I noticed every episode of Parasyte, with the exception of the last one (which shares the title of the anime, Parasyte), is named after a literary work:
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
The Devil in the Flesh, Raymond Radiguet
Tangled Hair, Akiko Yosano
The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
A Dark Night's Passing, Shiga Naoya
Freezing Point, Ayako Miura
Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche
What Mad Universe, Fredric Brown
The Blue Bird, Maurice Maeterlinck
Heart, Natsume Souseki
Hello Sadness, Françoise Sagan
The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Happy Family, Lu Xun
The Adventure of the Dying Detective, Arthur Conan Doyle
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Quiescence and Awakening
Life and Oath
Why do the episode have these works' titles as their own? Were these significant pieces of literature for Parasyte's creator?
Or are the titles somehow related to what happens on each episode? I can see the relation in the first two episodes, the 5th, the 15th and the 20th. But I don't recall precisely what events happened in other episodes, so I can't compare them to the titles (also because I hadn't noticed they were references before).
Also related, and may help to answer the other questions: were these titles chosen solely for the anime or do the chapters (or at least some of them) use them too?
I found a post on reddit that says:
And the name of the first episode, Metamorphosis, is writer Hitoshi Iwaaki's inspiration for the whole series.
There is no source or reference backing that up, though.
Just edited that in so that there's at least somewhere to start looking, if the claim in the post is correct.
The latest two episodes still aren't referenced in Wikipedia, and I have no idea what work they could be alluding to. If anyone knows what piece of literature they are a reference to, please edit my post accordingly.