Ajin Original Anime's Video Shows Satō's Marine Corps Past

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OAD bundled with 10th volume will debut on April 7

King Records began streaming a promotional video for the original anime bundled with the 10th volume of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga on Thursday. The video previews the anime's plot, which focuses on Satō's past in the Marine Corps, and how he became an Ajin. Houchu Ohtsuka reprises his role as Satō. Kenta Miyake also stars in the anime.

Polygon Pictures will again produce the anime. Hiroyuki Seshita will again serve as chief director, and Hiroaki Ando will again direct the anime. Hiroshi Seko will return to write the script.

The limited edition of the 10th volume is slated for April 7, and will retail for 3,600 yen (about US$31).

The eighth and ninth volumes also bundled bundled an OAD when they shipped in May and October, respectively.

The first season of the television anime 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 last April. The second season premiered in Japan in October, and Netflix streamed the season on December 27.

Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime series and will release it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

The series is based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga. In the original 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.

Aside from the television anime, the manga has also inspired 3D CG anime film trilogy by Polygon Pictures, who also animated the television anime. The first film, titled Ajin: Shōdō, opened in Japan in November 2015. The second film, titled Ajin: Shōtotsu, opened in May 2016. The third film, Ajin: Shōgeki (Ajin: Crash), opened in Japan in September 2016. A live-action film starring Takeru Satoh has been green-lit and will premiere on September 30.

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