Ajin: Anime/Manga Comparison – Season 2 Episode 13
Ajin – Anime to Manga Comparison Season 2:
Episode 13/Chapters N/A
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 13/Chapters N/A
Episode 13 is entirely anime only, leaving only scant elements worth comparing. This episode seeks to bring about a satisfying conclusion to the series, while perhaps leaving the door open for another adaptation, should the opportunity ever arise. In its effort to bring us to close the series makes reference/calls back to several elements across its run, but doesn’t always stick the landing. Let’s dive in.
We open with Nagai coming to. Kou calls out to him and we snap to the US forces, who are gradually working out what just happened as the tunnels caved in. Back underground Nagai groups up with Kou and the only remaining mercenary. It should be noted that this individual, or at least his manga counterpart, seems to be gearing up to play a larger role, as the manga makes a big deal out of him recovering from his encounter with Satou at Forge Security.
Tosaki and Shimomura try to escape from Satou, with her summoning Kuro-chan to stall him. It’s not enough and Satou closes in. The mercenary character appears and attacks Satou, ultimately sacrificing himself to save the others. Based on his dialogue about ‘being a ghost,’ and the regret with which his manga counterpart exhibits it’s likely his death here is a ‘preview’ for events in the manga.
Meanwhile Nagai and Kou get pinned down by incoming fire from Japanese forces. Takahashi decides to hold them back, buying time for Nagai and Kou to find Satou.
Tosaki tries to free Shimomura from protecting him, touching on their relationship and why she stays with him. It’s brought up in the manga, but hasn’t reached this point of conclusion yet. Shimomura isn’t able to hold off Satou though and just as he’s about to chop off her head, a concept the anime harps on rather frequently in its final episodes, Nagai arrives to hold him off. Unfortunately Tanaka appears to defend Satou with his own IBM. At this point Tanaka is full evil, no longer exhibiting any signs that he questions Satou at all.
As the American military prepares to move in things are looking bad for our heroes. Shimomura squares off against Tanaka, hearkening to the manga’s big moment between the two during the Forge Security Arc.
Satou question why Nagai keeps getting in his way and the anime doubles down on the idea that Satou and Nagai are alike/similar although the manga hasn’t been quite so forceful with this concept.
Like in the manga Shimomura is defeated by Tanaka, although here Kou plays a part in the battle as he summons his own IBM for the very first time. This is an excellent call back to his efforts to summon his own IBM earlier in the series, where as the manga has yet for Kou to manifest his own IBM. With this intervention they manage to tranquilize Tanaka.
Nagai becomes cornered by Satou who threatens to cut Nagai’s head off and reset him. Satou says he’ll kill everyone Nagai ever loved in front of his new self as punishment for standing against him. This is enough to push Nagai over the edge and create a flood effect. A flood, which was only briefly referenced in the anime during season 1, is when an Ajin summons dozens of IBMs through an excessive expulsion of black matter. It’s an exceedingly cool conclusion, but one that feels potentially confusing since Netflix doesn’t carry the OVA episode that adapted the one chapter from the manga that depicted the flood phenomenon. It’s also unclear what the manga plans to do with the concept. It’s possible this conclusion is a preview for how the manga will ultimately reach it’s climax, or the manga will forego using the Flood phenomenon in favor of a separate conclusion.
With Satou reset, his head chopped off and a new one regenerated, the US forces arrive and take Satou down, nearly arresting Nagai and the others too. Tosaki steps in and saves them however.
With that the series wraps up: The Americans decide not to use the gas, Tosaki protects Nagai, Kou and Shimomura from experimentation and allow them to return to normal lives. A new Ajin protection bill is put into place, which grants Ajin civil rates. Things seem to be back to normal and Nagai has recently visited his sister in the hospital.
As Nagai is out on the town he looks across the road from where he first discovered he was an Ajin and turns as if he senses something behind him. He then gets a call from Tosaki: Satou has escaped!
We flash back to the very beginning of the first season when special forces took down the Ajin raging through the African settlement. We discover that Satou was a part of the squad that took him down. Just as a reminder, this incident is never depicted in the manga, nor is it ever referenced something Satou participated in. It’s likely the anime’s way of providing a sense of coming full circle.
Satou wakes up with Tanaka on a transport to America. Satou isn’t worried however, as he sets a bomb off inside his chest. The plane explodes and presumably Satou and Tanaka are free again. During this Satou refers to Tanak as Tanabe, although no one is really sure why. Some people speculate that it’s a sign the third OVA will act as the series’ true conclusion. Although the recent promotional video seems to indicate it focuses more on a heavily reworked origin for Satou.
Tosaki pulls everyone together, all our favorite characters and tells Nagai he’s sending a car. Nagai then sees an IBM fade away across the road and looks into the sky. That’s it! The ending hints at more, or at least seems like a “and the battle goes on” offering an iffy conclusion to events.
Ajin season 2 was generally a strong conclusion to the first season, but really begins to stumble as it steamrolls past the manga content it had been playing fast and loose with. I think Ajin was at its best when it was able to use the manga’s portrayal of events as a base line and rework/improve upon those. But as the series moved past adaptable content, the polish fades away, leaving viewers with a generally enjoyable ending, but one that doesn’t feel quite as tight and strong as the rest of the run.
I hope those of you who’ve been following this article series have enjoyed this comparison. At this point I’ll be looking to review the Ajin manga ongoing, hopefully delving into a few of the series latest chapters next month. I may however first start with chapters the anime skips over entirely, or relegated to OVA content, like the Flood phenomenon chapter.
Please let me know your thoughts on Ajin’s second season and how it compares to the manga in the comments below!