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PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #10 -- Watch & Learn

Why is this kid still going to school?!?!

Well, if you want a clear demonstration of what anime can get away with that would never, ever fly in Western media today, look no farther than this episode. Yikes. That was a scary one.

Of course, the scene wouldn't have happened if Shinichi weren't still going to school like a normal student; and I'm still perplexed as to why or how this show is keeping that status quo. Dude's had no less than two horrific battles on campus. His love interest has been threatened multiple times because of that. His mother's been murdered. People have seen him use his powers several times. Yet, he still keeps going to class every day so he can score well on the math exam...?

I suppose cognitive dissonance can explain anything. Maybe he simply can't imagine life beyond home? Or maybe the attacks happen sporadically enough that he's got enough time to convince himself that life can still be the same? The progression of time has been played rather... loosely throughout the series.

Hell, the show plays it loose with a lot of points of logic. That girl survived a jump off the third story because tree branches slowed her fall? Nobody on the rugby team saw that fleshy tentacle whiping out the window before they went up to investigate...?

Honestly, I'm thinking about it because I'd like to see him get out of here sooner. We see so many shows set in high schools, anything else is preferable at this point. Get him out of the class room. Put him on the road. Trouble keeps following him here and, at this point, he's consciously putting his classmates in danger. It's a clear cut "Great power/responsibility" situation.

Watch "What Mad Universe" and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the previous episode.

Marshal Victoryon Dec. 9, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.

Raises hand. I can explain why he still goes to school..

1 normal setting to help deal with the unnatural aspects hes encountered.

2 to protect said girl friend an friends he grew up with. Already been 2 encounters there so why not stay an protect them.

3 the mutation he has gone threw has not changed all of his motivations. He had goals before this an school is a means to a end.

But 4 is simple. His dad would find out hes not in school. You do not just stop going to school an no attention is paid to your absence.

Had similar thoughts on why he goes to school an thats what I came up with. At his core at this point he wants to kill the others. As well as protect those he can. Going to school kills multiple birds with one stone.

Kino88on Dec. 9, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.
I would actually have to agree with Marshall victory on this one,
Whats_out_the_bagon Dec. 10, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.

Also the concept of school focused series wasn't really over done to death in the 1980s which is when this was written.

takashichea moderator on Dec. 11, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.

Agreed with Marshal. School is a way of normality for Shinichi, and also, he needs to protect his loved ones. Otherwise, Shinichi would lose his marbles without anything to cope with.

zeemod155on Dec. 14, 2014 at 7:53 a.m.

I think he stays at school because he wants to keep his friends safe. It's not completely certain that trouble ONLY follows him (so therefore leave) but it certainly does follow him a lot. He's too attached to his friends and father to leave them even if it's for their own safety. I think he's also developing a bit of a hero-complex.

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