Hi there, i am typicallydia and welcome to Reanimation on the dead as hell horror podcast. today we are going to talk about the very recent anime Parasyte – The Maxim.
This is from Studio Madhouse, who you may know from Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Death Note, and Chobits. They have worked with Marvel and Studio Ghibli, so all of that means this is sure to be a tightly tuned and high quality anime. The story handling remains to be seen, yet so far I find it gory, moody and well written.
It is adapted from the manga written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki, published from 1990 to 1995. Tokyopop and Del Rey released it in North America, and I am kind of surprised it took this long to develop into a series. It’s kind of exploded though, with the first of two live action films that will hit japan on Halloween this year, Ii can’t wait to see what sort of reception it gets and future releases overseas.
The theme song, as I mentioned in a previous episode is growing on me. Like a parasite maybe. “Let Me Hear” by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is worth searching out on YouTube to give you an idea of the anime style if you watch the opening credits.
The story so far revolves around Shinichi Izumi a seventeen year old student. Shinichi has what his parents think is a nightmare about a snake burrowing into his arm. By the next day he is feeling weird and already has improved reflexes. His hand isn’t behaving properly otherwise, groping a girl at school and fidgiting with his smartphone in class, when he isn’t the type to do these things. It is only when he threatens his right hand that it starts talking to him. As messed up as that is, in it’s kinda adorable, childish and sleepy little voice.
It has it’s own personality and learns fast. it can sense other parasites but has no recollection of what it is or where it came from. all it knows is that it matured in his hand before it could hit his brain and take over his body, much to the misfortune of them both.
Meanwhile, other parasites have infected others and a rash of violent murder is taking place in Tokyo. it even affects animals like dogs in a rather creepy meeting with a doggy host. if you are cranky about animals being hurt in horror, be careful as the dog does not make it. there are other scenes of animal cruelty, and though avenged and part if the plot, some may not like it.
If you are okay about people being slaughtered though, the second episode starts out with a splash! It becomes apparent the other parasite hosts are impossibly strong. In contrast, Migi, meaning right as in right hand, is still adorable.
The killings are happening worldwide and dubbed “The Mincemeat Murders” on account of the state of the horribly mutilated corpses. Shinichi is the only one that seems to know why this is all happening, though other hosts seem somewhat sentient and seem to be seeking him out.
Fans of Videodrome, From Beyond and even the liquid morphing T2 will enjoy the transformations which are awfully visceral. My only complaint is they border on silly looking most times. Not one attack so far hasn’t looked a little silly. I suppose we can’t argue what looks possible and impossible here, as the transformations depicted seem more magical than biological so we enter a bio-illogical place which makes body horror less fun in my opinion, when you don’t have the supernatural to explain it away.For body horror to really be effective, in my opinion, it need to adhere to earth physics, biological truths and physiological tolerances.
Until a supernatural presence explains the plasticity of humans infected, I’ll just grin and bear it. The score helps. Typical anime upbeat synthy flute music is co-mingled with harsh dubstep. I prefer my anime with metal, but I’m won over by the placement of the abrasive music as it rends your attention while bodies are being rent in half. Always a nice mix.
So Parasyte – it is airing right now on NTV and being simulcast on crunchyroll. As we speak I am waiting on episode three, so if you haven’t checked this out yet it is a good time to catch up on it.
If you have a favourite body horror anime or infectious parasite j-horror, let me know on the Dead as Hell Horror Podcast website at deadashellhp.com, or wherever you hang out online. This has been ReAnimeTion and I am typicallydia.