Ajin: Anime/Manga Comparison – Season 2 Episode 9
Ajin – Anime to Manga Comparison Season 2:
Episode 9/Chapters 32-42
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 9/Chapters 32-42:
You’ll notice that Episode 9 is being compared with 11 chapters from the manga. That’s because the anime offers up a very loose, highly reworked adaptation of the manga’s Forge Security arc. It takes a few concepts from the manga and distills them down into a solid twenty-two minutes of action and twists. Let’s dive in.
The manga opens with Okuyama infiltrating Forge Security, as he had apparently been hired by the company prior to his inclusion in the series. Tanaka is taking charge of the operation since Satou has lost interest. Meanwhile Okuyama starts a fire in the secure severe he’s assigned to which, thanks to the security precautions, locks the room down and injects Carbon Dioxide. The staff try to evacuate as instructed, but Okuyama locks them in with his IBM and everyone dies.
In the anime Satou prepares to take on the Anti-Ajin Forces. This leads to a fairly massive shoot out scene, with lots of flip-flopping as to who has the advantage at any given time. It highlights how much more action focused the series can be compared to the manga. While the manga still contains plenty of action, it’s not adverse to spending a lot of time discussing the mechanics of Ajin and playing with its own ideas. The anime doesn’t like to spend nearly as much time toying with those same concepts.
Nagai and the others prepare to get to the company chairman and safeguard him while Satou’s forces and Anti-Ajin soldiers battle it out. It’s also during this scene that Satou is hinted to be ex-military, one of the anime’s few acknowledgements to Satou’s backstory.
In the manga Tosaki gets a notification about Okuyama’s fire, but they assume it’s merely a security malfunction rather than anything to do with Satou. (Which, to be honest, feels stupid seeing as they know how crafty Satou can be.) Okuyama wakes up and begins hacking while Tanaka and the others charge in the front door. Okuyama hacks the security barriers to cut Tanaka and the others off from pursuing security. Forge Securities, well, security, prepares to confront Tanaka and Chapter 32 ends with Nagai dressing up as one of the guards.
Tanaka and his crew blast their way up the stairs and are confronted by the security guards. It’s a pretty big and bloody shoot out, which kinda of echoes the similar battle in the anime. Nagai, posing as a security guard, is killed during this, all part of his plan to check on something– Satou isn’t with Tanaka and the others. Nagai then plans a way to defeat Tanaka and lure Satou out.
Since the anime ‘loosely’ adapts quite a few chapters here, it makes it difficult to really go into detail so I’ll just sum up the manga’s events, but I really would suggest fans of the anime take a look at Chapters 32 to 42 as they’re really interesting, with plenty of what is essentially unique content.
Manga Nagai comes up with a plan to stop Tanaka, and lure Satou out. We also meet the head of Forge Securities’ secretary, who was witness to Tanaka’s experimentation. She offers an avenue for Tanaka to develop as an adversary to Satou, although the manga is only just building on that idea. Tosaki and Shimomura catch Okuyama off guard and take him out while Tanaka is lured into a trap and neutralized.
Chapter 35 starts slow as the fighting is wrapped up with reporters now on the scene. Satou gets a voice message from Tanaka that Kei Nagai is at Forge Security, which seems sends Satou into action. Satou comes up with a rather bizarre, yet clever plan that plays with the mechanics the series has touched on before, namely what were to happen to an Ajin if their head were destroyed. I won’t spoil too much, since the anime won’t play with this idea until later, but it’s definitely worth a read. (Chapters 35-36 specifically.)
Satou breaches Forge Security and chaos ensues. He manages to shut the power off and send the building into darkness similar to the anime. Satou slaughters numerous security by himself and then wakes up Tanaka and the others, who manage to delay Nagai and Ko from reaching Satou. Tanaka then squares off against Shimomura, a fight that the anime saves for its final episode.
Nagai and Ko get delayed by security guards, but eventually fight their way to the top. And regroup with Mister Hirasawa, who’s team has finally managed to defeat Satou, at great cost.
In the anime Satou and the others manage to defeat the Anti-Ajin forces and Satou makes for the anime’s chairman where he’s confronted by Nagai. Nagai holds the chairman hostage in an effort to play mind games with Satou. This echoes the same sort of mind games that Nagai played on Satou in the manga in order to force him into action.
Nagai manages to knock Satou out, but there’s a sudden turn about when we discover that Satou’s IBM can move on its own. This turn of events isn’t set up in the anime, outside of Nagai’s own ability to have his IBM move on its own. It’s interesting that they never included the set up scene from the manga, where Satou is training his IBM. The manga includes this same twist though and Satou’s IBM springs to life.
Nagai and the others are defeated by Satou and a bunch of the mercenaries are brutally killed, echoing their deaths from the manga. There’s a bit more, will Satou succeed or won’t he, when his IBM is tasked with reviving him, but the result is pretty much the same. Even the lead mercenary, Mister Hirasawa, meets his end at Satou’s hands. The manga takes much longer to end Hirasawa’s life however, as Satou first kills his primary target before chasing Nagai and the others to the roof. Hirasawa sacrifices himself to delay Satou as Nagai and Ko escape.
As Anime Satou is about to cut off Nagai’s head, more law enforcement agents arrive and force him to retreat. Nagai and the others are arrested and taken into custody. At this point the anime begins on another anime only plot line. Satou and the others escape through the lower levels of the building, stealing Anti-Ajin weapons, as well as a deadly device that forms the basis of this final plot thread. Satou forces the company head to give him the key to this deadly device and then kills him. This part also includes Tanaka confronting Satou about his motives, a conversation the two have later on in the manga. Tanaka ultimately backs down in the anime, where as in the manga he’s a bit more forceful. But we’ll talk about that another time.
Tosaki manages to free Nagai and the others by turning on Sokabe and abandoning his position in the government. The episode ends with the survivors of the team unsure of how to proceed.
Overall I think Episode 9 is incredibly tight and, for what it is, is superb. But it’s also a shame some of the manga’s cooler, and freakier ideas don’t transfer into the anime. The manga’s proceedings aren’t as tight, with a lot of start and stop with its action. There’s also plenty of places where it gets bogged down in details and has trouble figuring out how to disseminate information to the reader without doing gigantic info dumps. That said, there’s plenty of characterization to love, particularly for characters lacking in additional exploration in the anime, like Tanaka.
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