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Episode Information
Kanji 饗宴
Rōmaji Kyōen
Air Date October 23rd, 2014 (Japan)
October 17th, 2015 (United States)
Adapted Chapters Chapter 5
(Pages 12-24)
Chapter 6
(Pages 2-3, 5-21)
Chapter 7
(Pages 2-7, 9-23)
Opening Song Let Me Hear
Ending Song It's The Right Time (1st Version)
Episode Credits
Episode Direction Sawai Kouji
Storyboard Sawai Kouji
Screenplay Fujita Shinzou
Animation Direction Shima Ken`ichi
Episode Chronology
Episode 2 Episode 4

Symposium (饗宴, Kyōen) is the 3rd episode of the Parasyte -the maxim- (寄生獣 セイの格率,, Kiseijū Sei no Kakuritsu) anime series.


Much to his dismay, Shinichi discovers that Ryoko Tamiya, a new teacher of his, is another inhuman just like those he faced before and knows his secret. However, Ryoko is not interested in fighting him, and asks for his cooperation instead, but her partner, who is just called "A", has other plans.


The total number of dismemberings by Parasites (or Mincemeat Murders, as they are popularly known) has grown to 84. At school, Migi senses another Parasite in the vicinity: Ryoko Tamiya, Shinichi's new math teacher. Through eye contact, Tamiya notices Migi residing in Shinichi.

Migi remarks on Tamiya's desire to blend into human society, and assures Shinichi that she will not immediately pose a threat to him or the humans around her. Ryōko suggests going to a different location, where they can hold a more in depth conversation. Migi quickly agrees to meeting with Tamiya after school, to discuss the future of their species.

Tamiya brings A along with her to their meeting, where the latter expresses hostility and disdain towards Shinichi. Tamiya reveals that through unprotected sexual intercourse with A, she is pregnant with a normal human baby. It is revealed that when inhuman parasites breed with others, be it normal humans or other inhuman parasites, the infant will always be a normal human. She reveals that their kind can't reproduce with each other to make more parasites. A leaves the meeting halfway through, feeling no desire to learn about his kind or why they have to cannibalize to sustain themselves.

The next day, A goes on a rampage through Shinichi's school and the students evacuate. Migi recommends using other students as shields against A, but Shinichi is very much against this idea. Shinichi moves to a secluded school wing and sets up a barricade of tables. Migi suggests they capitalize on the fact that Shinichi retains independent brain function and provides him with a weapon.

The episode ends with A bypassing Shinichi's barricade and the two preparing to fight.



  • The title of this episode is from literary work "Symposium", along with all the episode titles, are from famous literary works.
  • Another name of this episode is "Feast", as for it not to refer the literary work.


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