Ajin: Anime/Manga Comparison – Season 2 Episode 12
Ajin – Anime to Manga Comparison Season 2:
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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.
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It’s going to be a short comparison today as the Anime, by this point, fully diverges from the manga, with only the most vague of concepts remaining for worthwhile discussion.
The episode opens with the explosion that closed episode 11 and Okuyama calling Tosaki, telling him they need to talk. Coming back from the credits the US forces move in, attempting to apprehend Satou. We get a scene with Satou and Tanaka, where Tanaka expresses exasperation for Satou always making their situation harder than it needs to be, as he’s just abandoned the killer gas they had earlier. Currently the manga offers no hints concerning what direction the final confrontation will take, but Satou doesn’t seem to have the resources to pull off these same events from the anime.
Having recovered the nerve gas, the government looks at redeploying it underground to try and gas Satou. However the US forces are considering unleashing this gas without evacuating the civilians, killing them all, just to catch Satou before he gets away. The Japanese forces need to apprehend Satou before the U.S. forces make their move. The manga has currently kept the U.S. government out of the main proceedings, so it seems unlikely the manga’s climatic battle will include their involvement.
Returning to Satou’s former hideout they meet Okuyama, who wants to switch sides. Sokabe then calls them and opens up the opportunity for Tosaki and the gang to make their move against Satou. There’s a nice touch here as they meet up with Kou and he recognizes Gen and Takahashi, getting angry for kidnapping/trapping the firefighter guy. The anime, working to try and tie up loose ends, offers the flimsy idea that Satou let the Firefighter return to his family. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, seeing as the Firefighter was adamant he’d stand against Satou, and Satou, as even the anime points out, isn’t one to stand traitors, or really anyone who would defy him. But no one seems to question this either, making it feel like a flimsy throwaway just to satisfy audience curiosity.
The group devises their plan to take on Satou and discuss his potential long term goal. It’s here the anime really puts it out in the open, that Satou is just doing all this for fun, like you’d play a video game not for the story, but for the thrill.
We snap to Satou and Tanaka, actually playing video games, as Nagai and other troops move in. Tanaka again expresses what seems like doubt in Satou’s plans, although ultimately nothing comes of it. Tanaka’s character feels very wishywashy by this point. At times he’s portrayed as getting the same kinds of thrills as Satou from all this violence, but in other sequences seems uneasy about their actions. It’s Tanaka’s continued uneven portrayal that is a real black mark on the anime’s conclusion.
Nagai shows up and confronts Satou. He manages to taunt Satou into attacking and following him down through the subway tunnels. It’s a real struggle but Okuyama brings enough aid to buy Nagai the time he needs. They manage to lure Satou into a trap, planning to bring the roof down on them and bury Satou alive. However, it turns out Satou had a plan all along, blowing the floor away and causing the entire subway to cave in.
The episode ends with the clock ticking down before the U.S. unleashes the nerve gas. Satou has the upper-hand again as our heroes struggle to recover from the sudden cave in. Tosaki is down and Shimomura is alone as Satou stalks her in the darkness.
It’s a gripping conclusion, but Tanaka’s flip flopping characterization, and the flimsy explanation for what happened to the fire fighter guy are clear indicators of how crunched this finale is. It’s here it becomes a shame Ajin wasn’t green lit for a third season, or allowed a couple more episodes to tie everything together. In fact, Episode 13 will add in another black mark as the series builds to a conclusion that western audiences missed out on the set up for. It was in an OVA we never got.
Please let me know your thoughts on Ajin’s second season and how it compares to the manga in the comments below!