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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-49681-2
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Parasyte (WideBan)

Parasyte (WideBan) Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     December 04, 2007
Release Date: June 26, 2007

Parasyte (WideBan) Vol.#02
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hitoshi Iwaaki
Translated by:Andrew Cunningham
Adapted by:Andrew Cunningham

What They Say
Shin looks like an ordinary high school boy, but he has a terrible secret: an alien parasite has infected his body. This mysterious creature is ruthless, deadly, and utterly indifferent to human suffering... and it is beginning to assert itself over Shin. As Shin fights for control of his body, can he also hold on to his humanity?

The Review
As Shin and Migi adjust to each other, other people start noticing changes in Shin that have him doubting his own identity - and humanity. By chance he stumbles on a classmate in a fight with several students from another school and, desperate to prove his own humanity to himself if nobody else, attempts to intervene. In the process, he attracts the notice of Kana, an ordinary human who seems to be able to sense the presence of a parasite.

Shin's life is far from simple, but it's about to get much more complex. His parents are on vacation and due back the next day when a panicked phone call from his father turns Shin's world upside down. His parents are late coming back, and when Shin's mother finally arrives back home - alone - things are even worse than Shin had imagined.

After Shin nearly dies, Migi works frantically over the course of several days to save his life. This ends up having repercussions that neither of them could have imagined. But both have to work together to save Shin's father. While there, Shin meets another person infected with a parasite but still human, possibly the only person who has a chance of understanding Shin. After Shin and his father finally return home, his classmates and others find Shin even more changed than before, but his previous doubts about his own humanity seem to be gone.

If the first volume was gripping, this one pulled no punches and refused to let go. The evolution in Shin's personality over the course of this single volume was dramatic and disturbing, and it's impossible at this stage to determine what changes were because of the outside events in this volume, and which ones are due to his changing relationship with Migi. As a reader, you're forced to wonder if Shin truly is human still, or if he's become something entirely different. Iwaaki is not afraid to ask tough questions with his story - and then leave them unanswered, for the readers to determine for themselves. Highly recommended.


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