That was ballsy, and I’m not talking about the way Shinichi saved his girlfriend, or anything in the show itself. To have an entire episode that is simply a conclusion? Yes there was a mad men with a knife and some action, but having an entire episode dedicated to explaining the moral of the show and what is going through Shinichi’s mind? An entire episode to properly explain the conclusion Shinichi came to and a final goodbye between Migi and Shinichi… it was a great episode, but it was so risky. People have a tendency to leave a show or not bother looking at the ending if it is only a conclusion, as long as the danger and the main plot is over people drift away. It really goes to tell how great of an anime Parasyte was, this would have been a disaster were it now for the sheer awesomeness of the show.
Don’t think I disliked the episode though, on the contrary, I think this was the best ending they could possibly achieve in just a single episode. I can’t say it is the best ending I ever saw, because overall thing ended rather abruptly and there are still content there to be exploited and I wish I could see in OVA and such, but it was the best ending I’ve seen in 2014-15 at least. It was a real conclusion that brought forward the message of the anime while closing most of the open plot point and ending on a happy note. I raise my hat, for this was a splendid performance. Truly a magnificent episode that leave me, figuratively speaking, speechless.
I could go into more detail about the episode as I usually do, talk of the different philosophies coming out from the narrative of the show, but I would rather leave that up to personal interpretation and discuss the show as a whole, time for a review of Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu, also known as Parasyte – The maxim-.
There are many things that made Kiseijuu into such a great show, some are minor, like how great the Opening Theme Song is song, other are crucial to the success, like the many different approach to character monologue the anime took. But what exactly is the one winning factor that make Kiseijuu such a great show?
It’s most likely not the action or the battles, they were cool and all, but the animation for them was just ordinary, the quality of the frames dropped in intense fight and there was nothing too crazy in term of visual action.
It was not for the horror aspect either, since most of the horror was gone after the first 10 episodes, the show when from a horror to something simply more action oriented and more about positive discovery than bad one.
What made the difference in making it awesome, at least to me, is how dramatic, intelligent and philosophical the story was done. The drama felt real, the show had views on the world and was trying to prove a point, while I’m not sure how convincing the arguments were, it drove the story forward and also provoked thought and involved our brain a bit. It is important and exciting when, as the audience, you are mentally involved in what you are watching, it suddenly makes it so much more valuable and interesting.
So if I were to give a reason to watch the show, or why it is so good, I’d say it is because it is an intelligent psychological thriller. It is the dramatic development of an idealist who has his life changed in an instant and how he copes with his new world. The story of someone who becomes isolated and psychologically tortured, while still having to fight to survive. This is why Kiseijuu is the best show of 2016, although to be fair it has really little competition. I’m a harsh reviewer, but I’d say this was a definite 9 /10. It is definitively a show to remember and for people to keep on watching if they have not yet seen it. Hell, I just finished the season and I feel like doing a marathon of it right now.
I am most likely underplaying how much I liked Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu, it was so refreshing having an entire anime with a clear beginning and end. I have nothing but good impression and memories of it, I don’t regret a minute I spent watching it.
ZeroGhj signing off