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Ajin TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1st season of anime premiered in Japan in January, outside of Japan via Netflix last month

The wraparound jacket band on the eighth compiled book volume of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin: Demi-Human manga is revealing on Friday that the manga's television anime adaptation is getting a second season, which will premiere in October.

The first season premiered on January 15 and ran for 13 episodes. Netflix streamed new episodes in Japan three days after they premiered on Japanese television, and it began streaming the entire first season outside of Japan on April 12.

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.

Polygon Pictures animated both the television anime, as well as the three-part anime film adaptation, and the TV anime and films also share main staff. The first film, titled Ajin: Shōdō, opened in Japan last November in 30 theaters in Japan for a two-week limited screening, after a screening during the Tokyo International Film Festival in late October.

The second film, titled Ajin: Shōtotsu, will open in Japan for a three-week limited engagement on May 6-26. The third film, Ajin: Shōgeki (Ajin: Crash), will open in Japan on September 23.

A limited edition of the manga's eighth volume also is bundling an original anime DVD. A limited edition of the ninth volume will also bundle an OAD when it ships on October 7.

Sakurai launched the manga in Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine in 2012. Vertical published the seventh volume in North America on February 23. Crunchyroll is posting new chapters as Kodansha publishes them in Japan.

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