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Kiseijuu (Manga)


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English: Parasyte
Synonyms: Parasite, Parasitic Beasts
Japanese: 寄生獣


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 64
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 22, 1989 to Dec 23, 1995
Authors: Iwaaki, Hitoshi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


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Ranked: #3212
Popularity: #161
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They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade—and take control of—a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret—except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?

(Source: Del Rey)

Related Manga

Adaptation: Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
Other: Neo Kiseijuu


Izumi, Shinichi

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Jul 3, 2008
Alright, let's talk Parasyte:

STORY: Alright the story as described in the paragraphs above may sound cheesy and unoriginal to some, I know. However, as the story progresses the plot thickens and is beautiful. It shows how various people with the parasites, the bad not the good, try to cope in society and that's actually amazing to see unfold. One gets pregnant, one tries not to kill, etc.

Also, Parasyte shows quite vividly how someone would live with another symbiote in their body. Needless to say, this is very cool and interesting if you're in to that sort of thing. read more
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May 3, 2013
Parasytes are an alien species that take over the human body by replacing the head. Our shmuck lead Izumi was about to be taken over by a parasyte, but due to some quick thinking he manages to stop the alien inside his arm, upon which the parasyte consumes his arm and takes it place. The two then have to learn how to live with each other while also dealing with all the other parasytes that have landed on earth.

What drew me to Parasyte originally was seeing the body horror pictures of how peoples’ bodies mutated and warped and started growing tentacles and teeth and occasionally read more
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Both stories involve creatures which take over people's minds and bodies and can morph them in monstrous ways, and a protagonist who manages to retain his human personality despite being one of these hosts. Both protagonist's have to deal with this fact while keeping their identity secret and struggling not to lose their humanity.
Kiseijuu = Parasyte

Parasyte and Tokyo Ghoul both involve male protagonists who wake up one day... different... One turned into a ghoul... while the other simply had an alien for an arm. And by alien, I mean a life form that has 100% control of the arm for most of the day. Coexisting and dealing with others who are similar to them, both characters have to live in the same world... with a completely flipped perspective.

Tokyo Ghoul is more supernaturalesque/fantasy and more gritty
Parasyte is more scifi-ish and psychological

Both have action and they are both great reads. Parasyte though is not a bishounen read. It's not pretty... or rather... it's from the late 80's early 90's.. so... it's much much more realistic.

I liked Parasyte a lot more than I did TG, but both are great great reads. :D

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