Where do we go from here? Needless to say, you’re still thinking about your emotional attachment to Migi (protagonist Shinichi Izumi’s parasitic right hand) and whether love-interest Murano saw Migi reach out from Shinichi’s arm to save her from falling down to her death off the top of a tower block…so many questions, and no way to answer them!
So, instead of dwelling in your thoughts and theories about Migi’s return, why not indulge yourself in another compelling anime…
- Attack on Titan
If you’re looking for the same level of gory intensity and high-paced action sequences, Attack on Titan is the place to go. Adapted from Hajime Isayama’s manga, the series focuses on the journeys of Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert in their quest to defeat the bloodthirsty Titans from consuming humanity, all within the setting of Medieval Apocalypse. Akin to Parasyte, the series raises questions about the nature of what it means to be human and what direction humanity can take in the face of imminent death and destruction. It also brings up issues of captivity – the humans live in cities bordered by 50-metre walls – and the value of human life above greed and wealth.
This is a violent and exhilarating anime that creates in-depth characters and exciting plot-turns, but it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted!
Series 1 is on Netflix now.
Not a series, but a brilliant follow-on from Parasyte, Hayao Miyazaki’s war epic is a transfixing stand-alone masterpiece if you’re not ready to throw yourself straight into another series just yet.
The film is based around the quest of young Ashitaka to find a way to save his life after he acquires a demon curse on his right arm (theme of the right arm/hand continued…). The story chronicles his search for life in the context of (approximately) 15th Century fantastical Japan amidst the rise of industrialisation. The tale narrows in on the place of the human within nature up until the ultimate battle of Gods and humans in the final scenes. The soundtrack (by maestro Joe Hisaishi) and animation coupling this heroic adventure are exquisite. These films take decades to make, and it shows.
A battle of Gods and monsters, humans and beasts, and nature vs industry…what more do you want?
Available on Netflix now.
One Punch Man
Looking for something fairly light-hearted to quench your anime thirst? This superhero anime satirises the Western superhero genre hilariously, with a hero, Saitama, who ‘fights for fun’ and wins fights with – you guessed it – one punch.
The series is set on a supercontinent earth rife with invasions from bizarre villains (to name one: Crablante, a crab-human hybrid transformed after eating too much crab) who are fought by the Hero Association of which our rebel protagonist does not belong.
The weirdness and creativity of this series, created by artists ONE and Yusuke Murata, is infectious. You’ll be addicted in no time.
Available on Netflix now.