The real Death Parade starts here, and also intense inebriation. To be fair, if I had an indeterminate shelf life, I’d also want to get loaded 24/7. I mean you can’t exactly die, so there’s no risk of Hendrixing yourself. Though arbiters seem to eat and drink, so maybe hangovers are unavoidable. Still, it’s definitely a less creepy hobby than keeping the corpses of your former patrons around. Read More
I have completely forgotten everything that happened after Tamura Reiko pops her alien clogs in the manga. I guess in my mind that moment was such a big coming together and tying up of so many of the anime’s central themes that my head just sort of checked out after that. Hence it’s actually a really nice surprise to watch now and go “oh shit yeah the police got more involved and started scanning people” but I can’t for the life of me remember how this was solved or how any of this went down. It’s actually really exciting…which in a way has made me swing back around to the “maybe I shouldn’t read manga after all”.
I’m enjoying this run of “You might have caught up to me … EXCEPT NOT, ACTUALLY!!!!!!” battles. The structure could get repetitive after a while if the “second forms” or whatever aren’t clever or interesting enough to carry the battle, but it’s at least more interesting than curbstomp battles where the result is never in question. Plus, since we’re entering into the final four (much quicker than I anticipated, really), there probably won’t be much time for this to get repetitive.
The thematic structure of this fight is basically the series at its core: the individual vs. the team. Junya’s team just splits off on its own from the start, because they’re all — Junya in particular — about that individual power. “Fight on your own, and get beaten on your own.” If you lose, you weren’t strong enough. Junya’s team doesn’t even have a particular plan; they simply react to Team Try Fighters turning the battle into three one-on-one fights. The difference between the two teams is that Fumina and Yuuma sense that Sekai wants to fight Junya and work out a plan of attack to allow that to happen, even if the plan boils down to “Rush ‘em!” They’re all on the same page.
This man’s entire life appears to be based around Google’s auto-complete first suggestions when you type in something generic like “why do”. I just tried that and got “why do we yawn” which is a damn good question. Although I also got “why do dogs sit on cats”, proving again Google’s auto-complete function gets us some weird responses. And those responses nearly always come from the wonderful world of Yahoo Answers. I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but my passion for Yahoo answers is endless. I want to know the people who post on there with these weirdly specific questions they seem to be tortured by, as well as what people post those vague responses to questions they don’t really know the answer to but must respond to this complete stranger anyway. At least thanks to Durarara I now know the type of person who posts those questions: Russian Assassins. Yahoo Answers is full of Russian Assassins. Thanks Durarara.
So I don’t throw out spoilers in the opening paragraph for people who glance through posts while scrolling the site, I’ll instead mention how nice of a surprise it is that Parasyte has really caught on with English speaking fandom. It was top of ANN’s user poll for anime of the year 2014 (questionable when it was only half finished but whatever), completely dominated Fantasy Anime League on MAL the season it aired and is currently just short of the top 30 on the site. I really did think that adapting an old ass manga like Parasyte would turn people off but that hasn’t been the case at all. So good on you Madhouse for getting that large audience.
Well, large audience abroad that is, because it seems like Japan doesn’t like Parasyte at all, but Japan is dumb and likes Gundam Seed Destiny.