Shinichi’s mind is starting to change with his body, and Murano is starting to notice it more and more. A new parasyte is sent into Shinichi’s school, keeping him on edge. Later, one of Murano’s friends discovers the secret of the Parasytes, and despite being totally defenseless tries to handle the new arrival herself.
I didn’t think Shinichi’s personality would change so quickly. When he was with Uda, he seemed to still be maintaining his normal persona, simply with a greater drive to murder some Parasyte ass. Now we see him this week as cold and calculating as Migi. I suppose something could be said for post traumatic stress disorder, but obviously this is just more changes meant to drive the “ARE YOU REALLY SHINICHI?” plot home. Not that we needed any help figuring that out, as Murano proceeds to shout the very phrase at him far more times than necessary throughout this first episode.
Gotta feel bad for that random punk. The guy is obviously a huge jerk, but he somehow ends up picking on the only two Parasytes in the entire town. It’s a great way of showing how Shinichi’s body has gone just as far as his mind. Before, he probably would not have gone out of his way to fight him alone, but now he knows just how powerful he is, and has no qualms showing that power. It also is one of the best examples of his remaining humanity. He has no particular reason to care about these degenerates, but he still does not want them to be harmed because, despite his changing psychology, his philosophy seems to have remained in tact. He doesn’t want anyone to suffer if he can help it, and now that he truly has the power, he finds himself having to help so much that it is making him seem alien to Murano and those he knows best.
As a perennial Miyuki Sawashiro fan, I’m always up for seeing more Kana in this show. I was wondering where they would take her interpetation of her powers, and the show didn’t disappoint. I suppose I can’t blame a teenage girl from thinking something that always alerts you to a boy’s presence is trying to get you to bone him rather than warn you about his crazy knife-hand powers. I found it pretty adorable how she used Shimada to make Shinichi walk her home. I always enjoy it when a show allows high schoolers to act their age, and Kana is no exception here. I just hope her schoolgirl crush doesn’t end alongside her life.
Shimada’s introduction brings with it even more terrifying implications than Reiko back when she introduced Mr. A. Not only is he a Parasyte that can control himself, he is still as devoted to the goal of devouring people as ever. It’s also unsure what exactly Reiko is using him for. While he seems to be keeping Shinichi in check, he still obviously has his own agendas. He eats human food, and yet still hunts like a normal Parasyte. He seems to prey specifically on women, yet it’s still unseen exactly why. While I hold no expectations to the livelihood of Shinichi’s classmate, I would at least like to hear more explanations as to his motivations as a Parasyte.
It’s too bad not everyone can be as competent as Shinichi. Sure, the guy has some personality issues to work through right now, but at least the dude’s got some common sense. The same cannot be said for Murano’s milquetoast friend. At first it seems like she’s actually going to do the sensible thing and keep her distance from the frightening shape-shifting monstrosity. We even see her confer with her brother with her findings, learning these are not just shapeshifters, but shapeshifters with frickin’ knives coming out of their heads. And yet she still goes after him alone. No sympathy for whatever happens to her come next week.