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Parasyte Reversi (Side Story)

Associated Names
Parasitic Beasts

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.64 by Gantz_Waitingroom over 12 years ago
v.10 c.63 by Gantz_Waitingroom over 12 years ago
v.10 c.62 by Gantz_Waitingroom over 12 years ago
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in Country of Origin
10 Vols (1990 - Complete)
8 Kanzenban (2003 - Complete)
10 Shinsoban (2014 - Complete)
8 Bunkoban (2014 - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews

4 topics, 27 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1624 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0

Last Updated
March 18th 2020, 8:27pm PST



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Original Publisher
Kodansha (1990, 2003, 2012, 2014)

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Del Rey (Defunct)
Kodansha USA
Mixx (Expired)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #275 decreased(-39)
Monthly Pos #577 increased(+455)
3 Month Pos #858 increased(+341)
6 Month Pos #1071 increased(+101)
Year Pos #1071 decreased(-164)

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Was good at the beginning  
by bull3thole
January 19th, 2014, 2:31pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
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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Migi was an cool character.  
by Pacific.Mint
November 18th, 2013, 2:01am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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by Dakotakun
August 24th, 2013, 5:46pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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VERY old-fashioned  
by Aadieu
April 11th, 2013, 1:40am
Rating: N/A
Despite being 90's, it looks and feels very 80's. The dated feel doesn't detract much from the experience (though you'll laugh at the clean-cut delinquent hooligans), but what does spoil it somewhat for the modern reader is...the diminished impact.

Somewhere in the back of your mind, you'll suspect that this or that scene was supposed to be ultra-creepy or downright horrifying nightmare fuel, but it just doesn't do much anymore. NOT AFTER GANTZ (lol). That and the G-rated romance, with the "bad" girl having prince-on-white-horse dreams, and the good girl blushing at holding hands and having a thing for sneaking up and scaring the protagonist - it all just makes it seem soooo innocent.

Maybe it should just be retroactively reclassed as a "shounen". It might've scared me when I was 12.

Now, it's like "remember the meat processing plant from Gantz? now THAT is how you do SCARY".

Does, however, invoke some nostalgia for purer times past.
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by kaidiego
July 9th, 2012, 8:23am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Its a long time since i first had seen this manga, but I never read it thinking that it dident look that great. But I was completely wrong. Its a great manga. Original in its ways and wil even make you think over some moral questions, like how we should treat other species and so on. Good plot, action, characters and you also have an okey romance in this.

It had some flaws but it was never uninteresting and i never jumpet a page.

... Last updated on July 9th, 2012, 8:25am
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by tsukimori
March 7th, 2012, 6:58pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
human eating aliens that looks like blobs with blade arms? even though most of the aliens are brutal and bloody but migy is peaceful and curious alien who does homework and helps the main character.
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missing grief  
by mangafan321
October 8th, 2011, 1:09pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
i feel like the author didnt even bother to see the grief and pain the parasytes spread, she/he was more concerned with showing the parasytes mutilating humans. teens were massacred and not one parent protested oir tried to take their kids from a school where such horrors occurred. who the heck would allow their child to go to a school where kids bodies were mutilated confused the columbine and other school shootings caused massive changes and grief, but none of the students were affected they just carried on.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2011, 1:27pm
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It was Fine  
by Chaoswind
August 20th, 2010, 11:37am
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
However, I don't know if it was because of the scanlations, but vol 8, 9 and 10 seem to lack some sense, the plot feels rushed... but maybe that is just me

Never the less is a good manga and I did enjoy it... But could have been better
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It's amazing, all flaws taken into consideration.  
by spikebaby
July 15th, 2010, 3:59pm
Rating: N/A
Nice pacing, always interesting, nice character developement, and a very solid story and message. Parasyte is the best action manga out there.

Of course, it's not perfect. A few moments made little sense. To avoid spoilers I'll say that some characters are not fully explained, some small moments make very little sense, and this series can come off as a cliche superpower/save the world from beasts type manga if you are very close-minded towards it. Yes some of the content does require contemplation.

Also, I have a warning about the gore. There is a lot. It never feels gratuitous or fanservicy, but it's abundant. Animals, humans, and parasytes are killed in very very brutal ways, often with their organs exposed. I handled it though, so you should be able too.

And yes, though Parasyte does have flaws, in my eyes it's perfect. It's better than the sum of it's parts.
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Not too much, not too little  
by Leafy
June 15th, 2010, 2:17pm
Rating: N/A
Parasyte has a very solid plot, likeable characters, good character development.. what can I say? The flow is just perfect, not too fast, not too slow.. I never felt like the manga was being draggy, especially since this is one of the longer mangas I've commited myself to reading. There's just something about this manga, maybe some of the reasons I listed above, that just draws you in. Oh, and I absolutely adore Migi smile
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