2015 is shaping up to be a good year for anime. There might be a few shows you have overlooked or that may have gotten lost in the hype of other shows. One to check out is Parasyte the Maxim. It is a body horror, filled with action, drama, and a tiny sprinkle of comedy. Body Horror is a kind of anime that involves the human body being mutated, ripped apart … you know the usual stuff, so viewer discretion is advised.
Parasyte the Maxim is an anime adaptation of a manga called Parasyte, which originally started it’s run way back in 1988 and ended in 1995. It’s very rare for an anime to be made so far down the road from the original manga like this, so praise Shenron for that.
Since this is an ongoing show, there are no spoilers around here — everything I’ll say is from the first episode, so you’re safe! What I can tell you is that Parasyte the Maxim is about a 17-year-old student named Shinichi who’s in high school when his life takes a drastic turn. One night while he’s sleeping, an alien parasite invades his body and tries to take over his brain. Through a comedic series of events that I don’t want to spoil for you, Shinichi stops the parasite from taking over his brain and instead the invader takes over his right hand.
Parasyte had me hooked from the beginning with its weird premise and visuals, you know with the body horror, which is made even more intense by the fact that the show is uncensored. The action in this show is on point. There’s slicing and dicing, limbs get cut off and organs removed. Again, viewer discretion is advised. Parasyte will make you laugh while still giving you a looming feeling of dread. “Yes, it’s funny now but what happens when it stops being funny?” is a question that I often asked myself while watching the show. I’m a sucker for deep character development and so far I’m getting exactly what I ask for with Shinichi and the parasite.
If you’re looking for an ongoing anime to watch every week then look no further because Parasyte the Maxim is here in full force, ready to put a big ol’ stamp on 2015.