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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 12.99
  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 978-0345500342
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Parasyte (WideBan)

Parasyte (WideBan) Vol. #06

Parasyte (WideBan) Vol. #06 Manga Review

By Thomas Zoth     February 12, 2010
Release Date: January 27, 2009

Parasyte Vol. #6
© Del Rey

Everything comes to a head, as all of the players assemble at Hikari Park. Unfortunately, not everyone will leave in one piece.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Hitoshi Iwaaki
Translation: Andrew Cunningham
Adaptation: Andrew Cunningham

What They Say
Shinichi has been hiding his true nature from the world: His body has been colonized by an alien being, and now he's half-human, half-alien. The other alien invaders, led by the cruel and beautiful Tamura, have discovered his secret. Shinichi is a threat to their plan to destroy the human race - a threat that these ruthless creatures will no longer ignore . . .

The Review!
Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Volume six of Del Rey's Parasyte release contains the last part of volume 8, all of volume 9, and the first of volume 10 from Tokyopop's release. As with the previous volume, the Del Rey translation aims to be more literal and accurate than the Tokyopop version. A few lines that illustrate the subtle difference:

Del Rey: Shinichi, buy some clothes. That should help. Then food.
Tokyopop: You need to get some clothes. You're drawing too much attention. And we need to get some food.

The Del Rey translation keeps the simple commands of the exhausted Migi. In contrast, the Tokyopop translation adds additional words, implicit in the Japanese, to make the text flow better. However, this works against the spirit of the scene, considering both of the characters are tired and hungry.

Del Rey: Listen. You and I are cooperating, but we are still different species. We must respect each other's differences. We have to avoid pushing our own ideals on the other. That will only distract from our common goal - survival.

Tokyopop: Listen. You and I are two separate species. But we need to work together. We have to respect each other, but we also have to avoid ideological battles. The one thing we have in common is that we have to survive. Right?

Here, the difference is mostly in how the sentences are ordered and structured. The Del Rey translation is less choppy and more exact. As with the previous volume, the Del Rey translation is superior, but the Tokyopop translations have greatly improved as the series progresses.

Volume six opens on the Parasytes, who are still on war footing after Shinichi's attack in the feeding room. The private detective, Kuramori, is now considered a threat to be eliminated. Kuramori steps out for fifteen minutes to head to a store, and when he returns, he finds that his wife and daughter have been murdered. Shinichi, exhausted from his battles with Goto, returns to town for food and supplies. At a restaurant, he catches a broadcast reporting on the murder of Kuramori's family. Shinichi immediately realizes his father is in danger, and calls him, warning him of a threat that he finds himself unable to fully explain. To prevent Satomi from becoming a target, he also decides to ignore her completely.

When Tamiya Reiko learns that her Parasyte colleagues murdered Kuramori's family, she is not pleased. She understands that Kuramori will now seek revenge. Her worries prove well founded, as Kuramori has decided to go to the police to report everything he knows about the Parasyte infiltration of the city government. Some of the other Parasytes, however, feel that Reiko is being insufficiently anti-human, and is far too sympathetic since having her human child. Two decide that she should be killed. When Reiko is ambushed, she decides to fight back in the most ostentatious way possible, burning whatever bridges that may remain between her and the Parasyte community.

Reiko decides to find Shinichi to tell him what she knows. Kuramori wants to find Reiko, to kill her. The police want to catch Reiko to get more information about the Parasytes. Poor Satomi just wants to understand what's going on. Events conspire to lead all of the players to Hikari Park at 5PM. Each character only expects to meet one other person there, so all are unaware of the true scope of the danger they face.

In Summary:
It's very difficult to imagine how Iwaaki can possibly top this volume for the rest of the series. A tense confrontation between Shinichi and Reiko has its suspense increased by orders of magnitude as other characters are drawn to the site of conflict. As this was my second read-through of the series, I knew exactly who would survive and who would die. Still, the volume was so compelling that I had to put down my notes and just read. On top of the action, the volume has an extremely funny sequence when Reiko decides to run berserk through the town, as well as some tearjerking moments. Suspense, laughter, tears, and thought provoking social commentary: What more can you ask from a series about monsters that eat people? Highly recommended.



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