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PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #12 Really Needs to Update

#12 -- Watch & Learn. Keep the princess fantasy, though!

This show’s really starting to seem like it’s spinning its wheels. I’m not sure for what, though.

Maybe it’s because I just re-watched TERMINATOR at a friend’s place. One thing that really sticks out about that flick, now, is that the danger and thrills are very much defined by the technology of the 80’s. The Terminator’s hunt for Sarah Connor is limited by phone books, answering machines and pay phones, et al. And if you introduced GPS, smartphones, the internet or any number of gadgets we take for granted today, you’d have a completely different movie.

Obviously, there’s a bit of similarity between body snatching parasites and cyborg infiltrators. PARASYTE the manga isn’t that much older than TERMINATOR, either, and the show’s prided itself on being a largely faithful adaptation. As such, there are a number of points that are subtly starting to show their age...

For one, the high school setting might’ve seemed fresh when it first debuted, but it’s so commonplace in anime, now (as many of you Vicers have noted). The insistence on keeping all this action there is doubly infuriating. Likewise, Shinichi’s quick line about texting Kana in this episode hangs a lampshade on how the crew’s only superficially updated the plot beats. They’ve thrown in references to modern tech without adjusting anything around it. The whole love triangle, for instance, is largely dependent on these kids just happening to run into eachother on the sidewalk (seriously, these been almost a dozen of these moments) - - instead of, y'know, texting or tagging eachother.

That’s less consequential when put next to the public’s reaction to the invasion, of course. It makes more sense for society to be this slow to panic - - or to just accept some weird PSA about pulling your friend’s hair out - - if the number of information outlets are as limited and controlled as they were in the late 80’s. Transplantthat to today, though, and it’s a lot harder to buy that nobody would find it strange that this teenage girl would be torn apart in the same way a big chunk of Shinichi's school was. It hat to nit pick, but this plot hole is growing so wide, it's hard to focus on what the show wants me to.

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

ElHaon Dec. 31, 2014 at 11 a.m.

The anime really should have better be taken place in the early 90s.

Kino88on Dec. 31, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.
I disagree on all accounts, I still say this was by far the best show of the season, and this episode in particular ended so tragically that it was actually painful seeing Shinichi wrestle with his loss of humanity, especially when his ex school bully came came to confront him while bearing the human agony of a lost class mate, It was so.... sad and pathetic, I guess to me, it dose seem like a lot of nitpicking, yes I agree that a lot this Would play out quite differently in real life, the same could be said about a lot Fictional works of this kind, but this show has already so strongly gripped me on an emotional level, that I'm more than happy to suspend my disbelief,
Donwunon Jan. 3, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

Well, the good news is now reading the manga this series is exceptionally faithful to the manga with no filler and good pacing.. and actually if the pace continues the whole story should end around the regular 25ish episode mark

This part of the story is around chapter 31 of the manga if anybody wants to know

takashichea moderator is online on Jan. 3, 2015 at 4:52 p.m.

In the discussion threads, Whiskers mentioned she would have been a great ally because of her power. Her character was cut short. Because of the manga material being old and having some outdated social standards, it doesn't really blend well with today's standards and trends.

I agree with you guys. Looking back on Murphix's views of modernizing Sailor Moon with new technology, I feel it was of a luxury than an essential need. Updating an old manga with new technology versus updating philosophies and ideas with modernization is more challenging.

whiskerson Jan. 3, 2015 at 5:06 p.m.

They should've kept the 90s setting. It would've been easier, more logical, and actually more fun that way. After all, the 90s have been sort of a retro trend for a while now among the younger populace.

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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