Shimada’s confrontation spirals out of control as his body is damaged. With no way to stop his autonomous Parasyte reactions, he goes on a killing spree in Murano’s class. Shinichi goes to save her, and resolves to defeat Shimada by his own hand. Later, we learn just how much the government knows about the Parasyte threat.
This was an absolutely solid episode. Shimada’s outburst gives a nice clue-in to the revelation later made by the researcher. After being disconnected to the main body, the Parasytes only act on instinct, and that is what makes them the most dangerous. The balance in the Shinichi-Migi partnership also remained solid this episode. They still disagree on their methods, but this time they’re able to come together to make a plan and finish off Shimada. It was also just a cool looking scene, having Migi turn into a new form in order to land the finishing blow. Later on, I like that Migi finally uses human empathy to try and influence Shinichi’s actions instead of simply going on the “cold logic” he always used in the beginning. It gives us the first glimpse at maybe a change on his end, as well as letting us see that Shinichi isn’t totally ignoring Migi’s input.
I hope this act of heroism doesn’t completely assuage Murano’s problems with Shinichi. Sure, the guy saved her life, but in order to save her live he had to do many of the things she described as problems with his changing character. Sure, being able to steel yourself in a tough situation is fine, but wars have proven time and time again how the coping mechanisms people use to overcome horrible situations can seriously affect their psyches. I also don’t get why she didn’t have any questions after his rescue. Are we supposed to expect she just attributes them to the trauma? I suppose it would work, but eventually she should realize all the weirdness surrounding Shinichi isn’t just coincidental to these events.
It’s nice to see that the government hasn’t been slacking about the Parasyte problem either. I get why they would want to limit information initially, especially due to the fluid nature of the Parasyte’s identities. Still, they could have at least given that police unit a warning. It seems like they know the signs well enough they should know about Parasyte attacks, so what is stopping them from creating task forces to deal with these kinds of incidents? At least my brothers in the biological research field get a chance to shine, introducing a pretty unique way to catch Parasytes. I’m still not quite sure how you popularize the idea of painfully plucking out the hairs on other people’s heads, but more power to them I guess. I’m still not quite sure how that would help, as even if someone then identifies a Parasyte by that, it’s not like they’re going to be able to do anything about it unless they also happen to have a strike team . Honestly, I feel like this would just make the smarter Parasytes go underground once they figure out the government’s game. With this particular arc over, the slate is cleaned for Parasyte. Shinichi is back in Murano’s good graces, and without an apparent threat, it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.