“Something Wicked This Way Comes”

「何かが道をやってくる」 (Nanika ga Michi o Yattekuru)

Suspense to the Max:

When the action gets going in Kiseijuu it’s truly fantastic. Madhouse have sacrificed some of their budget when it comes to the scenes of lesser importance, but when the conflict is fast and the fights are rolling everything comes together wonderfully. Whilst you could classify Kiseijuu as a horror, it’s not the scariest thing I’ve ever watched; you might argue that the horror lies more in its body horror. Saying that, this episode had two scenes that were packed with enough suspense to make them have a real sense of danger to what was going on.

The first of which went down in the underground car park – which turns out is one of designated parasite feeding areas. From the random stranger following under to witness a murder, to Shinichi and the investigator returning to the scenes for inspection, I was on edge. The cinematography in was particularly on point, whether it having us distanced far away from the victim as he is strangled, giving us the sense of helplessness to the situation; or the opposite, having us so close up to Shinichi’s face that we can practically hear his breathing; or having him brought right into the middle of the action. Everything was framed to perfection, resulting in one of the best fights of the series to date. You could also say that there was a fair amount of spilled blood left behind.

The other tense scene comes in the last few minutes as Shinichi tries to distance himself from his school to keep them safe from the three approaching parasites. As it turns out though, those three entities are all within Miki (Namikawa Daisuke), which promises Shinichi his deadliest match yet. The whole build up in the taxi, the running, the pick up truck, and then finally in the middle of nowhere only helped seal this as a fantastic cliffhanger.

Final Villain in Question:

Outside of Shinichi’s troubles we get to see Gotou (Inoue Kazuhiko) playing the piano in his speedos. I don’t know if there is any particular reason behind this… was it just manservice? I can’t imagine it in a series like this, but if I do say so myself I think he pulled off the look quite well. What’s important here though is that despite how ridiculous the scene was, there was a real sense of danger and intensity coming from who I presume is now confirmed as the final villain of the series. Before now it’s been difficult to get a proper impression of who he was, but stripping him off and painting the scene in cold colours was enough to establish this man as a threat – an informed, calculating threat. Who plays the piano well.

Overview – What’s Next?

I liked that we got more from Shinichi this episode than just him freaking out and making crazy faces. We certainly did get that, but mixed it was nicely woven with scenes like his dream with Migi (I presume it was Migi by the voice?) in some bloody and barren landscape. It was random and a little jarring, but like the rest of the episode, the effective art direction was different enough from the norm that it worked. There’s also Murano to consider as well – I don’t blame her for running away after her last moments with Shinichi. Having him return with a wave and a smile felt very forced and totally awkward. Their relationship isn’t going wonderfully… I just wonder if she’s ever going to find out about parasites at this point.



Information Digest:


  • Parasitic aliens have descended on Earth with a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere – taking hold in the bodies of those unlucky enough to encounter them.
  • Once fused with a host body they can mutate in whatever way they please – except for the case of Izumi Shinichi, whose alien parasite, Migi, is trapped in his right hand.


  • Uda and Joe return, helping Shinichi confront the investigator who had caught him on camera previously.
  • Tamura attends a lecture on altruism and taunts Shinichi about his mother, sending him into an emotional rage.


Details Digest:

Chapters Covered:

  • Chapters 37 – 39

Cute Dogs:

  • Shinichi’s paranoia makes sense, but maybe a cute dog is just a cute dog!
  • To be honest I was suspicious about the driver and his pup as well, so I was glad that everything was just as it seemed.

One by One:

  • Now we have Shinichi’s plan to take down the parasites one by one. It seems fair enough, but it’s never going to be that easy, is it?
  • I’m just waiting for the moment where Migi rebels. Migi and his own little Migi.



      1. I loved the fight in the parking garage when Migi was standing on Izumi’s head lol.
        Migi: Good,your moves aren’t bad. I think I’ll win by having the better mount.
        Izumi: Who’re are you calling a mount?

  1. Silke
  2. Another thing of importance, IMO, is the fact that this is the first time that Shinichi himself finally acknowledges that he’s more/less than human. Up until now, Shinichi was pretty much in denial, even though he knew there was something “off” about himself for a while, and it took the departing private investigator telling it straight to his face (a couple times) for him to finally start admitting it and accepting it.

    1. https://randomc.net/image/Kiseijuu%20Sei%20no%20Kakuritsu/Kiseijuu%20Sei%20no%20Kakuritsu%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2020.jpg

      Hirokawa: Was that Mozart?
      Goto: You cannot discern it from the work of Chopin, World Famous Composer and Pianist?
      H; You said WHAT?

      G; Chopin, World Famous Pianist!
      H; I know you’re interested in Human Culture, but I never think you’re into THAT kind of subculture…


      G; But He IS a World Famous Pianist!
      H: Hoo Boy, The words you can get away saying Nowadays…


      Miki: So Goto, You wanted me to do the job?
      H; Now I know you’re not wearing clothes, so Its easier to clean the filth from your body…


      Tamura: Ara, Oh my…so you two are so curious about humans, that you will try to reenact the actions of their subculture yourselves…Fascinating…


      MMM-WAH! Good Night Everybody!

    1. I’m still unsure about Murano. Seems she’s beginning to understand, but on the other hand, since she doesn’t know the full picture, she could easily get ticked off again.

      1. Wha…?! But Gouto-san understood his mistakes and that’s why he has stared to learn about high art and good manners. Well, now he has to work on his fashion sense.

  3. This episode raised some questions like “How many Parasites can be in one body?”

    I am looking forward to see how this will play out in the fight. Even if there are three Parasites against one. Can there be a weakness at a certain point when going into combat? Guess we will have to find out next week.

    1. I like how all the way back in the beginning, that one Parasyte offered Migi the opportunity to join his body. It foreshadowed that they could potentially do that without being too blatant or forcing the idea. It was still a shock in this episode, but it didn’t come out of the blue.

  4. WOW!!! their flying through the material…it will be finished, i have faith…
    my biggest REGRET, was reading the whole damn manga couple of months ago..thus ruining everything.

    BROOKLYN otaku
  5. I feel like the dream sequence was metaphorical and it represents how Shinchi feels about his own humanity being “eaten away” by Migi’s existence, since so many people are identifying him as “not human” and a “monster”.

  6. I wonder which parts of Miki are taken over. Besides his two arms, what is the third part? I don’t think it’s the brain since he is so expressive. But then again why would a human work with parasytes? Was he forced? I hope we get answers next week.

  7. So Tamiya wants to dissect Shinchi when he’s dead… Hmmm. I don’t know what she plans to do with his body and her baby. There are lot’s of mysteries around her I can’t figure out where she stands…

    1. As long as it’s not rude and offensive then I don’t see what the problem is. S.ex & intimacy is a normal part of life and it’s a subject often discussed & hinted at in anime. Even in anime without the ecchi tag. No one wants censorship anyway.


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