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PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #5 -- Watch & Learn

There are no easy answers to be found online for this quandary...

I hate to say it, but as soon as a character’s actually saying, “That is what separates people from animals!” you can be sure the show needs to start being a bit more subtle about its themes.

Or it needs less spoken lines, maybe. One cost of these simulcasts is that sub teams really don’t have time to fine-tune their translations, so you often end up reading lines and appreciating their intent, as opposed to the actual turn of phrase.

To be honest, I was rolling my eyes about the scenes of back-alley bullying, too. Again, I appreciate the intent - - showing Shinichi’s altruism, demonstrating his restraint, et cetera - - but it’s low-hanging fruit for building audience sympathy. And when the show’s been so creative in so many other instances, the cliché stands out even more.

The scene was saved by it evolving into a rival gang rumble - - that was unusual. And I suppose we needed some dramatic way to introduce this ‘Parasyte whisperer,’ so the crew was probably even aware that they were doing narrative dirty work. I just wish that more of it had been left unsaid.

Aside from that, I’m impressed that the stakes elevated so quickly. Sure, I figured Shinichi’s stable, suburban double life was going to end, sooner or later; but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to end so gruesomely. Man, if you thought he had already been put into the worst moral bind last episode (when he had to decide if he needed to kill a pregnant woman!), then brace yourself for an even tougher choice, now. Eeesh…

Now, I don’t know if his girlfriend’s going to last much longer - - and that’s exactly the suspense they were hoping to evoke, I’m sure.

Watch "the Stranger" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the last episode.

zaldaron Nov. 6, 2014 at 8:25 p.m.

Haibane Renmei much better than Angel Beats with similar themes.

takashichea moderator is online on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:27 p.m.
I feel bad for Shinichi who couldn't fight back some who who is in his mother's body. I didn't mind the heavy altruism theme.
zaldaron Nov. 9, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.

Confused ... my post was a response to others. They don't seem to be here anymore. Didn't see a reason for them to be removed. Hope nothing is wrong.

YotaruVegetaon Nov. 12, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.

@zaldar: Why are you posting videos of Haibane Renmei?

Kino88on Nov. 13, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.
Jesus Christ!!, that was brutal!, glad to see this show isn't Pulling any punches though, I'm gonna start calling it this years Attack on Titan,

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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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