Parasyte: The Maxim

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (47,718)

Parasyte: The Maxim is a thrilling, action-packed anime series produced by Madhouse and adapted from the classic manga series of the same name by Hitoshi Iwaaki. The series was licensed by Sentai Filmworks and features impeccable voice acting performances by Aya Hirano, Nobunaga Shimazaki, and Rinka H.B.B. The show ran for 24 episodes from October 2014 to March 2015, and has been widely praised for its striking animation, intense fight scenes, and thought-provoking story.

The series takes place in a world that is being invaded by a bizarre race of parasitic aliens, known as Parasytes. These creatures infiltrate and take over human hosts, using them to hunt and feed on other humans. The story follows Shinichi Izumi, a high school student who inadvertently becomes part-human, part-Parasyte after a failed attempt by a Parasyte to infest his brain. This results in his right hand being taken over by the Parasyte, who he later names Migi.

As the series progresses, Shinichi and Migi form an unlikely alliance and work together to fight against other Parasytes who threaten human life. Shinichi must navigate the dangerous world of assassins and corrupt officials, as he strives to protect his loved ones and uncover the truth behind the Parasyte invasion.

One of the key strengths of Parasyte: The Maxim is the psychological depth of its characters. Shinichi's struggle to maintain his humanity despite his new nature as part-Parasyte is a central theme throughout the series. The show also explores themes of identity, morality, and the nature of violence through its portrayal of the Parasytes and their motivations. These complex themes are explored in-depth throughout the show, and add an extra layer of richness to the already absorbing storyline.

Another major draw of the series is its stunning animation and artwork. The fight scenes in Parasyte are jaw-droppingly intense, combining dynamic action with meticulously crafted detail. The Parasytes themselves are a wonder to behold, with their grotesque, ever-evolving forms presented in stunning detail. The series also makes use of impressive sound design, with a haunting and energizing soundtrack that lends itself perfectly to the show's tone.

In terms of its performances, Parasyte boasts a stellar cast. Aya Hirano delivers a heartfelt and nuanced performance as the series' lead, Shinichi, while Nobunaga Shimazaki shines in his portrayal of the stoic and analytical Migi. Rinka H.B.B. is also fantastic as Satomi, a classmate and romantic interest of Shinichi's who becomes increasingly involved in the fight against the Parasytes.

Despite its riveting plot and exceptional animation, Parasyte: The Maxim is not without its flaws. Some viewers may find the series' pacing to be slow at times, with the plot bogging down in exposition and character development. Additionally, while the themes explored in the series are often thought-provoking and compelling, they may be too heavy-handed or on-the-nose for some viewers.

Overall, Parasyte: The Maxim is a thrilling and engaging anime series that is well-worth watching for fans of action, science fiction, or psychological drama. Its combination of stunning visuals, thought-provoking themes, and exceptional audio-visual design make it a standout achievement in the anime genre. Whether you are a longtime fan of the manga series or a newcomer to the world of Parasyte, the anime adaptation is a must-see for any anime enthusiast.

Parasyte: The Maxim is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on October 8, 2014.

