Neo Parasyte m ペーパーバック – 2017/11/21
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Based on the classic horror manga Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki!
Includes new tales of parasitic horror by:
· Moto Hagio (Heart of Thomas, They Were Eleven)
· Akira Hiramoto (Prison School)
· Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail)
· PEACH-PIT (Shugo Chara!, Rozen Maiden)
· Ryouji Minagawa (Spriggan, ARMS)
· Riichi Ueshiba (Mysterious Girlfriend X)
· Hiroki Endo (Eden: It's an Endless World!)
· Takayuki Takeya (character & mecha designer)
· Yasushi Nirasawa (designer, Kamen Rider)
· Moare Ohta (Teppu)
OF PARASITES AND MEN
They look like us. They feed on us. They’re parasites – alien creatures with one directive: take human form via a host and destroy the human race from within. First seen in Hiroshi Iwaaki’s classic science fiction horror manga Parasyte, these terrifying creatures are revisited and reinvented in 12 brand-new stories drawn by some of today’s greatest shonen and seinen manga artists. But no matter who they choose as their hosts – from militia men to the seemingly sweet elderly – one thing is for certain: no one is safe from the parasites…
Thirteen stories, thirteen creators, among them superstars and legends of Japanese comics.
A knock against it is the last story. Some kind of parody on manga rape-tropes & plays them as comedy. Yeah.
If your looking for something lighter and more introspective I recommend Neo Paraste *f* instead, which is a mix of silly vignettes, an interesting take on multi-parasyte, a cheerful story about Ryoko's kid, a heartfelt introspection on the original story from the perspective of Shinichi's father, and several stories about different parasite partners & their humans, and even one about a human loving head parasite trying to live in peace. They even put Kana's powers in diferent character's hands.
It seems that the m & f are for male and female, as defined by manga's gendered genres. The later does a better job of avoiding the pitfalls of it's genre than the former.
For examples of this, I have a video online that covers a few tales. You can find it on Youtube (search the book and user name). I would upload it here, but the video limits take it from 1080P to around 240.
First, this is much improved from the earlier F edition.
F did have some good tries, mind you, but most of them seemed to be collected from people that did not know Parasyte at all. This at least loosely attaches the theme, and when I say loosely, in some instances I mean VERY loosely. There was a case where I thought this was too loose: A person may hear voices. The tale was good enough, but the idea wasn't Parasyte at all. Others, however, approach this idea from war, the future, relationships with people, and on, and I liked that. Now, again, you have to think of this as a loose confederation of stories from authors from all over, and the stories that hit are going to have to via image more than story because of their length. Still, as a fan, I liked it.
If you haven't checked out the series, do NOT let these be your first look. And like the idea of Parasyte; not necessarily the story, because this isn't that, but broad stories based on it before thinking of owning this.
A.) Do know that you NEED to have read Kiseijū (Parasyte) OR watched Kiseijū Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte: The Maxim) in order to completely understand/appreciate/enjoy this work.
B.) Do know that this is a form of fan-fiction/fan-art. It is inspired by Hitoshi Iwaaki's original work.
C.) Neo Parasyte f came before this in Fall 2016. So, if you are super into the manga, the anime, and this collection, you might want to pick that up as well!
Okay, let's now assume that you are a reader who has invested in some form of the original Parasyte. So, what can you expect in this fan-fiction/fan-art? Well, foremost, this is an elevated form for fan-fiction/fan-art. This collection is from artist/writers with a proven track record of excellence. So, this truly has potential to be "good."
You are going to see some familiar faces and some great surprises. Obviously, Migi has come along for the ride. As has Shinichi and Satomi. There are some pretty cool references to Tamura ... and you may find at least one more friend from the original work. As with the first collection, these short-works are a genuine mixed-bag. For me, the best pieces BY FAR were "Through Yura's Gate" and "The Strange One." Both have elements that will strongly appeal to fans. Both have depth and some nice twists. After these, there are a few mediocre pieces ... and a couple of sub-par ones. For instance, as is frequently the case with Migi, his story was the least interesting and the most visually perplexing. "Migi's Journey" is a "Where's Waldo" of chaotic "moe" (pronounced [mo.e]) images. I think this proves frustrating since while readers/viewers want to infantilize Migi and view her/him//it as "cute" (maybe as a result of her/his/its innocent curiosity), fans know that Migi does not favor this perception. You may recall that when Migi was mentally communing with Shinichi at the series' end, Migi saw her/him/itself as Shinichi sees her/him/it ... cute like a puppy. Nonetheless, Migi views itself as the lethal creature that it absolutely is. So, this sort of Migi's-day-out nonsense ... it's not in the spirit of the original art. But it does seem to embody the worst of fan-fiction, where artists and writers do as they please with the art of others. This is much less an homage and much more like fan-service.
As a collection, this has potential (as did the first collection). I think that if fans prepare themselves for the great segments and also prepare for the worst segments, they may really, really enjoy this!
There are some surprises in the sense that they aren't the usual manga format. The contribution by Takayuki Takeya is unexpected and weirdly effective. I like tribute anthologies like these because it introduces me to creators that I haven't heard of or have heard of but not read. Some contributions work better than others for the series but almost all the contributions are interesting in their own way.