All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.
Sixteen-year-old high school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species. – My Anime List
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As a whole package, Parasyte is a powerful offering, and one that science fiction fans will definitely enjoy. This is a series best enjoyed by those who like dark and thrilling stories. Its definitely in the senin category in terms of audience. It’s the kind of series that exemplifies the power and storytelling potential of the anime medium. And while its probably not for everyone, it does what it does exceedingly well, in a way that’s rare in the anime industry today. We award it with an A+ for telling a great story from start to finish.
Word of caution: If you don’t like gore, and humans morphing into toothy monsters, stay away! This is grisly!
The Top Tens
Overall, even with those minor flaws, Parasyte -the maxim- is still a great anime nonetheless. Besides, in exchange for not giving enough screen time to supporting characters, it does allow for our protagonists Shinichi and Migi to be able to go through tons of character development throughout the anime series. If you’re looking for a well-written anime where the main protagonist changes over time and you like some good old uncensored bloodshed, suspense, and epic fighting scenes, Parasyte -the maxim- would suit your tastes just perfectly.
Dr Animaniac Unscripted
Parasyte is that anime you get each year that is ridiculously popular and hyped, but unlike many of them, it actually lives up to the hype. Parasyte is without a doubt the best action, horror, sci-fi anime of the year and it certainty would have made it into my anime of the year if it weren’t for the phenomenal masterpiece known as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, reviewed here. No doubt it’ll be the anime of the year for many people, but it just couldn’t be mine for that one reason. There is not much that I want to say about it since I think the ratings and hype speak for themselves, but I will say that it really is an anime that makes you think about the world as a whole and the rights of every being living in it. It causes you to question human nature, society and many other things and it’s pretty darn good for a story released over 20 years ago. So if you were against watching because of the hype, I encourage you to give it a chance because I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Also, on a final note, Migi is just awesome!
This anime surprised me. Even though I didn’t think much of it at first, it turned out to be an incredibly thrilling and addictive watch. Every aspect of it is so solid, I couldn’t even notice a single flaw about it. If you are on the fence about it, I suggest that you go and watch it. Precaution to those who cannot handle gore, dislike complex/serious story lines, and require stereotypical eye candy to keep watching a series.
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Overall, in spite of slight issues across the board, Parasyte’s first half is an engaging and well-realized production, a fine riff on a very strong premise.
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Parasyte is a show that’s worth watching if you like psychological shows.
A top notch science fiction anime with unlimited potential. DO NOT MISS!
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Overall Parasyte was an enjoyable thrill ride that left you wanting more and at the same time made you ask some really deep questions. It combined that rare blend of bloody gore with some real life questions and even a pinch of romance to sweeten the deal. You never know what’s going to happen from one scene to the next. While some people want it to go on to another season I think the show ended just right. Any more seasons would’ve just been filler and that would ruin the show in my opinion since it’s the type of show that shouldn’t have filler and it has next to none to begin with. The characters are great and the voice acting behind them makes them even greater. The soundtrack is really good and I recommend giving it a listen. My only knock against the show is that it was sometimes hard for me to follow but that’s just me.
The show has great control over every climax. It evolves very nicely as we learn what’s going on with the characters, and loves to drop random tense encounters with the Parasytes everywhere–which really spices up its scenarios. Because of this, Reiko was definitely a highlight throughout the entire series. While this show doesn’t answer everything like the lingering questions about the parasites, the closure it gives at the end does wrap things up well. So in the end, Parasyte remains a thrilling “horror” story that never really dragged on longer than it needed to.
There were a couple of episodes that were really good, but most of the show is just kind of a blur to me. And it’s only been a month since I watched the second to last episode. Which suggests it wasn’t all that memorable. It’s the kind of show which in theory I think it was pretty good… but I didn’t actually enjoy watching it. If that makes any sense.
Over time, the ideas in Parasyte have proven influential on many creators’ works, including Togashi Yoshihiro’s Hunter x Hunter manga, and it is easy to see the reason why. The story is deeply fascinating on many levels, and provides tons of rich character development to chew on. About the only thing the show could have done significantly better is pace itself towards the finish line as a few too many things happen in quick succession. Nonetheless, any lover of good science fiction should not miss out on Parasyte; it is definitely a title worth remembering.
Parasyte is far better written than it is presented. I am the kind of viewer who appreciates writing more than anything else, so I liked the show as a whole. I also understand why those who want cool fights and a fairy tale ending, will not like it because it is not a fighting shonen but an anachronistic seinen that focuses on the values of humanity.
