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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


Score: 8.451 (scored by 18903 users)
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Ranked: #1692
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Popularity: #88
Members: 33,214
Favorites: 2,141


Manga: Tokyo Ghoul
While watching the anime for this manga Tokyo Ghoul instantly came to mind. To avoid spoilers i'll just say both main characters are in some what similar situation in addition to their personality transition.  
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Manga: 70-oku no Hari
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  read more 
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Manga: Devilman
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. 
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Manga: Variante
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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Manga: Ajin
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. 
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Manga: Shingeki no Kyojin
Despite the temporal distance, both mangas are very similar by the feelings that they get.
Violence and particular design must be surmounted, because it's beyond that is situated the real treasure : a beautiful thought on the human kind. 
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Manga: Midori no Hibi
The MC's hand is overtaken by by some foreign entity.  
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Manga: Okite Nemuru
Okitenemuru and Kiseijuu involves mysterious beings that becomes part of human society. The main protagonist gets involved in an incident where they gain a special attribute that changes their life forever. Throughout the story, there is violence, death, and mysteries that is unsettling as we learn more and more about certain strange circumstances. 
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Manga: Guardian Dog
In both stories, the main character gets taken over by an ALF and he has to learn to co-exist with him. 
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Manga: Inugami
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.  
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Manga: Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen
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. 
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Manga: Heads
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  read more 
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Manga: Gantz
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. 
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Manga: Tanabata no Kuni
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. 
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Manga: Kiss x Death
The plot and characters are very diffrents.
But the main concept of a parasite invading into the protagonist body and changing him is very similiar.
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Manga: Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho
The main characters, Shinji and Yusuke, share a lot of similar situations and decisions. 
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Manga: Historie
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!  
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Manga: Hunter x Hunter
Both mangas have a similar dark deep style and a draw style alike. Hunter x Hunter's Chimera Ants Arc is really similar to Kiseijuu. Also Hunter x Hunter's character Menthuthuyoupi is based on Kiseijuu's Gotoh. 
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Manga: Zettai naru Isolator
Whilst one is a novel and the other a manga, what these two works have in common is that they both revolve around humans who have been infected by parasites. Each showcases fierce battles between human hosts, with Zettai naru Isolator taking a more superpower/scientific approach. Both works are completely gritty and enjoyable. 
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Manga: Saiteihen no Otoko
These are bodysnatcher-like psychological horrors. Parasyte is more action and gore, SNO is more horror. 
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Manga: X-Gene
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. 
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Manga: Igyoujin Oniwakamaru
Parasyte is a masterpiece and does not need much introduction, but Igyoujin Oniwakamaru is underrated IMHO and although it probably has more in common with Devilman, I still think the recommendation stands. In both cases, the protagonists get "infected" and once they come to grips with the situation, they gain impressive battle powers. Not that they have a choice anyway, plus their worlds start to crumble down. The host and foreign entity eventually collaborate and even start to understand one another. Oniwakamaru ends abruptly whereas Parasyte somewhat drags on. Both titles are gory but Oniwakamaru much more so. 
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Manga: Guyver
Both involve main characters becoming hosts for alien-like organisms. These sci-fi manga explore human psychology and the gradual changes of our hero's personality (although Guyver is more action oriented).  
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Manga: Aflame Inferno
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 
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Manga: Uzumaki
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. 
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Manga: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 2: Sentou Chuuryuu
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. 
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Manga: BioMeat: Nectar
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. 
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Manga: El El
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. 
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Manga: Nanase
The two main characters (female) are bullied by their peers and find peace in something else. 
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Manga: Manhole
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. 
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Manga: Biomega
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.  
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Manga: Elfen Lied
Both have creatures that can slice humans with weapons. It's pretty similar. 
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Manga: Kurozakuro
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. 
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Manga: Pupa
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.  
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Manga: Shounen Mahoshi
Dark and Bloody manga with deep overtones.  
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Manga: Zombie Hunter
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... 
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Manga: Blue Heaven
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.  
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Manga: Battle Royale
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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Manga: Animal X: Daichi no Okite
Both are about two people (kinda) fighting together to stop the destruction of their worlds and save those who are close to them. 
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Manga: Dawn: Tsumetai Te
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. 
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