Parasyte – Full Color – Official Kodansha Translation (EN)
Parasyte (寄生獣, Kiseijū) is a Japanese science fiction horror manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki and published in Kodansha‘s Morning Open Zōkan and Monthly Afternoon magazine from 1988 to 1995. The manga was published in North America first by Tokyopop, then Del Rey, and finally Kodansha USA.
The sci-fi horror manga classic returns, in a fully-colorized, premium-quality hardcover for the first time! If you’ve never read the story of Shinichi and the polite and murderous alien infesting his right arm–or even if you already own the series–there’s never been a better way to collect it.
Presented in eight volumes containing about 300 pages of manga each.
They arrive in silence, out of dark skies. They infest human hosts and consume them. And they are everywhere.
They are Parasites: alien creatures who must invade and take control of human hosts to survive. Once they have infected their victims, they can twist their hosts’s bodies into any abominable shapes they choose: craniums splitting to reveal mouths of sharp teeth, batlike wings erupting from backs, blades tearing through soft hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purposes behind ordinary human faces. No one knows their secret, except an ordinary high school student. Shinichi managed to stop the infestation of his body by an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?
For more than 30 years, new generations of readers have been riveted to this unlikely buddy story that unfolds amid a world of monstrosities that never stay hidden for long. Since its first release, in 1988, Parasyte has inspired live-action films, spinoffs, and, in 2015, a global hit anime series. The Full Color Collection presents Hitoshi Iwaaki’s original manga in hardcover for the first time, with each page carefully colorized and a revised translation for 2022. There’s never been a better time to stay up late and get your hand on Parasyte!
They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade—and take control of—a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret—except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?
“Gives the phrase ‘talk to the hand’ a whole new meaning. Alien spores roughly the size of tennis balls fall to earth one night; from within crawl sluglike creatures that burrow their way into the brains of humans, effectively killing them and taking over their bodies … Violence is graphic and often shocking, depicted in a style reminiscent of western comics and H.R. Giger. The ordinary nature of the rest of the illustration gives the whole book an unsettling edge, a sort of subliminal ‘it could happen anywhere’ vibe. A cult favorite manga.” —Publishers Weekly
After starting his career as an assistant to Lady Snowblood creator Kazuo Kamimura, Hitoshi Iwaaki broke out with 1988’s body horror-alien invasion story Parasyte, which would become a global hit and go on to be adapted into two live-action films and a popular anime series. Iwaaki’s other works include Historie, Neo Devilman, and Reiri.
“Parasites” are tennis ball sized creatures, whose numbers and origins are unknown. They invade and take over the human mind in order to survive. Shinichi Izumi is a 16-year-old high school student who lives with his parents in a quiet neighborhood. One night, a Parasite invades Shinichi’s body in an attempt to take control of it. However, it fails to complete the takeover process and ultimately ends up inhabiting only his right arm.
Thus, both Shinichi and the Parasite—who calls himself Migi—retain their individual minds. Now in a peculiar “human and alien” relationship, Migi proposes that they cooperate to survive. Shinichi has no choice but to agree, and he must now cling to his morality as he and Migi face off against other bloodthirsty Parasites.
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