Horror Anime Series Parasyte: Released on DVD
Horror anime is touch and go for me, especially if it hits every branch on the cliche tree, but some offer more than just horror. They have little twists of sci-fi, humour and mystery which keeps a viewer intrigued. One series caught my attention recently, a pretty popular anime named Parasyte. The series follows the suspiciously quiet alien invasion in which creatures known as Parasytes, deadly parasite like organisms that possess and consume every fiber of a human, using them as a shell for their own motives.
Of course with every good anime comes a protagonist. In this particular series it comes in the form of an average teenager named Shinichi Izumi – who becomes aware of the Parasyte as it makes an attempt to take control his body. The attack fails to fully complete and the Parasyte is forced to reside within the arm of Shinichi and nothing more. The creature that takes control of Shinichi’s arm is named Migi, and quickly takes various shapes to communicate with the host of the Parasyte. The two are forced to coexist with one another in a complex inter-species development that could result in more danger than either anticipate. Being viewed as neither human nor Parasyte indicates that in order to survive a newly dangerous world, Shinichi and Migi need to work together if they intend on surviving the threats that continue to appear on a regular basis.
The relationship that develops between the two is un-parallel to anything I’ve come across in an anime before. Team that with an ever exciting story-line and a beautiful art style – and you’re in for a winner. Its definitely a bloody anime, therefore probably not an all ages type of viewing experience.
The Sentai Filmworks collection includes both the Japanese and English version of Parasyte, giving fans the choice to enjoy the traditional horror or the reworked dub for a different take as well. Parasyte collection 1 is only the first half of the series which leaves viewers with baited breath waiting for the next half of this spooky anime. Parasyte was released on April 5th and is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.