Ajin: Anime/Manga Comparison – Season 2 Episode 8
Ajin – Anime to Manga Comparison Season 2:
Episode 8/Chapters 31-31.5
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 8/Chapters 31-31.5:
Episode 8 is only loosely connected to the manga, like much of season’s 2 late game content. We open with shots of the Anti-Ajin Special Forces before snapping to Satou’s lackeys becoming agitated at how bad things seems to be going for them. Tanaka insists they’ve gone too far to turn back. This is at odds with his manga portrayal, who has increasing doubts over Satou’s actions. The manga is far from ending but, based on the content currently available, Anime Tanaka is far more willing to give into loyalty and continue to follow Satou compared to his manga counterpart. Manga Tanaka does similarly question Satou’s actions, but it hasn’t been made clear yet whether he’ll follow Anime Tanaka in choosing loyalty over achieving his own objectives. Outside of comparing portrayals, these scenes are all exclusive to the anime.
The anime then spends some time building up the Anti-Ajin Forces equipment. We learn they tested some of these weapons against Tanaka when he was in captivity. The manga doesn’t introduce any of this stuff and, as we discussed in an earlier comparison, alluded to the idea that Ajin are used more for pharmaceutical and automotive crash research than military weaponry.
We snap to Satou’s team preparing to move out after they receive another arms shipment from their arms dealer. The arms dealer doesn’t make this second appearance in the manga.
We snap to Nagai and the others laying out their final battle plan for the building they’ll be making their last stand in. Tosaki is still angry about Shimomura picking him over saving the Minister. This prep scene is similar to a scene from an earlier manga chapter, although highly specific to the anime’s version of events.
Later Shimomura drives Tosaki to the Ajin lab from season 1 where he convinces Sokabe to let them help in the defense against Satou. To do so Tosaki reveals the details of the anime only plot and plays the recording Shimomura took with her IBM of Sokabe and the Minister chatting behind Tosaki’s back in season 1. It’s a nice tie in to the previous season and those events. Afterwards Tosaki forgives Shimomura for her actions from the last couple episodes in a nice little touching scene. None of this has a comparison for the manga, as Manga Tosaki was never ostracized by his colleagues.
We get another scene with Satou overlooking the secret weapon made by Okuyama, followed by Tosaki visiting his comatose fiance again. We then snap to the Anti-Ajin Forces taking position outside Musashi Heavy Industries building. The anime makes not that only key personnel were allowed to stay, which is different from the manga. The manga’s equivalent epic battle has far more average workers still appearing at the company as if it’s a normal day. This is, in part, because Satou didn’t give away the exact time of attack as he does in the anime.
At this point the anime starts presenting content that’s at least partially comparable to the manga. In the manga’s version of events Tosaki and the others enter the underground parking lot of the company, Forge Security in the manga, and meet one of the two targets they’re working to protect, Kai, President of Forge Security, who apparently has some history with Tosaki. After introducing the President of Forge Security, the manga spends quite a lot of time detailing the building and its available security measures. In fact, that’s the majority of Chapter 31’s content.
Chapter 31.5 opens with Tosaki and the others now taking up residents within the Forge Security building, waiting until Satou strikes. Kou confronts Nagai over his lax attitude, and Kei reveals he’s actually scared. It’s then Satou appears abruptly in a heavily armed helicopter and mows down not only Kou, but Tosaki and others with heavy machine gun fire. Shimomura is grabbed and thrown out of the building as well. Nagai gets a call and rushes to the roof as instructed to find Kai atop another building, offer him a chance of escape. Nagai then realizes it’s all a dream and wakes up to find everyone is still safe and sound. It’s one of my least favorite chapters of the manga. It doesn’t offer much outside of some very minor character development and insight into Nagai’s thought process. And ultimately feels like such a tease and a cop out once we’re clued into it all being a dream.
Nagai gets up from his nap shortly after and warns everyone that Satou and his people are coming. We then get a brief shot of Tanaka approaching Forge Security as the chapter concludes.
Conversely in the anime, Satou still has interest in the ‘game’ he’s set up for himself and gives his soldiers’ a final battle talk. Meanwhile Shimomura and the rest head inside to set up, including carting both Nagai and Kou inside via bags. This is followed by lots of set up scenes for the upcoming battle.
Satou’s finally strikes. A vehicle approaches the barricades carrying Okuyama’s secret weapon, an EMP generator. It explodes and knocking out all electronics in the surrounding area. Chaos ensues. In the manga, Satou is not part of the plan of attack and Tanaka uses Okuyama to hack the security systems for the Forge Security building. We’ll discuss this more in Episode 9’s comparison.
The episode ends with Satou breaking into the building and preparing to go up against the Anti-Ajin Forces, while Nagai and the rest get ready to intervene. Overall the anime continues to escalate, constantly increasing the adversity that Satou’s facing. The manga doesn’t carry that theme, preferring to keep events more subdued and, arguably, grounded. I think I prefer the anime’s portrayal of this showdown however, at least in the early stages. I really dislike Chapter 31.5, which feels like a huge waste of time, exploring Nagai’s character throw a fake out. That said, there are things upcoming in the manga that I feel it’s a real shame they weren’t included in the anime.
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