Manga Review: Ajin (Vol 1.) by Gamon Sakurai

Vertical To Be Published Oct. 14, 2014 228 Pages

Vertical
To Be Published Oct. 14, 2014
228 Pages

 

Kei Nagai is hit by a truck when he discovers that he is a ajin, an immortal that has supernatural abilities.  Becoming an instant target by the government and those looking to make a profit, Kei goes on the run, becoming a turning point in a war against ajins and humans. 

I love the creepiness of this cover. That is what drew me to it.  It is the perfect blend of what the heck and ghost like creepy.

The story itself was interesting and a bit hard to understand. There is a lot going on once Kei has been “discovered.” There is also a lot of disgusting emotions that occur within Kei’s peers and his own family.

I can’t really say I liked the story because it was confusing and it didn’t feed the need of knowledge known. There is a lot of back-story that the author gives  very little of. Even in volume two ( yes, I read it) there is still so many whys that I am not sure volume three will answer them.

I didn’t quite understand nor like Kei. He is cold, very calculated but then the next page he is emotional and is fighting for the greater good. I also didn’t understand the relationship with his sister and why she hates him and where it came from. The author again tries to explain it but it isn’t clear at all.

I was intrigued by the story, so I kept reading ( Volumes 2 & 3) but I am still just as lost as I was in the first book.

Overall, this is a hit or miss. The art work was great; creepy, graphic, detailed, not cliché, exactly what to be expected. But the story got lost.

2 Pickles.

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