80's sci-fi thriller manga finally gets a “good” adaptation from our glorious friends known as Madhouse.
A “slightly” better protagonist (Shinichi) was simply living his Slice of Life until he was disturbed from his sleep by a mysterious “thing” that tried to charge inside his head, but instead it went onto his hand. The next morning, he noticed that his hand was taken over as an alien creature, and it demands to live together with the human to survive with it. Co-operating, the two work together to not only survive, but to learn “HOW?” Did these parasite-like creatures started existing.
Firstly, characters are kind of bland. Yeah the protagonist does have a defying personality, as he first starts out as this timid teen; as more time progresses through out the show as he mans up yet still not being completely dependant towards Migi, his parasite, in the occasions of parasyte vs parasyte battles. It does seem quite refreshing that he isn't a complete generic bruv, on the other hand he is still that vanilla protagonist who just seems to react the suitable emotions or actions when the writer says so.
The romance in itself was far from anything we should care about, like you already see that Shinichi's love interest was quite obvious, and you never seen any development with these two in which the critic doesn’t care. Though it is not bad, since it does play its role in the plot to further motivate Shinichi's morale of either surviving as himself, or sacrificing efforts to keep his loved one alive. So it is used to make some pretty interesting moments, as You also see more of his character, like when these one dimensional a-holes are throwing stones at a cat whose stuck inside some sand with the a-holes trying to stone it. This shows how Shinichi values other life, and his loved ones, since his girlfriend did not liked it. But that still makes the Romance quite lame, as it becomes more of a plot device for us critics to make sense out of.
Why on earth were there any cameras? When it was clearly obvious that You see Migi completely clear from sight when the two are alone. Well its at least feesable to know that the show was made in 80's, a time when millions of cameras spying on you wasn’t thing yet.
The show does contain more action as most thriller or horror anime I've seen in this decade, but it not only uses its fight scenes just to fight, but it presents these situations to discuss the shows themes in the best way possible. It really did make me think when the two were forced to fight another parasyte that was terrorising the school by attempting to kill Shinichi or anything in its path. At one point, Migi suggested to use the gathering of all the students in the school to be used as a meat shield to distract him to land an easier kill. The show further emphasises its themes through scenes like this (though not every action scene) of differing the survival of the fittest, or human morale. A unique, yet well put theme in the show that something that modern anime just cannot come up with. Moments like these, can easily glue interest to the audience.
Though its mostly presented by the lives of the parasyte, the humans were the icing of the cake. The parasytes all have a different way to survive in these populated areas, like either being a serial killer who hides in the shadows, or someone who intelligently tries to blend in with human society, does make some very interesting situations. Like how the math teacher is a parasyte revealing her self being pregnant with a human child, due to her kind being unable to reproduce. Now that does seem quite twisted, but it really makes me question some moral dilemma that you can probably think of for yourself.
The thriller or horror like aspects of the show are'nt so scary, since theres no building tension or anything to be trult afraid of, but You do see the humans acting as any natural human being would do: Get really frightened by the horror they see.
Madhouse once again, proved themselves to be effective with their signiture blend of CGI backgrounds. I admit, it doesn’t have as many greys as usual, but it still looked great look at. The budget remains very consistent all through out, and the character designs stuck to their original art work from the manga. Giving the impression that the show was clearly servicing not only the fans, but the source material itself. The lighting has a certain gloss to it, making everything look quite sleek, without being so overkill like Ufotable. The action scenes really excel, as at least most of it remained uncensored, and it really gets you into the feel that these parasytes are terrifying as f**k.
When the anime tries to excel with its OST, it takes the more unusal dubstep approach, which is not bad, but it feels kind of generic action dubstep to fit bad a55ery. It mostly has some rather forgettable orchestral themes to fit the mood quite well. But that death metal OP gets me really pumped to see some blood shed! The ED is quite decent.
STORY: 8/10 – It shows certain themes, and presents them very well. It also makes a great use of action, while having a pretty dark story.
CHRACTERS: 7.5/10 - The parasyte characters are complex and show a certain theme, but the humans just are not as much but still sufficient, yet still balance out the parasytes morality.
ANIMATION: 7.5/10 – MADHOUSE FTW. 80'S DESIGN FTW.
MUSIC: 6.5/10 – OP=AWESOME. PERIOD.
FINALE: 7.7/10 read more