I'm still wondering, as it was not revealed in the anime version, why the parasites were sent to Earth? Was there any purpose to it?

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    The anime has not finished airing yet. Hints might be given in the later episodes. If you're interested, you can also read the first and last pages of the manga. – Gao Jan 30 '15 at 12:17
  • Are they going to reveal it? – Sume-mase Jan 30 '15 at 12:39
  • Someday it will reveal in anime . – オレンジ Feb 1 '15 at 10:56

This may not be the real purpose (and as Gao Weiwei commented, there will be more hints), but Hirokawa (the leader of the cabal and mayor of the neighbor town) states during a meeting (in which Reiko Tamura was present at the time, but did not object) that Parasytes were sent to earth as a counter to the environmental damage humans were doing.

Whether this was the real purpose, or whether Horikawa was mistaken, or whether he was just pushing some hidden agenda, is unknown.

But the fact that Reiko (the person one that did the most research on Parasyte's nature) did not object may back that hypothesis.

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    It's worth noting that Parasyte is a manga from the '90s that ended long ago. It's very possible that there are answers there. – Madara's Ghost Mar 4 '15 at 17:49
  • @MadaraUchiha well said. But the question mentions the anime version, so I restricted it to what was already revealed in the anime (and ep 21 comes out in 50 minutes as of this posting). – Mindwin Mar 4 '15 at 18:12

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