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  • Accidental Innuendo: In the anime, Migi saying he'll find a way to make Shinichi feel better... while they're in the shower.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: After dealing with Goto, who is Shinichi's final adversary? Uragami, who is a petty serial killer.
    • Overlaps with Dragon Their Feet, as the story is over by the time Uragami and Shinichi throw down, and the latter's reaction to the former showing up is, essentially, "not this shit again." In addition, Migi is dormant by this time, putting them on relatively even footing.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Murano has the anime's fanbase split for some fans. While she does still have people that find her character justified considering the situation she's in regarding her feelings for Shinichi, detractors dislike her for her negativity towards Shinichi's change from kindhearted Nice Guy to Jerk with a Heart of Gold badass and her tendency to repeatedly ask, "Are you really Shinichi?" making her come off as incredibly annoying. It also hurts that she's more demure and less feisty in the anime compared to the manga. This may be a downplayed example, though. While these fans tend to hope Kana wins Shinichi's heart, if only so he never goes back to being a Nice Guy, very rarely do any of them actually wish for Murano's death.
    • Murano standing up to Uragami in the final episode appears to have improved her standing somewhat.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The sex scene between Shinichi and Murano can come off as this for some as it happens almost literally out-of-nowhere.
  • Broken Base:
    • The anime's soundtrack in general (especially its use of dubstep) is very controversial.
    • The art style and character design changes and setting update have also been divisive among fans of the manga. Some accept them, some don't.
  • Complete Monster: The psychotic Uragami (or Kabuto) is a human being who manages to be many times worse than the man-eating parasites of the story. A sadistic Serial Killer, he considers other people his "playthings" and gets off on all acts of cruelty he can inflict them, including murder, rape, mutilation and cannibalism. After he was caught and forced to work for the army, he gleefully helped them slaughter dozens of parasites along with a few innocents before killing the police officer escorting him and escaping. Knowing that it was only a matter of time before being caught again, he decides to spend his last days as a free man forcing Shinichi, who had never done anything to him, to confront him. He does this by killing more innocents, capturing Shinichi's girlfriend Murano and threatening to "have a lot of fun breaking this little doll" if he doesn't comply, only to throw her from a rooftop and stabbing Shinichi when he does. A depraved fiend, Uragami was even able to see through the parasites' disguise because he was, like them, a monster hiding behind a human appearance.
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  • Creepy Cute: Migi might be an alien parasite full of body horror, but the way he acts early on is pretty adorkable (then again, he knows nothing about human society, so it's to be expected).
  • Evil Is Sexy: Reiko Tamura.
    • For some, Gotou. It helps that he spends a lot of time shirtless.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Parasyte vs Tokyo Ghoul can be quite a heated debate at times. Both have relatively the same dark-toned setting, and their anime adaptations were released around the same time as each other.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With fans of the 2011 adaptation of Hunter × Hunter due to both series being developed by MADHOUSE.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: At least initially when it was airing, the anime was very, very popular with American audiences, especially considering that the manga was a bit more obscure there at the time. This was in stark contrast to the more mixed reception it first got in Japan, where the original manga is considered a bona-fide classic and a lot of viewers found the Setting Update unnecessary. It got to the point where some denizens of the Japanese imageboard 2chan expressed outright surprise and disbelief that the anime was getting so much positive reception from Americans. Creator Hitoshi Iwaki certainly doesn't seem to mind.
    "It's always fun when people from other countries like your work. I've never wanted to draw the kind of manga that can be enjoyed by only one group of people, in one country, for a short time".
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Tamura protecting her child from the police. Instead of allowing him to get hit, she uses her hair to shield him. She also gives him to Shinichi to keep him safe. This shows how human she has become and how much she's changed since she originally used her baby as an experiment for her species.
      • And in one of the stories in Neo Parasyte, it is shown that Shinichi continues to check on and care for Tamura's orphaned son years later.
    • In the Neo Parasyte story Migi's travels, it is shown that Migi is still alive and dreaming eight years after the end of Parasyte, while Shinichi and Satomi are married and have a son.
  • HSQ: The action sequences are really impressive. Shinichi's rock headshot is one of the earliest examples.
  • Hype Backlash: The anime's intense popularity has caused others to denounce it for being poorly adapted, trying too hard to be dark and edgy or a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of Tokyo Ghoul.note 
  • Memetic Mutation: Mimicking of Shinichi's Google searches. Case in point.
    • Thanks to the hero's surname being Izumi and Aya Hirano's involvement, there's a lot of fanart with Lucky Star.
