Ajin: Demi-Human (Season 2) Review
What would you do with your life if you found out you couldn't die? In October 2016, a kid named Kei decided to use his gift to try and stop a war from starting.
Directing this 13 episode (24 minute each) animation/drama/adventure/horror is Hiroyuki Seshita.
Some of the voice cast is: Some of the voice cast is: Mamoru Miyano as Kei Nagai, Houchuu Ootsuka as Satou, Takahiro Sakurai as Yu Tosaki, Kaisuke Hirakawa as Koji Tanaka, Mikako Komatsu as Izumi Shimomura, Atsuyoshi Miyazaki as Hirasawa, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kaito and Jun Fukuyama as Ko Nakano.
It's been rumored that once Ajin's are caught that they are held captive and are being used to experiment on. Satou, an Ajin, wants to see all Ajin's treated fairly and the government to admit to the rumors. Since it seems like that will never happen, Satou decides if you want something... sometimes you have to fight for it. In the name of Ajin's everywhere, Satou declares war against the humans. Knowing how dangerous Satou is, Kei steps up and joins a small group of people, Ajin and human, to stop Sauto before any more people are killed.
For anyone just getting into Ajin: Demi-Human and wanting to get to get ahold of some more stuff to fill your time with, then you're in luck! There's an Ajin: Demi-Human manga, which started out in 2012, that has nine volumes out and is still presently running. If you've already made your way through the two seasons of the anime, you can check out the three OAD'S (original animation DVD) floating around. The three OAD's are Nakamura Shinya Jinken "Nakamura Shinya Incident" (2016), Kakureya no Ryokan/Himitsu no Ajito "Hidden Inn/Secret Den" (2016) and Sato "Zero" (April 2017). If you've seen something about the anime film trilogy and are looking forward to it... I'm sorry to say that it doesn't really have anything new to offer you. The trilogy films are Ajin: Shōdō "Ajin: Impulse" (2015), which is a compilation of the first six episodes of season one. Then there is Ajin: Shōtotsu "Ajin: Collision" (2016) and Ajin: Shōgeki "Ajin: Clash" (2016). Last but not least, word has it that a live-action adaptation is scheduled to be released in September 2017 and I've seen the teaser trailer for it, but there wasn't enough to really get a feel for how it's going to turn out.
The story was written by Hiroshi Seko and is based on the manga by Gamon Sakurai. Now, if you read my review for the first season of Ajin then you might remember why I was looking forward to the second season. If not then here you go... "Because certain things in the storyline are already in motion and all the players are already in place. So, the second season can just jump into it, which will make the second season a lot stronger and more entertaining (hopefully)." Well, some of that statement wound up being true and some of it didn't. Yeah, the season jumped right into the action and picked up right where we left off. However, I didn't feel like the story got any better. It kept that somewhat slow drag the first season had. I can't say I was bored with this season, but it didn't seem like anything new was really happening. Same people, same problems just... more fight scenes. Even though we get to see some of the characters develop and grow into stronger characters, it felt like they couldn't figure out what to do with the Kei character. One minute it seemed like Kei hit a growth and become a stronger character, but then would slide right back to the self-centered a-hole he was in the first season. That back and fourth was something that happened a few times during the story, which is why I felt like they didn't know what they wanted to do with him and kind of dragged the story down for me.
The playthrough was ok. I think part of what threw me off was the constant conflict inside the good guy camp. Either personal or co-worker related, it seemed like they spent more time fighting with each other than actually fighting the bad guys. I was expecting the good guys to start getting it together this season in order to take on the bad guys and see some head on battles. Instead, the good guys were running around in circles while the bad guys did whatever they wanted to do. Now, they did up the entertainment level by throwing in more fight scenes, but it was more shootouts and hand to hand fights. Unfortunately, it felt a little lite on the Black Ghosts or IBM scenes. The IBM's showed up but weren't used as much this season for fights, but the end of the season battle was seriously cool to watch.
Aside from the IBM (Invisible Black Matter) battles, I think my next favorite thing about this show would have to be the Satou character. I know I'm not supposed to like Satou, but watching him screw with everyone and seeing how much of a kick he gets out of all of it is seriously funny. Speaking of characters I like. Kaito is next on my list because he is such a loyal person, even after everything that's happened between him and Kei he's still looking out for his friend and will to put himself in danger to do it. Kou has almost no skill sets to offer, but he really tries and puts all his heart into what he's doing, making him a unique force to be reckoned with. Izumi seems like she'd be a badass character, but the writers seem to hold her back from opening up and being nothing more than a side character with moments of coolness, which sucks because the show could use some more badass characters.
The CG visuals they used looked the same as last season, but the character movement seemed to be better this time around. I'm still not completely sold on the CG look, but it does give the anime a unique look that kind of fits with the story and I have to admit, the IBM's do look cool in this style. Just like last season, there's nothing gory going on, but there are some pretty bloody moments scattered throughout the show.
Overall, if you haven't started watching this one, I'd skip it and find something else. It's not that the show has gotten worse from season to season, but it hasn't gotten any better either.
It's rated R for violence and language.