Ajin: Anime/Manga Comparison – Season 2 Episode 11
Ajin – Anime to Manga Comparison Season 2:
Episode 11/Chapters ??
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 11/Chapters ??
Episode 11 is almost entirely anime original content, but continues to borrow and work around several manga concepts, addressing plot lines the manga has yet to play with or utilizing characters in new and different ways. Let’s jump in.
The anime opens with Nagai’s sister, Eri watching the TV news and calling their mother, who does not make an additional appearance in the anime. Even the nurses are concerned about what might happen. Eri gets a bit more focus here compared to the manga. In the source material Eri has so far mainly be used to define Nagai’s persona, such as early on in her interview with the cops, and later when discussing Nagai with their mother. The anime puts her back into the spotlight as she becomes a victim of the growing escalation.
The anime then switches back to Satou as he heads into the tunnels underneath the military base, setting up the location of the final confrontation. We learn from the government and Sokabe that the gas is incredibly deadly, capable of wiping out the entire country. Also the American military is seeking to come into play. All anime only developments. When it comes to the manga we’ve only begun to get a vague idea of what Satou’s end game plan is in the most recent chapters, 47-48, and even then the majority of Satou content has either been focused on flashbacks or driving a greater rift between Satou and Tanaka.
Meanwhile Ko, Tosaki and the rest are getting ready to take on Satou. We also get a flashback to when Nagai abandoned them. Which erupts in a similar argument between Nagai and Ko from the manga, but one that’s much shorter and Nagai doesn’t lose his cool.
Back with Satou things continue to escalate with news that the Americans are getting involved. Satou’s group gets a call asking to negotiate. The government offers up islands for the Ajin to populate, which makes Satou’s men happy but Satou refuses to accept those terms, launching off a missile. This sudden action turns a lot of people against Satou as they realize Satou has now actually killed civilians and turned down the demands they’d been seeking the whole time. This flies in contrast to the manga, where many of Satou’s associates don’t seem to actually care about the demands/freedom for Ajin, save for Tanaka. Most seem along for the ride in order to have fun.
Tanaka becomes angry that Satou has turned down their chance to have their demands met. this turns a lot of people against Satou, forcing him to threaten cutting off their heads. Tanaka makes a stand against Satou, arguing that Japan is finally listening, forcing Satou to admit all he cares about is the thrill of the battle. This admission has yet to happen in the manga, as Satou still continues to pay lip service to the idea of free rights for Ajin.
After a couple more news segments, we see that all of Satou’s team decides to desert, save for Tanaka, who stays behind. At this point he has a major shift in character. This flies in the face of the manga version of his character, and really also the characterization presented in the show. But we’ll get to that in a moment.
Okuyama and the others decide to find and side with Nagai. Nagai meanwhile hears the news that his sister might be in danger and rushes out to save her. At the hospital a riot has formed that breaks in seeking to find Eri and possibly do her harm. Nagai finds Eri first, but she doesn’t want to be saved, blaming him for the trouble she’s facing.
As they try to escape from the angry mob the two become trapped. It’s then Kai and Takeshi’s IBM appear, offering to save Nagai. They then fly away on Takeshi’s IBM to freedom. This is the two’s first reappearance since we saw them in Prison. In the manga Kai had briefly appeared in Nagai’s dreams, as a symbol for running away. Otherwise the manga hasn’t featured either for quite some time, so it’s not clear yet how and when the manga will utilize either Kai or Takeshi in its narrative.
Later, at a shrine, Kai offers to help Kei escape to India. Nagai is still feeling awful about himself, deciding to try and shut himself off emotionally. The anime addresses how he treated Kai, but Kai acknowledges that no matter what Kei is his friend. With that the plan seems set, they’ll escape Japan. Nagai is then approached by Takeshi to chat about Kai. Kai’s reappearance helps to set Nagai back on his path as a hero, as becomes evident from this chat. The next day the group prepares to escape Japan when Nagai runs of to rejoin the battle, leaving Kai again and entrusting his sister’s safety to Kai and Takeshi.
Nagai rushes back while Tanaka confronts Satou about why he got everyone to turn on him. Tanaka surprisingly chooses to side with Satou, although it’s not really clear why. Tanaka has a significant shift in his characterization in this scene from the last. I’m not sure what the writers were going for here. In some sense I get the idea that Tanaka is perhaps scared of Satou, and ultimately decides he has no other choice than to keep by his side. The anime later introduces this idea of loyalty, but neither trait really fits the characterization Tanaka was exhibiting prior to this scene. This shift would almost work if later on Tanaka betrayed Satou, only sticking by the old man’s side in order to ensure his downfall. This moment screams of the anime, needing to wrap things up, shifting a character’s persona enough to shut down additional conflict we no longer have time for.
Meanwhile everyone is preparing to take on Satou when Nagai shows up again. When Tosaki questions why he came back Tosaki and Nagai have a similar conversation as to one of the manga’s latest chapters. Nagai resummons his IBM, which he’d been unable to do since last encountering Satou. The anime ends with the US military making a move against Satou and getting caught up in an explosive trap.
Overall the anime is still quite tight, but the flaws begin to creep in here. We see not only Tanaka suffering from a significant personality shift, but also Kai and Takeshi reappearing just to be thrown away again. It’s not to say the anime is bad, but it becomes clear that Ajin was meant to be a longer story, and that two seasons isn’t quite enough to do everything justice. Certain characters and plot lines are shut down abruptly in an effort to leave as few loose ends as possible dangling in the air.
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