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Are you really…, Shinichi Izumi? Parasyte: The Maxim (寄生獣 セイの格率 Kiseijū Sei no Kakuritsu) is a science fiction horror anime series that is certainly one to see. On one side, the anime is a dark-room horror based on parasitic aliens feasting on humans for survival. Yet on another, this anime tries to teach a lesson that all living beings are precious.
After watching Parasyte, I was amazed with the entire anime. I was shocked with how underrated this anime was when I first saw it, but now I’m going to tell you everything about this brilliant anime series so you can see it for yourself. Without any further ado, let’s dig deeper into this review.
Parasyte: The Maxim centers on the life of Shinichi Izumi, a normal 17-year-old boy living in Tokyo, Japan. One day, parasitic aliens fall into Earth in drones, attempting to occupy any life form they can dig into. On that fateful night, Shinichi was fast asleep with his earphones plugged in his ear. A parasyte that landed on his roof climbs into the house and sees that it cannot enter Shinichi’s brain through his ears.
It suddenly enters Shinichi’s nose, startling him immediately. Shinichi who is arachnophobic, snorts the parasyte out, but it enters his arm and travels into his body. Long story short, Shinichi attempts to fight the parasyte off but goes back to sleep when his parents enter in disarray. The next day, he is surprised to know that the parasyte has taken control of his right hand, failing to access his brain.
Shinichi goes on to name this parasyte ‘Migi,’ but their relationship is initially rocky due to Migi’s cold and heartless nature. Nonetheless, Migi has the ability to transform Shinichi’s right arm to weapons of all types. He serves as Shinichi’s protector from hostile parasytes that wish to kill them both. Shinichi faces many obstacles.
He must keep Migi a secret from everyone, including his parents. He must battle fearsome parasytes who hunt him down on a regular basis. Also, he must protect his girlfriend Murano and his friends from a gang of powerful parasytes.
All in all, Shinichi soon learns that all life, including the parasytes, are precious and dear to Earth. They must all be respected.
Let’s dive into the plot and story, shall we? To start, Parasyte has an amazing plot that will evoke a reaction from anyone that watches the show. In my opinion, I believe that Parasyte excels in its unique character development, action scenes, and quality romance scenes. Allow me to tell you why.
In the beginning of the show, Shinichi and Migi do not get along. Shinichi lives a normal life and Migi doesn’t seem to care about killing other parasytes, or humans for that matter. Migi is cold and insensitive to Shinichi’s way of life. He is only concerned with his own survival. Nevertheless, Migi and Shinichi both agree that they have to fight dangerous parasytes to protect themselves and their friends.
I like how Shinichi is weak and fragile in the beginning episodes. It set the entire stage for what would happen later. Eventually, in the story, Shinichi’s mother is killed by a parasyte. The parasyte then goes to Shinichi’s home to kill him. I originally thought that Shinichi would be overtaken with rage and destroy the parasyte, but he didn’t. In fact, what took place was probably one of the most excellent anime scenes I have ever witnessed.
Shinichi cried out hysterically and talked to his mother as if she were normal. Migi warned Shinichi to attack, but he was soon stabbed in his heart by the parasyte (He got his heart broken literally). I loved the human emotion in this scene, mainly because it was so real. Shinichi lost his mother and was so taken in by grief of not telling her his secret, he was in total denial of killing her.
However, the character development kicked into maximum overdrive when Migi saved Shinichi’s life, slowly altering his physiology in the process. At that point, Shinichi became a strong and resilient individual who could do battle alongside Migi. In other words, his mother’s death made him stronger literally and figuratively.
Another thing worth mentioning is the amount of dying there is this series. I guess anime fans are hesitant to watch shows where characters die. Well, allow me to spoil it for you. There is a lot of dying in this show.
In addition, the pace of Parasyte’s story was on point, especially since the anime was only 24 episodes. In the beginning, Migi and Shinichi learned to cooperate. Then, trouble happened and Shinichi seemingly changed for the better. Next, Shinichi starts to alienate his friends and family to battle the parasytes. Lastly, he became scared when he was faced with death, but received comfort from Murano to defeat his final foe.
