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Ajin, Volume 1: Demi-Human Paperback – October 14, 2014
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Gamon Sakurai is a Japanese comic book artist from Tokyo. Born in 1986, Sakurai was selected for the Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Award for New Comic Artists. Upon being selected for the award his short story was published and he was selected for editorial review by manga publishing giant Kodansha. Sakurai would make his publishing debut with indie publisher Issuisha in 2010, releasing a short story anthology. He would then work with Kodansha to work on his first feature length series AJIN: Demi-human in 2012. .
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I will caution that it is very fast paced, and seems like it starts in the middle for some reason. What I mean is, it seems that volume 1 should be volume 3. There isn't a whole lot of back story on the Ajin, at first. It's like you should already know what they are, and why they're here on Earth.
The back story is slightly explained throughout the series, but, I still believe that they could tell more about the Ajin. It's not a bad manga, but I wouldn't recommend it for folks just getting into manga.
I'm excited to read more of the story and hope that it fleshes the creatures out a bit more. If you're a fan of manga, then I would really suggest picking this up.
I'd also like to note the quality of the book itself--it's wonderful, as expected from Vertical. The first couple pages are in full-color, and everything is crisp and clear. It's also a little differently-sized than "standard" manga, and fits nicely in my hands. It's definitely well worth the price, for both the content and superficial aspects of the book.
If you're looking for a series with a dark, gritty theme but with more going on than your average "dark and gritty" series, give this one a shot!
Being relatively new to manga I had to take a few shots in the dark to figure out what series I would follow. This is one of the series that I'm so happy I purchased!
All avoid describing what the story is since you can read the description easily enough. Instead I'll tell you what my Impressions were of the overall story.
Early on this manga reached out and grabbed my attention and managed to hold it throughout the entire first volume. There is a very clear story laid out straight from the get go, and things move fast. I hope you're not looking for a relaxing story because this one definitely moves fast and keeps you on your toes. I thought the story was very clearly explained while still leaving some things to future volumes. One thing that did bother me was how cold and heartless they portrayed most people in the manga. I suppose people can be that way it just felt a little over-the-top sometimes.
The art itself is very well rendered, making good use of black and white to leave the pages at just the right shade. Sometimes mangas can get a little too dark and it makes it hard to follow what's happening in each panel. I never had that issue with Ajin, and I could always clearly tell what was going on even during some intense action sequences! There were some awesome action panels so but I hope you don't mind stylized violence because there is a lot of it.
Overall I gave this manga 5 stars. I found the story fresh and exciting and it was backed up with clear and direct art.
Warning: I wouldn't recommend this for anyone under the age of 15 or 16. While not being exactly gory it is very violent and there are some extended torture scenes.