Death Parade

Death Parade is a Japanese anime television series produced by Madhouse that was created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa. Death Billiards, a short film produced by Madhouse for the Young Animator Training Project’s Anime Mirai 2013 and released in March 2013, inspired the series. Between January and March of 2015, the television series aired in Japan. It is licenced by Funimation in North America and Anime Limited in the United Kingdom, the latter of which was eventually cancelled. Madman Entertainment acquired the series for digital distribution in Australia and New Zealand.

Death Parade Anime Synopsis

There is no heaven or hell after death, only a barrier between reincarnation and oblivion. There, the attendant will challenge pairs of recently deceased to a random game in which their fate of ascending into reincarnation or falling into the void will be wagered. Whether it’s bowling, darts, air hockey, or something else, each person’s true nature will be revealed in a ghastly parade of death and memories, dancing to the whims of the bar’s master. Welcome to Quindecim, where Decim, the afterlife arbiter, awaits!

Death Parade expands on the original one-shot, which was intended to train young animators. It is followed by more people being judged—until a strange, black-haired visitor causes Decim to question his own rulings.

Death Parade

Death Parade Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 7.9/10
  • Genres – Game, Mystery, Psychological, Drama, Thriller
  • Season – 1
  • Episodes – 12
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Jan 10, 2015 to Mar 28, 2015
  • Premiered – Winter 2015
  • Duration – 23 min. per episode
  • Rating – R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Death Parade Anime Characters

Death Parade Main characters

Decim

The Quindecim bartender (located on the 15th floor) who oversees the Death Games between people who have died and must be judged. His hobby is creating mannequins that look like guests, which has left an impression on him. He is said to be devoid of human emotions, as are all arbiters, who are known as dummies because they have never lived or died. Nona allows him to develop his interest in learning about human emotions through a risky experiment.

Chiyuki

A human who initially has no recollection of her life or real name and is referred to simply as “the black-haired woman.” She works as an assistant at Quindecim, where she learns the methods used by arbiters to judge human souls and assists Decim in learning about human behaviour.

Other Arbiters

Nona 

Decim’s boss, in the form of a young girl. She reports to Oculus and manages the arbiters, primarily on the 90th floor but also occasionally overseeing the games.

Ginti

A death game arbiter who runs and supervises death games in the Viginti Bar on the 20th floor. He does not get along with Decim and is critical of his reliance on Chiyuki, despite the fact that their relationship is not antagonistic.

Clavis 

An ever helpful elevator attendant who is always smiling.

Quin

A member of the information bureau who ran the Quindecim bar before being replaced by Decim after she moved into the information centre.

Castra

A woman in a skull helmet who oversees deaths across the world and decides which souls are sent to which arbiters.

Oculus 

A powerful being with lotus-like hair and a lotus-like beard who is close to God and oversees the arbiter system. In his spare time, he enjoys playing galactic pool.

Players

Man (Otoko)

He appeared in “Death Billards” as a cocky young man in his 30s who arrived at Quindecim before Roujin. He and Roujin were forced to play a billiards game that would determine their fate. He was completely surprised in the middle of the game when he underestimated Roujin, who, despite his advanced age, was already beating him in the game and was able to defend himself after he lunged at him with a cue stick. He was able to recall after the confrontation that he was already dead and that he died at the hands of his girlfriend, who murdered him after he cheated on her. At the end of the game, he and Roujin both were led to the elevator to reincarnation and the void, respectively.

Elderly Man

He played a character in “Death Billards” who died of natural causes. He arrived at the Quindecim after Otoko, where they were both forced to play a game of billiards to determine their fate. He is calm and level-headed, in contrast to Otoko, who is cocky and aggressive. Even when confronted with the latter, he was able to defend himself from Otoko’s assault. At the end of the game, Decim led them to the elevator, where it was unknown what became of them. He whispered something to Decim before entering the elevator, the details of which are unknown. He was seen with a smirk on his face in the final scene as he was sent to the void.

Takashi

The first person to play the game. He and his wife Machiko play darts with their lives on the line. After suspecting Machiko of having an affair, he sets out to win the game, only to discover that his suspicions and jealousy killed him and his wife. He eventually loses, but Decim chooses to reincarnate his soul rather than cast it into the void.

Machiko

The first person to play the game. She and her husband Takashi play darts, believing that their lives are at stake. She won the game after admitting to having an affair and claiming that she married Takashi for his money. Takashi attempts to attack her, but is stopped by Decim. Despite winning the game, Decim chooses to send her soul into the void. It is later suggested that she lied about her baby being another man’s child in order to alleviate Takashi’s guilt over killing his own child, implying that she truly loved him. Even though Chiyuki notices this, it is too late for Decim to change his mind. It is later revealed that Machiko cheated, but the assistant (black-haired girl) suggests that Takashi’s jealousy drove his poor wife to do something she would regret for the rest of her life. Her husband’s constant jealousy and mistrust of her led to her cheating out of frustration, which she deeply regretted.

Shigeru Miura 

He is a college student who awakens at Quindecim and re-encounters his childhood friend Mai. He plays Death Bowling against her after learning that they died in the same bus accident.

Misaki Tachibana

She is a reality television show hostess. Misaki’s early, open relationship results in an unexpected pregnancy with an abusive man. Despite the setbacks of her numerous failed relationships, she attempted to raise her five children. In a fit of rage, her talent manager strangled her to death after she slapped and antagonised her.

