Somewhere between Tokyo Gore Police, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, lies this animated instant classic. Within the first 15 seconds, I surprisingly found myself already fully immersed and completely captivated by Parasyte: The Maxim. Considering one silly gif on social media was all it took to catch my attention in the first place, you can expect nothing less than sheer, brutal satisfaction from this series. Hysterical, profound and intoxicating from the very start, Parasyte: The Maxim is the very definition of binge-worthy horror anime.
First off, let’s meet the two main characters; Shinichi Izumi, and his right-hand man/parasite, Migi.
At first, it would seem quite unfortunate that a strapping young man such as Shinichi should lose complete dexterity of his right hand; but what he lacks in useful appendages, he certainly makes up for in having one hell of a fiercely loyal companion. A companion that for some reason, I find strangely adorable, certainly much more adorable than the last talking hand I saw. Which happened to be from Takashi Miike’s Masters of Horror segment Imprint, (just in case you were wondering).
Literally being inseparable from your best mate you can barely imagine the lack of privacy you would endure, and surely enough, Migi certainly likes to make his presence known at the most inopportune of times.
Sure, losing your right arm may not be ideal, but given the choice, I would gladly sacrifice a limb for a companionship with a parasite of my own. Superhuman strength, interspecies cooperation, awkwardly hilarious moments, and the most logical and thought provoking spiritual guide a human soul could be blessed with: count me the f*ck in.
There is a particular aspect of this series that outshines all the other loveable/ binge worthy characteristics we so light-heartedly enjoy. Parasyte: The Maxim is much more than just another supernatural series. It’s more than science fiction, comedy, and romance. It is more than epic battle scenes and vibrantly beautiful artwork and totally kawaii characters. Parasyte: The Maxim is not your average anime series; it is a profound, spiritual and philosophical journey into a world of logic, coexistence, and intellectual evolution.
Upon completion, you can expect to have gained a whole new world of perspective towards the human race; which truly is something that desperately needs to be done. What is it that makes us believe that as humans we are a superior race? Is it emotion? If so then how does that equate to superiority? Is it because we feel and communicate on a non-universal unique level? Wouldn’t that in exchange make us the outcast on this planet though? We lack the ability to co-exist in our own world. We are focused on personal gain and material possessions. We chop down our sources of oxygen and deprive those who are thirsty of water. We kill any threat to our convenience and comfort in the name of gods and social status. We impose our personal and irrelevant values onto others. We destroy our atmosphere and kill our fellow creatures for entertainment. We use what we want, and abuse those who object.
Humanity is self-serving. We as humans are not superior to any other life form. We are the true parasites of this planet, and we don’t belong here.
Episode count: 24
Approximate duration: 5 hours
Currently streaming on: Hulu, Crunchyroll
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