Parasyte: The Maxim Season 1 Review

Parasyte: The Maxim Season 1 Review

Now streaming on Netflix and Hulu. Rated TV-MA.

Its been quite a while since I’ve been able to sit and enjoy an anime: and considering the fact its October I thought it was the perfect time to start a horror anime. Maybe because I am fascinated with body horror that I choose Parasyte.

This show is full of many highs and lows. There are times where the story is well-paced and exciting, but also just as many where it’s neither. The majority of the show is overall well done, but it’s its lulls that are it’s downfall. 

My most significant complaint comes from the tonal shift that happens early in the series. The show starts with a fair amount of morbid humour that is later thrown entirely to the wayside. Of course, for this story, this makes sense to an extent, but the sheer speed of this change is whiplash-inducing. 

Parasyte, like all horror, offers more than creepy visuals. Parasyte’s inherent nature opens it up to allow a substantial amount of contemplation over the human condition. We are given essentially three prospectives throughout the series: that of the human, that of the semi-human, and that of the inhuman (in the form of the parasites). This series becomes less about the spectacle of the parasite’s morphing ability and quickly takes the more philosophical route of the broader implication and nature of the relationship between parasite and human. The story delves into the deepest motivations of life, and the things that make us, well, human. The series philosophical endeavours alone, make up a lot for its shortcomings. 

If you are going to watch this show, which I recommend you do, don’t go into it expecting it to be non-stop action. This show boasts a fair amount of action, but the real highlights are the time it takes to contemplate what it’s set out to explore. This often leads to long lulls in the story that could have been handled differently, but ultimately serve their purpose.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.