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Parasyte episode 15 – I wonder if Shinichi is worried about his humanity

Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu - 15 - Large 23Pacing is a different beast from anime to manga. In manga you control the pacing. You can spend however long you want staring at a beautiful landscape shot, while zooming past boring exposition as you wish. It rips control away from the creators though and means they can’t rely on them being able to hit the key beats at the timing they want. You can do some tricks with page turning but it’s never quite as effective as it would be in motion. Comic timing, dramatic pauses and things like that don’t work as well in a static format.

This is the reasoning I’ve come up with for why I am so ruddy bored with them endlessly repeating the same thematic point of Shinichi’s humanity over and over while I never had any problem with that in the manga. I guess I must have just sped through that content in the manga. I remember the female characters being a load of poop and I also remember the end getting a bit preachy with its messages. I don’t remember it being this repetitive.

It’s now at the point where I found it genuinely disappointing that the end of the private detective’s story came down to the same point yet again. People are struggling to see Shinichi as human. Yup, I think we’ve got that point just fine by now. Perhaps they’re dragging this story out too much. They would never do this because people would kick up an almighty fuss no matter what adaptations change, but cutting out Kana’s character altogether would mean this thematic point wouldn’t feel quite as drawn out.

Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu - 15 - Large 31Anyway, bitching aside, I enjoyed most of the rest of the episode. I liked pretty much the whole set of scenes from Shinichi realising some Parasytes are following him right until the end of the episode. Migi’s lack of warning before falling asleep just as Shinichi was getting in the mood for a fight. The bit where he starts panicking in the truck because he’s convinced himself that the dog is a Parasyte. His relieved reaction to meeting the man he thought was tailing him because he smiled so he clearly must not be a Parasyte.

I like it when you bring in the mummy teacher’s attempts to laugh because of how large the smile he wears is. They’re struggling with the nuances of facial expressions so they over-exaggerate. Although with anime’s natural tendency to exaggerate all facial reactions to compensate for the difficulty of expressing delicate nuance with anime character designs, it’s not actually that clear that he’s exaggerating. I’ve seen that idea for anime’s over-exaggeration being a reason as to why socially awkward and even autistic people are into anime. Because they can actually pick up on the emotions being expressed.

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  1. nik
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    “I’ve seen that idea for anime’s over-exaggeration being a reason as to why socially awkward and even autistic people are into anime. Because they can actually pick up on the emotions being expressed.”

    And so, it begins.

  2. Jaysus
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t make it through the chick drama portion of the anime. Seems like I’m not missing anything.

  3. Shikamaru
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I was just reading your older posts and found the “no anime is drop forever” posts. I had forgotten about them, but now I remember that I really enjoyed them. Any chance you could start doing them again? Or maybe all three of you could do them every once in a while. Just a suggestion.

    I think the perfect length for anime is 12 episodes. That’s all you need. So whenever I watch something like Parasyte I’m afraid that I get bored with the series and end up dropping it. Thankfully that hasn’t been the case with Parasyte. I’m still really enjoying it.

    • Outcast
      Posted January 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

      “I think the perfect length for anime is 12 episodes.” <— Well, you can't say that for EVERY anime. I mean, Fullmetal Alchemist, Steins;Gate, Code Geass, you'll be hard pressed to condense them to 12 episode AND keep the pacing good. Hell, Attack on Titan, bloated as it was, can't have 12 episodes worth of filler in it (and it's unfinished anyway, so that's a moot point). Sure, you could say we should look at the length of the source material, but that can get tricky since the source material's pacing has to be taken into account as well.

      I guess Parasyte might have benefited from shortening its length to 12 episodes. But then again, if that were the case we'd currently be at episode 7 (let's pretend taking together all footage of Kana and Murano would make up 8 episodes). So is there really only 5 episodes' worth of content left in the manga?

      • Shikamaru
        Posted January 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

        I should have explained better what I meant. I like what they did with Chaika and Tokyo Ghoul. 12 episodes and then there’s 4 month break. After that break that anime feels fresh again. It doesn’t get boring or repetitive that way. I think that’s what Parasyte should have done too. 12 episodes and then there’s a break and then again 12 episodes. That’s the perfect anime formula for me.

        I could just wait for 4 months and then watch the rest of it. I just think that “true” anime fan watches anime when it’s new. You don’t wait for 4 months to finish something. You watch it right away.

      • Outcast
        Posted January 24, 2015 at 4:05 am | Permalink

        Aah, you meant Parasyte should have been two split cours. That I agree with, and I’m curious why they didn’t do that. My best guess is that they didn’t want to end with Kana’s arc (which was pretty weak) and then take a big break, lest people lose interest with the show and drop out.

  4. Traintop
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I think another thing making the “Shinichi is inhuman” thing more repetitive is that the anime is cutting down all the bits where we actually get away from it. Save for that one scene with his wife, literally everything about Kuramori’s investigation that didn’t have a direct impact on Shinichi was cut out.

  5. Posted January 24, 2015 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    As an autistic person myself, I have little trouble reading faces since I am very high functioning. However, I know a dozen people who either have stone-cold expressions or are incapable of more than two facial movements because of problems of their own.

    On topic: the force feeding of Shinichi’s “WHAT AM I” narrative is one of the few criticisms I had for the manga, but it is also a very big one. Having control over the pacing makes it bearable to some like me and you, but I doubt anyone who doesn’t turn off their brain while watching Parasyte will find it palatable.

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