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Kiseijuu is a horror sci-fi manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki. It centers on a boy named Shinichi Izumi who lives in a world where aliens suddenly invade the planet and take over human bodies. One alien tries to take over Shinichi's body, but fails. He ends up residing in Shinichi's right hand and the two are forced to co-exist as allies against other parasites looking to kill them.

Synopsis

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?

Volumes

Title
Chapters Release Date ISBN Cover
Volume 1
  • Chapter 1 - (Invasion (侵入, Shin'nyū)
  • Chapter 2 - (Wild Animal (野獣, Yajū)
  • Chapter 3 - (Contact (接触, Sesshoku)
  • Chapter 4 - (Killer's Aura (殺気, Sakki)
  • Chapter 5 - (Studyholic (勉強好き, Benkyō Suki)
  • Chapter 6 - (Ryouko Tamiya (田宮良子, Tamiya Ryōko)
  • Chapter 7 - (Attack (襲撃, Shūgeki)
July 20th, 1990 ISBN 978-4-06-314026-2
Volume 01
Volume 2
January 18th, 1991 ISBN 978-4-06-314029-3
Volume 02
Volume 3
July 18th, 1991 ISBN 978-4-06-314036-1
Volume 03
Volume 4
  • Chapter 21 - (Observation (観察, Kansatsu)
  • Chapter 22 - (Fissure (亀裂, Kiretsu)
  • Chapter 23 - (Confusion and Slaughter (混乱と殺戮, Konran to Satsuriku)
  • Chapter 24 - (One Blow (一撃, Ichigeki)
  • Chapter 25 - (Ripples (波紋, Hamon)
  • Chapter 26 - (A Girl's Dream (少女の夢, Shōjo no yume)
January 20th, 1992 ISBN 978-4-06-314040-8
Volume 04
Volume 5
August 19th, 1992 ISBN 978-4-06-314045-3
Volume 05
Volume 6
  • Chapter 33 - (Witness (目撃者, Mokugeki-sha)
  • Chapter 34 - (Iron and Glass (鉄とガラス, Tetsu to Garasu)
  • Chapter 35 - (Indifferently Named (名前に無頓着, Namae ni Mutonjaku)
  • Chapter 36 - (The Devil's Face (悪魔の面影, Akuma no Omokage)
  • Chapter 37 - (Dining Room (食堂, Shokudō)
  • Chapter 38 - (Face-Off (敵対, Tekitai)
January 19th, 1993 ISBN 978-4-06-314054-5
Volume 06
Volume 7
  • Chapter 39 - (Assassin (刺客, Shikaku)
  • Chapter 40 - (Command Tower (司令塔, Shireitō)
  • Chapter 41 - (Final Form (完全体, Kanzentai)
  • Chapter 42 - (A Little Family 1 (小さな家族 (1), Chīsana Kazoku (1))
  • Chapter 43 - (A Little Family 2 (小さな家族 (2), Chīsana Kazoku (2))
  • Chapter 44 - (Impetuosity (性急に, Seikyū ni)
  • Chapter 45 - (Cold-Blooded Battle (冷血の戦い, Reiketsu no Tatakai)
July 20th, 1993 ISBN 978-4-06-314064-4
Volume 07
Volume 8
  • Chapter 46 - (The Park (となり町の公園, Tonari machi no kōen)
  • Chapter 47 - (Some Child's Parent (人の子の親, Hito no ko no oya)
  • Chapter 48 - (Homecoming (ただいま, Tadaima)
  • Chapter 49 - (Staring Experiment (お見合い実験, O miai jikken)
  • Chapter 50 - (Weapon (狂気, Kyōki)
  • Chapter 51 - (Bearing (進路, Shinro)
February 16th, 1994 ISBN 978-4-06-314076-7
Volume 08
Volume 9
November 11th, 1994 ISBN 978-4-06-314095-8
Volume 09
Volume 10
March 15th, 1995 ISBN 978-4-06-314107-8
Volume 10

Other Information

  • The series won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 1993.
  • It also won the Seiun Award for being the best manga of the year in 1996.
  • In Japan it sold more than 11 million copies in release of every volume back then when it was still running.
  • In a 1996 poll result of Top 50 all time manga by Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, done as a part of Popular Japanese Media Art polls, Parasyte was ranked as 14th best manga of all time in Japan, out of all 50.
  • After the release of the last volume, many other manga series were inspired by it, even video games.

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