The BEST Episodes of Parasyte -the maxim-

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2021

Network: Nippon TV

A species of parasitic aliens descends on Earth and quickly infiltrates humanity by entering the brains of vulnerable targets; insatiable beings that gain total control of their host and are capable of transforming themselves to feed on unsuspecting prey. High school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but the creature fails to take over his brain and ends up in his right hand.

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The Stranger

#1 - The Stranger

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 6, 2014

Running late to school, Shinichi sees Nagai in trouble with some punks. When Shinichi steps in to help, he meets a high school student, Kimishima Kana. Shinichi and Satomi share a close moment when she tends to his injuries, but his life is about to take a sudden turn with a single phone call from his father...

star 8.34
333 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura

#2 - Kokoro

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 25, 2014

Kana's special ability is gaining in strength. Believing that ignoring her will only endanger her life, Shinichi tells Kana everything about the parasites. Shinichi only wants to save Kana, but Kana believes Shinichi is lying to her. They are two ships, passing in the night...

star 8.29
248 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
More Than Human

#3 - More Than Human

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 12, 2015

Shinichi and Migi arrive at the park, only to find Tamura holding her child. As Shinichi struggles to quell his fury at the sight of her, Tamura unleashes a flurry of questions about the meaning of the parasites' existence and what humanity means to them.

star 8.18
233 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
The Sun Also Rises

#4 - The Sun Also Rises

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 13, 2014

Struck through the heart by his mother-turned-parasite, Shinichi survives only through Migi's efforts. After regaining consciousness, Shinichi is devastated by the realization that none of it had been a dream.

star 8.16
335 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura

#5 - Parasyte

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 26, 2015

With Gotou's defeat, Shinichi's life is finally back to "normal." Though saddened by Migi's sudden departure, Shinichi moves forward with his life. However, a final threat appears...

star 8.14
251 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
What Mad Universe

#6 - What Mad Universe

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 4, 2014

Incapable of rationala thought, Shimada Hideo is a savage beast on a rampage, and Satomi's class has become his prey. Shinichi must make his way through the carnage in order to save Satomi...

star 8.10
261 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
Life and Oath

#7 - Life and Oath

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 19, 2015

With no chance to survive, Shinichi pulls off a desperate move.

star 8.10
231 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
Dark Night's Passing

#8 - Dark Night's Passing

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 20, 2014

Thinking he'd found his mother's killer, Shinichi instead meets Uda Mamoru, a man in a similar situation as himself. Uda sympathizes with Shinichi and suggests that they all work together. The time to avenge his mother has come at last! Shinichi heads to the precipice...

star 8.05
295 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shinzô Fujita, Shôji Yonemura

#9 - Feast

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 23, 2014

As the number of mincemeat murder victims grows, Shinichi, alone in his knowledge of the truth, is in turmoil. When Migi suddenly alerts him to the presence of another parasyte, he is aghast to find that it is in his own school. Paranoid, Shinichi attends a schoolwide assembly, where the staff introduce a beautiful new teacher...

star 8.04
346 votes
Writers: Shinzô Fujita, Shôji Yonemura
Crime and Punishment

#10 - Crime and Punishment

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 26, 2015

The joint operation by the police and the strike force to eliminate the group of parasites led by Hirokawa has begun. Yamagishi's unit uses their special sensor system to hunt down the parasites. Amidst the chaos, human victory seems all but confirmed. But the tables are about to be turned by a single parasite...

star 8.00
224 votes
Writers: Shinzô Fujita, Shôji Yonemura
Demon in the Flesh

#11 - Demon in the Flesh

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 16, 2014

As Shinichi and his parasyte continue their unasked-for coexistence, the parasyte in his right (migi) arm decides to take on the name of "Migi." Shinichi realizes that parasytes are involved in the ongoing mincemeat murders. Feeling alone in his discovery, Shinichi grapples with frustration. Unbeknownst to him, he is about to meet another parasyte for the first time...

star 8.00
388 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura

#12 - Metamorphosis

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 9, 2014

The whole world is about to change one quiet evening with the arrival of parasytes who devour human brains. One of their eggs lands at the home of Izumi Shinichi, a high school student. The hatched parasyte attacks Shinichi, but it faces unexpected resistance and fails to infiltrate his brain.

star 7.99
485 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
Disheveled Hair

