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Parasyte The Maxim Ep.22 – “Quiescence and Awakening” (Summary)

Shinichi and Migi have finally decided to face Goto who has already started chasing them. Migi formulates a plan to leave Shinichi’s right arm so they can work separately. However, the risk is too high and Migi doesn’t have enough time to strike Goto since his consciousness starts to fade away immediately. Shinichi impales the enemy on the leg, distracting him for a moment which gives Migi the chance to behead him. Unfortunately, his cut isn’t deep enough and he immediately realizes that their plan is a failure. He instructs Shinichi to run away while he attacks Gotou and after hesitating for some time, the young man flees the scene, leaving Migi alone as he starts to fade away.

MIGI: “This is farewell, Shinichi. I’m glad I didn’t take over your brain when we first met. Thanks to that, we made many good memories as friends.” ©Madhouse

Shinichi ends up in a village where Mitsuyo lives. The old woman offers him some help after seeing his injury and right arm. He stays in her house for a few days until someone from the village frantically informs them about a monster that attacked his friend. Shinichi instantly knows that the man refers to Gotou, and he decides to confront the enemy by himself after he learns that the villagers plan to attack the parasite. Mitsuyo tries to stop him from leaving, but Shinichi doesn’t want the villagers to be killed and sacrificed while he continues to run for his life.

That night, he bids farewell to the old woman and takes a rusty cleaver as a weapon before running into the darkness, unaware of the monster that is waiting for him.

“If Gotou’s adapted a totally different human appearance, there’ll be no way for me to recognize him. But I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!” ©Madhouse

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Parasyte The Maxim Ep.20 – “Crime and Punishment” (Summary)

The operation to exterminate the parasites continues as the police officers successfully identify the first target among the evacuees. Upon hearing the gunshots, Hirakawa and his aides instantly come up with a plan knowing that the squads are deployed to extinguish them. The politician and some of his subordinates inform the officers that they need to go to the second floor of the building to notify the civilians left in the area. That moment, the parasites who are already escorted outside cause a commotion that leads to the destruction of the sensing system that Yamagishi uses. Hirama persuades him to take Uragami as a substitute for the broken sensory equipment. The chaos continues inside the building as other parasites suddenly reveal themselves, leaving the officers agitated as they shoot anyone that seems suspicious regardless of their real identities.

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Hirakawa and his members take that opportunity to go to the second floor. Yamagishi joins the other police officers in slaughtering the monsters while he gives them the commands. Each squad is designated to different locations as he instructs Uragami to assist the others in pointing out the parasites. During the operation, Yamagishi somehow gets a grasp on how to identify the enemies as well, and he orders his team to shoot anyone they see. The assault continues until Uragami spots Goto, and the former immediately runs away, frightened upon realizing what kind of monster he is.

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Five officers follow Goto as he leads them to a room and gives them two minutes to shoot him. However, even when his whole body is covered with bullet holes, no blood oozes out and he remains upright. He then attacks the stunned officers using his “shotgun pellets” before he leaves the area.

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The episode concludes when the other squads surround Hirakawa who is standing in the center of the room. As they point their guns at him, the mayor welcomes and greets them composedly.

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