The 17-year-old Izumi Shinichi lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One night, worm-like aliens called Parasytes invade Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasyte attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails since he is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead, taking over his right hand and is named Migi. Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from traveling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality. As the duo encounter other Parasytes, they capitalize on their strange situation and gradually form a strong bond, working together to survive.
This is a truly grisly, gory and creative science fiction horror manga, that lives up to it’s hype! Parasyte is like a mash up of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Thing” with a fair dose of silliness and humour. Sci-fi fans will love this wonderful series written and drawn by Hitoshi Iwaaki and published in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 1988 to 1995. No manga collection should be without it!
The manga has been adapted into two live-action films and an anime television series.