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Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 1

(Ajin: Demi-Human #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,605 ratings  ·  245 reviews
High school student Kei Nagai is struck dead in a grisly traffic accident, but immediately revives to learn that he may not be like every other human. Instead, he may be a mysterious, almost immortal being, granted not only the powers of rejuvenation, but the abilities to see supernatural beings. Scared, he runs away, and is aided in his escape from society by his friend. ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Vertical (first published March 7th 2013)
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Scott Black I watched first - hearing the voices adds a bit of character to the characters ... I loved the anime. Now I'm getting into the manga--I get to creep…moreI watched first - hearing the voices adds a bit of character to the characters ... I loved the anime. Now I'm getting into the manga--I get to creep through and ingest more with each panel, especially knowing what's to come.(less)

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Seth T.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Generally, my favourite sort of literature (and graphic literature) is stuff of heft and weight—reading that requires and rewards thoughtful interaction. I loved Bolaño’s Savage Detectives, Julian Barnes’ Sense of an Ending, Tom McCarthy’s Remainder. I reward books like Duncan the Wonder Dog and Nao of Brown with high spots on my Top Comics list.

Review of Ajin: Demi-Human by Gamon Sakurai

And at this point there’s not really any sense bothering to ask, Do I like these kinds of books because they are the best books or do I like these kind
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David Schaafsma
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-shonen
I read this because told me she was anxiously awaiting the thirteen volume of this series and I usually like the manga she likes. I usually have to ease into these long series, and that was the case for this one, too. Kei, a high school student is run over by a truck and becomes an Ajin, a demi-human being. This is a surprise to him! He ends up a fugitive on the run because of his powers. Most people are afraid of them, and the government wants to capitalize on these powers. Basically, the Ajin ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
the good:
- really lovely artwork
- an interesting base premise
- some fun gore scenes

the bad:
- I'm just not interested enough to continue the series 🤷♀
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Jennette
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting I liked it alot
Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {merry wanderer of the night}
All I'm trying to do is work hard so I can become a fine human being.

High school student Kei is struck by a semi one day before summer break and is tragically killed.
And then he gets up.

Kei and his friends' world is inhabited by demi-humans, human beings who regenerate after death, making them immortal.
The demi-humans were discovered in Africa seventeen years ago.
They were quickly seized by U.S forces, and their existence hidden from the public.
But of course word got out.

There are forty-six know
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Jason
Pulls you in right at the beginning and doesn't let go. Reminiscent of Tokyo Ghoul (which I read first), but might be a little more focused. Definitely more violent!
Ella
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
A solid introduction volume, things are starting to kick off. I'm interested to see where the story goes.
Bec
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Michelle K.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
I really loved the anime (the OP and ED are excellent, by the way), so I'm not sure why it took me so long to start this series, but I'm so glad to start it now! 5*!!!
harlequin {Stephanie}
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
pedestrian. The side story was interesting enough, but much too vaugh for my liking.
Aleksandra
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I'm very impressed. This volume is a very strong beginning of the series! Dynamic, action-packed and thrilling! It's been a while since I was so invested from the first volume alone.

The story takes place in our modern world. Seventeen year prior to the events of this volume, a non-human human-like entity was found in Africa, the origin unknown. The scientists studied them and found that they're immortal and can't be killed, at least as far as it's known now. The regular citizens don't know much
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Jessica
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Immortality is a gift, right? But realistically, if you were found to be immortal, you'd be immediately taken in by scientists or the government for experimentation - and not a nice friendly good kind, more like torture. High schooler Kei finds out he's immortal - called a Demi-Human - when he's hit by a truck and gruesomely killed... and gets back up. From that moment on he is on the run, fearful of the scientists who will surely subject him to torturous experiments to see what he can endure. P ...more
Skye Kilaen
I've read 12 volumes of this near-future sci-fi manga so far, because that's where my library stopped. Must acquire 13! It's about a high school student who discovers, after dying in a traffic accident, that he's basically immortal. So-called "demi-humans" are a known thing, but Kei Nagai didn't know he was one. The population hates and fears them, the government captures and experiments on them, and a rogue independent cell of demi-humans isn't so amused by any of this.

This has all the mayhem
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Dylan
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This manga is an interesting take on how society views things they don't understand, in this case immortals. To the "normal humans" it's okay to capture these Demi-humans, as they're called, and perform horrendous scientific experiments on them.

