Uh, to preface this, this isn't anything personal or particularly important, but it's been bouncing around in my head for a little while. So there's this anime called Parasyte that came out in the last year or so. I'm not really up to date with it and I don't know much about the author or Japanese culture so I don't really know all the context around it? But this isn't about the series specifically, it's about how I reacted to a certain scene compared to how some other people watching reacted. So spoiler warning! This is talking about a specific scene. I don't remember what episode but it was at least episode seven I think, so significantly into the series. Warnings for, creepy parasites whose hosts are humans, animal death, blood, and uh, people death and people being eaten. But that won't be shown graphically in this post! To summarize Parasyte, there are these parasites that have recently shown up that basically eat people's heads and use their body to move around. They can change their shape to pretty much everything (excluding size restraints) and use this to blend in with humans and eat them. We don't know much about them, but they are sentient. The protagonist is someone who is partially infected by a parasite: through circumstance, the parasite failed eating the brain and ended up eating the right arm instead. So, with their brain intact, the main character and this parasite have to learn to live with each other and avoid the dangers of other parasites. The series deals a lot with what it means to be human, but again the intent is not the discussion here. The scene I want to talk about is later in the series: the protagonist is going through a personality shift, probably as an effect of sharing a body with the parasite. The protagonist comes across a puppy that's been hit by a car. I'm gonna put some screenshots & summarizing the scene under a spoiler. Spoiler: Warning for animal death, blood, injury Discovering the puppy He takes the puppy and comforts it for its last moments The protagonist's friend/love interest, who's unsettled by how the protagonist has been changing recently, comes upon them and sits with them. They express how what they are doing is very kind. The puppy dies, then: When this happened, I was like "Oh shit" because from a storytelling perspective and what I knew of the other character I knew this would end badly. But I was not unsettled by any of this behavior? In fact, I was getting fuzzy feelings because he had comforted the puppy and been kind and even worried about the janitor, and he was still doing fine and staying calm. Which I thought was admirable. I understood when the people watching it with me were unsettled. That was fine. But then we talked about it later, I was explaining how I felt about the scene to them, and how it made me sad that the friend was treating the protagonist differently now when he hadn't really done anything wrong. And they started? Treating me really weirdly? I kind of thought that, revulsion to that was like, a shallow societal expectation. And that even if they still felt unsettled about it once they got over the shock value and heard what I had to say about it they would be like "I don't really feel that way, but I understand where you're coming from." But it wasn't that way? And I guess I was just wondering, is that sort of experience relatable? I have been looking into being autistic as well, and is something like this situation common? I don't feel like I am fully communicating what I mean right here, but I think I'm gonna leave it and see what other people have to say. I hope you have a nice day!