Ajin: Anime/Manga Comparison – Season 2 Episode 10
Ajin – Anime to Manga Comparison Season 2:
Episode 10/Chapters 43-45
With Season 2 of Ajin’s Anime, the story has wrapped up, culminating in a thrilling conclusion most viewers seem to be quite happy with. But that’s not how the manga ends at all. In fact, the manga still seems to have a ways to go! Welcome to the Ajin Anime to Manga Comparison Second Season. Here we’ll compare each episode of Ajin’s 2nd season alongside the corresponding Manga chapters, detailing the differences and gradual significant divergence from the source material all in an effort to try and see which did the story better justice. Let’s dive in.
For the 1st Season’s comparison click here.
Ajin Season 2 Episode 10/Chapters 43-45
Despite the anime’s continual divergence from the manga in an attempt to wrap the narrative up in just four more episodes, there’s still a couple things worth comparing. The anime opens with a news report on the situation. Dr. Ogura is watching it as Tosaki and the rest arrive. Tosaki turns on Nagai for his failures while Shimomurau and the others try to defend him, but Nagai blames himself. It’s a very different portrayal of Nagai’s reaction than the manga. In the manga Nagai and Ko escape together, only for Nagai to walk away from this confrontation feeling like he needs to set his sights in life a lot lower. This causes a huge falling out with Ko and a really dramatic conversation. Anime Nagai handles a lot more of this struggle internally, where as Manga Nagai ends up seeking help through the form of his mother.
Chapter 44 primarily focuses on Nagai phoning his mother to inform her of his decisions, although she ultimately helps to spur him back into action (eventually anyway). The manga spends the majority of the chapter retconning/revealing (depending on your P.O.V) Nagai’s mother through interactions with both Nagai and his hospitalized sister. None of this makes it to the anime, I think, in part, because she’s such a late addition to the story (I believe this chapter released mere months before the 2nd season concluded) and she doesn’t really add a whole lot to the greater narrative. She exists primarily to shed light on Nagai himself, which can be done by other means.
Tosaki is prepared to give up, which is in contrast to his manga counterpart who is spurred forward by these setbacks. In part this is due to events that Manga Tosaki goes through that don’t occur in the anime. Manga Tosaki is far quicker to jump back into action than his counterpart, although Anime Tosaki doesn’t spend all that long feeling sorry for himself either.
Nagai flashes back to the previous episode and Mister Hirasawa’s death, reflecting heavily on that failure. Manga Nagai spends a lot less time thinking back on things comparatively.
Meanwhile authorities learn of Satou’s latest weapon’s acquisition. This news hits the prime minister and we learn that Satou now has the power to kill everyone in the country. This furthers the anime’s final arc, which was briefly introduced at the end of the last episode. Again, nothing like this has occurred in the manga, making it difficult to compare Anime Satou’s end game plans to the manga.
Satou does another video announcing that he’ll enter the third phase of his plan. We get various reactions, including from Nagai’s sister who we haven’t seen in awhile. The anime pulls her back in, although has more direct use for her than the manga, where she mainly exists to allow for additional exposition into Nagai’s character.
Satou and his team prep up for their attack and Satou’s men are again questioning their allegiance, especially after what Nagai said to them in the last episode. It’s interesting because Tanaka and the other’s roles are reversed compared to the manga. The rest of Satou’s gang has yet to show any signs of questioning his efforts, where as Tanaka has numerous moments focused on his growing concerns and parting ideology.
Okuyama visits with Satou for more planning and even Okuyama seems to be apprehensive about how long this battle is going to go on. This is similar to a conversation between the two briefly at the end of Chapter 44.
We snap to a U.S. Government official taking part in an audio discussion of events concerning the two government agents. This furthers to tie this anime only plot line into the anime’s finale as the government appears interested in taking control of Japan’s Ajin. The anime also finally reveals Satou’s real name, Samuel T. O’brien, and that he’s ex- military.
Satou’s men then attack the Japanese forces base. This battle has no direct comparison in the manga, as the manga has yet to introduce Satou’s next offensive. The anime actually barrels ahead past a number of flashbacks the Manga offers on a few of its characters, Satou included. The anime also seems to give Satou quite a few more Ajin associates and underlings than the manga.
Satou manages to capture the JSDFs base and Nagai and the others witness as he murders the last remnants of the base’s defenses. Satou then has his teams set up missile launchers in the base and announces that what he has are gas-loaded missiles. If launched he can murder everyone if they do not evacuate Japan. Satou seeks to form an independent nation for Ajin. This announcement shocks everyone, and briefly returns Satou’s apprehensive allies to his side. This announcement spurs Tosaki back into action, but not Nagai, who is still too torn up from their previous loss.
Overall episode ten is a solid aftermath episode, but also steamrolls forward over potential character reflection in order to send us catapulting into its final arc. The anime ultimately becomes concerned primarily with defining Nagai’s arc and dealing with his development. In someways it’s a shame the anime was forced to conclude the story here, as we lose a lot of really great upcoming characterization for Tosaki, Dr. Ogura, Satou and more. But at the same time, It’s hard to see where much of it would fit into the anime’s narrative, as TV and anime have less freedom in going off on tangents, as the manga frequently does, interjecting entire chapters of character development and flashbacks between it’s more thriller focused/dramatic narrative. For viewers who are perhaps interested in thicker characterization, Chapters 44 and 45 are solid reads and well worth looking into if you’re interested in understanding Nagai or Tosaki even better.
Please let me know your thoughts on Ajin’s second season and how it compares to the manga in the comments below!