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Parasyte The Maxim Ep.18 – “More Than Human” (Summary)

Shinichi Izumi gets confused with Tamura Reiko’s statements as she seems to contradict her initial objective of preying on humans. She informs him of the results of her investigation and study about the human’s relationship with parasites like her, then warns him not to fight Gotou as he is invincible. Just then, the police, led by Himara, surround the two as Tamura perfectly fits the description given to him by Kuramori. The investigator initially suspects Shinichi but later reaffirms himself that the boy is indeed a human, then he shoots Tamura on the forehead. Upon confirming that she is a parasite, Himara orders the police to kill her, but much to their surprise, the woman decides not to fight them back in order to save her baby. Shinichi is about to run away from her as she walks towards him, but she transforms herself  and copies the face of Shinichi’s mom to catch his attention and prevent him from fleeing.

©Madhouse

Reiko then gives her baby to Izumi and entrusts the child to him. Tamura’s “motherly affection” reminds Shinichi of his own mom, and that act seems to seal the hole in his heart. Tears stream down his cheeks once again as Tamura collapses and dies. Satomi Murano arrives at the scene and sees Izumi in that situation, and she immediately realizes that the “old” Izumi has finally returned.

“Shinichi…this child. In the end, I didn’t do anything to it.” ©Madhouse

“Are you sad? Of course…your mom is dead.” ©Madhouse

Shinichi undergoes some interrogation as the investigator tries to uncover his secret for the last time. A serial killer who seems to have the talent to identify parasites, is placed in a room and is instructed by the police to inform them of anyone who is a parasite or who has the same ability like him. A few people who claim that they can sense parasites are put in the adjacent room. Shinichi is the last to be called in the room, and he tries to calm himself to avoid disclosing Migi. Uragami wakes up from a short nap, and his attention immediately focuses on Shinichi. He asks the investigator to instruct Izumi to look at him directly in the eye, as the latter nervously rises his head to face the man who has suddenly turned serious.

“Hey detective. Tell him to look me right in the eye.” ©Madhouse

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