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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 Adam Gibbs ...  Shinichi Izumi 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Aya Hirano Aya Hirano ...  Migi 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Brittney Karbowski ...  Migi 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Nobunaga Shimazaki ...  Shinichi Izumi 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Luci Christian ...  Satomi Murano 22 episodes, 2014-2015
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ...  Satomi Murano 22 episodes, 2014-2015
Terri Doty Terri Doty ...  Yuko Tachikawa 17 episodes, 2014-2015
Kiyono Yasuno Kiyono Yasuno ...  Yuko Tachikawa 17 episodes, 2014-2015
Hilary Haag ...  Akiho Suzuki 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Rena Maeda Rena Maeda ...  Akiho Suzuki 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Masaki Aizawa Masaki Aizawa ...  Kazuyuki Izumi 13 episodes, 2014-2015
Joanne Bonasso Joanne Bonasso ...  Reiko Tamura / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2015
Rob Mungle ...  Kazuyuki Izumi 13 episodes, 2014-2015
Atsuko Tanaka ...  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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9 October 2014 (Japan) See more »

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Parasyte: The Maxim See more »

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Tokyo, Japan

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Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki were initially interested in adapting the Parsyte manga. However at the time they wanted to adapt the story, the rights were still held by New Line Cinema. New Line was attempting to adapt with Don Murphy producing, Takashi Shimizu directing and Matt Manfredi and Phil Hey scripting. See more »

Quotes

Shinichi Izumi: I seriously thought I was gonna have a heart attack.
Migi: If that were to happen, it would be an inconvenience for me.
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Connections

Version of Kiseijuu: Kanketsuhen (2015) See more »

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IT'S THE RIGHT TIME
(Ending theme)
Performed by Daichi Miura
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Mesmerizing
14 July 2015 | by seschellSee all my reviews

We humans are the dominating species on earth, deciding who lives and who dies, controlling all creatures we consider to be 'inferior'. Until one day spores, containing worm-like aliens, come to earth, starting to control some of us and, in order to survive, steadily consuming mankind.

These events, witnessed though the eyes of the main focalizer Shinichi Izumi, confront the viewer with many concepts and themes from modern philosophy: Egoism, altruism, deciding who lives and who dies, and who is the real parasite on earth? Is it the human who exploits his environment or the alien creature, which reduces mankind?

Not to mention that Shinichi, due to circumstances explained in the first episode, lives in a symbiosis with one of the parasites, being confronted with the problems of both species. He is now a human-parasite-hybrid, with all the flaws and advantages.

I personally liked this anime a lot, always catching myself thinking how I would have reacted in this or that situation :).

I've been hooked from the first episode onwards! Highly recommended.


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