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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 ...
 Shinichi Izumi (24 episodes, 2014-2015)
Aya Hirano ...
 Migi (24 episodes, 2014-2015)
Brittney Karbowski ...
 Migi (24 episodes, 2014-2015)
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)
Hilary Haag ...
 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)
Rob Mungle ...
 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 opening theme song is "Let Me Hear" performed by Fear, and loathing in Las Vegas. The ending theme is "It's the Right Time" performed by Daichi Miura. See more »

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Shinichi Izumi: I will eat you *alive!*
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Amazing Series
16 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The plot of Parasyte is essentially a much more violent version of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers.' Parasitic aliens (we assume, the audience never gets a definitive origin story) covertly arrive on earth and begin taking over human bodies and eating humans indiscriminately. They accomplish this by "eating" the humans' heads and replacing them with their own bodies. However, some humans manage to stop the parasites from taking over their brains. But as a result, the parasites eat and fuse with a different part of the body in order to survive. The Main Character, Izumi, is one of these people. The parasite was only able to take over his right arm.

Because of his unlikely situation, Izumi ends up between a rock and a hard place. Since the only people who discover the parasites' existence are subsequently eaten, Izumi is the only living human who knows of their existence (at least in the beginning). However, Izumi's parasite, known as Migi (right), threatens to kill anyone who he attempts to inform. Nonetheless, the duo eventually grow to be allies as their number of mutual interests increase.

I have only one complaint about this series, regarding its pace. In my opinion, the series "crescendos" too early. The most emotional events of the series take place in episodes 5 and 12 (out of 24: less than halfway through the series), rendering the remaining half of the series a little deadpan and slow-paced. If I had to quantify the difference, I'd say that the first half of the series is a 10 but the second half is a 7. But when compared to other horror series, 'Parasyte' is still rather amazing.

Parasyte is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror series; but more than that, its very philosophically and emotionally stimulating. This series delves into the issue of the existence/purpose of altruism, which is left rather open-ended. I took the larger meaning to be that altruism, while pointless in-and-of-itself, is an unavoidable side effect of happiness, because comprehending happiness requires empathy. But every viewer will draw their own individual conclusions.


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