Wednesday, 3 August 2016
ANIME REVIEW: PARASYTE: THE MAXIM COLLECTION 2
Parasyte The Maxim Collection 2
Released By: Animatsu
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1 Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
In the previous series, Shinichi had evolved mentally and physically from what he was before the parasyte infected his body. His friends have noticed a change in him, his personality is more rational and less emotional and his strength keeps growing in a short space of time. This change happened when Shinichi was attacked by the parasyte who infected his mother and nearly killed him.
If Migi hadn't intervened, and fused with his already dying body, he would never have survived to take his revenge. Now Shinichi can scale tall buildings like most superheroes and jump almost everywhere without breaking a sweat, even when Migi is asleep.
The plot starts to thicken when more parasytes infect other humans in the area, even assuming roles of authority; one becomes mayor while some are already in the police force, but when Shinichi's friend is killed by one, he thinks he should get more emotional over her death, but he can't even let out tears or feel anything and as a result of being at the site of his friend's murder, people are starting to suspect he might have something to do with it, or he might be a parasyte too.
While the suspicion of what he has become, Shinichi still has to protect his friends as Ichigo does in Bleach. The fact that he hasn't lost that part of his humanity shows Migi the strength of the humans, while other parasytes consider themselves weak and fragile in comparison; they have to try and take over much stronger human bodies to become what they view as a strong parasyte. Shinichi has to reach out to some of the parasytes to show them that they can change what they are and understand what it is like to be human and coexist with humans without killing and eating them. Shinichi also has to prevent Migi from taking over him completely as his friends have already noticed he is much colder and more calculated than normal.
As more humans are being taken over, Shinichi has to watch himself around them as they discover his brain hasn't been taken over like they have, and jealousy ensues. Fans of Shiki and Hellsing will like this as it is more cerebral and less gory than the first collection.
Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation, Also Available from Sentai Filmworks: Trailers for Akame ga Kill, Chaika, The Coffin Princess, Cry & The Fruit of Grisaia.
Summary: Strong characters, clear messages about humanity and some kick ass fight scenes make this a fun watch.