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”.
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.
But 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.
Oh 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.