Ajin: Anime/Manga Comparison – Season 2 Episode 5
Ajin – Anime to Manga Comparison Season 2:
Episode 5/Chapter 29-30
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 5/Chapter 29-30:
Despite noting that we’re comparing this episode with chapters 29-30 Episode 5 is near entirely original as the Anime introduces a new arc absent from the manga. This arc deals with Dr. Ogura’s disappearance and the American Government’s attempts to learn the truth. But just that alone wouldn’t be enough to make Episode 5 entirely original if we weren’t diverging in other, increasingly significant ways.
For starters The episode opens with Nagai and Co. doing more training to prepare against Satou. Their preparations are interrupted by more reports of killings by Satou. Ko and Nagai discuss Ko’s mounting frustration and their agenda for preparing to deal with Satou. None of this is in the manga. The anime spends a lot more time detailing the team’s preparations. By this point in the manga preparations are largely over and Tosaki’s crew is getting set for the big confrontation.
We snap over to Shimomura and Tosaki visiting the facility to meet with the American Agents researching Dr. Ogura’s disappearance. They grill Tosaki, and while he’s able to cover his tracks, the lead American agent, Douglas, still believes Tosaki had something to do with it. Conversely, the manga has Tosaki meeting with Sokabe, checking up on Nagai’s claims that he has another Ajin he’s working with, a firefighter. This includes a flashback where Nagai warns Tosaki that this supposed ally will kill Tosaki’s hospitalized wife if he betrays him. Sokabe tries to convince Tosaki to work with him and the rest of the Government agency since they’re all on the same side. We see how freaked Tosaki is, since he’s on Satou’s list in the manga, when a bird spooks them. Tosaki ultimately agrees to attend a meeting with Sokabe and the Minister. Before Sokabe leaves he hands Tosaki a report they managed to secure through secret channels. This’ll come up later.
While the anime returns to Nagai and Ko learning of even more deaths by Satou the manga instead speeds on to the meeting Tosaki said he’d attend. It’s ultimately the same meeting the anime later denotes as the team’s first big chance to fight back against Satou. The meeting is quickly crashed by Satou’s compatriots. They slaughter a few of the men and ultimately call off the attack early when Takahashi kills the wrong man and they discover Satou isn’t present. Interesting to note that apparently Takahashi has an IBM, where as he hasn’t learned that ability, and never does, in the anime. This incident convinces Manga Tosaki that they have a traitor working alongside Satou, giving him information on their actions and meetings.
Back with the anime we snap to Nagai’s Sister in the hospital over hearing nurses discussing fear that something might happen since Nagai’s sister is under their care. Nagai and Ogura then discuss how hard it is for Ajin to exist, and Nagai’s hope that Ajin can go back to their normal lives after this. We also get a brief shot of Okuyama constructing Satou’s secret weapon. Again, this secret weapon makes zero appearance in the manga.
In the manga news comes down that the Minister is caving to Satou’s demands. This doesn’t happen in the anime, which forgoes the government buckling under pressure from Satou and focuses instead on maximum escalation. The anime has Satou’s lackeys watch the news and worry that things are only going to get worse with how the government is responding. Tanaka pushes them back into line, reminding them that they’ve got a lot of support now from additional Ajin who’ve joined their cause. Satou acquires no additional support in the manga.
Back at Anime Tosaki’s base he leads a discussion on their plan of operation to stop the assassination of the Minister. As Tosaki leaves, Nagai insist they can’t afford failure.
In the manga Tosaki and Nagai discuss the government caving, with Nagai adamant that Satou won’t give up so easily. This conclusion is going to be too boring for him. Tosaki considers what Nagai said while looking over the file Sokabe had handed him before: A file on Satou, when he was discharged from the U.S. Marines. That’s right, the manga chooses to reveal the truth about who Satou is, and his past, way earlier than the anime, offering a lot more information to help us understand who he is.
In the anime Tosaki is still focused on trying to save the Minister, who’s Satou’s target in the anime instead of him. He meets with his boss, the minister, and is chewed out for his failures. He tries to remind the Minister that he’s only safe inside his facility– but he won’t listen and refuses to give Tosaki his schedule. The minister then warns Tosaki that the U.S. Agents are still investigating.
We snap to Sokabe showing the agents Dr. Ogura’s remaining personal affects. It’s here that Agent Douglas notices things are missing. Later in the car Tosaki discusses with Shimomura how to get the Minister’s schedule since he wouldn’t share it. He instructs Shimomura to sneak it from the Minister’s secretary. Shimomura heads in and manages to get the data. While she does the U.S. Agents make their move.
Meanwhile Nagai and Co. do a practice run to prepare against Satou. Again, nothing like this happens in the manga.
Shimomura discovers that the Minister has plans for tonight. But before she can get that information to Tosaki the U.S. agents capture Tosaki. Shimomura tries to save him, but discovers the female agent is an Ajin. They fight and Shimomura is badly injured, but manages to escape capture as they take Tosaki away. Episode 5 ends here.
The manga continues to follow a significantly different path. Chapter 30 deals mostly with Satou’s past, offering us information both through flashbacks and Satou’s interview with a former U.S. Marine who worked alongside Satou. It’s a really good read for anyone curious about our big baddie. The anime, I believe plans to detail Satou’s past in a future OVA releasing in April, but it’s doubtful we’ll be seeing it here any time soon.
The manga also touches on the informant subplot as Tanaka kills another target thanks to, as we learn, the traitorous police officer’s help. The manga then snaps to Tosaki deciding to carry forward with their plan to fight back against Satou and getting everyone on board.
Later Tanaka goes to speak with Satou and we’re reminded he’s training his IBM to be self-thinking like Nagai’s. We learn that Satou has become bored with his phase 2 and tells Tanaka to take care of the rest of his list for him. As Nagai, Kou and the rest head to do battle against Satou, or Tanaka anyway, we flash back one more time to Satou’s childhood and learn that Satou, or Samuel as is his real name, has always been a brutal murderer.
Overall there really isn’t much to directly compare here. In an effort to wrap up the story by the end of its second season Ajin has departed from the manga significantly. One thing I can say is I think the anime does a much better job of increasing escalation. The manga has a tendency for its drama to be very start and stop. Things ramp up and then calm down or stagnate. The anime manages to keep the pressure mounting and thus allow the intensity to mount. The manga, conversely focuses more so on characters, dynamics and personality, allowing them to guide the story, even if that doesn’t always allow the narrative to feel as gripping as possible. It’s here we see the two take drastically different approaches to the story. Which is more appealing is going to depend on which of those is more important to you.
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