Ajin - Demi-Human TV Anime Film Previewed in Video
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The official website for the anime of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga began streaming a promotional video for the upcoming television series on Friday.
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.
The television anime will premiere on MBS, TBS, and CBC on January 15. Netflix will stream episodes in Japan three days after airing on Japanese television, and then in other Netflix territories in mid-2016. The television series will go deeper into the story and provide more details on the story's world.
Before the televisions series, the first film in a planned trilogy, Ajin: Shōdō (Ajin: Demi-Human - Compel), opened in Japan on November 27 for a two-week limited engagement. It held its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 28. The second film will open in Japan in May.
The manga's eighth volume will also bundle an anime on DVD when it ships on May 6.
The anime's 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
Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass' Lelouch, Assassination Classroom's Koro-sensei) as Kō Nakano
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.
Sakurai launched the manga in Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine in 2012, and Kodansha published the seventh compiled book volume in Japan on November 6. The seven volumes have 4 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.