Episode 6 Impressions: Parasyte -the maxim-

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Tragedy has struck Shinichi in more ways than one.  His parents, his school life, and now his very own life is destroyed within days.  Though it doesn’t seem as if Migi is about to allow his host to die on him too easily.

e6parasytethemaxim03Synopsis
Leaping into action, Migi takes on the form of a heart that is implanted into Shinichi’s chest to keep his blood circulation active. Taking tissue from other parts of his body, he manages to stitch up the damage his host sustained. Supplying water and food, it seems as if Migi is a surgeon, tissue donor, and nurse, all wrapped up in a shapeshifting package.

After regaining consciousness, Shinichi comes to grip with what has happened. With Migi being in a deep sleep, Shinichi is forced to deal with it alone. However his mourning will have to wait as his father is still in danger. Rushing to go see him, Shinichi bumps into Murano who almost doesn’t recognize him. His body looks different, he’s hardened, his eyes are dead, and he no longer needs to wear glasses.

e6parasytethemaxim07When Shinichi arrives at the hospital, his father no longer believes his wife had been murdered by “a monster.” Instead, with the investigators claiming she is alive, he’s left confused and believing it was all a dream. Of course, Shinichi knows the truth and is dead set on killing the parasyte and allowing his mother to rest in peace.

Thoughts
Probably the best episode, by far. Kicking things off with an incredible display of skill on Migi’s part, then the emotional breakdown of Shinichi as he comes to grips with everything.  I cannot express in words how well the emotional moments of this episode had me hooked from beginning to end.  All enhanced with great choices in music and production.

Probably my favorite and most emotional part in this episode was Shinichi’s run in with Murano. While we get an idea of the changes he’s undergone, it was put in stone when he bumped into her. The music was perfect and there was this sense of Shinichi’s life falling apart while being unable to tell e6parasytethemaxim11anyone else about it. He can’t let it out, he can’t stay there, and he may not be back. There was also a constant divide happening between himself and Murano, even after finally growing closer to each other. So many words were spoken in such a short silent moment.

I do feel, despite Shinichi’s frustration, his father is better off allowing himself to be deceived. Rather than live his life knowing his wife was killed by a monster and then taken control of, he’s better off believing she’s just missing. This allows Shinichi to keep secret his plans to kill her body.

The final part that has to be brought up is the changes Migi faces. While Shinichi gains strength, speed, hearing, and sight, Migi gains emotion. He claimed he gathered some of Shinichi’s emotions for his family during his operation, but it wasn’t truly telling until he turned in shame upon asking if Shinichi hated him. I was floored upon seeing this and I can’t wait to see what it entails later in the series.

So much to talk about with this episode, and so much to look forward to. This series is definitely turning out to be a fantastic part of the Fall 2014 season and anime in general.

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Amazing

Pros:

  • Great emotion
  • Great character progression
  • Migi’s transformation
  • Great inner conflict
  • Great music queues

Cons:

  • None

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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