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Parasyte - The Maxim: Collection 2 (2014 - 2015/aka Season 2/Sentai Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Episodes: A-

After the death of Kana, Shinichi continues to wonder if he is able to survive, much less save mankind. As mankind begins to launch an offensive, Shinichi fears it is already too late, the Parasytes have evolved faster and smarter than predicted. Both sides are gearing up for war, while Shinichi is caught, neither completely human nor on the side of the Parasytes. Nearly all who found out about his secret end up dead. How can he stop the coming war?

Parasyte: Collection 2 (2014 - 2015) continues the saga as Shinichi continues his symbiotic bond with Migi the Parasyte, while he is now faster and stronger, but so do the other Parasytes. While the Parasytes know of Shinichi existence is an anomaly, they continue outnumber him and threaten all those he is close to, but for the same reason, Shinichi is afraid to reveal himself to the humans because he knows they will just dissect him and turn him into a lab rat. Only Shinichi truly knows how out gunned and out classed the humans are ...and only he has a chance of stopping them.

While this anime is based on an old manga, it is updated with the modern times and culture. It follows the typical story of a tragic hero, after a tragic event/lost our hero goes from zero to hero, gaining super powers. The series comes to a climax/finale when the last fight is that a Parasyte is no match against a human and his friend, all very well done once again.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer looks as consistently fine as the debut season did, but the sound has one upgrade. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Japanese 2.0 Stereo lossless mix with Pro Logic-like surrounds is as warm, clean and clear as before, but the English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) English lossless mix has been upgraded to 5.1, which is nice. However, it still cannot totally surpass the Japanese version. Extras include clean opening and closing animation and trailers.

Episodes this time include...

Hello Sadness - After the death of Kana, Shinichi is followed by an investigator who was hired by the Parasyte Reiko.

The Selfish Gene - Shinichi captures and tell Shirou the investigator he's been working for the wrong side ...he's been working for a Parasyte.

Something Wicked Comes This Way - Shinichi confronts Miki the Parasyte, who has a few new tricks up his sleeves.

Happy Family - Shinichi barely manages to escape Miki and Shirou's returns home to find his family killed.

The Adventure of the Dying Detective - Shirou tries to take revenge for his family. He takes matters into his own hands by threatening to kill Reiko's 'child', only to die realizing she is more human than him.

More Than Human - The police hunts down Reiko the Parasyte. Reiko sacrifices herself to save her human 'child', proving Parasytes are capable of compassion. Shinichi realizes the humans may be more worst than the Parasytes, having killed their only chance at peace and is questioned by the investigators afterwards.

In Cold Blood - Shinichi manages to keep his secret from the humans. The humans continue their plans to take down the Parasyte's HQ at the town hall.

Crime and Punishment - The police storm town hall to kill all the Parasytes. Instead, they meet Goto, a body with several Parasytes in him and he kills...

Sex and Spirit - After the failed police attack, Goto vows revenge on Shinichi. Satomi becomes intimate with Shinichi who then renews his spirit to fight and survive.

Repose and Awakening - Shinichi attacks Goto and fails, Migi sacrifices himself for Shinichi to escape. Shinichi decides to confront Goto without Migi, but just a human who has knowledge of strengths and weaknesses Parasytes.

Life and Vows - Shinichi finally discovers Goto's weakness and manages to injure Goto and rescue Migi from inside Gotou. He might be invincible on the outside ...but what about from the inside?

Parasitic Beasts - A year later, any remains of Migi seems to be almost completely absorbed by Shinichi. Shinichi rescues Satomi from an escaped killer and Migi appears one last time to help him save her from falling off the roof.

- Ricky Chiang


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