Ryuji Tatsuya’s Anime Review
It’s a great action anime and maybe the only anime which I liked even though there were many gore scenes. I would recommend it to everyone.
The Moon Is A Dead World
If you’ve read the manga, there’s not much different in Parasyte: The Maxim; if you enjoyed the manga, it’s certainly worth a watch to see the characters brought to life, but if it wasn’t your cup of tea, there’s no reason to spend 24 episodes reliving it. Overall, though, this adaptation shows the timelessness of Parasyte, and its importance twenty years later.
I thoroughly enjoyed this anime. It was a great “edge-of-your-seat” show with a fantastic horror aspect to it, but not in the shitty jump-scare horror sort of way. It was more of a psychological thriller with gruesome, graphic scenes in it, which I loved. The show isn’t for the faint of heart, but it also shouldn’t be shied away from just because of the graphics. I would recommend giving the show at least three episodes even if you are hesitant about the graphic nature of it. I found that the awe factor calmed down quite a bit after you got used to the way the animations worked. However, I totally understand if you turn away from the show because you can’t handle the graphic depictions in it. The show is a great psychological look into the age-old question of what it means to be human. The series also provides plenty of action, some unexpected twists and turns along the way, a lot of quality character interaction, and an ending that holds up nicely. Also note that its transformation and action animation is seamlessly done. Nevertheless, it does suffer from some stylistically generic animation at times and the music is really a personal taste with this anime, with the OST getting the job done and setting the tone, but not being too memorable either. Plus, the dub-step is hit or miss. You also do have to suffer through some repetitive character interaction and some *facedesk* worthy decisions and actions that the characters in this show take from time to time.
All in all Parasyte is an incredibly faithful adaptation of the manga. It keeps everything that made the cult hit it is today and adds some much needed improved, yet faithful, art as well as a much improved script. But for everything it adds Parasyte can’t overcome the major shortcomings of the original ending. With everything undermined in a weak finale I can’t help but feel disappointed with Parasyte.
Some people say Parasyte is overrated, and honestly I agree. But that doesn’t make it bad. Far from it. This anime is definitely worth giving a watch. It might not float your boat, and that’s ok. But there will likely be something in this anime that keeps you clicking on that next episode. For a psychological anime it has a wide appeal and easily has enough strengths to counter the few shortfalls that come with it.
Overall, Parasyte: The Maxim is a show that wants to be more than it is perceived, and it succeeds for the most part. There are some points where it seems to be moving at a snail’s pace, and there are moments of navel gazing, but when it wants to be good, it’s excellent. It definitely wants to break apart from the other trappings that science-fiction and horror anime falls into, attempting to play on a more psychological level. It successfully balances its deeper elements along with the gore to become something that may be a staple in its genre and earns its epic opening by “Fear, And Loathing in Las Vegas”.
The first half of Parasyte might not quite be able to burrow into your brain, but it comes close.
In summation, Parasyte -The Maxim- is a show worth watching. I personally did not find it very scary, but it’s possible that I have been desensitized beyond all reconciliation. The show had something to say; it wasn’t merely a spectacle. The morals were not intrusive or preachy. The action was compelling and interesting. I learned to like the protagonist and antagonist. The parasites had enough variety and conviction to truly merit 24 episodes of intrigue. I would recommend this show to anyone who appreciates the feel of classic anime like Akira but wants to see that era retold in a modern and polished style.
Indeed, while I do like Parasyte, there’s a fair bit to suggest to me that this adaptation is far more functional than imaginative. It looks nice, to be sure, and I don’t think you could have asked MADHOUSE to do a better job animating the transformations and swirling blades, but there are missed opportunities along the way; while I don’t mind the mix of dubstep and piano as much as many reviewers, it strikes me more as a novelty than as an effective underpinning of the atmosphere, much of the time. Parasyte also has a highly unsatisfying ending, scrapped together, I feel, to give some sense of conclusion to an adaptation of a much longer work, and the degree to which the show degenerates into monologues as it goes along, rather than letting pictures tell more of the story, is almost embarrassing; the show may raise interesting questions, but it ultimately doesn’t have the finesse to answer them, coming bizarrely close to sounding like Captain Planet and similar “eco-conscious” children’s shows at the very end. There’s a lot to recommend about Parasyte, but its flaws become increasingly apparent as it goes along, and it never finds a way to deal with them, ultimately rendering it into a much lesser show than it could have been.