Kiseijuu
Parasyte
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Kiseijuu

Alternative Titles

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

Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 64
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 22, 1989 to Dec 23, 1995
Genres: Action Action, Award Winning Award Winning, Horror Horror, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Themes: Gore Gore, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Iwaaki, Hitoshi (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 8.381 (scored by 4900649,006 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2332
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #136
Members: 103,905
Favorites: 4,445

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Volumes: /10
Chapters: /64
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Parasyte
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Synopsis

"Parasites" are tennis ball sized creatures, whose numbers and origins are unknown. They invade and take over the human mind in order to survive. Shinichi Izumi is a 16-year-old high school student who lives with his parents in a quiet neighborhood. One night, a Parasite invades Shinichi's body in an attempt to take control of it. However, it fails to complete the takeover process and ultimately ends up inhabiting only his right arm.

Thus, both Shinichi and the Parasite—who calls himself Migi—retain their individual minds. Now in a peculiar "human and alien" relationship, Migi proposes that they cooperate to survive. Shinichi has no choice but to agree, and he must now cling to his morality as he and Migi face off against other bloodthirsty Parasites.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Kiseijuu won the 17th Kodansha Manga Award for Best General Manga in 1993.

In 2003, it was reprinted in a eight volume complete version format; in 2014, in a new edition format, and complete version in a bunko format. The manga was adapted into two live-action movies which released on November 29, 2014 and April 25, 2015, respectively. A spin-off live-action series titled Parasyte: The Grey was released on Netflix in 2024.

The series was first published in English as Parasyte by Tokyopop, ran in their manga anthology magazine Mixxzine and had a 12 volume release from June 23, 1998 to November 19, 2002. Del Rey Manga republished the series based on the eight volume reprint from May 1, 2007 to July 28, 2009. Kodansha Comics USA later reprinted the Del Rey release from July 26, 2011 to August 21, 2012. It has been published in Spanish by Planeta Comic and was published in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc from September 2015 to June 2016. The manga was also published in Italian as L'ospite indesiderato by Magic Press from October 3, 1998 to August 30, 2004 before release was discontinued. RW Edizioni picked up the license and published the manga as Kiseiju: L'ospite indesiderato based on the eight volume reprint under the GOEN imprint from December 6, 2014 to January 30, 2016.

Characters

Joe
Supporting
Gotou
Supporting
Uragami
Supporting
Hirokawa, Takeshi
Supporting
Uda, Mamoru
Supporting

Reviews

Dec 11, 2022
Parasyte is the story of a teenager living in a world where some people were taken over by an alien life form. Shinichi himself was attacked by one but it failed to take his brain, so now his right arm is a parasite.
This seems an interesting setting to have some grandiose story about the meaning of life or the evilness of humanity, and while that is commented on, Parasyte is really mostly about a teen trying to navigate life in a world where predators are a very real thing for humans now. There's horror and action, but there's also slice-of-life moments and comedy. Only towards ...
Nov 17, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Almost but not exactly the same

I’ve recently watched and read Kiseijuu/Parasyte, a very interesting case of a work that was very faithfully adapted and yet with a very relevant difference that isn’t brought up as much as it should, so I thought about writing about both versions.

Interesting premise

The premise is about monsters taking over humans from within and mimicking them to feast on them, hence the name. Since the origin of the parasites is not clear, it can be seen as a combination of Devilman, the first one in its kind in the manga and anime mediums, with The Thing and the Invasion of the ...
Aug 5, 2020
FunnyFunny
Preliminary (64/64 eps)
I don't like this manga. I think it's overrated and very poorly written. I've no idea how it receives 10's and 9's from other people, I simply don't get it.

>Story
The story in this manga is actually... decent. It has a cool and relatively unique premise, and it's (sometimes) interesting to see what happens next. However, the author has no idea how to properly move with it. The structure of the story itself isn't dynamic at all, it's too slow for its' own setting and there's a lot, and I mean A LOT, of filler and just stuff that isn't very interesting to look at in ...

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