Parasyte -the maxim- / Kisejuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror, Psychological, Parasitic Takeover
First aired: Fall 2014, 24 episodes.
Summary: Seemingly normal 17-year-old Izumi Shinichi lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One night, worm-like aliens called Parasytes invade Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasyte (Migi) attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails since he is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead. The scene is one of the most intense, nerve-wracking scenes you will ever see.
Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from entering his brain, both beings retain their separate consciousness. As the pair encounters other Parasytes, they capitalize on their unique situation and gradually form a strong bond, working together to survive. This gives them an edge in battling other Parasytes, who frequently attack the pair upon realization that Shinichi’s human brain is still intact. Shinichi feels compelled to fight other Parasytes, who devour humans as food, while enlisting Migi’s help.
Parasyte is a refreshing anime in the sci-fi horror genre. It starts off strong by being strange and unusual, and will leave you wanting more by the end of the first episode. The parasites are brutal and capable of manipulating their human host in unspeakable ways, with little to no regard for emotion and sensibility. Their main concerns are for their own survival and the extinction of the human race. This anime is an exciting thrill ride from start to finish, with a quality storyline and great character development. You know the character development is top notch when it includes development of your feelings toward a parasite in a person’s hand. Parasyte will make you laugh, make you cry, make you wince, and everything else for that matter.
You might enjoy this if: You are searching for a unique sci-fi anime that you will want to finish as soon as possible to find out what happens.
You might not like it if: The sound of parasites taking over bodies and manipulating them in unspeakable ways is too much for you.
Note to the Viewer: Be prepared for something you will not be prepared for.