Ajin: Demi-Human -#06
Sato came to rescue Kei who had been captured by authorities. As Sato attempts to evacuate the facility with Kei, he runs into the doctors who are hiding in the corner, and shoots one of them.
Kei doesn’t feel that it would be right to kill unarmed defenseless individuals without mercy. He unconsciously steals Sato’s gun, and, he shoots it off at Sato, who dies on the spot.
Sato gets very mad at this. “I’m gonna blow you off” He drops all pretence and shows pure hostility at Kei. At this point, the two become enemies.
The conflict between Sato and Kei is the main point of this episode. Let’s review episode 6 together!
Synopsis: Episode 6
Kei acknowledges that Sato came to rescue him, and thanks him feverishly while tears are still running down his cheeks.
Around them, they spot a number of dead bodies lying around them. Nonetheless Kei calmly follows after Sato’s lead. At one point, Sato asks Kei. “Do they bother you?” Kei simply replies, “Not much.”
He continues. “I guess it’s their job to guard this place. Plus, they are dead now, there is nothing I can do about it.” Hearing this response, Sato changes his mind and decides to observe Kei a little longer.
On the other hand, in a different room, Dr. Ikuya Ogura is giving his presentation regarding Ajin.
Highlights 1: Sato Vs. Kei
One of the biggest highlights is the fierce battle between Kei’s IBM and Sato’s IBM. During the one-on-one combat, two IBMs punch each other like as if it is a boxing match. The CG graphics in this scene are simply gorgeous. The slow motion effect is a great choice, it contributes to enhance superb rich and speedy visuals. This is definitely the pinnacle of the show you don’t want to miss!
Highlight #2 Kei’s Characteristics “Pragmatics” and “Give & Take”
Let’s talk about Kei’s personality just a bit. On the internet, people’s opinions seem to split into two: Some people think that Kei is an asshole while others think not.
As for me, I don’t think that he is a douchebag. His thorough pragmatism doesn’t make him a villain. He’s a typical give-and-take type thinker, that’s all.
Let me share with you one scene that illustrates Kei’s personality pretty well. It’s the scene where one of the lab doctors is trying to help Kei, but unfortunately, Sato comes in and shoots him. Kei assumes that the doctor died on the spot, and leaves his body lying on the floor. At this point, Kei doesn’t show much emotion. However, though, once Kei realizes that the doctor is still alive, he quickly turns around and tries to help the doctor with all his might.
So here is an argument; is Kei inhuman because he ditches the dead doctor, or is it an ultimate act of humanity to try save a dying doctor? On the surface Kei’s behaviors may seem contradictory, but, in my opinion, his two actions make total sense.
This is how Kei’s logic works; if the doctor is dead, there is nothing he can do to help improve the situation. Plus, Kei’s a fugitive still on the run, he can’t waste time crying over a stranger’s death. So, logically, Kei leaves the body on the scene. This makes sense to you, right?
Now, this doctor actually tried to help Kei, in a previous scene, despite that his own life is on the line. Once Kei learns that the doctor is indeed still alive, Kei feels obligated to rescue the doctor, in returning his favor. This give-and-take spirit is probably something Kei develops while he nourishes a friendship with Kaito.
My point is, Kei’s characteristics is a complex mix of pragmatics and give-and-take logics. Does this help us understand Kei better?
Highlight #3: Ajin’s Habits
We gained some pointers about the Ajin’s characteristics. Let me lay them out for our review.
- Dr. Ogura’s Presentation on Ajin
- IBM is made of the unknown substance of 100% transmissivity
- If an Ajin dies with poor nutrients, the same Ajin revives with fully-restored nutrition.
Sato’s Observation on Ajins and its Death
- When an Ajin dies, the personality dies together.
- If the bodies are cut up in pieces, the largest chunk becomes the core to pick up the smaller pieces to piece together the meat and bones. However, if any significant portion is missing or located too far away, that portion is revived brand-new.
- Furthermore, if the head is not gathered during the regenerating process, the head structure including the brain, is created anew. This means that a brand-new personality comes with it. Therefore, technically, the chain of undead never ends.
Things Observed from IBM Combat
- When IBM heads collide, a part of the memories is shared .
How did you enjoy the show?
After the unbelievable battle against Sato, Kei dives from the rooftop to the river. Did you know that the movie version of Ajin that covers episode one to six launched? Starting from next week, we can expect to see a brand-new storyline.
Where would Kei go next?