Pacing 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.
Anyway, 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.