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PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?

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.

Watch “the Blue Bird” and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the previous episode.

whiskerson Dec. 14, 2014 at 6:30 a.m.

I agree with you on the negative points. It irks me to no avail when characters act as if nothing had happened after something like the massacre at school. Even if the show is strictly adhering to its source material, then it's obvious that the manga is flawed and the script writer(s) shouldn't have followed it blindly.

The hair plucking was another dumb idea. Not that they somehow managed to make it a fad among the population, as silly as it sounds, but what exactly did the government expect to achieve with that without letting people know why they are pulling each other's hair? (Although I guess one could simply say that it's the authorities in the story who are dumb, and not the story, but...)

Things like these, and many others that I don't need to bring up here, made my initial enthusiasm over this show drop down significantly. Too bad because the show did seem rather interesting in the beginning.

Donwunon Dec. 14, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.

You know, it's funny you mention the quibbles because Guyver had a very similar set up and did exactly what you are harping on about here with actually taking the plot out of school... on the road and it did kinda work to be a more natural and believable progression in terms of storytelling

With Parasyte and EVERY other anime, it more amuses me to watch them keep going back to the School setting and keep trying to keep the normalcy for the characters and for the sake of... well.. i dunno lol

I can't disagree with you not buying it Tom and completely understand you're frustration but at this point i expect nothing less from anime stories with school settings and just lean in to see what they do with it since it doesn't exactly shift gears until the final arc....if ever

Also, this story is taken from the mid 90's manga which was really just starting the neverending era of School theme action so that is SOMEWHAT of an excuse as at that time it was nowhere as over-used as it is today... okay... not a GOOD excuse but yeah i'm a bit jaded on anime settings and just go with it... my expectations are clearly set lower than yours... and thats not a jab, i just think most are enjoying it for the tension more than anytthing else. I'm enjoying the ride and am likely to pick up the manga and finish the story before years end as i just can't stand the weekly waits and i wanna see how this all endz up

100Ringson Dec. 15, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.

I'm, if anything, a casual fan of anime. I would most likely be categorized as a "filthy casual" but even I, as underexposed as I am, can catch on to the anime pet peves. I have decided in order to really enjoy the show, you have to expect the certain degree of "weirdness". Like what you said, everyone just goes to school again and no scandalous rumors surround the area. We also don't see these parasites rampaging throughout the rest of the world, which is strange since they seem to have literally coated the earth if the intro is anything to go by. Maybe I'll see more of that later on, dunno. I am used to the......strange reactions to certain situations. For instance, when Tamiya's partner Hideo was told to "mingle and coexist" with humanity and keep tabs on Izumi. When he went berserk, I didn't understand why Izumi didn't revert to his typical blind hatred for the parasites and immediately hunt him down and proceed to slaughter Hideo. Instead he takes his sweet time "locating" Hideo and kills him by a baseball rock hurl. Anime seems to pull these situations often where you say to yourself "If I was in his position, I wouldn't have done that at all!" or "That isn't very believable or logical" and so on. Parasyte doesn't commit this sin often but it does have traces of it woven into it's narrative. It really is annoying especially when the show wants to get you to suspend your sense of disbelief as best you can. I have trouble believing things that happen to be illogical and quite frankly, unbelievable. In the previous episodes we see a burning hatred in Izumi for the Parasites. He even unintentionally scares away Murano while thinking about how much he hates the things. Yet when one is going berserk ON HIS OWN TURF, he is magically calm collected and extremely passive; avoiding a direct confrontation almost purposefully.

I. Don'y. Buy it.

Granted, I like the show, but these types of things really bug me in anime. The characters will suddenly slip out of character for no real reason. And it is made worse when the show wants you to take it straight and believe that this fantastic extravagant story is believable yet at the same time feed you these "strange" moments. I have learned to deal with it but at the same time I am wondering if I am the only one who feels this way.

takashichea moderator on Dec. 16, 2014 at 2:13 p.m.

It has to be a cultural thing. The bureacracy doesn't want to spread panic, and the students and cops who saw the parasyte were all killed. It's pretty much covered up. Students don't question or want to think about the bad things. Cops can't explain what they saw on the roof.

It doesn't bug me as much because anime or any other medium plays these type of situations off.

YotaruVegetaon Dec. 18, 2014 at 7:19 a.m.

If Shinichi would go to war, he'd need much more than himself to go against the parasites. This soft outing of the parasites has actually brought them together, kind of an evil version of the X-men, and they are basically building an army.

I wonder if Shinichi's old substitute teacher would side with him, or, as expected, be his adversary.

Dig Deeper into Parasyte -the maxim-

An normal high-schooler ends up with a parasite named "Migi" on his right arm and it ends up being friends with his host instead of eating him like most other parasites. They end up in a crossfire from the war between humans and parasites, however.

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