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Parasyte episode 19 – Humanity fights back

Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu - 19 - Large 25I 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”.

Let me expand a little on that. I started out my anime viewing career by reading as much manga as I did anime. At some point though I realised I massively enjoyed the anime adaptations more than the manga so I stopped reading manga. This was me age 17 back in 2007. Fast-forward several years and I started making fake charts because I am an evil bastard who wants to see people suffer. To make them I had to research what manga people wanted turned into anime but somehow still hadn’t got that adaptation. This got me really interested in all these manga people hyped up and decided that it’s been so long since I made that no manga decision and I was probably stupid because I was still a teenager so I should just go read manga. Parasyte was a pretty obvious contender so I read that and enjoyed it a lot.

Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu - 19 - Large 32But with this anime I’m now thinking I would have enjoyed this way more if I had not read the manga. At every turn I can’t help compare the two. Which isn’t a knock against the anime. It’s like how whenever you hear the radio edit of a song and that’s the one you grow to really like, then you hear them in concert and they sing the song slightly differently so you can only think about the differences rather than enjoy the song. Or maybe that’s just me being weirdly OCD. Now I understand why people get so antsy over little changes. Admittedly I go the other way and wish they had massively altered the source material, such as cutting Kana and her arc from the story altogether since it adds nothing, but the sentiment is the same.

My theory when picking up manga to read was reading things that weren’t going to get an anime. But who the hell expected Parasyte, a manga that ended about 15 years ago, to come back and be animated? It makes me want to put everything off. I read and really enjoyed the manga Real, the one about wheelchair basketball. I would be super stoked if that was turned into an anime, but if they remained faithful I would probably end up in a similar position. I would love anime producers to stop picking up shoujo high school romance manga to adapt and pick the post-apocalyptic 7 Seeds, but again I might have the same reaction. There’s some old manga I would like to read like Banana Fish or Pluto, but any day now they’ll be turned into an anime and it will all be ruined for me and I won’t get the optimal experience. Because at the end of the day I still much prefer to watch anime than read manga.

Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu - 19 - Large 19Oh right, you’re probably here to read about Parasyte, not my internal struggles on whether to read manga or not. Anyway, the series keeps up its general good form from recent weeks even if it was a quieter episode. As much as some of Shinichi’s high school stuff seems boring, particularly anything involving Murano, I kinda enjoyed his detached attitude in there. Particularly the scene in the changing room where the guy rips off his shirt, sees his scar and then feels super guilty about what he’s done. It was a strangely humanising moment. Also that’s totally what dudes do in changing rooms. They like to tear off each other’s clothes. Just like how ladies like to feel each other’S breasts. Or at least that’s what anime told me and anime hasn’t let me down yet.

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  1. gedata
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I’d say reading the manga is never not worth it if you end up having a good time with it, regardless of how it affects you’re perception of the anime. You already had your Parasyte virginity taken by the manga so I’d say it’s better to just appreciate that experience for what it was. Expecting a mostly faithful adaptation to create the same magic is sort of like rewatching something and expecting an entirely new experience. Sure you could recapture that feeling by having this be a loose adaptation, but then you’ll likely end up watching with a pro-manga bias, which isn’t a fun way to look at a show.

    I would saw a leg off for a Pluto anime. I’ve been avoiding rereading the manga since I know deep down it’s a matter of time before based MAPPA delivers.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      I suppose that’s a fair way to look at it. So long as you have a good time, who cares at the end of the day. Thank you for your positive outlook

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted February 27, 2015 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      Same for Pluto, or pretty much anything Urasawa, like Billy Bat. I’d also kill a guy for Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer or Spirit Circle anime.

  2. fifteenth
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Most of time, I like the original manga more than anime adaption. Especially for manga with style and/or setting that’s difficult to adapt to anime. That’s why I like mostly sport or shoujo romance manga than anime with exception of Haikyuu and Oofuri (season 3 where??). Same with mangaka I like to certain degree, I prefer to read the manga first to see the original vision of their work.

    But, damn, if MAPPA somehow adapt 20th Century Boys, I’ll literally eat my pants.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      Seems like Mappa X Naoki Urasawa is a popular one. Shame I’ve already covered all of them in those fake charts…

      • gedata
        Posted February 22, 2015 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

        Hey there’s always still Billy Bat

  3. Mormegil
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I wish they would have removed all the female characters except for Tamura and Shinichi’s mother.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

      I think you can keep Murano but make her waaaay less prominent. It’s not like the show has many characters anyway

  4. Posted February 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I expected a Parasyte post but got Scamp’s Pleb Tendency instead.

    • DarkEnergy
      Posted February 22, 2015 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

      Scamp’s opinions/analysis are better than any episode recap. I think this was the perfect episode to delve into manga vs anime adaptations. Far too often a great manga is let down by an insufficient anime.

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