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24. Parasyte
March 25, 2015
After Migi says his final farewell, it seems like Shinichi' life can finally return to normal until an unexpected enemy resurfaces.
Life and Oath
23. Life and Oath
March 18, 2015
With Migi no longer at his side, Shinichi attempts to take on Gotou by himself one final time.
Repose and Awakening
22. Repose and Awakening
March 11, 2015
Motivated by Satomi to stay alive, Shinichi resolves to fight Gotou. With Migi's support, they press their attack in an isolated forest. However, they fail to finish Gotou at a critical juncture, causing Shinichi to lose Migi and flee in defeat.
Sex and Spirit
21. Sex and Spirit
March 4, 2015
The assault squad succeeds in eliminating Hirokawa, the parasites' leader, but they find themselves in a bind when the ultimate parasite appears. Their failure to eliminate Gotou strikes fear into Shinichi's heart--who will give him the final courage to face Gotou?
Crime and Punishment
20. Crime and Punishment
February 25, 2015
The joint operation by the police and the strike force to eliminate the group of parasites led by Hirokawa has begun. Yamagishi's unit uses their special sensor system to hunt down the parasites. Amidst the chaos, human victory seems all but confirmed. But the tables are about to be turned by a single parasite...
In Cold Blood
19. In Cold Blood
February 18, 2015
Suspecting Shinichi's connection to the parasite cases, Hirama arranges to have Shinichi meet with Uragami, a convict with a peculiar ability. Although cleared of any suspicion and able to return to his high school life, it isn't long before Hirama appears once more before Shinichi. A government operation to neutralize the parasites with Hirokawa is about to begin...
More Than Human
18. More Than Human
February 11, 2015
Shinichi and Migi arrive at the park, only to find Tamura holding her child. As Shinichi struggles to quell his fury at the sight of her, Tamura unleashes a flurry of questions about the meaning of the parasites' existence and what humanity means to them.
The Adventure of the Dying Detective
17. The Adventure of the Dying Detective
February 4, 2015
Having determined Tamura to be a threat, Kusano's group moves to eliminate her. Meanwhile, Kuramori moves to avenge his family's death by abducting Tamura's baby. With her baby in his arms, Kuramori faces Tamura and threatens to throw the infant down a steep slope--what will Tamura do?
Happy Family
16. Happy Family
January 28, 2015
The newest parasite to appear is different from the others. Chatty and expressive, the parasite identifies himself as Miki and immediately makes his move. With Migi asleep, all Shinichi can do is to run and keep running...
Something Wicked This Way Comes
15. Something Wicked This Way Comes
January 21, 2015
Though still full of doubt, Kuramori has, for the time being, accepted Shinichi. Soon after, Kuramori's resolve is severely shaken by witnessing a parasite murder a human being. Shinichi is frustrated by the turn of events, but the lull is cut short when a new parasite appears...
The Selfish Gene
14. The Selfish Gene
January 14, 2015
Shinichi's secret becomes known to Kuramori, the private investigator hired by Tamura. Shinichi tries to confide in Satomi, but his unsuccessful attempt only drives a wedge between them. Shinichi recruits Uda's help to break the impasse.
Hello Sadness
13. Hello Sadness
January 7, 2015
A few days after Kana's death, things seem to be back to normal for Shinichi. Satomi and her friends are perturbed by his seeming indifference, but Shinichi, himself, is grappling with his own sense of disquiet with his unnatural state of mind. Meanwhile, a man begins snooping around about Shinichi...
12. Heart
December 24, 2014
Shinichi finally decides to reveal his darkest secret to Kana in an attempt to protect her from the danger she has unknowingly placed herself in. However, Shinichi's actions have unforeseen consequences that end in tragedy.
Blue Bird
11. Blue Bird
December 17, 2014
Kana's interest in Shinichi transforms into full-blown obsession when she discovers that she is able to sense his presence. Little does Kana know that it isn't Shinichi she can sense, but something much, much darker.
What Mad Universe
10. What Mad Universe
December 10, 2014
The confrontation between Yuko and Hideo comes to a gruesome head when Hideo goes on a rampage throughout the school. With Satomi missing, Shinichi must hurry and find her before Hideo can get to her first.
Beyond Good and Evil
9. Beyond Good and Evil
December 3, 2014
The divide between Shinichi and Satomi continues to grow. Shinichi's classmate, Yuko, investigates Hideo and unknowingly stumbles upon a dangerous secret. Meanwhile, Ryoko Tamiya, now known as Reiko Tamura, plots behind the scenes
Freezing Point
8. Freezing Point
November 26, 2014
Life has returned to normal, but Shinichi has not as his ties to Migi continue to change him. As those around him grow wary of this "˜new' Shinichi, a Parasyte named Hideo Shimada emerges from the shadows and begins attending Shinichi's school.
Dark Nights Passing
7. Dark Nights Passing
November 19, 2014
Shinichi sets out for revenge and runs into an unexpected ally. Together they team up to take down the Parasyte that brutally attacked Shinichi's family. But when Migi falls asleep, Shinichi is forced to engage the enemy on his own.
The Sun Also Rises
6. The Sun Also Rises
November 12, 2014
With Shinichi at the brink of death, Migi takes drastic actions to ensure his host's survival. After a trying recovery, Shinichi learns that his father is still alive and races to his side before the Parasyte that attacked his mother strikes again.
The Stranger
5. The Stranger
November 5, 2014
A violent confrontation with a gang brings Shinichi face-to-face with a girl named Kana, who begins to take an interest in him. Shinichi's parents continue their vacation, but their trip is cut short by an unexpected attack.
Tangled Hair
4. Tangled Hair
October 29, 2014
After the events involving Ryoko, Shinichi and Migi are slowly adapting to one another. But the closer Shinichi grows to Migi, the further he drifts from his family as he struggles to keep them from discovering his secret.
3. Symposium
October 22, 2014
With the number of murders growing by the day, a new Parasyte appears at Shinichi's school, posing as the substitute teacher Ryoko Tamiya. Shinichi must learn if she is friend or foe before his classmates are put in danger.
Demon in the Flesh
2. Demon in the Flesh
October 15, 2014
Shinichi and his Parasyte, now named "Migi," battle for control of Shinichi's arm as the number of Mincemeat Murders increases. But when an encounter with another Parasyte turns hostile, they must work together if they hope to survive.
1. Metamorphosis
October 8, 2014
On a quiet night, unsuspecting high school student Shinichi Izumi is attacked by an alien creature that burrows deep into his right arm. The next morning, Shinichi comes to learn that this being, known as a Parasyte, is now a part of him.
Where to Watch Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim is available for streaming on the Sentai Filmworks website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Parasyte: The Maxim on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 8, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (47,718)