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Kiseijuu (Manga)


Alternative Titles

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


Score: 8.341 (scored by 8109 users)
Ranked: #3212
Popularity: #161
Members: 15,009
Favorites: 785
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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
Both series deal with shapeshifting lifeforms (in Inugami's case wolf/dog deity/things? and in Parasyte alien beings) that come to earth and wreak havoc, the stories centering on one lifeform that forms a friendship with a human boy (though Inugami's bond is more emotional and heartfelt), with the obligatory girl pal tagging along. Both series are highly recommended for the mature audience who can take bodies being ripped to shreds and appreciate a well developed seinen piece.
Both involve one of the main characters being "possessed". They have the same dark feel, even though Parasyte is set in our world and Shingeki no Kyoujin is not.
In both stories, the main character gets taken over by an ALF and he has to learn to co-exist with him.
Scifi stories with horror elements. Both are thought-provokingly psychological and highly suspenseful with great drama and interesting storylines, and they both also contain deadly enemies and extreme violence.
Those familiar with Parasyte would view 7 Billion Needles as something of a rip-off, should they read it. An eccentric alien entity comes from outer space, merges with the lead and slowly-but-surely comes to be friends with its host, as they battle together against other alien enemies. If you're experienced, you've read it all before.

The first two volumes aren't bad - the characterisation being solid enough - but the last two turn it into a nonsensical mess that would most likely leave you with a desire to have re-read Parasyte instead.

In terms of the 'merging' itself, 7BN has more in-common with Birdy than Parasyte since in both the leads die and need to rely on their new companions to survive. However, since Birdy has a human form all of her own, the relationship development isn't really very similar to what 7BN has to offer.
Mysterious disease spreads around the world. Those who are infected develop supernatural powers and an urge to kill. However, one person uses his power to protect mankind.
When part of your body belongs to another entity, where does the line between you and this other existence get drawn? - That is the question Heads and Parasyte ask.

In Heads, its lead gets shot in the head and is saved from his coma by becoming the first ever adult brain transplant patient. In Parasyte, the arm of its lead gets replaced by an alien. In both the once calmer, more timid personalities of the leads gradually change until they no longer can be recognized as who they once were.

Heads in particular is recommended to those looking for psychological thrills with a difference. It deals exclusively with the small but significant differences that separate individuals, and how everything can change so easily.
I honestly can't believe these two weren't recommended for each other when i was reading one i thought "wow these two are rather similar" both have high schooler sharing body with something not human, both fight their own non-human kind both main characters gain power while merging with each other gradually both of the main characters start to see the world differently and feel non-human their personalities seem to change and both have subtle romance
Dark and Bloody manga with deep overtones.
Both manga feature main characters that find themselves caught on the opposing side of supernatural enemies of skill and power far beyond theirs and both use quick wits and brilliant tactics to defeat their monstrous adversaries. Great battles with brilliant tactical execution featured here, something most battle manga seem to lack.
While Kiseijuu involves people who are infected by something alien and Ajin seem to be transformed humans, there's a common thread of people trying to survive in a brutal world where they don't know who they can trust.
A high school boy is infected by something strange, and forms an uneasy alliance with someone to fight and kill other infected people. His "condition" evolves. His girlfriend knows something is going on, and is upset at his secretiveness.
These are bodysnatcher-like psychological horrors. Parasyte is more action and gore, SNO is more horror.
Kisejuu is similar to x-gene on how the main character has some sort of monster inside of him and how it enjoys killing. Both characters fight against that nature at first but then begin to use it to protect the ones close to them.
While the art in Uzumaki is more terrifying than Parasyte, they both balance horror, romance, and other story elements perfectly. They share the general theme of body horror while going beyond generic gross-outs and mutilations. They're both truly creative with mutations, making them interesting and sometimes terrifying.
The MC's hand is overtaken by by some foreign entity.
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Both stories are AMAZING and refreshing psychological thrillers drawn in a realistic style. Parasyte (64 chapters) is an epic in length compared to Blue Heaven (24 chapters) and the plots are pretty different. But they're both masterpieces of equal caliber in my eyes.
If you preferred Tanabata no Kuni then by all means proceed and read Parasyte, which is Hitoshi's praised work -- also contains SF / Horror elements. Vice versa -- Tanabata no Kuni is basically a copy of Parasyte. Not one of those shameful copies, but similar in many traits, albeit certainly fun to read.
Historie is written by the same artist. They both got a really good story.
Only the genres are different. Historie is a Historical manga when Parasyte is a sci-fi manga, but I bet you'll like this one too!
These works are strong in the horror and gore department. The heroes have to fight against very few, but extremly tough and brutul enemies while make use of the little they have.
Despite the title, Zombie Hunter is more like "Parasite Hunter". Both series contain parasites that take over the human body, are difficult to kill, and are weak against fire. Parasyte is much better, but Zombie Hunter is a quick read and certainly beats out Parasyte in the art department...
Spores from space fall and create new lifeforms on Earth. Parasyte's closer to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, while Biomega deals with cultist zombies.
Strange, foreign creatures forcefully make human bodies their hosts. Parasites are not as self-aware in Manhole, and Kiseijuu evokes a more thought provoking response to the readers due to questions about morality and humanity.
Both are about two people (kinda) fighting together to stop the destruction of their worlds and save those who are close to them.
The main characters, Shinji and Yusuke, share a lot of similar situations and decisions.
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Both have creatures that can slice humans with weapons. It's pretty similar.
The two main characters (female) are bullied by their peers and find peace in something else.
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A parasite attaches itself to the mains character arm which then gives them the strength that they then use to fight and kill other parasites.
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It's the same in that they both have something invade the body in which they can somewhat communicate with and the main character struggles to keep his humanity. Keep in mind, the art is not as good and its more grotesque but thye story is good.
They are very similar in the aspect that of the MC getting "infected" by some unknown disease and have the urge to kill and eat other people.
Blood, gore, horror, strange beings which can eat humans from the inside out.
Che graphical style is very similar, but the premise is a different one: BioMeat Nectar focuses on survival in
a devasted world against unintelligent beasts, where as Parasyte the main hero fights against intelligent invaders living undercover.
With gritty style and awesome story lines both Battle Royale and Parasyte caught me from the start and refused to let go. In both stories the characters are faced with seemingly hopeless circumstances that they desperately struggle to change. Battle Royale and Parasyte are fundamentally different in that one features an epic survival game while the other has parasitic aliens invading the Earth but both are amazing mangas!
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