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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
Parasitic Beasts

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.64 by Gantz_Waitingroom over 10 years ago
v.10 c.63 by Gantz_Waitingroom over 10 years ago
v.10 c.62 by Gantz_Waitingroom over 10 years 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

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1526 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 14th 2017, 2:13am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (8 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #506 increased(+8)
Monthly Pos #548 increased(+16)
3 Month Pos #534 decreased(-28)
6 Month Pos #537 increased(+18)

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Forum Posts
Peacemaker's Minagawa (and orhers) to Draw Parasyte 1-Shot Manga over 2 years ago
Parasyte Gets Anime over 3 years ago
Parasyte anime? over 9 years ago
So excited! New chapters of Kiseijuu over 10 years ago

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VERY old-fashioned   
Rating: N/A
by Aadieu
April 11th, 2013, 1:40am
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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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by kaidiego
July 9th, 2012, 8:23am
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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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by tsukimori
March 7th, 2012, 6:58pm
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   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by mangafan321
October 8th, 2011, 1:09pm
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   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by Chaoswind
August 20th, 2010, 11:37am
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.   
Rating: N/A
by spikebaby
July 15th, 2010, 3:59pm
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   
Rating: N/A
by Leafy
June 15th, 2010, 2:17pm
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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Good Stuff   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nail80
May 31st, 2010, 3:23pm
Let me start off by saying that this is just awesome!
It had some interesting philosophical connotations and a good plot, i actually liked the fact that the main character evolved quite nicely. There were some very good developments and good twists thrown in the mix. I really enjoyed this manga.
In my view the art was great, really liked it.
If there is one fault to this manga it's the way things were rushed towards the ending with the military and such, i believe the mangaka could've explored more the concepts of this amazing piece of work and take more time. In other mangas, like romance types things seem to drag and drag, in this case i wouldn't have minded more 10 or 20 chapters.
The characters felt real and they were explored nicely.
Highly recomend it!
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read this!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dancebaby
April 5th, 2010, 10:19pm
i usually read only josei and shoujo, but one day i went out of my way to try this out. i didnt regret it. i finished it all in one go, was thouroughly touched and crying at the end, and could not stop going over how amazing the series was in my head. i know this is a story i will not forget. dont let the art or apparent weirdness of plot stop you! i recommend this, HIGHLY.
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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 a man.

Another thing I loved about this piece of 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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