In secret, alien parasites drift downwards toward Earth. Their directive: to take control of a human body and thrive in secret. When a parasite attempts to take over Shinji, an ordinary high school student, he stops it in his arm to save his mind. With the strange power of amorphous muscle, the curious parasite strikes an uneasy truce with Shinji: it will keep him alive and strong so that it may continue living, and will help protect him from the other parasites that might not take kindly to Shinji's mind still actively working. Can Shinji gain the courage to face the parasites and protect humanity? And would it even make a difference if he did?
Hikaru Takabe is an anti-social young girl who wants nothing more than to be left alone. One night, while on a school trip, she goes to the beach when suddenly a meteor falls from the sky killing her instantly. The next thing she knows, Hikaru is sitting in class and believes the event from the beach to be nothing more than a daydream. However, when a mysterious voice begins talking directly into her head it informs her that she really did die that night and in order to revive her, the alien presence, known as Horizon, must always reside inside her. However, Horizon also has another purpose for coming to this world; after chasing a malevolent being known as Maelstrom across the universe, his target - which has the power to destroy all creation - sought sanctuary on Earth. Now Hikaru must help Horizon to find Maelstrom hidden amongst the 7 billion people on earth and kill him before it’s too late.
7 Billion Needles is a tough one for recommendations since each volume has a pretty different feel, but the first two vols specifically (especially with some of the dark comedy elements in volume 2) remind me a lot of a tamed down, more serious Parasyte due to similarities in plot (both overall, and certain plot points I won't go into for spoiler reasons). Parasyte is pretty ridiculous and over the top gory/comedic in some ways, while 7 Billion Needles is more serious - but still, fans of one will probably appreciate the other.
If you liked Parasyte, you might like 7 Billion Needles because both series feature a student merging with an alien to fight other aliens.
In the not so distant future, the overpopulation and overfilling of landfills has led Japanese bioengineers to create Bio Meat, known simply as B-M, that eat trash, produce more of themselves, and can be killed for food. But when an earthquake frees some B-M from their containment center, the situation rapidly spirals out of control. With B-M eating everyone in sight, four middle school students flee the gruesome carnage found in their classroom and search for their parents and safety. Can brash Maaya, quiet Kanomiya, intelligent and cold Shingo, and always-eating Banba survive, let alone anyone?
Bio Meat and Parasyte are both somewhat survival horror-esque, but most importantly the art style of one TOTALLY reminds me of the other. When the Bio Meat casually eat an unsuspecting person and the aliens in Parasyte rip someone apart, the same sort of black comedy ensues - or maybe I'm just bizarre. @_@ Regardless, check the other out and see what I mean.
Very similar, yet very different. And, I absolutely love them both. They both feature odd alien/monster things that are destroying the human race, and a team to stop them. While, Biomeat has a group of kids fighting for their own survival, Parasyte has a team up of a teenage dude and oe of the aliens fighting for everyones survival. Excellent reads, both of them.
Kei, a cynical and arrogant high school student, has minimal regard for others; so it's much to his surprise that when he's asked by his elementary school friend Kato to save a drunken bum laying on the subway tracks, he actually complies. However, no good deed goes unpunished, and they are swiftly decapitated by the oncoming train. Kei and Kato awaken in a nondescript room occupied by a black sphere and a variety of other people, and thus begins Gantz's game. In it, the players must face off against aliens in battles where death is inevitable and rewards are minimal. Unfortunately for them, this is just the beginning of their nightmare - at least, for those who manage to survive...
Both Gantz and Parasyte are based on how people react when the things of fiction become fact. Though the way the concept is tackled is different, the situation remains same.
Both manga pitches your average guy against violent mutants and monsters. But things are made fair by granting the common man with enhanced strength (via the suits and weapons in Gantz, symbiotic relationship in Parasyte).
Another similarity between the two manga are the chases and fight sequences. I personally felt the chase sequences in both the books almost identical. Considerable ammount of graphic violence is depicted in both the manga but Parasyte contains less sexually explicit content as compared to Gantz.
Great action and a ton of gore. Pretty well-done, distinctive characters and badass enemies. If you like one of these, definitely check out the other
Taisuke Kanou is a student who's lived alone with his sister since the death of his parents years ago. Though he's often in the middle of a fight, Kanou lives a fairly typical life alongside his bullied friend Yuichi and the lovely Megumi - that is, until the suicides begin. Suddenly, around the globe, people have begun to kill themselves in throngs thanks to what people are calling a ‘suicide virus.' Once ‘infected,' a person either dies by his own hand or evolves and gains a special power. As Taisuke soon discovers, he's one of the evolved, as is Yuichi; but Yuichi, coerced by other ‘comrades' with similar powers, kidnaps Megumi and leaves with his newfound friends. Taisuke must now head north in an attempt to find Megumi and Yuichi, all the while encountering new friends and dangerous enemies along the way.
Parasyte and Alive - The Final Evolution are about a teenager who aquires a special ability from an alien substance entering their bodies and others who are corrupted by it entering theirs.
While Parasyte focusses on more adult themes like whether the power should be used and what it means to be human, Alive - TFE focusses more on the action and adventure side of fighting those who use the powers for evil.