Ajin: Demi-Human – #04
Kei’s sister, Eriko, receives a visit from Izumi in a hospital quarter. The black ghost, IBM, attacked and killed Izumi in front of Eriko. With the horrific scene in front of her, Eriko passes out. This is what was told in the previous episode. In this round, Kei finally meets with Sato. Now, let me share with you some highlights from the fourth episode.
Synopsis of fourth episode
Eriko Nagai is on the hospital bed. The black ghost, IBM, invades and slaughters everybody in the room except Eriko. Watching the shocking bloodshed right in front of her eyes, Eriko faints on the bed. Outside of Eriko’s room, in a courtyard, Tanaka lets out a hysteric laughter. It’s him who sent the black ghost into the room. He is acting under the instructions from Sato.
On the other hand, Kei also comes face to face with the black ghosts. At this point, he is still unaware of their identity. Kei doesn’t know why people call it black ghost, or, “another type of power.” What he knows is that it is not a product of his hallucination.
However, though, Kei has an imminent and pressing matter that he needs to figure out, and, to him right now, this is far more important than the black ghost is.
Kei and Sato’s first contact
Kei wants to find and contact other Ajin, and to do that, he fetches Kaito’s cell phone while Kaito is sleeping. He anticipates that someone may call him. Right on the cue, the cell phone receives a call. The caller is Sato. Kei agrees to meet with Sato in person.
At the meeting point, Tanaka abruptly stubs Sato to death. Sato revives on the spot and tells Kei that he wanted to prove that he is not an ordinary person; In fact, he is an Ajin. Sato goes on and asks for Kei’s alliance. At the very moment, Kei collapses on the ground hit by a tranquilizer.
Here, Sato leaves mysterious remarks; “Disapproved. He needs more education.”
Sato may seem to be like a good-hearted individual, but as seen in his reaction, he is scheming something not good.
Unlike Sato, Tanaka doesn’t care a bit to mask his aggressiveness. Tanaka’s bad-ass appearance and attitude actually compliment to Sato’s good-person façade.
Some of the mysterious nature of the Ajin got unrevealed in this round. I’m going to list them one by one.
Physical impact is effective on IBM
During the IBM combat scene between Izumi and Tanaka, Izumi’s ghost hit Tanaka’s ghost and crushed it’s head. Due to this physical impact, Tanaka himself temporarily lost control over the ghost. This is a new discovery to the Ajin community.
Ajin’s scream is a form of death feigning
Ajin let out a scream that paralyzes those who hear it. This voice is one of the Ajin’s self-defense mechanism. At the moment they receive a stimulus from a superior being, the muscles get tensed, and they temporarily lose the ability to move. The voice can either be reduced or shut out if you cup your ears with hands. The research shows that the impact of the voice is less effective to those who are emotionally close to the Ajin, like friends, or those who don’t recognize the Ajin’s identity in full context. These facts became available through Tosaki’s presentation during the Ajin Containment Committee meeting where they discussed other species.
Well, how was it?
The combat scene between two IBM is full of impact and speedy thrills. I’m already looking forward to the next episode, how about you?