Ajin: Demi-Human -#05
At the meeting place Kei meets with Sato. Then the meeting is suddenly shut down due to a surprise attack by someone. Kei is hit by a tranquilizer, knocked out unconscious. With Key lying on the ground, Sato leaves mysterious remarks. “We need to teach him.” This is how the previous episode ends. What is Sato thinking, after all?
Synopsis: Episode 5:
The prefectural police office agent Araki detected Kei’s cell phone communication data to narrow down the possible area where Kei might be hiding.
He rushes to the location, with multiple police officers in toe. Each officer is equipped with a weapon designed specifically to capture Ajins, which was provided thorough the coordination by Tosaki. With that unfamiliar tools in hand, the police members stealthily close in on Kei and Sato.
A few hours later, Key comes around and finds himself in an unfamiliar place.
The meanings behind Sato’s remarks “not approved” and “need to teach him” are finally revealed in this round.
Highlight1 : That Was a Flop
Kei opens his eyes after a while and realizes that he is lying on something like a bed. He senses a ray of light in the darkened room. As his consciousness gets increasingly clearer, he realizes that he is blind-folded. Not only that, his whole body is wrapped up in something like bandages, as if to prevent him from moving.
A seemingly surgical room, and, three doctors-like figures… Here, the viewers learn that Kei is lying on a lab bed, as a captive of the government.
Three doctors start their Ajin experiment. Sound of cutting flesh and bones, Kei’s screams fill the room. His body gets repeatedly and severely damaged, until it doesn’t serve as experiment material. At that point, Kei is killed, to reset. This whole process is repeated.
Why is this happening to me…? This is too much.
Kei unconsciously controls his IBM which attacks one of the doctors, well, almost. The truth is, Kei’s consciousness wins over the urge to kill human and intervenes IBM at the last minute.
If I kill someone, Kaito would not be my friend anymore… he might as well hate me!
Out of a hatred toward human, Ajin Kei begins to develop a different type of ability. At the same time, Kei’s consciousness as a human being prevents himself to betray his one and true friend, Kaito. Kei’s mind is split in two directions, and there, Tanaka’s spirit appears. He shares a similar misfortune. The spirit of Tanaka tortures Kei mentally. This mental attack scene was not included in the movie version. Kei’s internal dilemma is illustrated in fine details.
What did Sato mean when he said he needs to teach Kei…?
Sato had let the police capture Kei, knowing what they would do to him. Sato’s intention was to use the police to plant a hatred in Kei toward the human beings.
Sato estimates about how long it takes for Kei to explode in malicious vengence against the human kind. He arrives at the lab to rescue Kei right on time, and then, comes face to face with Kei. To Sato’s surprise, Kei doesn’t possess hatred against human beings after all, because his consciousness won over him. Sato realizes that he failed in his “education” mission.
Highlight 2: Smashing Action Scenes
One of the biggest highlights would be Sato’s combat scenes.
Sato invades and crushes the lab to save Kei. Sato is an Ajin after all, which means, he doesn’t fear death; he zeroes in on the opponents and blasts away machinguns. No matter what comes in his way, bullets or tranquilizer, he either dodges, or, cuts off limbs where affected. If he gets too much damaged, he wastes no time and shoots his head off, just to revive in full health, and then blasts his gun at the enemies to kill them all. It is a very unusual combat style.
The art direction in this scene is noteworthy. The mix of slow motion and conventional action-scene speed works well to give a contrast. The slow motion is effective to accentuate some beauty during the fierce combat, as well as the speedy action during the battle. It is an amazing approach to put focus on Sato’s madness.
How did you enjoy it? In the next round, let’s see how Sato and Kei’s reunion turns out.