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Written by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Format Manga
Published by Kodansha
Years 1990 – 1995
Volumes 10


Drama, Suspense, Horror, Sci-Fi

Sum it up in a Sentence:

Spores from outer space bring a menacing threat to humanity, and boy ARE THEY HUNGRY.

Main Description

The "Parasytes" are alien creatures from the space which hatch from spores and burrow into the heads of humans, replacing their brain and taking over their body. They feel compelled to consume human flesh to survive. They are without morals or conscience. Their own drive is the animalistic need to survive.

Shinichi Izumi, a compassionate high schooler, is infected by a parasyte when sleeping, but thanks to a pair of headphones, it is unable to burrow into his head, and instead burrows into his hand, taking its place. Shinichi, now paired with his new parasyte hand "Migi" (Righty), is forced to keep his secret hidden and defend other people from the horrifying Parasytes, while also struggling against his own slowly vanishing humanity...

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Personal Opinions


A neat manga. I rather liked it when I read it. It's pretty well written and entertaining, and it approaches the Parasytes rather well. The author avoids diverging too much from his definition of them and overly humanizing them, so the end result really is a sort of inhuman creature with human intelligence just trying to survive and consume. All in all, quite creepy and enjoyable.

Kubla Khan

This manga is a good example of how much literary mileage and emotional impact one could get out of a simple premise executed with straight-to-the-point narrative and a minimalistic visual style. Parasyte doesn't try to shock you with contrived plot twists, cheap horror stuff or forced symbolism to detract from the actual story and characters. It hits right on target with characters that it's hard not to care about. It's an emotional wild ride that doesn't let go until it ends.

A few chapters are a bit too long and the explicitness of the nature vs. man conflict can get a bit tiring. I'd still recommend this to pretty much anyone.

A solid 9/10