Shiki, Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu Recommendations
A foregin life form invades human society and starts infecting the population. Faced with thes alien creatures, the lines between man and monster, and good and bad start to shift.
While these shows quite differ in characters and atmosphere (Shiki is a dark fantasy/mystery and Parasyte is more sci-fi and action oriented), both ultaimtely tackle same, age old question: What makes a human human and what differentiates us from animals/monsters? Parasyte goes one step further and gets a bit enviromental, questioning man's relationship with Earth, but not in an annoying, preachy fashion.
Both series involve the human race being terrorized and eaten by another species so they can survive. Mysteriously in both series people end up becoming the other species, some find interesting ways to use their new found abilities. Both Narratives have Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller, and Mystery genre components.
New forms of life invade a city/town and people start dying. The whole premise of both Anime is that humans often consume animals or other species but when they are the prey they ignore that fact. I feel Shiki gives us a better perspective and is more representative on the theme. Meanwhile Kiseijuu is more about trying to co-exist.
Both are Horror/Thrillers with heavy themes about the difference between man and monster. They both are highly intellectual and don't portray right and wrong in a clear sense. The biggest difference between the two are
-Shiki is about Vampires, Parasyte is about Aliens
-Shiki is plot driven, Parasyte is character driven
What makes humans superior to other species? Isn't it okay for predators to hunt humans? We eat livestock, how is it any different than an alien species thinking of us as livestock? In Parasyte, the main character Shinichi Izumi's right hand is taken over by a parasite. Pretty much, the parasites try to take over the human brain and they can morph whatever body part they took over. After taking over the body, they eat other humans as their source of food. People are dying around the world but they don't know what the causes of the deaths are in Parasyte, which is similar to
They both have unnatural creatures involving with humans. They both question the life rules of creatures being alive.
Just like the relationship between Tokyo Ghoul and Kiseijuu, Shiki and Kiseijuu are similar in almost the exact same way. It's essentially a transition from humanoid creatures to very much alien creatures. Still, I think it's worth watching them both. Just as a warning, Shiki is technically a part of the horror genre. It's not gory at all, but the atmospherical tension is intense.