Let me get this straight… Shinichi’s school just gets right back to business-as-usual after a massacre happens on campus?
Yeah, I don’t buy it.
Having watched enough of these, I’ve come to find that the “demerits” of a show manifest early and rarely ever improve. In PARASYTE’s case, it’s the sloppy handling of the chronology. We have sporadic time jumps from episode to episode which make it a lot harder to believe how the status quo of Shinichi’s hometown has remained unchanged all this while. Nobody’s seen these parasites in public? Nobody’s questioning these weird PSAs about plucking suspicious characters’ hair? Everybody at school just gets back to class without questioning why a half-dozen students, teachers and cops were diced into confetti? == TEASER ==
On the plus side, this episode’s actually packed with a lot of significant developments. Shinichi’s finally acting on this courtship with Murano (though it takes a lot of big coincidences for it to set up this love triangle with Kana). The other Parasytes getting organized, and taking cues from the Yakuza and local politicians, is a rather brilliant step. And the Terminator-like “test run” the jock parasite takes with the gangsters is probably the single best action scene I’ve seen all year.
I'm just impatient with waiting for Shinichi to become the confident superhero he's shown to be in the intro. Maybe Madhouse is playing real long ball with this. I get that they want to do slow build-up to properly establish this character. Still, it's becoming a glaring conceit at this point. He'd have moved on, right now. He'd have embarked on full-out war against the parasites. He wouldn't even be bothering with this charade of a normal life. The show's cheating to extend that.