19 CommentsFirst Impressions, Parasyte / By Scamp /

Parasyte episode 1 – I have 7 eyes and 8 jaws, nice to meet you

vlcsnap-2014-10-08-21h57m55s30I’m a huge fan of the manga for Parasyte and was cautiously optimistic coming into this anime. One thing I was a little afraid of was whether it would be full of censorship. Body horror is right at the core of Parasyte and stripping that out would diminish the horror these things are supposed to instil in you. Literally 5 seconds into the anime and NOPE this isn’t censored in the slightest! We get to see people’s faces morph into giant mouths with 8 jaws rip the head off their wives, and the world is a better place for that.

vlcsnap-2014-10-08-22h02m57s252This anime adaptation is really making good on the manga. The animation is pretty damn excellent (with the exception of that one super awkward CG background characters shot), which really helps drive home to mutating body parts grossness in a way the manga couldn’t get across as effectively. There’s quite a few changes from the manga too, most of which I like. They’ve modernised it for one. Forget smartphones, Parasyte is old enough that I’m pretty sure our handy friend wasn’t even using the internet for his research back in the day. The main character strikes me as a lot wimpier in the anime, which I like. At the start of the manga he was a bit of a Yuji Everylead the Bland and only developed later. If anything this change will make that development even more interesting when it starts to happen. The boob grope is new though, with our handy friend decided he’s going to act on his host’s hormones and grab what he wants.

vlcsnap-2014-10-08-22h01m02s97Back to the animation again though because the fluidity of the transitions between normal hand to grotesque alien are vital to getting across the horror of the story. The scene that grossed me out the most wasn’t the transforming flying dog (although I did let out an involuntary “oh god” out loud at that scene). It was the above scene where the guy’s hand starts to split down the gaps between the fingers. Am I the only one who has horror images of the webbed skin between your fingers tearing if you stretched it too far, ripping down the middle of your hand and oh christ I’m finding it hard to type because my hand keeps trying to bunch itself into a fist to escape the sensation.

I’m normally really bad with body horror but there’s something about Parasyte’s brand that keeps me engaged. When they go full alien it stops being scary and just becomes weird, but it’s that in-between moment that grabs me. It’s like when you start warping a photograph in photoshop and the things you create start looking horrifying but after a while just looks like muck. It’s tapping into a primal fear that can catch you off-guard in Parasyte because it’s not solely out there as torture porn or anything like that. Because Parasyte is funny too, and quite often. I love little throwaway lines in the episode too, like the drunk guy going “wooh wall slam” while wandering home drunk, or the dad inquiring whether his kid was on drugs. Don’t let your natural squickiness scare you away from Parasyte. It is a fantastic, funny and remarkably deep story too which the anime looks like will be able to keep intact even after 20+ years.

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  1. gedata
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I looked back at the manga and we’ve gotten through 2 chapters here. The thing is they cut out the dick-hand scene. It could be that they’re just saving it for a later episode (where it would definitely be censored), if not then that’s a shame.

    Also not feeling the OST, especially that autotune screamy piece of crap of an OP

    • Outcast
      Posted October 10, 2014 at 5:20 am | Permalink

      Meh, I don’t find the OP quite that bad…but it’s generic as all hell. Won’t be making itself onto any of this year’s top openings (best or worst).

      • Scamp
        Posted October 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

        Oh god no the OP is awful, as is the OST. Forgot to mention that but the music choices are awful

      • Outcast
        Posted October 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

        Well, my music choices suck then :(

  2. Outcast
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    It was a pretty good episode, though I do wish they hadn’t replaced “dick-hand” with the overused “saving someone from getting hit by car”. The animation was good, the pacing was good, but what was most surprising was that I didn’t even notice the girl whose boob he grabbed was voiced by HanaKana (damn that range). Overall, I hope this actually maintains this level of quality.

    PS: It really saddens me that Horrible Subs’ Leader Recommended fucking Cross Ange above Parasyte (albeit before either show had aired). In fact, it’s the lowest one on the list. *Sigh*


    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

      Well, to be honest, before the season started, I too thought I could maybe enjoy Cross Ange (MECHA AND DRAGONS, YUU-HUU!!) more than Parasyte (manga I’d never heard about and body horror, which is really not my thing).
      Then of course the latter turned out to be a masterpiece and the first had anal rape. Anime is unpredictable.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      Who cares what horriblesubs thinks? I’m surprised anyone takes them as an arbiter of taste

  3. Kamui
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I went into this thinking I’d end up hating the art, but it is surprisingly similar (yet different) to the art style in the manga. In fact, the characters were easily recognizable and really feel like they just got a more modern design. The eyes, facial expressions, and transforming aliens in particular were extremely reminiscent of the manga.
    Aesthetics aside, the only thing I didn’t quite like about this episode were our friendly alien’s “not gonna spoil its name* voice (a minor nitpick, probably just needs some getting used to) and the terrible music ( that battle music…blagh). Overall though it really was worth the wait! :)

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      I quite liked the voice, as odd as it is. Not sure what our handy friend would sound like otherwise but it sure is odd

  4. gedata
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    it has 9 jaws btw

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      I can count

  5. Fifteenth
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    After marathoning Dorohedoro, Berserk, and Akira this past few weeks, Parasyte’s gore and body horror just left me feeling empty than gave a lasting first impression. I guess it’s time to take a break from blood, Guts, and occasional sexual harassment for now.

    • Maxulous
      Posted October 12, 2014 at 5:30 am | Permalink

      Part of my issue with Parasyte so far is that the presentation is very clean. A lack of grittiness is robbing the scenes of some much needed atmosphere. That and the fart-noises-on-a-keyboard music. I haven’t read the manga (I probably should), but I imagine it to be somewhat cruder than what we’re getting. Breast grab? oh noes.

      The animation is lovely, Madhouse has money. My deal is do they still have style?

  6. Mormegil
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Aya Hirano exists!

  7. Nagisa33
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Pretty solid so far and I’m fond most of the changes they made. I appreciate the designs and now I can tell people apart more easily. The only aspects I wasn’t too fond of were the extreme OP, kind of bland ED, and that one battle song near the end. On another note, when I was reading the manga I made Migi’s voice high-pitched and a tad nasily in my head. Though it’s different from what I imagined I dig it here too. I’ll probably watch bits and pieces since I already know the story but I’ll check it every so often, especially at the intense moments.

  8. Pusswookie
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Dubstep is the only music for spontaneous body horror. Parasyte and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure agree.

  9. ANON
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    not having this in my FAL team is going to hurt me quite badly in the long run.

    Why oh why did I associate this with pupa in my mind, and so I didn’t include it, and included effing shirobako instead?????

  10. Cribs
    Posted October 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I laughed at the complaint about background CG. It’s a brick wall. If the worst offenses this show commits is a badly autotuned opening sequence and CG of a brick wall that we don’t care about, I’ll be ecstatic.

    Migi is just adorable and the visual about shriveling if he were ever to be deprived of the nutrients in Shin’s blood is probably my favorite scene so far.

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