7 Anime Like "Parasyte"

Updated on July 6, 2020
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"Parasyte -the maxim-" is a great adaptation of a great manga.
"Parasyte -the maxim-" is a great adaptation of a great manga. | Source

For an anime based on a really old manga, Parasyte -the maxim-, otherwise known as Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu, proved to be one hell of a ride with its horrifying theme and captivating plot. It's truly one of the best action/horror/thriller anime. It’ll practically keep you glued to your seat. But what would you expect from a manga that managed to get itself animated—in this day and age?

There are so many great and horrific titles out there that you won’t run out of suspenseful and thrilling things to watch for a while.

Plot Summary of Parasyte

Aliens known as Parasytes invaded Earth by taking over the brains and bodies of their hosts. One of the unlucky targets was 17-year-old Izumi Shinichi. But, fortunate enough for him, his response and reflexes blocked the Parasyte from entering his brain, and instead, it was diverted into his right hand. The next day, when Shinichi woke up, he thought everything was just a dream. But in reality, the Parasyte became a part of him as his right hand, and they have to co-exist in order to fight against other Parasytes who see them as potential threats to their own survival.

Top 7 Anime Similar to Parasyte

So here they come. Whether you are ready or not, the anime similar to Parasyte are going to slash their way to your watchlist.

  1. Tokyo Ghoul

  2. Death Note
  3. Gantz
  4. Terra Formars
  5. Elfen Lied
  6. Psycho-Pass
  7. Midori no Hibi (Midori Days)

Kaneki Ken must navigate his new identity as a half-ghoul in "Tokyo Ghoul".
Kaneki Ken must navigate his new identity as a half-ghoul in "Tokyo Ghoul". | Source

1. Tokyo Ghoul

The Story

As blissful as humans are living freely in Tokyo, ghouls on the other hand are forced to hide in the shadows. As a matter of fact, they are being hunted by investigators because of their rather peculiar and unorthodox sole source of nourishment—humans.

One day, a college kid named Kaneki Ken is on a date that he thinks is going quite well—except for the fact that his date is a ghoul. A series of unfortunate events leaves him gravely injured. The only way to save him is through an urgent organ transplant, with the organs coming from the very ghoul who tried to devour him. When he awakens, he is forced to deal with the ghoulish changes that are taking place within.

Will he ever be able to live as a human again? Or will he accept his tragic fate and live as a ghoul? No matter what he chooses, he must deal with the rare scenario of being both a human and a ghoul.

The Similarity

The main similarity comes from the fact that both main characters are unlucky enough to face life-changing events that totally alter their human ways. Kaneki Ken has to deal with his abrupt transition to a ghoul, while Shinichi Izumi has to live, co-exist, and survive with an alien who has merged with his hand. In either case, both have to struggle and fight for their lives.

2. Death Note

The Story

When Light Yagami saw a black notebook fall from the sky, he had no idea that it would totally change his life for a darker turn. The notebook, after all, is a Death Note. It's capable of killing anyone whose name is written in it. Light eventually uses its power to try to kill-off every criminal in the world and change it for the better. He dons the name "Kira" and poses as a god and savior of the world.

Not everyone accepts him and agrees with his form of justice, though. One of them is "L", a mysterious guy with a brilliant mind that drives Kira to a corner. And thus starts the battle of wits and brains between Kira and L—all while the Death Note and the Shinigami (Death Gods) are in play.

The Similarity

Dark elements and grim secrets—those are what ties the two anime together. In terms of setting and plot, both are dark enough to make the audience shiver in terror. There are many grim secrets (which are usually deadly), but the most important secrets kept by the main characters of both anime are the existence of the "Death Note" and the "Parasytes".

3. Gantz

The Story

What comes after death? No one really knows, but for Kei Kurono and an unlucky few, they re-spawn inside an inescapable room with a mysterious black sphere in the center. That sphere is known as the "Gantz", and it now controls their life.

From alien hunting to warped excursions, the people who re-spawned in Gantz's room are forced to do its bidding. Most of the time, it involves really dangerous situations, but there's light at the end of the tunnel if they ever succeed in their operations—they can either get their life back and forget everything or choose to revive a fallen party member. Either way, getting to claim a prize from Gantz is a really difficult feat to pull off.

The Similarity

Gantz can't compare to the amazing story and the wide reception of Parasyte, but, theme- and plot-wise, it might possibly one of the closest like it. There are aliens in both, and killing them off is one of the main objectives. And while Gantz might not seem bright with respect to its character development, it does sparkle with its highly-engaging action and battle scenes.

