Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Winter 2015 Edition: DEATH Parade

Death is a bitch, isn’t she?

Well, at least you met a pretty cool bartender down there and his crew are also awesome, too.

This is DEATH PARADE!

Director: Yuzuru Tachikawa

 

Screenplay: Yuzuru Tachikawa

 

Music: Yuuki Hayashi

Original creator: Yuzuru Tachikawa

Character Design: Shinichi Kurita

Art Director: Satoru Hirayanagi

Chief Animation Director: Shinichi Kurita

 

Animation Production: MADHOUSE

Streaming and Licensed by: FUNimation Entertainment

Plot Summary: After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim. He challenges them to the Death Game, wherein they wager their lives and reveal their true natures. Decim himself is the ultimate arbitrator of who wins and who loses, who lives and who dies.

First thoughts: Previously there was a short prior to the series called Death Billiards as part of Anime Mirai 2013 (an annual project launched in 2010, and funded by the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs in order to support training animators.) and it had the same concept only that one used a game of pool to decide your fate and watching the first 2 episodes and the short (which a friend of mine showed me before watching episode 2), I got to say that I’m actually impressed with everything about the show from its conception to its execution on screen. While these games are happening, they also show the deceased humans’ true colors of what deceitful things they may have done in their past lives and how completely fucked up they get at the end of the game. Like I’ve said in the past, I’m not that big on horror unless if the idea is solid enough and I like to see interesting ideas executed right and this…..is actually good. I wonder who did the animation for….

It’s MADHOUSE!!! Oh, thank you, Madhouse. You’re back to your good graces of production, although you are already with Parasyte in the fall of last year. Please still be like this at the end of this year or at least when your shows end their run at March. It is definitely something worth of your time.

I’m going with CONTINUE WEEKLY. Bar none, this is one of the most impressive things of the season.

 

And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, hoping my life isn’t as fucked up as most of those characters in there.

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