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Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 1

(亜人 [Ajin] #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  5,859 ratings  ·  417 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 t…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
Dave 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 🤷‍♀️
Apr 20, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-manga, manga
Intriguing plot. Though lacking in some aspects.
Also interesting to know that this first volume is the only volume that hasn't been written by the author/illustrator Gamon Sakurai. This first volume is written by Tsuina Miura. From the second volume on it's just Gamon Sakurai doing the art work and writing.

The art style seems like one that improves with each volume.

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
Jun 02, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
I liked this one okay enough, but I am still a bit confused. This is a weird one that's for sure. ...more
Rod Brown
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
The concept isn't wholly original, but I like how the creator is having fun playing around with it. The gore and fast pace can't quite cover up the limitations in storytelling ability though. ...more
Matty Dub
May 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
I was never tempted to try this series, wrote it off as meh-looking ages ago.

I was a dumbass, this book is great!
The hook is a new species is found among us, human in appearance, they are set apart by the fact that they can’t die. These “demi-humans” are rare AF so of course when our protagonist is discovered to be one, everybody wants to get their hands on him. This book reads quick, it’s exhilarating and it’s beautifully illustrated, I highly recommend it!
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
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
James DeSantis
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it

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
Michelle Von
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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*!!! ...more
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! ...more
Ella Alaniz
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. ...more
Bec (becklebooks)
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting I liked it alot
harlequin {Stephanie}
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
pedestrian. The side story was interesting enough, but much too vaugh for my liking.
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
Rereading this first volume after over 6 years since I first read it made me feel more nostalgic than I was expecting. Which I guess I wasn't really expecting to feel at all. When I was initially reading it, with the monthly updates battles dragged on for a long time so I abandoned Ajin accidentally. But I do intend on finally finishing Ajin now that it's completed.

I think this is an okay start. I thought the same when I was first reading it as well so I don't have many thoughts besides the fac
Elin (Tickmicks bokblogg)
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Decent enough set up... Will see what the series brings.
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
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this one, a bit more than some of the other paranormal manga's I've tried. That said, I did find the story hard to follow on occasion, sometimes it felt like it flipped between settings very quickly (I read ebook version, so that might be something that is more clear when you see a 2-page spread).

I enjoyed the art, in particular the way things ominous things were presented and the action scenes. I like that you don't know a lot about the characters yet, and there is definitel
Julie Luther
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly dark and violent. Pretty disturbing, how the Ajin are experimented on. The introduction to the black ghosts was interesting, I like that Kei still hasn't used his yet, and he might be a lot more twisted than he presents himself. ...more
Rebecka Mähring
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!
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.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this I'm so excited to continue on with this series ...more
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
Rebeckah Sypik
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This manga is off to a pretty decent start. In this world thier are people who don't die when mortally injured, their called demi-humans. Since they can't die they are not recognized as humans and have no legal rights. Thus they are seized by the goverement for research. No one knows their a demi human till they die and revive.

In the begining of the manga the protagonists is run over by a truck and rather then die, he heals and walks away. Their are many witnesses to his in
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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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亜人 [Ajin] (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3 (Ajin: Demi-Human, #3)
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  • Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 6 (Ajin: Demi-Human, #6)
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