Kodansha to Reprint Parasyte Manga in North America


This season, Parasyte, a manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki, received an anime adaption and is currently being broadcasted on Japanese television. With the newfound interest and hype for this science fiction horror manga, Kodansha has announced plans to reprint the manga in North America.

Parasyte was originally published from 1988-1995. The series has an anime adaptation and two planned live action film adaptations. It was collected in eight tankobon volumes by Kodansha and later republished in eight kanzenban volumes. Tokyopop was the first to publish the series in North America. The manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 1993. It also won the Seiun Award for best manga of the year in 1996.

More details about the reprinting will be released in the next few weeks.

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Parasyte: the maxim synopsis from Haruhichan:

Based on Iwaaki Hitoshi’s science-fiction horror manga by the same name.

The 17-year-old Izumi Shinichi lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One night, worm-like aliens called Parasytes invade Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasyte attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails since he is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead, taking over his right hand and is named Migi.

Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from traveling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality. As the duo encounter other Parasytes, they capitalize on their strange situation and gradually form a strong bond, working together to survive. This gives them an edge in battling other Parasytes, who frequently attack the pair upon realization that Shinichi’s human brain is still intact. Shinichi feels compelled to fight other Parasytes, who devour humans as food, while enlisting Migi’s help.

Source: Crunchyroll