Episode 9 Rundown
The mass media has caught wind of Sato’s declaration to commit mass crimes, and start to run daily stories on Ajin.
Sato’s video states that the attacks are to be carried out in ten days, on a Wednesday, at 3pm. The Grant Pharmaceutical building will be targeted.
The various media outlets continually rerun Sato’s “Brace for impact.” soundbyte.
Both the police department and the Ajin Management Committee direct all their resources toward preventing the attack, but they are not even able to determine whence the video was uploaded, let alone find any trace of Sato’s whereabouts.
Meanwhile, having escaped his pursuers, Ko is looking for something he saw from a train window, and arrives at the station…
This episode can be summarized in two words as “level-headed” and “impulsive.”
Kei Nagai calculates his actions so as to effectively disarm his opponents, while Ko Nakano brashly charges forward without thinking.
Ogura Ikuya’s mad coolness, and Tosaki’s impatience.
These contrasts leave their imprint on this episode.
In order to stop the mass murders, Nakano seeks Nagai’s help. Other than not being able to die, Ajin are identical to other humans. Because of this, and because he has lived in normal human society for his entire life, Nakano feels it is his duty to prevent the mass murders.
Kei Nagai, however, rejects Nakano. At long last having found a safe place to stay, he is not eager to leave. He is tired of constantly running for his life. One can be psychologically exhausted of things too, after all.
Thus, Nagai hears nothing of Nakano’s pleas, but moreover, his words and body language make him look like he is apologizing for something he is about to do.
Nagai gives Nakano some rice balls filled with poisonous mushrooms to imobilize him. Failing that, Nagai aims to concuss Nakano. It looks like he has thought all of this through. Nakano, in everything he does, keeps his cool head and comes up with a solution to the next problem. He is so cool under pressure that it’s actually kind of abnormal. Even as Nagai tries to immobilize him, he keeps his cool. One starts to wonder if he is really Ajin or human. On the other hand, Nakano thinks nothing at all, and brashly follows his emotions.
Remembering ‘the choking game’ from middle school, Nagai attempts to stop Nakano with force by asphixiating him. However, nothing Nagai does works. Nakano locks him inside the hold of a freight truck, and here again the dynamic between cool-headed and brash impulse is apparent. Nakano continues to do what he feels at the moment, intensifying the contrast between them.
Meanwhile, Ogura Ikuya, being tortured for information by Tosaki, coolly agrees to tell him everything he wants in exchange for a cigarette. These two display the same dynamic as Nagai and Nakano.
This episode was definitely built around the idea of “level-headed” vs. “impulsive.” Keeping this dynamic intact and not letting it become boring as the story progresses just goes to show the tremendous quality of this series.
The previous episode’s societal themes are also a testament to this.
In this episode, Nakano’s line about how we if don’t bat an eyelash when terrible things happen in foreign countries we shouldn’t complain about them when they happen on home soil has a certain “real life” sting to it. It goes to show the high quality of this series. Ajin encompasses societal themes that reach beyond the normal confines of anime.
Everything about this series is high-quality.
Just like real human drama, there’s no way to tell what will happen next. Alas, there’s nothing to do but wait another long week to find out how things develop in the next episode.