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Parasyte episode 5 – Altruism

vlcsnap-2014-11-06-15h12m27s95To me, Parasyte’s approach and thoughts on altruism is the most interesting part of the whole story. Just in case your eyeballs fell out of your sockets when Migi was going through its explanation and you now can’t be arsed to google, altruism is simply  the concern for the welfare of others (it’s something right wing politicians don’t have doh ho ho). Specifically the moment in this episode that I find the most important is why it was our main character decided to help the kid being beat up. It wasn’t from some innate desire to help him. It was because he wanted to assert his own humanity. If he didn’t, he couldn’t be sure that he was still who he thought he was. Which may not even be true since he was a huge wuss beforehand. To him being a human and being Good in his eyes is the most important part.

vlcsnap-2014-11-06-15h13m18s78Think about your typical hero character. He runs around saving people. Why? Because that’s just what they do. They’re just Nice People who save because…well because saving people is the right thing to do. They don’t have to think about it otherwise. Shinichi is different in that he doesn’t go out of his way to save people because he thinks that’s the right thing to do. He does it because he does not want to be the monster. He doesn’t want to be one of the Parasytes that don’t think about the welfare of either humans or other Parasytes. The belief that he can be doing bad things and thinking bad thoughts is what pushes him to try help people, even when it’s far beyond his ability to do so. It’s why I actually do quite like his character despite his starting point as a Yuji Everylead the Bland. That’s part of why I like that they made him much wimpier in the anime version because it makes that change so more obvious. If anything I wish they went further with it. A scene where he doesn’t help someone or not want to get involved would have been nice. But hey, we got dickhand so I can hardly complain.

vlcsnap-2014-11-06-15h17m22s223On lighter topics, this scene was pretty great for the very polite rejection. No “kyaa you hentai” or furious blushing on her part or any comical grope-handing. Just a rejection, with Migi providing some colour commentary. Now cue him going online onto a bodybuilding forum and saying “urgh the bitch didn’t put out, why do girls never like nice guys like me”.

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5 Comments

  1. Jump
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Pretty great episode. And for a change the music direction was pretty good. Subtle and emphasizing the tone of a scene, not setting the tone itself through annoying overdramatic wubwub. The one time dubstep was used, right at the end, it was actually fitting really well. Hopefully, this wasn’t some one-time-thing and the music stays on this level for the rest of the series.

  2. Agent355
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Actually, saving people with ulterior motives is the reason Spider-Man has long been my favorite American superhero. Peter Parker is wracked with guilt. He saves people to avoid guilt, to feel good about himself, and to make money by selling pictures of himself saving people to the paper. He was never completely altruistic. Compared to him, Superman is boring.

    That aside, I love Parasyte, and I loved this episode. It was perfectly paced and presented from start to finish. I don’t know what your spoiler policy is and I don’t know how to use the tags here anyway, but that last scene grabbed me through the camera angles and voice acting. Shinichi’s reaction rang true and made the scene all the more devastating. I barely even minded the dubstep, because it was so good.

    Parasyte has long been one of my favorite manga and now it’s quickly becoming my favorite anime. I’ve never looked forward to Wednesdays as much as I do this season! :D

  3. Fifteenth
    Posted November 7, 2014 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    I like his flawed definition of what makes us human, thinking that we are such a selfless beings. Most people help other people to get the benefits of doing it rather than because they do so just because, that’s why it’s easier to help people we know or have any effect on our life. We don’t kill each other because we’ve been taught since forever that killing other human is a bad thing and will have serious consequences.

    More than anything I’m surprised Migi didn’t come to this conclusion knowing that human doesn’t have enough power or resources to survive alone.

  4. Maxulous
    Posted November 7, 2014 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I always considered Yuji Everyleads to be doormats for assertive females or something. I don’t think ever Shinichi is, because as you described, he has a mind of his own. A survival instinct both physical and existential. He certainly comes across as more inherently everyday in the manga though, which I actually prefer.

    Anyway – I’m much less interested in seeing a blasé transformation from wimpy Dave Lizewski to kickass guy. I’m waiting for him to go deeper into whatever abyss he’s headed in to.

  5. Rihan
    Posted December 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Now cue him going online onto a bodybuilding forum and saying “urgh the bitch didn’t put out, why do girls never like nice guys like me”.

    U aware? lol

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