In the anime series Parasyte: The Maxim, there were three distinctly meaningful relationships present that enhanced the fabric of the entire storyline. These life-affirming relationships transcended beyond the ‘third wall’ and into the hearts of the viewers. In this excellent anime series, Shinichi Izumi bonded with three characters and their relationships significantly altered the spectrum of the anime itself.
One of the most underlying aspects of anime is to paint an ulterior mural through which the viewer can relate to through their emotions. Indeed, these significant relationships in Parasyte: The Maxim set the tone for the show and conveyed a positive message for the viewers to see.
Shinichi & Migi
Perhaps the most profound relationship in the anime series is the bond between Shinichi and Migi. In the beginning of the series, Migi lands on Earth in an attempt to find a human host as a vessel to feed. However, Migi fails to take over Shinichi’s body and resorts to cooperating with him instead. Initially, Shinichi doesn’t care much for Migi and Migi doesn’t think too highly of Shinichi. However, the events that they become entangled with transform their parasitic relationship into a benign partnership.
It is easy to tell why Shinichi initially doesn’t trust Migi. After all, Migi tried to take full control of Shinichi’s body and gives no regard for human life, or any life for that matter, except its own. In some sense, Shinichi soon becomes a burden to Migi. For one, he’s naturally weak, expressive, and lacks the intelligence to battle the other parasites that attack the two. Secondly, Shinichi is such an easy target for the other parasites to find because him and Migi are conjoined.
Nonetheless, their relationship starts to evolve after Shinichi faces a deadly encounter with his mother’s parasite. At this point, Shinichi and Migi become one. Migi generally becomes more understanding of Shinichi’s hardships and lightens up on his harsh stance on human life and survival. Shinichi also becomes more aware, determined, and ironically flips the script on Migi by being unsympathetic to the parasites that he wants Migi to kill.
Hence, the pair becomes inseparable and unbeatable when they work together. Shinichi starts to identify Migi as his partner and Migi goes as far as criticizing Detective Kuramori for not showing any compassion for Shinichi’s situation, which is uncharacteristic for a parasite, much less for Migi in any case.
At the climax, Migi soon risks his own existence to burrow into Gotou’s body, thus saving Shinichi.. Soon, Migi ends up helping him defeat Gotou when it is all said and done. All in all, Shinichi and Migi become even closer at this point. Their brief time apart made them both realize that life was more than survival. Their partnership then turns into a friendship.
Migi then proves his friendship to Shinichi by saving Murano from falling, even though it had nothing to do with him. What started out as a parasitic relationship ended as an eternal relationship that will never be forgotten by the two of them.
Shinichi & Nobuko Izumi
Although their time together was brief in the series, many fans treasured the relationship between Shinichi and his mother, Nobuko Izumi. Nobuko was a typical anime mother who cared very deeply about her son. Even though Shinichi became very hostile with her, she loved him and naturally sensed that something was wrong with him. Nobuko’s perception was on par to Kana and Murano’s, probably due to the fact of her being Shinichi’s mother. That was also probably the reason why she had to be killed off, because she would have found out about Migi sooner or later.
In any case, Nobuko and Shinichi have been close all the way through Shinichi’s childhood and teenage years, She protected him from a deadly hot grease spill when he was young. He has the scar as a memento. The most crushing aspect of the whole relationship was that Nobuko died before Shinichi got a chance to tell her he was sorry for the way he distanced himself from her. On a further note, Shinichi was so hurt that he hysterically put himself into death’s path while he futilely tried to reconcile with his mom.
After Shinichi recovered from his mom’s attack, he became determined to kill the parasite who controlled his mother. However, she was killed by his accomplice rather than Shinichi himself. Even after this, Shinichi never forgot the heartache of losing his mother. This fueled his hate for the parasites and made him stronger. However, what made this relationship more beautiful was that his mother’s memories restored his humanity.
When Reiko Tamiya confronted Shinichi for the last time, she cleverly sent his mother’s memories through Shinichi’s brain, which made him do something he hadn’t done since his mother’s death. He started to cry. This moment reassured Murano that the person in front of her was still Shinichi Izumi; this moment astonished the brilliant mind of Reiko Tamiya; this moment made Shinichi mourn the death of his mother and keep her in his memory forever.
Shinichi and Murano
Shinichi and Murano developed a very meaningful relationship from the beginning of the series. Murano was always interested in Shinichi, and so was Shinichi, even though Murano was beautiful and popular. However, unlike most teenage girls, Murano openly dealt with the changing life of Shinichi even though he was cold, distant, and rarely there for her. Throughout it all, she loved him and reassured herself that Shinichi was the real Shinichi. Murano’s infatuation for Shinichi developed into a devoted love, which Shinichi returned towards the end of the series. This love made Shinichi determined to finish off Gotou, whether or not himself died in the process.
At the series’ inception, Shinichi and Murano started off dating. Murano got a strange vibe that Shinichi was a bit odd, but she still loved to be around him. Their relationship didn’t reach its first bump until the parasites starting attacking the high school. When Shinichi saved Murano, she became attached to him. Of course, she was amazed and confused that he jumped from the top of the school building to get her to safety. Who wouldn’t be? However, she noticed how calm he was through the whole ordeal and that bothered her. Yet, she reassured herself that Shinichi was the real Shinichi.
Later in the series, the second test for Murano came from her jealousy of Shinichi’s growing relationship with Kana and his increased sudden disappearances. In many other cases, an average girl would have moved on, but she remained determined and loyal. When Shinichi and Murano had a falling out when Shinichi wouldn’t tell her what was bothering him, she still loved him even though she didn’t feel comfortable around him. Shinichi went on to disappear often, and even missed many days of school with no warning. She was naturally worried, and when Shinichi finally saw her, he was so bent out of shape that he scared her off.
Shinichi always loved Murano, but he knew that the people who got close to him were killed. He remained distant in order to protect Murano, but he beat himself up for hurting her feelings. After all, she only cared about him. He soon realized this when Murano and him had a talk in the park and when they went to her house to do ‘adult stuff.’ Shinichi and Murano’s relationship was at its highest point then. He realized that he and Murano could make it through anything. He trusted her and she became his confidant. At that moment, it can be implied that Shinichi probably told her all about Migi who laid dormant inside of him.
Even if that wasn’t the case, she probably knew about Migi towards the end of the series when Uragami confronted the two. Even in that situation, Murano was confident that Shinichi would save her. She trusted him and knew that he was the real Shinichi. In turn, Shinichi got the strength to defeat Gotou and Uragami (with Migi’s help). If it wasn’t for Murano, Shinichi’s carnal mind may have not evolved from the value of survival of the fitness. Without her touch and guiding light, he might have run away from the threat of Gotou. Without her love, he may have not garnered the strength to crush all of his enemies.
It was because she believed that Shinichi was the real Shinichi that any of the events came to pass. Therefore, their relationship was meaningful, touching, and beyond the aspects of anime and media.
A Strong Anime Bond
These three relationships in Parasyte: The Maxim the way anime is treated as an entertainment media. These events tell the story that meaningful relationships such as these are treasured and cherished by the viewers and that many times anime can provide a path to follow in life. This may be the fact why so many people are addicted to this Japanese form of entertainment.