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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. Shinji 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.


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Associated Names
Parasite (IWAAKI Hitoshi)
Parasitic Creatures

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.64 by Gantz_Waitingroom (2636d ago)
v.10 c.63 by Gantz_Waitingroom (2646d ago)
v.10 c.62 by Gantz_Waitingroom (2656d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
8 Volumes (Kanzenban - Complete)
10 Volumes (Shinsouban - Complete)
2 Volumes (Bunkoban - Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1203 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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October 16th 2014, 3:44pm PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)
Manga Box (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics & Del Rey [Add] (8 Omnibus - Complete)
TokyoPop & Mixx Manga [Add] (12 Volumes - Complete/Defunct)

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Weekly Pos #82 decreased(-22)
Monthly Pos #73 increased(+44)
3 Month Pos #137 increased(+25)
6 Month Pos #147 increased(+74)

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On 668 reading lists
On 943 wish lists
On 3097 completed lists
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Parasyte Gets Anime 13 days, 3 hours, 49 minutes ago
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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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natural storyteller   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by itachi187
June 8th, 2008, 4:08am
iwaaki is a genius in storytelling, never once do u feel stagnant the story flows and flows like ur drinking from a cup. he tied up all or most of the important loose ends and made a neat clean cut ending.
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Great manga but ended too abruptly   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by azn500
May 23rd, 2008, 4:41am
I like the character design. Why does one need to have flashy character make up? I like the quote, "Simplify, simplify, simplify". I also happen to like the philosophical approach in the manga. Its not all about the blood and gore.
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