Pan-regional anime channel ANIMAX Asia has announced on Friday that the upcoming Sci-fi horror anime PARASYTE -the maxim- is set to premiere on the channel this month.
The anime series will air on a “same-day as Japan” basis on Thursday, October 09, at 11:00pm PHT (10:00pm JKT). The telecast will be within 24 hours after its telecast in Japan.
The story unfolds when Shinichi Izumi, an ordinary high school student, is attacked by an alien parasite. He narrowly escapes from being fully infected by a parasite known as ‘Migi’ (Japanese for ‘Right’), who only manage to assume control of Shinichi’s right arm. This marks the beginning of their extraordinary friendship, as both Shinichi and Migi will learn to co-exist with each other. The plot thickens when they encounter other man-killing parasites and find themselves caught in the battle of the two species. With them being neither fully human nor alien, which side of the battle will they choose to take? (Synopsis from ANIMAX Asia)
PARASYTE -the maxim- is an anime adaptation of a Japanese manga series, which was written & illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki and published on Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 1990-1995. The manga series has 10 volumes.
The anime adaptation is directed by Kenichi Shimizu, who worked on Lupin III specials and several movie adaptations of Naruto Shippuden, while Death Note scriptwriter Shoji Yonemura handles script composition. Tadashi Hiramatsu, who worked on several anime titles including Neon Genesis Evangelion, is set to handle the anime’s character designs, and it is produced by renowned anime studio Madhouse.
The cast is lead by Nobunaga Shimazaki (Haruka Nanase, Free! Iwatobi Swim Club) as “Shinichi Izumi”, Kana Hanazawa (Chizuru Ooshima, My Little Monster) as “Satomi Murano”, and Aya Hirano (Haruhi Suzumiya, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) as the alien-parasite “Migi”.
Aside from the anime adaptation, two (2) live-action movie adaptations is set to be screened in Japanese cinemas. The first part is set to screen in Japan this November 2014, while the second part will premiere in 2015.
The live-action movie will be directed by Takashi Yamazaki, and he will be joined by Ryota Kosawa on screenplay.