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The CG looks alright. The frame-rate is way too low most of the time to capitalize on the supposedly smooth visuals, and it occasionally uses common camera angles that, because of their familiarity, do honestly make it look like a video game. But the animation itself and the art-style are quite good, and you really see the creators’ vision when the frame-rate does pick up for the big fight scenes.

Speaking of which, the fight scenes are basically what make Ajin good. The story is a properly developed neat twist on the Akira premise, and a few interesting philosophical ideas get touched on around the mid-point, but the real, hype, “This is what I’m here for!” moments are just a handful of action sequences splattered throughout. Only two leave a lasting impact, but hell are they ever worth it. They really make the most of what a fight between people who regenerate upon death can be. Especially the last one, which spans an entire episode of tactical games and suspense. And all characters’ ambitions are both clear and grandiose, so the hype of consequences elevates the whole thing to epic levels.

The biggest weaknesses are the writing and dub, but even they are at least no worse than average most of the time. The real disappointment is that it’s split into two seasons, rather than just continuing. Now I have to end the first season saying that I hope the second finishes bring out the show’s potential, which never sounds good, but hell I had a blast marathoning this anyway.

 

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