#13 - Disheveled Hair

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 30, 2014

Shinichi's life returns to "normal" after A's killing spree, but Shinichi remains in low spirits. His mother, Nobuko, becomes worried, but Shinichi just bluffs when she asks him what's wrong. His father, Kazuyuki, suggests to Nobuko that a past incident may be involved. Nobuko looks down at the old scar on her hand and thinks back to what happened when Shinichi was a little boy...

star 7.98
343 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
Beyond Good and Evil

#14 - Beyond Good and Evil

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2014

Yuko is drawn to Shimada Hideo, but gradually realizes that something is seriously amiss with Shimada's face itself. As Yuko pursues Shimada's secret, she connects the dots between him and her brother's police investigation.

star 7.96
289 votes
Writers: Shinzô Fujita, Shôji Yonemura
Quiescence and Awakening

#15 - Quiescence and Awakening

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 12, 2015

Motivated by Satomi to stay alive, Shinichi resolves to fight Gotou. With Migi's support, they press their attack in an isolated forest. However, they fail to finish Gotou at a critical juncture, causing Shinichi to lose Migi and flee in defeat.

star 7.87
230 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
Happy Family

#16 - Happy Family

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 29, 2015

The newest parasite to appear is different from the others. Chatty and expressive, the parasite identifies himself as Miki and immediately makes his move. With Migi asleep, all Shinichi can do is to run and keep running...

star 7.85
218 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
Sex and Spirit

#17 - Sex and Spirit

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 5, 2015

The assault squad succeeds in eliminating Hirokawa, the parasites' leader, but they find themselves in a bind when the ultimate parasite appears. Their failure to eliminate Gotou strikes fear into Shinichi's heart--who will give him the final courage to face Gotou?

star 7.83
265 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
The Selfish Gene

#18 - The Selfish Gene

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 15, 2015

Shinichi's secret becomes known to Kuramori, the private investigator hired by Tamura. Shinichi tries to confide in Satomi, but his unsuccessful attempt only drives a wedge between them. Shinichi recruits Uda's help to break the impasse.

star 7.81
226 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
In Cold Blood

#19 - In Cold Blood

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 19, 2015

Suspecting Shinichi's connection to the parasite cases, Hirama arranges to have Shinichi meet with Uragami, a convict with a peculiar ability. Although cleared of any suspicion and able to return to his high school life, it isn't long before Hirama appears once more before Shinichi. A government operation to neutralize the parasites with Hirokawa is about to begin...

star 7.78
231 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
Something Wicked This Way Comes

#20 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 22, 2015

Though still full of doubt, Kuramori has, for the time being, accepted Shinichi. Soon after, Kuramori's resolve is severely shaken by witnessing a parasite murder a human being. Shinichi is frustrated by the turn of events, but the lull is cut short when a new parasite appears...

star 7.75
224 votes
Writers: Shinzô Fujita, Shôji Yonemura
Freezing Point

#21 - Freezing Point

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 27, 2014

Shinichi has regained some semblance of a normal life. However, with Migi's cells dispersed throughout his body, his physical abilities have greatly increased to the point that not even Mitsuo poses a threat. Shinichi fears that the changes go beyond the physical and into the psychological. Just as peace returns to his school, a new parasite appears!

star 7.74
293 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
The Adventure of the Dying Detective

#22 - The Adventure of the Dying Detective

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 5, 2015

Having determined Tamura to be a threat, Kusano's group moves to eliminate her. Meanwhile, Kuramori moves to avenge his family's death by abducting Tamura's baby. With her baby in his arms, Kuramori faces Tamura and threatens to throw the infant down a steep slope--what will Tamura do?

star 7.73
222 votes
Writers: Shinzô Fujita, Shôji Yonemura
The Blue Bird

#23 - The Blue Bird

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 2014

Kana's feelings for Shinichi grows day by day, and so does Shinichi's apprehension about Kana's ability. As ordinary life returns, Satomi struggles with her mounting suspicion that something has changed in Shinichi. Meanwhile, a new parasite appears to wreak havoc in a local gang hideout. Everyone's lives are about to get shattered yet again.

star 7.60
251 votes
Writers: Shôji Yonemura
Hello Sadness

#24 - Hello Sadness

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 8, 2015

A few days after Kana's death, things seem to be back to normal for Shinichi. Satomi and her friends are perturbed by his seeming indifference, but Shinichi, himself, is grappling with his own sense of disquiet with his unnatural state of mind. Meanwhile, a man begins snooping around about Shinichi...

star 7.59
230 votes
Writers: Shinzô Fujita, Shôji Yonemura