Shinichi flirts with exposure while the parasites assimilate deeper into human society. The violence may be less immediate, but the implications are chilling.
Writer/Artist: Hitoshi Iwaaki
Translation: Andrew Cunningham
Adaptation: Andrew Cunningham
What They Say:
Shinichi, an ordinary high school student, is the only one who knows that aliens have invaded Earth and are controlling the minds of thousands of unwitting victims. It's a secret too dangerous to share.. but too big to cover up. Then Shinichi meets Kana, a brave young girl with a strange gift that may allow her to detect the alien parasites. Has Shinichi at last found an ally to combat these creatures?
What We Say:
With the revelation about the hair and the fact that the existance of the parasites is becoming common knowledge, things are changing rapidly both for Shinichi and for the regular parasites. With the risk of discovery much higher, they've started gathering, organizing, even working up a system for coexistence, going so far as setting up designated feeding areas and running for public office. Because the risk of exposure has gotten so much higher, they're keeping a closer eye on potential threats - potential threats like Shinichi.
They're not the only ones keeping close tabs on him. Kana is convinced that her ability to detect his presence is a sign that they're destined to be together, and is determined to convince Shinichi of that one way or another. His girlfriend, who seems to be growing increasingly uneasy about how much he's changed, isn't even an obstacle. Shinichi does his best to convince her to avoid at all costs anyone who she can sense - himself included - but Kana refuses to believe his confession, despite the risk.
After Shinichi is connected with another strange murder, they start keeping a closer eye on him as well, operating under the assumption that where there's smoke there might just be fire. With so many eyes on him it seems inevitable that he's going to slip eventually, but that's among the least of his worries. More and more, Shinichi feels like his humanity, his ability to feel human emotions, is slipping away. The bond between them seems to be changing in ways that neither of them are entirely sure of, even as the trust and cooperation between them weakens. While the gore and general horror have somewhat taken a back seat in this volume, the tension is higher than ever with the stakes - both personally for Shinichi and for humanity in general - just get higher. These are thick volumes, but when reading through them it doesn't feel like it at all. The story grabs you from the first page and refuses to let go. Recommended.