In the last volume of Ajin: Demi-Human, it became pretty clear as to what Sato was planning. He’s not simply content with living a normal life as a demi-human and hiding out of sight. No, unlike everyone else who wants to simply live their life, Sato wants to start a war. There are a lot more demi-humans than have actually been discovered, but the government doesn’t know about them because they want to live a peaceful and quiet life like your average human.
He’s really the antithesis of the demi-humans we’ve seen so far throughout the series. That’s a big part of what makes Sato such a compelling villain, and in Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 5, he takes the stage front and center. Sure, he let everyone know what his plans were before, but no one takes him seriously until he actually follows through with them to become public enemy number one. The first couple of chapters in this volume are nothing but Sato showcasing his tactical prowess, and it’s pure, thrilling spectacle.
Of course, since Kei Negai is the protagonist, there’s plenty of him too. But it’s the events of the first two chapters in Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 5 that drive him for the rest of this volume. He might be a sociopath, but he doesn’t like Sato, and for good reason. Kei Negai knows what Sato is capable of, and that’s exactly why he decides to join forces with the government to take him down. After all, it’s not like he can hide forever anyway. His face is plastered all over the news, and with the carnage caused by Sato, he’s only further given a bad name despite the fact that he’s really not that bad.
He might be a sociopath, but he’s shown previously that he’s still capable of compassion, whether or not he wants to admit that to himself. We saw a little bit of that in the last volume, and in Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 5 we see more of that when the news associates him with Sato and his band of terrorists as he’s pushed out of his current place of hiding. It’s actually really interesting, because you’d think that if anyone wouldn’t mind joining up with Sato, it’d be Kei. But obviously that isn’t the case, and I think that’s because he’s becoming more and more compassionate as the series progresses.
It’s common for him to rationalize his decisions with cold logic, but at heart, he’s really not a bad person. Kei Negai isn’t Sato, and I think certain people in the government realize that. After all, it’s not like he’s purposely tried to kill anyone. The only thing Kei has ever wanted is to live a normal life, and while it seems like that isn’t going to happen, maybe working with the government to take down a demi-human terrorist organization will allow that. It’s obviously too early to tell, but it seems like the government will need their own demi-human version of the Suicide Squad to take down the bad ones.
Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 5 continues the trend of chaos, and it’s a great thing. Ajin: Demi-Human is a series that I associate with really good art, but the panels in this volume are some of my favorite yet.
Translation: Ko Ransom
Production: Risa Cho, Hiroko Mizuno
Release Date: 6/2/15
Disclaimer: A copy of Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 5 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.