All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.
Sixteen-year-old high school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species.
Hello, fellow anime lovers! It’s your favorite writer, The Anime Critic, back with yet another roller coaster review for you all. This time we’ll be venturing into a world where the boundaries between humans and creatures blur, a story that takes ‘survival of the fittest’ to a whole new level. Yes, dear readers, I am talking about none other than the phenomenal Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu or as it’s known in English, Parasyte -the maxim-.
Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu unfolds in a dimension much like our own, with one critical difference – the sudden arrival of parasitic aliens upon Earth! These aliens burrow into the brains of unsuspecting human hosts, completely taking over their bodies and transforming them into terrifying creatures. Unable to thwart the invasion, humanity stands on the verge of extinction.
Unlikely hero, Izumi Shinichi, a 17-year-old high school student living with his parents in Tokyo, finds himself caught in this storm when a parasite targets him. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the parasite can only take over his right hand. Forming a hesitant truce, Shinichi and the parasite, whom he later names Migi, work together to survive, raising questions about what it means to be human and the intricate laws of co-existence.
The storyline of Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu is nothing short of riveting, masterfully balancing elements of horror, action and slice of life. The developers do a fantastic job portraying the terrifying ordeal of the invasion, while simultaneously exploring the more philosophical aspects of human-persona and survival.
The narrative follows a linear development with few flashbacks, keeping viewers glued to their screens with its escalating tension and unpredictability. With profound commentary on our race’s impact on the environment and the inherent cruelty of natural selection, the plot certainly digs deeper than your average anime.
The animation by studio Madhouse is fluid and crisp, with the design of the parasites both horrific and fascinating. Their grotesque transformations serve to accentuate the disturbingly calm demeanor they exhibit in their human forms.
Sound design is excellent, with a chilling soundtrack that perfectly complements the suspenseful storyline. Voice acting, both in the original Japanese and English dubs, is top-notch, especially in portraying the contrasting personas of our protagonist, Shinichi, and his parasite, Migi.
Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu is a must-watch for anime aficionados and newbies alike. Its captivating storyline, memorable characters, and philosophical undertone make it a compelling watch. While its disturbing plot may not be everyone’s cup of tea, for those who appreciate thrill and shivers down their spine, this anime provides in heaps!
Ultimately, whether you want to rent it, buy it or stream it, Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu is worth your time. For your convenience, it’s currently available for streaming on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and experience the thrill of Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu today!
Stay tuned for the next thrilling anime review, dear readers. Until then, sayonara and happy watching!
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