Essentially, the story was amazing. I loved how ironic it was as well. Shinichi was hostile towards Migi because of his cold-heartedness, mainly because he killed without remorse. However, it soon flipped when Shinichi killed parasytes in a blood-thirsty way, while Migi stayed conservative. Shinichi believed that the parasytes were evil because they fed on humans. However, there was a greater meaning.
Shinichi realized that human consumption was the parasyte’s way of life. Similar to how humans eat livestock, the parasytes mostly eat for survival. Therefore, Shinichi realized that all life is precious, not just the lives of humans. Ironically, he realized that humans were parasites because they greedily consumed all of Earth’s resources.
That was the key theme in the entire series, and it was amazing. Of course, we can truly relate to this on a personal scale in our lives. Treat the environment better, you guys. Seriously. Although, my favorite part of this story was the relationship between Shinichi and Murano. Their relationship, in my mind, is perhaps the epitome of true love.
Even though Murano was suspicious of Shinichi, she loved him and stayed by his side. He left her, time and time again. He was absent from school for months, and he was cruel to her. She still remained by his side in a comforting way. In the end, she reassured him to be confident in himself. This allowed Shinichi to fight his final foe, even though he knew he probably was going to die. To top it all off, the two had a loving sex scene right before Shinichi’s final battle. Those are so rare in anime, so I enjoyed it.
I loved the relationship between the two so much that it has even passed Naruto and Hinata in my all-time anime couple list. Last but not least, I want to take the time and comment on Parasyte’s horror theme and action scenes. If you want to watch crazy battle scenes that last for hundreds of episodes, kindly look somewhere else.
This anime series is filled with great battle scenes that don’t go too much in depth, but it’s okay. I wish that some of the battles could have been more challenging for Shinichi, but in the end, I got my wish anyway with Gotou. Shinichi casually cake-walked his way through many battles, and I concede that this was the series’ only flaw. Literally, Shinichi beat most of the parasytes without any problem; he simply just relied on Migi. It got too predictable in many cases.
I believe that the anime makes up for this flaw with gratifying horror scenes that will scare you to oblivion. This show is extremely graphic, so you are advised to watch it with some discretion. Heads will be flying off, tons of bodies will be dismembered, and Shinichi’s mother will have her head cut clean off. It’s definitely a bloodbath, folks.
Parasyte has detailed visuals and art, which isn’t surprising since it was released in 2014. Though, I will take this time to comment on the series’ underrated soundtrack. ‘It’s The Right Time,’ the ending theme, was performed by Daichi Miura. It was my favorite song, and it reflected the somber mood that was present throughout the series.
The entire OST was written by Ken Arai and featured beautiful tracks such as ‘Next to You’ (Kana’s theme), ‘Bliss’ (Murano’s Theme), ‘Hypnotik’, and so many more I cannot name at once. The whole OST was mixed with Arai’s unique style of hip-hop, classical, and pop music elements. The music made me want to cry and take a look outside. The soundtrack was powerful in every way imaginable.
The entire theme of Parasyte was that all living things are precious. Although the parasytes fed on humans, Shinichi soon saw them as fragile life-forms that were precious to the Earth as well. This series doesn’t have that much trivia, but there are some things that you should probably know about the anime series. They are as follows:
All in all, Parasyte: The Maxim was a brilliant anime series that featured an exceptional theme, relatable characters, a great plot, and blood-chilling horror scenes. Overall, this series was surprisingly realistic, which is something that I cannot say about most anime. I know that science fiction is not supposed to be realistic, but Parasyte takes realism to a whole other level.
The emotions shown by Shinichi were Oscar-worthy. He brilliantly demonstrated human emotions when he lost his mother, some of his friends, and when he battled to stay alive. That was one of my favorite things about this series.
Even though I was a bit upset that most of the battle scenes were redundant, I wasn’t thrown off too much. After all, this series was only 24 episodes. Therefore, no time could be wasted with high-quality and lengthy battle sequences. For everything that it’s worth, Parasyte: The Maxim is definitely a series that I would watch again. I recommend that every anime fan tries this science fiction horror and get out of your comfort zone. I promise that you’ll enjoy it.
Now that we have reached the end, here is my final grade for the series:
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