The BEST Episodes of Parasyte -the maxim-

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020

Network: NTV (JP)

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. Shinji 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?

The Stranger

#1 - The Stranger

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 5, 2014

Shinichi is targeted by a gang of delinquents and Kana, the girl who walks with them becomes suspicious of his nature. After returning home, Shinichi is caught by surprise when he is attacked by an enemy who possessed the body of his own mother.

star 8.43
270 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Kokoro

#2 - Kokoro

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 24, 2014

Shinichi decides to tell Kana about the existence of Parasites and Migi, meanwhile Kana's power grows stronger, ultimately leading to a dangerous situation.

star 8.33
193 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
The Sun Also Rises

#3 - The Sun Also Rises

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 12, 2014

After Shinichi is mortally wounded, Migi uses its powers to save his life, but weakening itself in the process. When Shinichi hears that his father is still alive, he rushes to the hospital where he is treated in order to protect him and enact revenge for his mother's death.

star 8.26
272 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
More than Human

#4 - More than Human

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 11, 2015

Surrounded by the police, Reiko sacrifices herself to protect her child and entrusts the baby to Shinichi before dying. After several interrogations, Shinichi protects his secret from the investigators, who come with one last resort to discover the truth.

star 8.19
178 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
What Mad Universe

#5 - What Mad Universe

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 3, 2014

Stunned by a surprise attack from Yuuko, Hideo loses his mind and enters into a killing spree. Worried about Murano, Shinichi decides to confront him head on to protect her.

star 8.18
197 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Life and Oath

#6 - Life and Oath

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 18, 2015

Despite not seeing any chance to win, Shinichi confronts Gotou and thanks to a desperate move, manages to injure him severely and rescue Migi from inside his body, turning the tables against him,

star 8.17
172 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Symposium

#7 - Symposium

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 22, 2014

Much to his dismay, Shinichi discovers that Reiko Tamura, a new teacher of his, is another inhuman just like those he faced before and knows his secret. However, Reiko is not interested in fighting him, and asks for his cooperation instead, but her partner, just called "A", has other plans.

star 8.16
289 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shinzo Fujita, Shoji Yonemura
The Devil in the Flesh

#8 - The Devil in the Flesh

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 15, 2014

Calling his new partner "Migi", Shinichi attempts to move on with his normal life despite his new condition, but other members of Migi's race keep coming after them to protect their secret.

star 8.10
322 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Tangled Hair

#9 - Tangled Hair

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 29, 2014

Thanks to their teamwork, Shinichi and Migi defeat A, who ends up killed by Ryōko who quits school once news of her pregnancy reach her colleagues. Back at home, Shinichi's parents are suspicious of his behavior and he must make sure they do not discover the truth to ensure their safety.

star 8.10
283 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Parasyte

#10 - Parasyte

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 25, 2015

After returning home, Migi appears in Shinichi's dreams and bids farewell to him, revealing that he will enter into a dormant state and may never awaken again. One year later, Uragami appears before Shinichi and takes Satomi hostage, thus he must fight him by himself to save her.

star 8.09
187 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
A Dark Night's Passing

#11 - A Dark Night's Passing

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 2014

Shinichi meets Mamoru Uda, another human who is in a similar situation as him and they decide to join forces to protect his father. However, when the enemy appears, Migi falls asleep and both Shinichi and Mamoru must fight without its help.

star 8.07
232 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shinzo Fujita, Shoji Yonemura
Beyond Good and Evil

#12 - Beyond Good and Evil

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 26, 2014

The recent events involving Shinichi draws him even further from his friend and crush Satomi Murano. Meanwhile, another of his friends gets close to danger after discovering Hideo's secret.

star 8.07
229 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shinzo Fujita, Shoji Yonemura
Metamorphosis

#13 - Metamorphosis

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 8, 2014

Shinichi Izumi's life takes a turn to the bizarre when a mysterious lifeform attempts to infiltrate his body in order to snatch it, but it ends up stuck on where his right hand used to be and both are forced to cooperate. Meanwhile, similar incidents with gruesome outcomes start occurring in other locations.

star 8.07
408 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Crime and Punishment

#14 - Crime and Punishment

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 25, 2015

The police storm the Town Hall to bring down Takeshi's group, but chaos ensues when the cops encounter an enemy that they can't bring down.

star 8.05
168 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shinzo Fujita, Shoji Yonemura
Quiescence and Awakening

#15 - Quiescence and Awakening

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 11, 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 7.99
175 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Happy Family

#16 - Happy Family

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 28, 2015

Shinichi & Migi manage to barely escape from Miki, while Takeshi's camp takes measures to cover up loose ends by burning Kuramori's office and killing his family.

star 7.96
166 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
The Adventure of the Dying Detective

#17 - The Adventure of the Dying Detective

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 4, 2015

After dealing with three enemies who wanted her dead, Reiko learns that her child was kidnapped by Kuramori who intends to get revenge on her. Reiko then asks Shinichi for help, and leaves to confront Kuramori, unaware that Murano is following her, hoping to meet Shinichi again.

star 7.88
168 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shinzo Fujita, Shoji Yonemura
The Selfish Gene

#18 - The Selfish Gene

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 14, 2015

With their hands forced, Shinichi and Migi reunite with Mamoru in order to capture and interrogate the private investigator.

star 7.88
175 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Sex and Spirit

#19 - Sex and Spirit

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 4, 2015

Gotou breaks free from the police siege, but not before meeting Shinichi and vowing to kill him on a later occasion. In face of a seemingly invincible threat, Shinichi is driven into despair until Satomi appears to comfort him and renews his will to survive.

star 7.87
207 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
In Cold Blood

#20 - In Cold Blood

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 18, 2015

Despite having no evidence against Shinichi, the police are still certain that he is hiding something, and they start an operation to bring Takeshi's group down.

star 7.87
175 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Freezing Point

#21 - Freezing Point

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 26, 2014

Back to Tokyo, Shinichi's sudden change in behavior put his father and friends wary of him, and things get even more tense when Hideo Shimada, another parasite, is sent by Ryōko to keep an eye on him.

star 7.85
235 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Something Wicked This Way Comes

#22 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 21, 2015

Spurred by Reiko's words, Shinichi decides to go on a crusade to eradicate the Parasites and kills one associated with Takeshi's camp. The group decides to send Miki to take care of him.

star 7.83
172 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shinzo Fujita, Shoji Yonemura
The Blue Bird

#23 - The Blue Bird

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 2014

Kana meets Shinichi once more and is determined to get closer to him, despite knowing of his relationship with Murano. Meanwhile, a group of parasites is organizing themselves with unknown intentions.

star 7.70
196 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shoji Yonemura
Hello Sadness

#24 - Hello Sadness

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 7, 2015

Shinichi returns to the crime scene to try to keep the feeling of mourning for Kana. He is followed by a human private investigator hired by Ryōko Tamiya and Migi is caught on camera.

star 7.70
175 votes
Directors: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Shinzo Fujita, Shoji Yonemura