Ajin: Anime/Manga Comparison – Season 2 Episode 6
Ajin – Anime to Manga Comparison Season 2:
Episode 6/Chapters 27-27.5
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 6/Chapters 27-27.5:
Episode 6 is another heavy diversion from the manga’s content. However, it does utilize a few chapters that were initially skipped over, which focus on Shimomura’s past. But that content is severely truncated, cutting out a lot of the manga’s more intricate details. Let’s get into it.
The Anime opens with Shimomura waking up in the hospital, a flashback to how she first met Tosaki. He’s come to visit, believing her to be an Ajin. This is in the manga, although the scene has a lot more dialogue. Through the scene we learn about Shimomura’s home situation, culminating in another flashback that goes further back to Shimomura’s home life and when she discovered she was an Ajin. As she woke she overheard her step father and mother conversing about possibly selling her. Ajin’s are, apparently, worth a lot of money, at least that’s how the rumor goes.
The manga conversely starts back far earlier. After beginning with a similar hospital scene, the manga visits in on Shimomura’s job, the issues she has with her mother giving her money to her bum useless step father, Etc. We learn she suffers from some subtle sexual harassment at work but has a seemingly decent boyfriend who wants to move in together once they’re in college. The manga paints a more detailed tragic origin for Shimomura, but at times it can feel overdone, her backstory moving from believable to clearly crafted for maximum sympathy. There are aspects that I wish had been included in the anime’s version, but there’s content here that I feel strays too far into forced melodrama.
But Shimomura has a plan, save up one million yen and get out of this situation. Unfortunately her step father gets access to her bank account and withdraws the massive sum of money she’s been saving for herself. As if that wasn’t bad enough her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend. Again, all of this exclusive to the manga.
This leads to Shimomura trying to kill herself. In the manga this includes an altercation with her step father, which is what ultimately leads to her death. Shimomura leaves the house as her mother and step father continue to argye and heads out on her own, attempting to survive homeless on the streets. The manga goes into this just a little bit more, but the anime doesn’t cut anything overly important. It should be noted that it does however cut a brief, interesting, sequence where Shimomura huddles in the cold with her IBM, before she knows what an IBM is.
Returning to the hospital Shimomura curses her step mother, until Tosaki reveals her mother and step father are in fact dead. He plays their call to the police, which was recorded, and we learn that her mother murdered her step father for trying to sell Shimomura.
Shimomura dies on the bed, revealing herself as an Ajin. The manga contains the exact moment when Tosaki realizes she was an Ajin, but the anime chooses to cut this. After that Shimomura wakes up in the present, back in the car garage, but Tosaki is gone. At this point we’re anime only again.
We snap to Tosaki being tortured by the American agents who are seeking the whereabouts of Dr. Ogura. The manga so far hasn’t returned to Dr. Ogura’s U.S. connections, outside of a flashback to the research facility he was a part of. It’s a really interesting chapter, but one I’ll probably talk about in a future Manga only review.
Shimomura rushes back to the hideout and tries to convince everyone to help her rescue Tosaki. But Nagai decides to move the hideout and focus on keeping everyone else safe from American involvement. He’s sure Tosaki will crack and give them all away. Shimomura flashes back to when she and Tosaki visited her parent’s apartment one final time. This scene is in place of the manga’s graveyard visit, where she bids goodbye to her old life and takes up her new name and job as Tosaki’s bodyguard. It’s more condensed but contains similar dialogue and messaging.
Returning from the flashback Shimomura attacks Nagai, forcing him to listen to her argument about trying to save Tosaki. Nagai ultimately caves and decides they’ll rescue Tosaki. Dr. Ogura interrupts to give them the location of an American safe house. Again, none of this is from the manga.
Back at the safe house the torture continues for Tosaki. We get a sense that Myers, the woman, is against Douglas’ orders yet doesn’t have the ability to push back. Nagai and Co. begin their attack, knocking out the lights. They take out a couple other American Agents but Douglas and Myers manage to escape with Tosaki. Nagai sends his IBM after their car and manages to plant a tracking device. Shimomura and the others all give chase but if Douglas and Myers get to the embassy then it’s all over. The episode ends on that cliffhanger.
Overall I love that the anime addresses America’s involvement. The manga skirts over Dr. Ogura’s supposed death and disappearance, which feels unrealistic as America wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the loss of an asset like Dr. Ogura. It’s possible though that the manga will come back to this plot point at a later time. Where the anime and manga do align however I have mixed feelings. On the one hand what the anime offers in terms of Shimomura’s backstory is great, but some of what they cut was really interesting stuff. I feel as if the anime was perhaps a bit too liberal with how much it condensed. At the same time, there are aspects of the manga that I feel stray into melodrama, or feel outright forced. For me it’s a toss up which does her backstory greater justice.
Please let me know your thoughts on Ajin’s second season and how it compares to the manga in the comments below!