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Ajin Vol. #04 Manga Review

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Ajin Volume 4 CoverMind blowing demi-human battles galore!

Creative Staff
Story: Tsuina Miura
Art: Gamon Sakurai
Translation: Ko Ransom

What They Say
Encouraged by a fellow demi-human’s stunt, many more who have been keeping a low profile come out the woodworks. Their morals vary – and a high schooler Kei Nagai is by no means the most decent among them.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Following Sato’s proclamation, a number of demi-humans follow him into an abandoned building to discuss things further. When he announces his goal as mass murder a few object, and he says they’re free to leave. Of course, Tanaka is waiting to peg them with tranquilizers as they do so, but thanks to some quick thinking a boy and a middle-aged man are able to escape. Sato then enlists the three who are still interested, and though one has a weak leg, he proves a good mechanic. The older man goes down as well, though not without a good fight, and he helps the kid to actually get away.

The boy, Ko Nakano, soon learns that his ordeal isn’t over yet, as the authorities realized from footage that he could see the invisible beings and pegged him as a demi-human. He once more manages to escape, proving that he’s quite capable and a quick thinker. Backed into a corner, he tracks down Kei and asks for help in fighting Sato. Though he at first seems receptive, it turns out that Kei planned to trap him in order to protect the “safe zone” that he’d finally found in the country. An intense fight erupts, but in the end Kei wins out and Ko finds himself trapped at the bottom of a vertical truck with no way out.

Finally, the government starts to learn about the weaknesses of IBMs, and Sato declares the start of his offensive. Will Sato be able to pull off his act of terrorism? And if so, just what effect will it have on the relationship between the public and demi-humans?

In Summary
Put simply, this volume is outstanding enough that it may just be the best yet in the series, which is certainly saying something. Even minor characters get some great scenes, and almost every page packs a punch. In particular, it’s nice to see some new demi-humans to really contrast against Sato, and especially to add new dimensions to just what kind of person Kei really is. All of that is not even mentioning the several fights, which really do a stunning job of considering and pushing what it means for two such immortal beings to try to deal with one another. Add to this a jaw-dropping finale that doesn’t joke around, and you get a volume that absolutely demands to be read.

Content Grade: A+
Art Grade: A
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+

Released by: Vertical
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
MSRP: $12.95

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