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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.


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

Associated Names
Parasite (IWAAKI Hitoshi)
Parasitic Beasts

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.64 by Gantz_Waitingroom (2993d ago)
v.10 c.63 by Gantz_Waitingroom (3003d ago)
v.10 c.62 by Gantz_Waitingroom (3013d 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?

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

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1369 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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July 18th 2015, 1:58pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (8 Volumes - Complete)

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Peacemaker's Minagawa (and orhers) to Draw Parasyte 1-Shot Manga 232 days, 5 hours, 11 minutes ago
Parasyte Gets Anime 317 days, 6 hours, 43 minutes ago
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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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Anyone who dislikes this manga is a moron...   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by PitylessEnvy
July 22nd, 2009, 11:46pm
...or perhaps just to caught up in reading mindless shonen tournament manga to realize the brilliance of this work. Iwaaki is absolutely brilliant in his pacing and everything in the series is nearly perfectly executed. There's always something interesting happening, and the manga is packed with so many intricate and subtle details (most of which you probably didn't even notice if you disliked this) that I find it hard to see how anyone could call this manga dull. Sure, the art style's kind of bland, but it serves the story extremely well. Iwaaki draws in a very realistic style, and with the exception of a few choice panels, it's almost always perfectly done.

And what's with all of these complaints about the ending? Abrubt and forced? Are you kidding me? Were we reading the same manga? Because, oh, I don't know, not only does he spend THE ENTIRE SERIES developing towards that ending, he wrapped up everything important while still managing to get the main message across perfectly. After I had finished the last chapter I spent about an hour thinking of how amazing it was.

It's also one of the only manga I've ever read where I've had an actual emotional attachment to the characters. The dialogue is priceless and manages to balance humor and urgency extremely well.

I think of it as a story that has everything I could ever want in a manga (likable characters, an interesting story, subtle philosophical undertones, violence, etc.) without ever overdoing any of its elements so as to seem cliche. Sure, there's ridiculous gore, but I don't feel as if it ever got in the way of the story so as to seem gratuitous or unnecessary (a manga which ryhmes with "Pantz" and seems to have ridiculously high ammounts of praise comes to mind).

Oh, another thing, this is also the only manga that I've read that can hold up to repeat readings without becoming boring or having any less impact on me.

All in all, this is definitely one of the best manga I've read. It might not seem like it but I seriously can't give it enough praise. If you haven't read it because you're sceptical, try it out. If you've completely ignored it because of it's "bland" art, then try reading it again with an OPEN MIND. If you have read it but disagree with me, read it again. You don't want to? I honestly don't care, this is my review e.g. my opinion.

If you do agree with me--hell, even if you don't agree with me--check out his other series Historie and Tanabata no Kuni. They're both excellently done in a fashion similar to Kiseijuu. Historie might even manga to steal it's title of my favorite manga if the quality manges to keep that high. Other manga you might want to check out include: Freesia or Homunculus. Hell, you might even want to pick up an actual book--no, manga isn't literature despite how close Kiseijuu comes--or do something useful with your lives you jerks.

P.S. Buy the Del Rey version of the series so the chances of more of his work getting released in English are increased, you dirty theiving bastards. You know who you are

... Last updated on October 20th, 2010, 4:22pm
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draws you in   
Rating: N/A
by elalendi
June 12th, 2009, 8:50pm
ok, when I first saw the cover I definitely was not interested. But one day I got bored and flipped open the book, expecting it to be some disgusting pointless horror thing. But amazingly, I ended up not able to put it down! The story is so interesting (sci-fi in a realistic way) and it's not as gory as I thought. His story-telling is very good and so is his art (not beautiful but suitable to the story and not unpleasant). Yeah, don't judge the book by its cover in this case (unless you like the cover).
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by a_v
May 31st, 2009, 1:14pm
Fairly good horror/parasite series. Weaknesses are that it could include more conflict in terms of the individual with his family, and perhaps a competing love interest, but the action scenes are what make this manga.

Overall, it is a solid manga, but not one that manages to become unforgettable.
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This is your premise on drugs   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AmishSamurai
April 6th, 2009, 2:08pm
Take the idea of a supernatural force possessing and killing humans (Devilman). Now take the idea of a sentient being replacing your right arm (Midori no Hibi). Mix the two together. This is the most generalized summary of the premise of Parasyte.

Yet everybody will only remember it for the cock-arm in chapter 2. Figures.
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Good Series   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by wait321
February 28th, 2009, 9:00pm
This series has an original concept that touches on very philosophical questions. The beginning was very entertaining as the main character slowly develops and comes to grips with the parasite situation. However, from the military raid onwards, the pacing speeds up dramatically and major inconsistencies arise (such as the mayor being a human) as the story is forced to an abrupt end.

Overall, I would recommend this series for a casual read. It's good but nothing to write home about.
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Different from everything else   
Rating: 7.4 / 10.0
by xvan
January 31st, 2009, 7:31pm
Strage Manga, Lot's entretaining battles, some gore in them.
Touches lot's of themes, a simbiotic relationship, the point of view of humankind as one among other spicies and the evolution of the personality, and the way of thinking of a person through some experiences...

Has a differn't drawing style (well, different for me who hasn't read too much manga).

I'll only critisize that some emotions of the main character, and the reactions in the main character seemed a bit fake for a real "human", but came on, it's a manga about parasytes ruling the world.

Finaly I'll say that this manga has something that makes you say, this is stupid, I won't keep reading it, but some strange force avoids you from dropping it. I can't explain it...

Well it's deffinitely not a masterpiece but it's must read. The plot has an approach that i couldn't find in another manga yet.

If you are looking for something different this is a good choice.

... Last updated on January 31st, 2009, 7:35pm
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Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by NightSwan
October 15th, 2008, 12:27am
I didn't want to read parasyte at first. Thought it was some insane horror manga.
Turns out it's actually really good. Kept me interested and I finished it in three days, so that says something about how good it is (at least in my book). laugh

Anyways, even for its age the art was quite nice. Realistic. And I loved how tha parasites were drawn, all the movements and so.
The only thing that I thought was lacking were the characters. They were a bit emotionless and even when they did show emotion it was kind of strange...
Good thing the focus was on other things, because if not it would have bothered me more.
Really good story telling and fast paced.

... Last updated on July 19th, 2009, 3:32pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by luzzz
October 11th, 2008, 1:43am
This manga was awesome, and unique in regards to its interesting premise. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through, and finished the manga in one sitting. The most attractive thing to me about the manga was the development of the relationship between Shinji and Migi. The only complaint I have about the manga is how they draw Shinji's girlfriend. 95% of the time she's drawn like a 40 year-old, and as a consequence it always feels weird when she and Shinji are drawn in the same frame.
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Jack_T
October 5th, 2008, 1:11am
this is one wierd manga, its only ten volumes long, its a decent story and it doesnt take up too much of your time.

read it if your waiting for a release of your favorite manga to finally come out.
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