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Kiseijuu  
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Description
They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade - and take control of - a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret - except an ordinary high school student. Shinichi is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?

Won the 1993 Kodansha Manga Award for General Manga and the Seiun Award for Best Comic of the Year in 1996.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Neo Kiseijuu (Spin-Off)
Neo Kiseijuu f (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
Паразит
الطفيلي
寄生兽
寄生獣
ปรสิตเดรฉาน
Kiseijū
Parasite (IWAAKI Hitoshi)
Parasitic Beasts
Parasyte

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.64 by Gantz_Waitingroom (2918d ago)
v.10 c.63 by Gantz_Waitingroom (2929d ago)
v.10 c.62 by Gantz_Waitingroom (2938d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
8 Volumes (Kanzenban - Complete)
10 Volumes (Shinsouban - Complete)
8 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 10, Chap 64

User Reviews
N/A

Forum
4 topics, 27 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1346 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 18th 2015, 1:58pm PST


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Year
1990

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (8 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #429 decreased(-74)
Monthly Pos #359 increased(+39)
3 Month Pos #402 increased(+12)
6 Month Pos #364 decreased(-115)

List Stats
On 724 reading lists
On 1013 wish lists
On 3588 completed lists
On 64 unfinished lists
On 342 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Peacemaker's Minagawa (and orhers) to Draw Parasyte 1-Shot Manga 157 days, 16 hours, 47 minutes ago
Parasyte Gets Anime 242 days, 18 hours, 18 minutes ago
Parasyte anime? 2720 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes ago
So excited! New chapters of Kiseijuu 2918 days, 8 hours, 34 minutes ago

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Was good at the beginning   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by bull3thole
January 19th, 2014, 2:31pm
I like the relationship between the MC and Migi. Migi was a cool level headed alien that had a good mindset of survival of the fittest, which made him likable and unique. The overall plot about humanity and aliens being similar was superb. The plot was at a good pace and the story was solid.

But around the chapter 50 mark the plot was different. Some people below mention it too when they read it. The story felt rushed and the plot with the military came out of nowhere. There was no plot leading to it and it just what happened; I felt that I skipped a couple of chapters in between but discovered that if didn't. I dislike how to plot changed from the beginning and it turned into a 1vs1 fight near the end. I guess it being axed so it started to suck near the end.

Overall, I liked the build up for the manga, but for some reason it was rushed to end. I didn't like the ending and I had to force myself to finish it so I can complete this manga. So, I'm giving this 7/10 but it could have been better.

... Last updated on January 19th, 2014, 2:36pm
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Unexpectedly good.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by panos
September 30th, 2011, 2:23pm
Sad manga indeed.thank god that it hasnít got stereotypes like wimpy male lead and instead has a normal human.Good fast read since itís not very complex in itís most part and one of the best interpretation of parasitic invasions and human psychology in a manga I have read.

Different manga of this type that you may like:Aflame Inferno,Guardian Dog,Gantz,Kamunagara.They are all great.
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A very memorable piece of work   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
February 27th, 2010, 11:58am
One thing I like about this piece of work is that the protagonist is always learning, always enduring and moving on despite the disagreements Shinichi and Migi has. Not only that, when Migi possesses him, he starts to learn about a part of himself and learn to get used to Migi. This manga did an awesome job of character development; in the beginning, we see a boy who has grown to a loner to a hero and then...to a man.

Another thing I loved about this piece of work...is that no matter who's the enemy or friend, you always remember them for the part they played in this manga. We'll always remember the teacher parasite (obviously, I forgot her name) who grew to love her child, the chubby guy who's half possessed just like Shinichi, the student who went insane (Mimada, I believe), Goto (the strongest parasite), the mayor (who wasn't possessed but was on the parasites' side), the girl who came onto Shinichi, and lastly...Migi. These were all very wonderful characters and the good thing about each and everyone of them is that they all came into Shinichi's life and made him realize something good about himself.

The artwork isn't the best but I do like the artist's opinion of human distortion (physically) when possessed by an alien. The plot is something everyone should look into, extremely unique and recommended to anyone who loves and has an open mind about the extra-terrestial life.

