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Parasyte -the maxim-

Parasyte -the maxim-

Nippon Television 2014

All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.Sixteen-year-old high school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Parasyte -the maxim-

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E12

#1 - Kokoro


Season 1 - Episode 12

Shinichi decides to tell Kana about the existence of Parasites and Migi, meanwhile Kana's power grows stronger, ultimately leading to a dangerous situation.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 211 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E5

#2 - The Stranger


Season 1 - Episode 5

Shinichi is targeted by a gang of delinquents and Kana, the girl who walks with them becomes suspicious of his nature. After returning home, Shinichi is caught by surprise when he is attacked by an enemy who possessed the body of his own mother.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 238 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E18

#3 - More than Human


Season 1 - Episode 18

Surrounded by the police, Reiko sacrifices herself to protect her child and entrusts the baby to Shinichi before dying. After several interrogations, Shinichi protects his secret from the investigators, who come with one last resort to discover the truth.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 198 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E23

#4 - Life and Oath


Season 1 - Episode 23

Despite not seeing any chance to win, Shinichi confronts Gotou and thanks to a desperate move, manages to injure him severely and rescue Migi from inside his body, turning the tables against him,

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 193 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E10

#5 - What Mad Universe


Season 1 - Episode 10

Stunned by a surprise attack from Yuuko, Hideo loses his mind and enters into a killing spree. Worried about Murano, Shinichi decides to confront him head on to protect her.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 218 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E24
#6 - Parasyte
Season 1 - Episode 24

After returning home, Migi appears in Shinichi's dreams and bids farewell to him, revealing that he will enter into a dormant state and may never awaken again. One year later, Uragami appears before Shinichi and takes Satomi hostage, thus he must fight him by himself to save her.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 209 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E7
#7 - A Dark Night's Passing
Season 1 - Episode 7

Shinichi meets Mamoru Uda, another human who is in a similar situation as him and they decide to join forces to protect his father. However, when the enemy appears, Migi falls asleep and both Shinichi and Mamoru must fight without its help.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 227 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E20
#8 - Crime and Punishment
Season 1 - Episode 20

The police storm the Town Hall to bring down Takeshi's group, but chaos ensues when the cops encounter an enemy that they can't bring down.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 188 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E6
#9 - The Sun Also Rises
Season 1 - Episode 6

After Shinichi is mortally wounded, Migi uses its powers to save his life, but weakening itself in the process. When Shinichi hears that his father is still alive, he rushes to the hospital where he is treated in order to protect him and enact revenge for his mother's death.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 239 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E21
#10 - Sex and Spirit
Season 1 - Episode 21

Gotou breaks free from the police siege, but not before meeting Shinichi and vowing to kill him on a later occasion. In face of a seemingly invincible threat, Shinichi is driven into despair until Satomi appears to comfort him and renews his will to survive.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 199 votes.

Last updated: feb 07, 2021



I finally finished the last 12 episodes in the past couple days after putting this on-hold for a few months. It was a solid show overall, 7/10, but the last quarter/third of the show was definitely not up to par with the beginning. I didn't really like how the show got so preachy at the end about "environmentalism" and precious Mother Earth. I felt like I was getting preached to by Miyazaki for the last few episodes and you could definitely tell that the manga material was a bit dated from that. Anyway, I had fun and enjoyed it but it failed to live up to the hype and the excellent start imo.


Anime that really questions Humanity


As far as I've seen looks really great and although the design of characters aren't of my style, I'm enjoying so much.


Parasyte grew on me (no pun intended) as I watched. Around Episode 18 the tone changed a little, but by the time it reached the final episode, it tied everything up weirdly and wonderfully. It would be a great binge watch.


Really great anime ! I couldn't stop watching it :) It really makes you think about human nature as well.


It had all the potential to become a classic, at the end is just a decent anime with a great idea that was not well polished overall **entertaining**!


Good Anime... If You Love Super Natural and Aliens...


Pretty good thus far. Would advise you to rethink if you're squeamish around movies like The Thing or The Faculty. Apart from that, character design feels interesting and new. Story is told well and with depth.


Was pleasantly surprised by how much I came to enjoy it. I started watching it out of sheer boredom, initially. It's a solid anime with a compelling plot, and I liked the action scenes. The main character's development is interesting too. I feel it lacked a certain oomph, but that could just be due to my dislike of romance (there was more of that towards the ending).


It has changed a bit since the manga, most notably the art style and overall mood, but I definitely am still enjoying it.

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