Kei is seemingly a normal high school student, that is until he gets hit by a truck...and comes back to life. Now he's on the run from bounty hunters and worse, trying to understand his new found power,

This was a good first volume. The story was interesti
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James DeSantis
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5

This is a interesting start to it all. So basically there's these Demi-God type people named Ajin. Ajins are immortal and can not die, or least that's what they say so far. Kei is on the run from the popular when outted by getting hit by a truck in the first few pages of the book. So this whole volume is really a high paced chase to catch the kid for a bounty, or legend says they would have to work for you. Interesting concept.

My only issues come with the major shifting of narrative. It hap
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Rebecka2
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, fantasy
Actual rating: 3,5

Seems very promising and potentially both badass and scary. The book was, however, very short and vague - something that makes it quite difficult to give it a higher rating.

Looking forward to see where this one's going!
amber
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this I'm so excited to continue on with this series
❧ Cristina ☙
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
My ratings: 4 out of 5 | 8 out of 10

A very good start to a horror manga series that left me excited for the next volume.
Riana (RianaInTheStacks)
My introduction to the Ajin series was when I first saw it as an anime on Netflix. The "black ghost" shown on it's blurb kept catching my attention until I eventually watched it. All of it, both seasons, in 2 days. Needless to say, I really enjoyed the anime. And like I figured, the black ghosts are my favorite part about it, though I do have many favorite parts. I had read that the anime was based on a manga and when I saw that this manga had 9 volumes and was still in the process of more, I wa ...more
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Nicholas Driscoll
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this yesterday, and I read the bilingual version. I was surprised by how easy the Japanese was--I guess that means I am making progress in my Japanese reading! The story is really interesting, and there were parts that I had forgotten since I read this first in English years ago--in particular the "Ajin voice" and the part where they pretended Ajin were not dangerous. Really, though, the first volume does a masterful job of setting up an intriguing and exciting world with dangero ...more
Roy
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5* This was surprisingly a solid entry. The art was great, the story ok. Whilst reading I was hoping it didnt ho down the teenagers get powers and are on the run vibes but it did, however the action was quite well done, very gory and the characters were interesting. The demi human concept wasnt overly original but I'm intrigued as to what will happen, so will give another volume ago.
beyza
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good. I'm totally looking forward to read the rest
Chris Miranda
Mar 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
...I just can’t seem to get into this. It’s taken me year to finally finish it and I’m not sure if I’m the problem, or the entire premise.
Kristian Dobson
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad. Interesting concept, but doesn't do too much with it. Art is great though.
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This particular manga is a bit... interesting. There are a lot of times where it feels like parts of the story fell away, leaving a lot of awkward transitions between the different groups of characters. It's also not entirely clear why certain feelings are had: Why are people afraid of Demi-Humans? What happened to the main antagonist to make him research Demi-Humans with the fervour he does? A lot of the basic expository aspects are left out, leaving the audience without a hook.

The concept is i
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Manami Yamaguchi
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first time for me to read seinen manga ! I always read josei or shoujo manga. There are many many long sentences in this book so it was hard and takes a lot of time to read. I’ve watched Ajin movie version before with my sister but she said “It was different from comic books”. So I want to read !!
typewriterdeluxe
(Be warned that the violence in this manga is gory and graphic. Not recommended for squeamish and/or adolescent readers.)

Not sure yet how I feel about this one. The first volume felt incredibly short and isn't really able to "stand alone" without reading more. It feels like a teaser trailer and the feature film is yet to come.

However, the preview has me interested in reading more to find out what happens next. The art is fantastic, characters seem promising, and I'm very interested in the story
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Tom Ewing
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
The premise of Ajin Demi Human as first presented to the reader is a simple one: Demi Humans are people who can't be killed - and inevitably, the few who exist have to run to avoid capture and experimentation by the authorities. Our teenage protagonist is publically outed as a demi-human (by being hit by a truck) and goes on the run, and for a few chapters this is a high tension survival manga. Of course, there's more to demi-humanity than that...

A mix of shonen tropes (the only human he can tru
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Marie-Josee Larouche
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Marie-Josee by: Brittney Strauss
Oh. My. God… That was my first reaction when I started reading this. Just a couple of pages into the story, things start getting real intense! I was horrified at the turn of events that were happening. It is very explicit and graphic; it showed all the bloody and gory details. I wasn't too sure I wanted to keep reading after seeing a scene like that; it’s not my cup of tea. I have no qualms about reading about it, but seeing it is a whole different thing. But it was interesting, and I wanted to ...more
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Also known as 桜井画門.

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,
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