echoes the paranoid undercurrent of the 90s all combine to make Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3 a fast and enjoyable read.

Another page from Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3

Is that an A-Team reference I spy?

Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3 is available now from Vertical Comics. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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