Mayu Arita

A rambunctious high schooler who died after slipping on a bar of soap. She is taken to the Viginti and is forced to play twister against Harada. Unlike the other guests, she decides to stay at the Viginti rather than leave. Ginti later presents her with Harada’s soulless body, telling her that reviving him is possible, but it would require sending another young man’s soul into the void in his place. It is not revealed what she chooses to do, but she is shown bringing Harada’s body with her in order to retrieve his soul.

Ginti was going to reincarnate her, but changed her to the void after she insisted on living for Harada and wanting to be with him. As they enter the void, Harada is revived for a brief moment before both of their souls fall into the void, visually joining as one, reducing their bodies back to mannequins.

Harada 

A male idol who was a member of the boy band C.H.A. and currently competes against Mayu at the Viginti. Harada was killed by a timer bomb given to him by his girlfriend, who was that girl’s sister, after causing a fan to commit suicide after breaking up with her. In episode 11, his soulless body reappears, revealing that his soul has been sent to the void. Mayu, believing she was given the option of resurrecting him, is duped by Ginti into joining his soul in the void. As they fall into the void, the two orbs of light representing their souls merge into one, possibly indicating a literal joining of souls.

Shimada

He arrived at Quindecim with Tatsumi, where they both had to compete in an air hockey game to determine their fate. Prior to the game, he discovers a bloodied knife in his bag and has no idea why he has it. During the game, he recalls having a sister named Sae who was violently raped by a stalker and being able to kill the stalker with the knife from before, but being mortally wounded during the struggle. He then killed someone he mistook for the stalker’s “accomplice,” not realising it was Tatsumi. He later recalls that he died as a result of blood loss from the fatal wound he sustained earlier. Toward the end of the game, he realises that the person he mistook for an accomplice was actually Tatsumi, who went there to kill the stalker as well. He becomes enraged when he discovers that Tatsumi, a detective, witnessed his sister’s assault but did nothing to help her. Despite Chiyuki’s efforts to mitigate his guilt, he succumbed to Tatsumi’s taunts. At the end of the game, it is implied that he and Tatsumi were both sent to the void.

Tatsumi

He arrived at Quindecim with Shimada, where they had to fight in an air hockey game. He was a detective whose wife had been assassinated. After apprehending and killing the perpetrator, he began a string of vigilantism in which he monitors suspicious people before executing them if they commit a crime, which is how he witnessed Sae Shimada’s rape and was deduced by her to be an accomplice involved in the assault. Later, when he arrived at the stalker’s house, he discovered the stalker had already died before being fatally stabbed by Shimada, who assumed he was the “accomplice” his sister mentioned. He died of blood loss just as Shimada passed out from his own fatal wound. At the end of the game it is suggested that both he and Shimada were sent to the void.

Sachiko Uemura

A lone visitor sent to Quindecim to judge her and the black-haired woman’s souls in an Old Maid game. She was the wife of the elderly man from Death Billiards and a storey book illustrator. She deduced that she was dead after coming across a card depicting a character she never got to draw, despite not remembering how she died and not wanting to learn how she died, thankful that she has seen her illustration come to life. Later, as she sees cards with illustrations from the Chavvot storey, she explains the storey and the author’s feelings behind it, allowing the woman to recall some of her childhood memories and her name, Chiyuki. She is sent to be reincarnated at the end of the game.

Death Parade Anime Episodes

Death Seven Darts
Aired: Jan 10, 2015 (JST)

Death Reverse
Aired: Jan 17, 2015 (JST)

Rolling Ballade
Aired: Jan 24, 2015 (JST)

Death Arcade
Aired: Jan 31, 2015 (JST)

Death March
Aired: Feb 7, 2015 (JST)

Cross Heart Attack
Aired: Feb 14, 2015 (JST)

Alcohol Poison
Aired: Feb 21, 2015 (JST)

Death Rally
Aired: Feb 28, 2015 (JST)

Death Counter
Aired: Mar 7, 2015 (JST)

Story Teller
Aired: Mar 14, 2015 (JST)

Memento Mori
Aired: Mar 21, 2015 (JST)

Suicide Tour
Aired: Mar 28, 2015 (JST)

People also ask about Death Parade Anime

Is Death Parade a good anime?

For what it’s worth, I enjoyed watching this series (particularly the way Death Parade ended the series) and, while it’s not the best anime I’ve ever seen, Death Parade is a favourite and, in my opinion, the best anime of the year.

Is Death Parade a sad anime?

This is how the overall atmosphere of episode 10 feels. It comes after such an explosive, dramatic, and depressing episode, but it has a rather sombre and soothing tone, almost like the moment of calm that people experience after an emotional outburst.

Is Death Parade getting a Season 2?

The truth is that there has been no recent progress on Death Parade season 2, and its release date is still unknown. Madhouse announced a second season of Death Parade in 2016 due to the show’s popularity. Season 2 is still in the works, and there have been numerous theories as to why it has not yet been released.

What’s the story of Death Parade?

Humans either go to heaven or hell after death. Humans are either reincarnated or sent to the void after death. Before this occurs, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar frequented by the enigmatic white-haired Decim. To fairly judge them, he has them participate in a Game in which they reveal their true nature.

Is there romance in Death Parade?

Death Parade, on the other hand, isn’t afraid to throw a few curveballs your way, with some episodes delving into different genres – there’s a romance episode, a comedy episode, and even a murder-mystery in two parts. The show becomes a series of character studies by combining flashbacks with in-bar game scenes.

Also Read – Death Note

Source – Wikipedia

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