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Parasyte: The Maxim 

Kiseijû: Sei no kakuritsu (original title)
17-year-old Shinichi Izumi is partially infected by a Parasyte; monsters that butcher and consume humans. He must learn to co-exist with the creature if he is to survive both the life of a Parasyte and human, as part monster, part person.
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Series cast summary:
Adam Gibbs ...
Aya Hirano ...
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Nobunaga Shimazaki ...
 Shinichi Izumi 24 episodes, 2014-2015
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 Satomi Murano 22 episodes, 2014-2015
Kana Hanazawa ...
 Satomi Murano 22 episodes, 2014-2015
Terri Doty ...
 Yuko Tachikawa 17 episodes, 2014-2015
Kiyono Yasuno ...
 Yuko Tachikawa 17 episodes, 2014-2015
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 Akiho Suzuki 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Rena Maeda ...
 Akiho Suzuki 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Masaki Aizawa ...
 Kazuyuki Izumi 13 episodes, 2014-2015
Joanne Bonasso ...
 Reiko Tamura / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2015
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 Kazuyuki Izumi 13 episodes, 2014-2015
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 Reiko Tamura / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2015
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The 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 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, taking over his right hand and is named Migi. Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from traveling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality. As the duo encounter other Parasytes, they capitalize on their strange 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.

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The names of the first 21 episodes of the show are references to literary works:
  • 1.01 The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  • 1.02 The Devil in the Flesh, Raymond Radiguet
  • 1.03 Symposium, Plato
  • 1.04 Tangled Hair, Akiko Yosano
  • 1.05 The Stranger, Albert Camus
  • 1.06 The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  • 1.07 A Dark Night's Passing, Shiga Naoya
  • 1.08 Freezing Point, Ayako Miura
  • 1.09 Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche
  • 1.10 What Mad Universe, Fredric Brown
  • 1.11 The Blue Bird, Maurice Maeterlinck
  • 1.12 Heart, Natsume Souseki
  • 1.13 Hello Sadness, Françoise Sagan
  • 1.14 The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
  • 1.15 Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
  • 1.16 Happy Family, Lu Xun
  • 1.17 The Adventure of the Dying Detective, Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 1.18 More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  • 1.19 In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  • 1.20 Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • 1.21 Sex and Spirit, Clifford Bishop.
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Quotes

Migi: [Shinichi is peeing in a bathroom] Shinichi.
Shinichi Izumi: [whispering loudly] Jesus, seriously? I told you not to talk when there's people around!
Migi: Please hold still. I going to try to make your sex organ erect.
Shinichi Izumi: [still whispering] The hell you are?
Shinichi Izumi: [Migi starts making him masturbate against his will] Aaaa. No, no, no. Stop that! I can't believe you!
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Remade as Kiseijuu (2014) See more »

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IT'S THE RIGHT TIME
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Performed by Daichi Miura
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Dammit, Parasyte! Just...dammit!
22 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to like Parasyte. Hell, for the first 11.5 episodes, I did. The parasites felt unique, the interactions between Shinichi and Migi were entertaining, and there were loads of great action sequences. Of course, even back then, there were problems. I hated Murano, the love interest with no personality other than to be either a whiny bitch or a blank slate, and few of the other characters were that interesting, either. There was also a tendency to hammer in pretentious morals about life. But as bad as they could get, they were tolerable, as the rest was generally good.

But then, episode 12 ended with a really dumb middle to anyone wanting answers to a certain character's burning mystery. And it only got worse, leading to one of the worst final episodes I've ever seen. Plot threads were either ignored or ended in incredibly lame ways, characters either were utterly wasted or turned into complete balls (think Reiko Tamura) Murano continued to be pointless and unlikable, and the hammering in of its hippie morals turned into full-on dropping an anvil-no, 50 an-screw it, there's not enough anvils in the world to describe the utter lack of subtlety. There's a place for ambiguity, but Parasyte overdoes it to the point of creating full-on plot holes.

In the end, Parasyte is a prime example of a good show that completely crapped on itself on the end. I'm surprised how many people love it, because whereas they see a deep, compelling show, I see a pretentious mess.


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