  • Narm: When Shinichi is at death's door, Migi fills the roles of trauma surgeon, nurse, and organ donor in order to save his life. It should have been the dramatic turning point of the story in more ways than one, but thanks to the visuals that accompany this scene... not so much.
    • Shinichi's big scream in episode 24. You know the one.
    • The first victim's wife's head being bitten off. It started of horrifying, because the man's face split open, but this page makes it more funny because of the 'watermelon' face.
    • In the anime at least, the scene where Shinichi and Murano have sex with each other later in the series. Not only does it nearly come out of nowhere, Shinichi's response is a love confession afterwards while they're still in bed, followed by the two spontaneously being upright as they gaze into each other's almost-sparkling eyes and kiss, complete with dramatic background pan behind them.
    • Reiko declaring her intention to eat her baby if it isn't interesting enough to her is likely intended to be Nightmare Fuel. Due to how completely outlandish the statement is, though, it ends up crossing right back over the line into being hilarious.
  • Signature Scene: In the first pages of the manga, a man's head splits open into a many-fanged horror to attack a woman. This was featured in the anime trailer, the live-action film trailer, and was even featured in a 'your-photo-here' app.
    • The Yakuza Massacre.
    • Shinichi's final battle with Gotou.
  • Special Effect Failure: The live action movie has some pretty Conspicuous CG. The most notable example being the infamous head devouring scene at the beginning, which looks like the woman's head was cropped off with Photoshop.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Before the anime adaptation even aired, many fans of the manga disliked some of the changes in character designs, such as the decision to give Shinichi glasses. The final shot of the opening theme sequence shows him without them, along with his Expository Hairstyle Change from the manga. The Setting Update also was a point of contention for some.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Mitsuo, who disappears after Kana dies.
    • Uda and Jaw are the only other human and Parasite to share a body outside of Shinichi and Migi. Unfortunately, they rarely appear in the story. It would have been interesting to see Shinichi and Uda bond over their similar issues.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Kana and Uragami's ability to sense Parasites never gets explained.
    • Shinichi spends a good chunk of the series having to work with the authorities and evade their watchful eye since incident after incident keeps leading back to him and Migi. What happens after Uragami reacts specifically to Shinichi and no one else, and one of the remaining parasites targets him complete with a name drop in front of the police? Well, besides a brief questioning about it, nothing; Shinichi is forced to run off and survive against Gotou. The entire police storyline is effectively dropped afterwards, even when Shinichi reintegrates into life again.
  • Ugly Cute: Migi when in 'talking' form.
    • Even more so in the anime, where it is voiced by Aya Hirano.
    • Averted, however, in the live-action movies, which give Migi a very deep voice and its creepiness is turned up a notch.
  • Uncanny Valley: In the story, Parasites generally are indistinguishable from normal humans. However, they tend to have completely blank expressions due to not having emotions, and the artwork often gives them slightly overlarge and sharply-defined eyes that give them a sinister appearance. Extremely twisted humans, such as Uragami and Takeshi Hirokawa, also have these eyes. There's also Miki.
  • What an Idiot!: Episode 9 gets this with Shinichi's classmate, Yuko Tachikawa. Instead of informing anyone, or even her brother who just so happens to be a policeman, about discovering that Hideo Shimada (a Parasite) isn't all that he appears to be, she decides to confront him on her own. Yeah... great choice, Yuko. This action ended up getting 17 people killed by said Parasite. However, she also doesn't have the first clue what Shimada actually is or just how scary Parasites can get, and she still nearly puts him out of commission all by herself.
    • Kana leaving her phone at home, causing Shinichi to be unable to get in touch with her and saving her. Even if she thought Shinichi was just taking her on a date, she should have kept it with her in-case he makes a last-minute change. This was justified in the manga since it was written before cellphones became commonplace, but it's problematic in the modernized anime adaptation.
    • The Teacher and 2 students in episode 10 who spot Shimada in his mutated form. First of all, the see a giant monstrous claw launched through the window, you'd expect them to get the police or something, not check it out themselves. Then, when they actually see him. They see Shimada punch the wall, leaving a huge hole. Instead of doing the smart thing and running away, they approach him because they think it's a mask.
  • The Woobie: Poor Shinichi. He was living a perfectly normal life before the Parasites invaded Earth. Things don't get any better when his mother is killed. He becomes more emotionally distant and cold. The scene after Reiko dies, he finally regains a bit of his humanity and cries over everything that had happened to him. The guy really needs a hug after what he's been through.


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