Episode 8 Rundown
“Brace For Impact”
Kei, having escaped from the Ajin research facility, arrives at an unknown shore.
Although Kei is used to pain, drowning is a different thing altogether.
He regrets having helped another human being, thinking that it’s very unlike himself to do so.
Meanwhile, Sato has successfully in gathered some Ajin interested in his cause, and directs them to upper levels of the large-waste storehouse.
The Ajins who meet Sato, however, do not automatically consider themselves his allies.
They ask Sato to explain exactly how he plans to secure Ajin rights.
Sato’s response is…
In the last episode, Sato called for fellow protesters to gather. The Black Ghosts which appeared at the meeting made for an eerie sight. Sato invites the assembled Ajins to enter his safehouse.
Inside, he explains his plan for procuring Ajin rights: mass murder of the Japanese government and people. This causes a shock to run through the Ajin, and some come out in opposition to the plan.
Sato and the supporters of his plan attempt to apprehend Tanaka and the other two men who try to run away by shooting at them, but once again some bad aim foils Sato’s plan. Sato himself, hit with one of the stray bullets, tells his comrades that he is going to die, a joke which is indicative of how different Ajin can be.
Even Ajin are not all identical, and each one has a certain individuality and charm to them. Ko Nakano, who along with the firefighters is opposing Sato’s plan, is showing glimpses of becoming the show’s second main character, so I wouldn’t be taking my eyes off of him. In particular, what can he do to stop Sato?
Meanwhile, Kei Nagai is starting to figure out how to use his Black Ghosts. How will Ko Nakano, an important character, mix in with a main character who is just starting to come into his own?
It’s interesting to watch two characters who have nothing in common except the fact that they are Ajin coming together. It’s really impressive how smoothly this aspect of the storyline is written. It doesn’t feel incongruous at all.
How will the two of them stop Sato? Don’t take your eyes off of the developing action!
This series has a running undertheme of discrimination in society.
The humans’ response to Sato’s threat of mass murder was that if he carries out his plan, then a full-fledged Ajin-hunt would commence. This cuts right into real-world issues of discrimination. It is easy to imagine many of the things that are said in this series being said in real life. Ajin is probably as good a series as it is because of the way these themes don’t just stop at “pure human drama.”
I shivered watching Sato’s video announcement of the attack on Grant Pharmaceutical. Houchu Ohtsuka’s performance really shines in this scene.
He changes his tone of voice to masterfully cut from the frivolous Sato to the mad Sato.
His delivery on the line “Brace for impact.” was so overpowering that it felt like he was directing it through the fourth wall, straight at the real world.
How will this story progress? There’s really no way to predict it, so all we can do is look forward to each week’s episode. What developments will we be treated to next time? Keep an eye out!