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A Good Read   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Meauxrgan
February 8th, 2014, 4:06pm
Kiseiju can entertain.
The art is decent (bear in mind its a 90's manga); not the worst there is, but not the best either. However, the art is just right enough to get the story across and it's flaws are not too distracting. The action scene are done well and it's true that the art is "sensitive"; that's how this manga's gore can be described- sensitive. Beware of small feet and hands.
The plot is interesting as it revolves around, for the most part, survival. It emphasizes a conflicting struggle to survive between humans and aliens. There's also the environment theme which was touched upon at the very start but was not really explored further until the manga's conclusion, which would be one downside. The manga can also be funny at times (Muahahahahaha) and the romance was a little weird. It was more of a clinging relationship, than a high school love affair. The manga has it's touching moments and one in particular managed to make me sniffle a little.
Migi is a lovely character and so is Tamura Reiko (this character's development added depth to the series). The MC had many annoying moments, but he's generally tolerable. At first he changed overnight becoming a badass and then he grew in the sense that he became aware of his limits and that it was not his sole responsibility to protect humanity and that the humans around him should be given a chance to fight for their survival as well. In otherwords, he had development, much like Migi and Tamura Reiko.
The ending felt rushed, and when I say ending, I mostly mean the concluding ideas. As a reader I didn't feel eased into it and it came off as the author just simply trying to tie up lose ends , especially with the environment theme, which could have done with more exploration. All in all, a good read.

... Last updated on February 8th, 2014, 4:21pm
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Migi was an cool character.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pacific.Mint
November 18th, 2013, 2:01am
I didn't expect the story to be so good. Right from the beginning, it drew me in and commanded my full attention with its humor, unique plot, and of course Migi. Both Migi and Shinichi are very good and well developed characters. All other side characters are good too, none was annoying or had no sense. I am a skipper but I didn't skip a single page in this manga. Migi is definitely my favorite character even though Shinichi is also awesome. Migi is the best "pet" character have come across. Despite being an initially cold blooded parasite, Migi grew in character just like Shinichi did. There's this bromance going on between the two; it's so satisfying to see them interact with each other. It's rare to find a manga full of so likable characters and developed in other aspects as well, like character growth and a meaningful message.

... Last updated on November 18th, 2013, 2:03am
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Wow.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dakotakun
August 24th, 2013, 5:46pm
I just finished reading Parasyte last week and wow, is it good. It kept my undivided interest at all times and has some really progressive, thought provoking themes in it. The entire series is very well paced and easy to follow. The artwork is definitely older, but well done. Character's movements are easy to follow and left me feeling emersed in the action sequences which aren't too lengthy and are nicely spaced through out the story. This manga definitely has a lot of old school gore and horror, which adds a fun kick to the already strong story. A true masterpiece and a must read for any manga lover.
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About this invasion...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ebisu
September 13th, 2009, 4:07pm
The start was good although strange. This author gives some kind of sensation of lack of emotion in the characters he draws though the realism is splendid. In the middle part it gets kind of boring and I think i didn't stop the reading cause the next chapters where already translated. But when you reach volume 8 the flow begins to change and all the battle and action and emotions make you enjoy the story a lot. And the last volume is what you'd call superb, every part of it.
So i'd say it is a good read if you can stand the art and keep going till the end that left me plenty satisfied.

... Last updated on September 13th, 2009, 4:08pm
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Fantastic.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Limu
July 17th, 2007, 8:34pm
Comparable to "Gyo"'s philosophies of humans fusing with micro organisms.

Except, this is far better.
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great work   
Rating: N/A
by fifthtouch
August 1st, 2006, 10:07pm
This manga is awesome!! Full of blood and gore. The storyline is good too. U guys got to check this masterpiece fast
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Kiseijuu   
Rating: N/A
by Isabel
April 2nd, 2006, 1:10am
This is definately an awsome manga, but a word of caution-- it is graphic. It starts out almost cute, but very quickly gets rough. For squeamish people like me its torture because the story is good enough to keep me coming back, and the violence is enough to keep me up. Definately have lost sleep over this one. But if you can stomach some gore, and don't read it right before bed, truely captivating.
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