8 REASONS TO WATCH ‘DEATH PARADE’

I just finished it and now I’m a mess

‘Death Parade’ is a 2015 Japanese anime series created, written and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa. Produced by Madhouse, the series was inspired from the short film ‘Death Billiards.’
When people die, they are sent to one of many mysterious bars run by bartenders. Here, the bartenders serve as arbiters whose sole purpose of being is to judge the souls of the dead and ultimately determine whether a person should be reincarnated or discarded into the void. This judgement is made based upon two things: 1) a person’s memories of their life and 2) how one performs in a ‘death game.’  These games are designed to draw out the darkness in a person and so the players are lead to believe that they must participate in a game with their lives on the line in order to create the best condition for arbiters to witness a person’s extreme emotional and physical response to their situation (as the participants’ memories have been purposefully blocked). The series follows Decim, the lone bartender of the Quindecim bar, whose beliefs in judging the people who came to his bar changes when he meets a curious black-haired woman who can remember her own death – making her impossible to judge.

  1. The series delves into many deeper topics such as the meaning of life, death and the darkness of the human heart1.png
  2. The animation is incredible2.jpg
  3. Throughout the series, the system of judgement used by arbiters is shown to have some serious flaws – leading to the characters questioning the system they use3.png
  4. We are provided with two arbiters’ contrasting opinions about humanity and how this is reflected in their own judgements4.jpg
  5. That incredibly catchy theme song5.jpg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjjTMNDZi-A
  6. We are given a brief summary of each character’s life that plays a ‘death game’ and so we see how their particular personality, beliefs and experiences shape their actions throughout the game6.jpg
  7. The show doesn’t categorise people as good and evil. Throughout the games played the characters reveal some darkness hidden within them – be it jealously or something far more disturbing7.png
  8. Essentially, ‘Death Parade’ is a story about learning to understand each other. It’s about how at the end of the day, it is may be impossible for us to know why exactly someone acts the way they do, but we can always do our best to try and understand others8.jpg
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