Parasyte the Maxim is a series produced by Madhouse Studios which basically means we ain’t getting a second season ever….Isn’t that right madhouse?
It is a 24 episode , psychological thriller and by that i mean hooollllly shiiiitttt this series is amazing , like wooooooow where do i even begin?
Parasyte is a story about a 16 year old high school student by the name Izumi Shinichi who
has a weird experience where he finds a worm i.e a “parasite” trying to enter his body, he just ignores the incident as him being tired and it most probably being a dream and from here starts one of the greatest stories I’ve watched in a long long time.
As time goes by , Izumi begins to realize that it might not have been a dream but that something had actually tried to take over his body , his suspensions are confirmed when he manages to stop an oncoming car with his right hand. And a little further down the line we find out his right hand is now actually a sentient being with its own mind….yup you read that right. And Izumi names his hand “Migi” , Japanese for “righty”.
This is followed a by Tense and exhilarating journey where you find out about what these
parasytes are , how many of them are there? What is their purpose?
This series has a lot of philosophical questions that make you think about the bigger picture , the antagonists in the series are amazing and i would go as far to classify them in the Nagato AKA Pain Tier antagonists from the Naruto series basically as one of the best I’ve seen . They make you question who’s in the right and then completely flip whatever it is that you were thinking. You can never be certain of whats going to happen in the series , take for example the scene with Tamiya Ryouko and the baby, Izumi and his mom just to name a few of them
All the characters are pretty well written and each gives us a lasting impression, there are no “side characters” in the series and every character has a role to play to further the plot of the series and each have their own little backstories.
The character of Migi for me is the best in the series and i’d probably say that he was more a protagonist than Izumi was , the role of a creature that has just discovered that it is alive and is now learning what it means to be alive is an absolute joy to watch. Apart from Migi you have Ryouko and Gotou each of whom have a different understanding of the environment around them and different viewpoints on humanity as a species.
Mixed up in all of this , you have Kana and Murano , Murano is well Izumi’s lady love and to be perfectly honest she was okay , character building and plot wise she was decent but Kana thought , now that was something special , you find out about Kana about how she’s kind of an outcast and is one those people who are square pegs in round holes
, you get a weird vibe
from her like she’s distant from just about all of humanity and then also has the power to
detect parasites as well..( No idea how she got that though , there might be something in the manga… maybe? I have don’t know , let me know if you know ). The whole Kana arc had a very melancholy feel around it and I really really liked that also her theme was straight up amazing.
There’s also a environmental message in the series ,As one of the parasite leader reminds us that human beings are the only creatures on the planet that constantly take and take and take only to give back so little in return and that the maybe the parasytes are the Earth’s answer of a way to make things better , I would talk more about it but every time I think about it I go into a existential crisis sooo yeah not going there…
The music was Produced by Ken Arai , and leitmotif’s for each character is amazing. Kana’s Theme is called Next To You and there’s Hypnotik which if you have watched Parasyte you will already have on your playlist and if you haven’t you will soon.
Also for the longest period of time I did’nt pay attention to the lyrics of the opening song “Let Me Hear” by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas but when i did I realized it was actually done specifically for the Anime and will basically tell you what the anime is about
Link for Hypnotik – Hypnotik
Link for Kana’s Theme – Next To You
Link for Opening ( Amanda Lee Version) –Let me Hear
Link For the art – DeviantArt Link
I’m not even going to list out pros and cons.. JUST WATCH IT ALREADY! All in all Parasyte is a must watch , Thank me later.
As always , if there’s a series that you think I should watch , you know where to reach me.
IZUMI KUN…. YOU REALLY IZUMI SHINICHI RIGHT??