Thursday, April 23, 2015

Death Parade (Anime review)

"Humans all behave the same way, like idiots. They all forget that someday, they're gonna die, so the moment they come face to face with death, they cling to life." ~Ginti, Death Parade

"I say... that people do not live just so that they can someday die. It is because they are alive that they someday die. There is no point to living. The same goes for judgment. Judgment must be performed hand in hand with both life and death. It is something that must be performed hand in hand with humans." ~ Decim, Death Parade

This is no ordinary anime, it deals with what happens to people after death and puts a spin into it with games. It doesn't matter what you believe in- heaven, hell, reincarnation, or nothing, this anime shows how what we do in our lives now can affect us even after death.

The show itself consists of Arbiters who are the ones who decide what happens to you after you die. The main arbiter we see is Decim who seems emotionless and just wants to do his job as an arbiter,  but some of his actions show that he might actually care about people and his human assistant, Onna. Speaking of Onna she seems to be the only "normal" one on the show. She thinks that what happens during the games is completely wrong, messed up and isn't afraid to tell everyone how she feels, which is one of the things I love most about her.

Let's get to the games now, see an arbiter's job is to see who gets reincarnated and whose soul gets lost forever. To do this an arbiter's got to push the people passed their limits and see what kind of person they really are by their actions during the games. The games seem like any normal game, like bowling, darts, arcade games, and many others but they all have a twist. Like when you throw a dart at the board you have a chance to hit the other players organs and then it actually hurts the other player, you could also choose to miss the board completely and not hurt the other player but then you would end up getting no points and losing, and losing can only lead to one thing- your soul gone forever.

This show might sound really serious and kind of depressing-and it is to a certain point- but they somehow manage to put some comedy in it too. Though in my perspective I feel like a lot of comedy relief came from Mayu, who was kind of annoying but an okay character overall.

There's a lot of character development throughout the show but mostly towards the end is when they grow far better then I thought they actually would. Also the relationships between the characters change quite a lot, and I'm not just talking about Decim and Onna, but between the contestants in each episode as well who most of the time don't know each other but as the game progresses they learn more about themselves and the other person and what they do with the what they know can even change how they play the game themselves.

My favorite part of this amazing show wasn't the unique characters or the beautiful animation (which is so pretty by the way)  but it was the music, it never seemed out of place or too overpowering, it set the dark mood at the right times and just was fantastic overall. I quite enjoy the opening song which is actually what made me want to watch the show in the first place. It's upbeat and just beautiful, I love it so much, but it is also very misleading, like Madoka Magica opening theme misleading.

I have a feeling I will re-watch this show again. It's also probably going to be one of my favorites for this year and one of my all-time favorites. If you haven't checked this anime out yet I think you should, and feel free to tell me how you feel about it!

Final Judgment:
Story: 9.5/10
Characters: 9/10
Animation: 10/10
Music: 10/10
*Please remember this is my opinion*

~Allison c:

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