4. Terra Formars

The Story

Mars—it's the planet known as humanity's next frontier. When science and technology reached the levels capable of exploring Mars and making it a habitable place, humanity sent cockroaches and mosses to start the cycle of life on the planet. All was going well and according to plan until a few hundred years later, a terrible thing happened—the cockroaches mutated and evolved to dangerous heights. The cockroaches turned into destructive monsters possessing ginormous strength and intellect, as well as hostility, marking them as a major threat to Earth.

Now, as a deadly virus reached Earth from Mars, humanity sends an expedition (comprised of highly-capable fighters) to Mars in order to capture some Terra Formars specimen and combat the threat that's looming to destroy humanity.

The Similarity

For Terra Formars, the conflict is much more direct and straightforward. If you've seen the Parasytes trying to blend in to the society and destroying it from the inside, it's the opposite for the Terra Formars. It's because the Terra Formars are fighting with sheer numbers and their hatred for humanity is a natural instinct. In the end, this anime takes the notch a level higher by declaring a war against humanity from the start.

Lucy has multiple personalities—one that is determined to kill, and another that is sweet and innocent.
Lucy has multiple personalities—one that is determined to kill, and another that is sweet and innocent. | Source

5. Elfen Lied

The Story

In a far-off secret facility, there exists a dangerous group of special human creatures that are detained and studied through scientific experiments. They are the Diclonius. Amongst them is their queen, Lucy, who is held in the deepest part of the facility.

When a careless minor mistake is made, Lucy was released and her rage was unleashed! Humanity shall soon face the blazing wrath of the Diclonius queen. Lucy is particularly hell-bent on destroying the whole human race.

The Similarity

There might be some obvious gore and violence in Parasyte, but if you haven't seen Elfen Lied, you haven't seen it all! That's because Elfen Lied is a much higher ranked anime in the horror and gore department. Both species slash and cut, but Parasytes can't hold a candle to the Diclonius.

In "Psycho-Pass", the enforcers use technology to determine who is a potential threat.
In "Psycho-Pass", the enforcers use technology to determine who is a potential threat. | Source

6. Psycho-Pass

The Story

In the future, measuring the criminal tendencies of people is made possible by using the "Psycho-Pass". Using this technology, enforcers are capable of determining who's guilty or not (and bring justice accordingly) at the touch of a button. But, as convenient as the Psycho-Pass may seem to be, it still has some grave imperfections that are just waiting to be discovered.

With the Psycho-Pass at the disposal of a crime-fighting enforcement organization, it is up to them to utilize it to its full potential while serving the world and ridding it of crime. It isn't an easy task, though, as crime never sleeps and the technology they possess is still far from being truly perfect and just.

The Similarity

A lot of things separate Parasyte from Psycho-Pass, but there's still exists a very fine line that connects the two together. For one, Psycho-Pass carries the same dark and mysterious elements as Parasyte. While the story and plot are technically not the same, the theme and the atmosphere are very close to it. And besides, Psycho-Pass works under the framework of "society" and "living within" which is very much the same as in Parasyte.

7. Midori Days (Midori no Hibi)

The Story

For Seiji Sawamura, being a high school delinquent has totally ruined his chances of having a normal romantic high school life and a normal reputation within school grounds. Because of his rather notorious status, he always gets rejected by girls, which leads him to believe that the only companion he'll ever have in his life is his rowdy right hand. But then, something out-of-the-blue suddenly happened—he wakes up to find that his right hand has become a girl!

The girl on his right hand is Midori Kasugano—a shy girl who has had a crush on him for three years. No one knows exactly what happened, but Midori is now his right hand . . . literally! So now, they must live in co-existence until they figure out the mystery surrounding their troublesome yet funny predicament.

The Similarity

Oops, it's obvious that the genre and story of this one is far different from what we've been talking about. But, that's the point! I want you to freshen up and take a break from all the ultra-serious and dark themes and horror. Believe it or not, this one quite deserves to be on this list. After all, it shares a major detail with Parasyte. And that detail is none other than the creature living in/on the right hand! Yes, that's got to be it! No further explanation needed.

What are you going to watch next?

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      2 years ago

      Kabaneri of the iron fortress

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      2 years ago

      I think Ajin is closer than any of these.

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      Marwan Amrhar 

      2 years ago

      Watch guilty crown, but have patience it's all gonna happen around episode 11 or something, it has 24 episodes and doesn't end with a cliffhanger.


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