A Live-Action Anime That Might Just Work: Ajin

A Live-Action Anime That Might Just Work: Ajin
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Boy. About two months ago, I wrote an article about a live-action anime that could work. It was about Gundam, and honest to god, I thought I nailed it. Honestly, I still kind of think I did. But thanks to a trailer released last week, I have to make a retraction. Ajin is the perfect f*cking live-action anime.

Considering how much I drool over Ajin, I feel pretty dumb for not thinking of this earlier.

Let me set up the plot of Ajin. A teenage boy, Kei Nagai, lives in a world where some people are imbued with a…superpower, if you will. This superpower is that they cannot die—or rather they die and regenerate moments later. Each person (demi-human) is also able to summon and control a large, powerful, black monster called an Ajin. These demi-humans are ostracized and rounded up by the government. Inevitably, Kei discovers he has an Ajin one day after being blindsided by a truck. Kei immediately starts running from the police and government. He meets up with another demi-human named Satō, an ex-military who wants to gain rights for Demi-Humans and will do so through any means necessary.

A Live-Action Anime That Might Just Work: Ajin
Did I mention violent?

Is that not a Hollywood premise? For the life of me, I can’t think of a movie like this (feel free to crucify me in the comments below). And dear lord, the violence in Ajin is beautiful. This is an adult anime, and there are no two ways about it. A good chunk of demi-human’s plans involves killing themselves because they regenerate. The strategies implemented are incredible—the chess matches between Kei and Satō are stunning.

Yes. I am a bit timid about Ajin becoming a movie. But the concept of the show lends itself perfectly to a movie. Feel free to call me stupid, but I actually have an extremely positive feeling about this movie. I don’t think it’s going to suck.

Ajin comes out in Japan on September 30th. I cannot wait to see this.


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