PARASYTE: THE MAXIM

Col­lec­tion One Talk to the hand

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - An­drew Os­mond

re­leased 27 June 2014 | 15 | Blu-ray & dvd (dual for­mat) /Blu-ray/dVd Di­rec­tor Kenichi shimizu Cast aya Hi­rano, nobunaga shi­mazaki, Kana Hanazawa The re­cent line of classy hor­ror an­ime se­ri­als con­tin­ues with Parasyte: The Maxim, in which mys­te­ri­ous worm-like crea­tures bur­row into sleep­ing hu­mans, take over their bod­ies (à la In­va­sion Of The Body Snatch­ers), then turn those bod­ies into grotesque head chomp­ing mon­sters (à la The Thing). The fo­cus, though, is on a school­boy who ends up co-ex­ist­ing with a su­per­cil­ious par­a­site em­bed­ded in his hand. The shocked lad starts learn­ing about the na­ture of the par­a­sites and their agenda, be­fore the in­va­sion turns per­sonal...

Based on a ven­er­a­ble manga first pub­lished in the West back in the ’90s, this is still a great story, riff­ing on fa­mil­iar hor­ror film sta­ples but giv­ing them an in­trigu­ing an­ime slant. The an­i­ma­tion is good if not great, but the story and char­ac­ters carry the ac­tion. We have other gripes, like Tokyo cit­i­zens re­act­ing with ab­surd un­con­cern to the par­a­sites’ splat­ter killings, but it’s still a splen­did show.

Ex­tras Clean open­ing/ clos­ing an­i­ma­tion. The pricey deluxe dual-for­mat edi­tion comes with a fig­ure of Migi (the par­a­site), a screen wipe and a tat­too set.

La­bel An­i­matsu also re­cently re­leased a live-ac­tion ver­sion of the same story (called just Parasyte) in two parts.

“Get me some Col­gate – quick!”

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