7 Anime Like Parasyte (Kiseijuu)
For an anime based on a really old manga (around 20+ years of age), “Parasyte -The Maxim-“ or also known as “Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu” proved to be one hell of a ride with its horrifying theme and its captivating plot. Perhaps not many people have watched it yet, but truly – it’s one of those action/horror/thriller anime that’s dreadfully good (in terms of story and execution) it’ll practically keep you glued to your seat. After all, what would you expect from a story that managed to get itself animated -at this day and age- from a rather ancient manga?
And so, while things are still fresh and spiffy-looking (not that it would get old now after it got itself reincarnated), I compile on this hub more anime like Parasyte (Kiseijuu) to keep you raring even after (or while) you watch this one. Fortunately, there are quite some great and horrific titles out there that you won’t run out of suspenseful and thrilling things to watch for a while.
So here they come. Whether you are ready or not, the anime similar to Parasyte (Kiseijuu) are gonna slash their way to your watch list.
Plot Summary of Parasyte:
When aliens known as Parasytes began to invade Earth one night, they did so by searching for hosts and taking over their brains and their bodies. One of the unlucky targets nearby was 17-year-old, Izumi Shinichi. But, fortunate enough for him, his response and reflex blocked the parasyte attacking from entering his brain and instead 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 is now part of him as his right hand and they have to co-exist in order to survive from the other parasytes who sees them as potential threats to their own survival.
Anime Similar to 'Parasyte -The Maxim-'
1. Tokyo Ghoul
2. Death Note
4. Terra Formars
5. Elfen Lied
6. Psycho Pass
7. Midori no Hibi (Midori Days)
1. Tokyo Ghoul
The Story: As blissful as humans are living in Tokyo, ghouls on the other hand are hiding in the shadows experiencing the opposite as they're not able to easily fit-in within the society. 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 gets himself caught-up in an accident concerning a female ghoul. That unfortunate event left him gravely injured which led to him needing an urgent organ transplant from the very ghoul who tried to devour him. And so, slowly but surely - he awakens to the tragic turn of his life as he tries to deal with the ghoulish changes that are happening within his body.
Will he ever be able to live as a human again? Or will he just accept his tragic fate and live as a ghoul? No matter what he choose, or if he decides not to choose at all - his very life now threads on the unusually rare scenario of being both a human and a ghoul.
The Similarity: The main similarity for both anime comes from the fact that both their main characters are unlucky enough to face life-changing events that may totally alter their human ways. Kaneki Ken has to deal with his abrupt transition as 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 main characters have to struggle and fight for their lives as their new predicaments deal with the mysterious unknown which are in this case - dangerous and dire.
2. Death Note
The Story: When Light Yagami sees a black notebook fall from the sky, he never knew that it will totally change his life for a darker turn. The notebook after all, is a Death Note, and it's capable of killing anyone whose name is written on it. Light eventually uses its power to try to kill-off every criminal in the world and change it for the better. He then 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 whose mind is brilliant enough to drive 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 catch the chills and the terror from what is transpiring in the shows. As for the grim secrets, there are lots of them (which are most of the time deadly), but the most important secrets kept by the main characters of both anime are the existence of the "Death Note" and the "Parasytes".
The Story: What comes after death? No one really knows what happens after death but for Kei Kurono and a few unlucky others, they re-spawn inside an inescapable room with a mysterious black sphere at 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 and mind-crushing 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 from other choices that the black sphere has to offer. Either way, getting to claim a prize from Gantz is actually a really difficult feat to pull off.
The Similarity: Gantz won't probably even compare with the amazing story and the wide reception of Parasyte, but, theme-wise and plot-wise - it might possibly one of the closest link to it. I mean, 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 the 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 in the planet. All was going well and according to plan until a few hundred of years later, a terrible thing happened - the cockroaches have mutated and evolved to dangerous heights. The cockroaches have 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 sent 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 it off with sheer number 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.
5. Elfen Lied
The Story: In a far-off secret facility, there exists a dangerous group of special human creatures that are being detained and studied through scientific experiment. They are the diclonius, and amongst them is their queen -Lucy- held at the deepest part of the facility.
When a careless minor mistake was made by a member of the facility inside Lucy's detainment room, Lucy was released and her rage was unleashed! Humanity shall soon face the blazing wrath of the diclonius queen. Lucy is one who is particularly hell-bent on destroying the whole human race.
The Similarity: There might be some obvious gore and violence in Kiseijuu, but if you haven't seen Elfen Lied, you haven't seen it all! That's because Elfen Lied is a much higher ranked piece in the horror and gore department. It's as if the parasytes weren't as much dangerous as the diclonius. Both species slashes and cuts, but at the end of the tunnel, they're both in horror anime shows that are capable of terrifying and shocking the viewers.
6. Psycho Pass
The Story: In the future of the world and humankind, measuring the criminal tendencies of people is made possible through the "Psycho-Pass" and the innovative technology involved with it. Using this technology, the enforcers are capable of determining who's guilty or not (and bring justice accordingly) at the flick of a button. But, as convenient as the Psycho-Pass may seem to be, it still has some grave imperfections which are just waiting to be discovered.
With the Psycho-Pass at the disposal of crime-fighting enforcement organization body,it is now 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 currently possess is still far from being truly perfect and just.
The Similarity: A lot of things separates Parasyte from Psycho Pass but, even if that is the case, there's still exist 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 is technically not the same, the theme and the atmosphere is 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 Kiseijuu.
7. Midori no Hibi (Midori Days)
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 the 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 a crush on him for 3 years already. No one knows exactly what really happened, but Midori is now his right hand...literally! So now, both of them have to 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 so far. But, that's the point! While I want you to freshen-up and take a break from all the the ultra-serious and dark themes as well as the horror, believe it or not - this one quite deserves to be on this spot. After all, it's an anime sharing 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. *teehee*