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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
...  Migi 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Shinichi Izumi 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  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
...  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
...  Kazuyuki Izumi 13 episodes, 2014-2015
...  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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This series follows a manga which was made in the 80s. See more »

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Shinichi Izumi: You know something Migi? You and I may be the wierdest crime-fighting duo ever.
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Remade as Kiseijuu: Kanketsuhen (2015) See more »

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IT'S THE RIGHT TIME
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Why does a Caterpillar become a Butterfly?
2 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Everything in existence undergoes a process of change; therefore, change is inevitable; one might go so far as to call change a natural law, a universal "maxim". Parasyte: The Maxim is a stunning new science fiction anime with a unique story and rock solid character development. The series examines themes of transformation and change - Ovid's literary masterpiece "Metamorphoses", after which the opening episode is named, immediately comes to mind for comparison.

Parasyte: The Maxim (2014) is based on a manga series that ran from 1988 to 1995. Most of us won't realize this fact now, but bizarre science fiction focusing on alien lifeforms was quite popular in the 1980s and 90s. Great science fiction films like the Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Thing (1982), The Fly (1986) and They Live (1988) are but a few examples of films that popularized the genre. Parasyte has successfully resurrected bizarre sci-fi for a new generation, and the timing couldn't have been better.

The protagonist of Parasyte is not your typical hero and the plot is far from cliché. As a caterpillar undergoes change by transforming into a butterfly, so the protagonist undergoes change by transforming into a new man; your job as the viewer is to ask questions about this transformation and find the meaning behind it - ergo, what exactly has transformed and why does it matter?

The plot is believable and not outside the realm of possibility considering our limited knowledge of the universe. Like Ovid's masterpiece, the anime expertly probes the meaning of humanity; what it means to be human and what makes us human; as well as the psychological and physiological state of sentient beings. Ultimately, the series focuses on the protagonist's intellectual development or more precisely his intellectual "evolution". The evolutionary concept of survival of the fittest comes into direct conflict with the protagonist's views on empathy and altruism which proves problematic for decision making and creates for him a moral dilemma: should he place himself in danger in order to help others? The human part of him says yes, while another sinister part of him says no. But perhaps I've said too much.

The first 5 episodes set the stage for an astonishing and action packed story that follows. The series will make your jaw drop. I've seen every episode thus far and I see nothing but a bright future for this series. If you haven't seen Parasyte, what are you waiting for? This is the best new anime of 2014. It will become immensely popular. If you watch it now you will be amongst the few who can say that you were a fan from the start. Parasyte rivals Attack on Titan and Steins; Gate. If you loved those shows, you will love Parasyte as well.

A top notch science fiction anime with unlimited potential. DO NOT MISS!

10/10.


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