1,654 votes
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 Worst Episodes of Parasyte -the maxim-

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E11

#1 - The Blue Bird


Season 1 - Episode 11

Kana meets Shinichi once more and is determined to get closer to him, despite knowing of his relationship with Murano. Meanwhile, a group of parasites is organizing themselves with unknown intentions.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 213 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E13

#2 - Hello Sadness


Season 1 - Episode 13

Shinichi returns to the crime scene to try to keep the feeling of mourning for Kana. He is followed by a human private investigator hired by Ryōko Tamiya and Migi is caught on camera.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 191 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E8

#3 - Freezing Point


Season 1 - Episode 8

Back to Tokyo, Shinichi's sudden change in behavior put his father and friends wary of him, and things get even more tense when Hideo Shimada, another parasite, is sent by Ryōko to keep an eye on him.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 228 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E15

#4 - Something Wicked This Way Comes


Season 1 - Episode 15

Spurred by Reiko's words, Shinichi decides to go on a crusade to eradicate the Parasites and kills one associated with Takeshi's camp. The group decides to send Miki to take care of him.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 189 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E17

#5 - The Adventure of the Dying Detective


Season 1 - Episode 17

After dealing with three enemies who wanted her dead, Reiko learns that her child was kidnapped by Kuramori who intends to get revenge on her. Reiko then asks Shinichi for help, and leaves to confront Kuramori, unaware that Murano is following her, hoping to meet Shinichi again.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 187 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E4
#6 - Tangled Hair
Season 1 - Episode 4

Thanks to their teamwork, Shinichi and Migi defeat A, who ends up killed by Ryōko who quits school once news of her pregnancy reach her colleagues. Back at home, Shinichi's parents are suspicious of his behavior and he must make sure they do not discover the truth to ensure their safety.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 250 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E19
#7 - In Cold Blood
Season 1 - Episode 19

Despite having no evidence against Shinichi, the police are still certain that he is hiding something, and they start an operation to bring Takeshi's group down.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 195 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E14
#8 - The Selfish Gene
Season 1 - Episode 14

With their hands forced, Shinichi and Migi reunite with Mamoru in order to capture and interrogate the private investigator.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 192 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E1
#9 - Metamorphosis
Season 1 - Episode 1

Shinichi Izumi's life takes a turn to the bizarre when a mysterious lifeform attempts to infiltrate his body in order to snatch it, but it ends up stuck on where his right hand used to be and both are forced to cooperate. Meanwhile, similar incidents with gruesome outcomes start occurring in other locations.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 350 votes.

Parasyte -the maxim- - S1E2
#10 - The Devil in the Flesh
Season 1 - Episode 2

Calling his new partner "Migi", Shinichi attempts to move on with his normal life despite his new condition, but other members of Migi's race keep coming after them to protect their secret.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Parasyte -the maxim- from 291 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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