Ajin was adapted into a series of anime movies in November 2015 and a TV anime series on January 2016. Miyano will play the IBM (Invisible Black Matter) of protagonist Kei Nagai (played by Takeru Satoh in the live-action movie). IBM can only be handled by Ajin (demi-humans) and Kei’s can manifest into a humanoid form. Regarding his casting in the live-action movie, Miyano said that he was both happy and surprised. He also said that the IBM from the movie has a special impact that is only possible in the live action version. You can also hear Miyano doing the narration for the movie trailer.
Ajin is a battle and suspense manga that follows a species of immortal demi-humans called ‘Ajin’ that are wanted by the government. Takeru Satoh plays Kei Nagai, who finds out he is an Ajin after getting run over by a truck, and Go Ayano plays Sato, an immortal terrorist who crosses paths with Kei. The live action version of Ajin will be released in Japanese cinemas on 30 September.
Comment from Mamoru Miyano
‘Ajin is a work I have a special attachment to, with a lot of mixed emotions following the tremendous life of Kei Nagai. Thanks to him I was able to experience many kinds of feelings and see brand new views. So when I heard that Ajin would be turned into a live action movie and we’d get to see a whole new version, I was pretty excited just as a fan of Ajin. Then when I was offered the role of the voice of the IBM, I was really surprised and really happy. I received really good direction from Director Motohiro, so it was a really fun recording. I recorded many different versions, so I’m looking forward to which of my voices they will actually use.
I have seen footage from the live-action, and I think it’s really amazing! There is intense action from the Ajin and their IBM. It was so overwhelming and I enjoyed it to the end. The awful experimentation scenes had a huge impact on me, and having never undergone human experimentation, I remember worrying a lot about how I could play it. When I saw Satoh do those scenes, I think he really put his all into it. I remember feeling a certain closeness to Satoh as I thought “there’s somebody else that has had to do those brutal scenes!” [laugh]
Anyway, I think both the anime and live action properly respect the themes of the source material. It’s a gripping work with themes such as ‘conflicts that arise BECAUSE you can’t die’ and ‘a setting that is just too innovative.’ I think you can enjoy the story of the movie, which develops slightly differently to the anime. As for the IBM, there is a certain impact from it that can only be made possible in the live action, so I hope you will give it a watch.’