Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu – 05

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Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu episode 5 brings us yet another no name/ no personality Parasyte to deal with… but it’s clever about it. No-name gets a lot of brutal screen time from the get-go, and none of the dots it will connect are clear until it the end.

Cheap? Predictable? Maybe? At least, if you guessed like me about the end-potential of last episode…

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So Nagai, one of Shinichi’s classmates, is being beaten to a pulp by high school thugs of some sort and of course Shinichi has to dive in for an inept rescue. This wouldn’t be so bad if Shinichi ever thought anything through before diving headlong into it (or whining about it) but of course he doesn’t.

I mean, 5 seconds to remember ‘fighting is a bad idea unless I want to lose or accidentally kill someone because Migi has no sense of control or value for human life’ would do this idiot some good.

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Ultimately, the thugs get bored and wander off. However, not before Kana, the maybe-girlfriend of the thug-boss, gets a good deep look into Shinichi’s soul and is massively disturbed by what she sees there.

It looked like an eyeball to me. So, who knows where that’s going but Migi warns that women (and Kana in particular) seem to be better at detecting the energy waves created by the Parasytes.

Hrm… bummer.

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Later, because the evil thug leader wants to teach Shinichi a lesson for being a poser hero or something, Murano gets captured and it’s implied the thugs are going to rape her for a while and…timeout.

Is it me or am I just ignorant of the total shit-hole status of Japan and Japanese culture? I mean, are rape gangs really a thing there? Are there no police and no consequences for rapists? This whole segment just seemed questionable.

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S’okay though: Shinichi & Murano’s whole class show up and, presumably, beat the life out of Mutou’s gang. It’s also implied that Kana was the one that lead them there.

I guess she’s trying to figure out Shinichi and, juggling her thoughts about him already having a girlfriend, trying to figure out what to do with him?

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Then Shinichi’s mom gets her head cut off by the nameless Parasyte that was crawling around after the car wreck. Apparently they can only control one gender after their initial blending so it needed a fresh lady and Shinichi’s mom just happened to be on a near by oceanside cliff and bang: plot convenience!

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Before coming, Mommasyte gives Shinichi some time with his two ladies. First up was Murano, who confirms that Shinichi is no longer really human — he’s too nice and goes too far to protect others. He basically asks if she wants to have sex tonight but she smiles and goes home.

Second is Kana, who wants to apologize and also get a closer look at Shinichi. Not much happens beyond a hand shake and a glum face. Migi says she’s dangerous and should be avoided if possible. I assume she’ll just become a Parasyte soon, get killed, or both mere minutes after having sex with him.

May as well just get that over with…

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Then Shinichi’s dad calls to tell him about the murder monster, then probably dies in a public phone booth. Then Mommasyte shows up and Shinichi loses his shit and she kills him with her stabby-blade-head.

He’s obviously not dead but next week will take some explanational back-bending to tell us how it didn’t happen.

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At it’s heart, Parasyte is a discussion about what makes a human human. Is it our culture? is it our individual behavior? A-chan looked like a man, and could even make human babies, but he is a murderous beast.

Not too different from a lot of selfish people we’ve seen in Shinichi’s world, really.

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Questions and philosophy aside, this week was a little bumpy, flow-wise. I really did find Shinichi’s mom’s murder a little eye-rolling and Shinichi’s rather constant whimpering about being human or not got a little tiresome. (In all fairness, he is a teenager)

Regardless, the action was good, the people are weird, and the character development is obvious. All good things, creepy and brutal, and it has my attention all the way.

Lets just hope none of the female characters get bitten by a snake any time soon!

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4 thoughts on “Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu – 05”

  1. “Lets just hope none of the female characters get bitten by a snake any time soon!” cross ange has scarred the anime world

  2. I just wanted to mention I’d rate this the same as Franklin, but less reluctantly, as I watched the episode with a less cynical and “hrrm” trigger-happy eye.

    “Is it me or am I just ignorant of the total shit-hole status of Japan and Japanese culture? I mean, are rape gangs really a thing there? Are there no police and no consequences for rapists?”

    – To its credit, Parasyte didn’t do anything here but have the thugs take her hostage in a dark alley. It’s up to the audience to jump to rape gang. I, for one, didn’t. A lesser show would have been more explicit in the thugs’ intentions, and even had them tear her clothes for good measure. That didn’t happen here, because it wasn’t necessary.

    That aside, obviously the criminality in real-world Japan is amplified and embellished for dramatic effect in most anime. Heck, even in the hi-tech Utopian Academy City of Index/Railgun there were a curious number of rapist thugs.

    – On the subject of the no-name parasyte taking over Shinichi’s mother, I’m aware that’s a coincidnece and all, but the show knows I know as well. There’s a subtext of fate beneath the human/animal text, and the implication is Murphyian in nature: Any thing that can go wrong with Shinichi will go wrong.

    In a way, he’s been given a wonderous gift — the means to be a better man rather than simply hope to be one, but it’s a give-and-take. The show is not going to go easy on him on any level.

    – Franklin allowed that Shinichi can be whiny about his plight because he’s still a teenager teeming with emotions and hormones anyway. Sooo…why can’t he also rush headlong into situations for the same reason?

    Migi has given Shinichi something he didn’t have before in his dealings with the less savory elements of humanity: power and leverage. Even if his head knows he has way too much power, and really shouldn’t get into fights that could end in bloodshed (or worse, exposure), his heart still presses him to do so, because he knows Migi is there to bail him out, one way or another.

    Essentially, Migi largely neutralized the combination of flight response and lack of confidence, giving Shinichi the agency to be more altruistic instead of just thinking about it.

    – That confidence asserts itself in other areas when Shinichi casually asks Murano if she wants to spend the night. I loved Murano’s equally casual, cheerful, diplomatic refusal. Unlike him, she’s not one to go headlong, either into danger or into love.

  3. Parasyte asks us a lot of questions about what makes humans human. At the end of the day, it’s all of the above:

    • If proscribing to Freud’s model of the human psyche, Migi and the parasytes represent the id.
    • The humans they possess wholly lack superegos to contain the id.
    • Shinichi still has his superego mostly intact, and though he cannot totally control Migi, an ego is being maintained, with effort.

    It’s the balance that makes us human. But that balance is tenuous and imperfect. And whether due to the stresses of his effort, a variation of the societal concept of “women’s intuition”, or both, Kana (the thug leader’s girlfriend), Satomi, Shinichi’s mom are able to detect something amiss.

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