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Ajin - Demi-Human Manga Gets TV Anime in January (Updated)

posted on 2015-09-10 00:00 EDT
Netflix to stream episodes outside of Japan in mid-2016

The official website for Ajin, the anime film trilogy of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga, announced on Thursday that production has been green-lit on a television anime series.

The television anime will premiere in January on the MBS, TBS, and CBC stations in Japan. Netflix will stream the series in Japan three days after airing on Japanese television. Netflix noted that "All episodes of the series will premiere at once in regions Netflix currently operates outside of Japan in mid-2016."

The series will go deeper into the story and provide more details on the story's world.

The television anime shares the same staff and cast with the upcoming films. The first film, subtitled "Shōdō" (Impulse), will open in Japan in November. The official website previously streamed the film trilogy's second promotional video in July.

The cast is as follows:

Mamoru Miyano (Death Note's Light, Free!'s Rin) as Kei Nagai


Yoshimasa Hosoya (Kuroko's Basketball's Hyūga, Attack on Titan's Reiner) as Kaito


Houchu Ohtsuka (Naruto's Jiraiya, Zeta Gundam's Yazan Gable) as Satō


Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass' Suzaku, Mononoke's Medicine Seller) as Tosaki


Mikako Komatsu (Bodacious Space Pirates' Marika Kato, Nisekoi's Tsugumi) as Izumi Shimomura


Daisuke Hirakawa (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders' Kakyoin, Free!'s Rei) as Kōji Tanaka


Additionally, Aya Suzaki (Aikatsu!'s Mikuru Natsuki, Knights of Sidonia's Shizuka Hoshijiro) will play Eriko Nagai, and Hiroyuki Kinoshita (Jin-Roh's Atsushi Henmi, Robotics;Notes' Hiromu Hidaka) will play Ikuya Ogura.

Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia, Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine) is serving as chief director, and Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!, Gambo, episode director on Knights of Sidonia) is directing the films at Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia, Ronja the Robber's Daughter, Transformers Prime). Hiroshi Seko (Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, scripts on Attack on Titan) is supervising the scripts, Yuki Moriyama (Knights of Sidonia) is the character designer, and Yuugo Kanno (Psycho-Pass, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) is composing the music.

In the manga's story, an immortal first appeared on an African battlefield 17 years ago. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student named Kei Nagai is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy's life on the run from all of humankind.

Sakurai launched the manga in Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine in 2012, and Kodansha published the sixth compiled book volume in Japan on June 5. The six volumes have 3.2 million copies in print. Vertical published the sixth volume in North America on August 25. Crunchyroll is posting new chapters as Kodansha publishes them in Japan.

The manga ranked as a top manga series on the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014 list and in the 2014 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. The series also received a nomination for the 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize "Reader Award" last year.

Source: Comic Natalie


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