Are you ready for one of the most epic psychological anime ever? Our challenge for June is the Anime Death Parade. Many anime have touched on the theme life after death. There is Haibane Renmei, where winged people wake up from eggs and explore life after death in weird uncanny ways, then there is Bleach and one of the worlds is a place called Soul Society where the dead goes, also we have Gantz, a horror anime where life after death is a sick game of kill or be killed again. Death Parade however, is something else, a series that deals with the five stages of loss (denial, anger, bargaining, grief and acceptance) on a whole other level, as you will see…
In Death Parade, we first meet the characters: they have amnesia and look innocent at first. Then as the story progress, the darkness starts bubbling through the cracks. They play a game with Death that already has won anyway; this is just to decide their fate: Void or Reincarnation. It has the elements of dealing with choices and consequences, this time after death. It may sound like a horror story but it is more a story of cause and effect, a moral commentary on humanity.
Week 1 June, 01 – 07, 2020
Konnichiwa Minna, here follows a little preview of what you can expect in the first episode.
The doors of two elevators open simultaneously, a man step out of one, a woman the other.
“Machiko!’ The man calls out to the woman as he recognises her and they clasp hands.
“Honey? Where are we?” She asks confused.
Puzzled as she is, he informs her that he does not remember and she agrees, she is also suffering from memory loss about how they came to be there.
They look around. All they see is that they are in a passage with beautiful wallpaper that is dimly lit with deep red carpets. They walk down the passage, passing a beautiful indoor garden pond until they walk into a tastefully decorated barroom. Behind the bar counter the bartender bows stiffly.
“Come in. Welcome to Quindecim” he says stoically.
Then the theme song starts…
After the intro song, we are teleported to the bar scene again. The bartender introduces himself with a bow. “Allow me to formally introduce myself. I am your bartender Decim.”
The man from the elevator nods back and greets Decim. The bartender continues to talk.
“Now then, if you will indulge me, I must ask you a question. Do you remember anything from just before you came here?”
The man shakes his head. “No, I don’t remember. I think…” He pauses for a second, “we were on our honeymoon trip though.”
Machiko confirms it. “You’re right. I remember that much, as well.”
Decim bows again. “Very Good. Thank you very much.”
Still very puzzled, the man asks Decim, “Never mind us… what is this place?”
Decim gets more serious. “I am now about to explain to you what your circumstances are. I ask that you please pay close attention.”
Then he explains to them where they are, and trust me, it is freaky. But why don’t you go and watch the anime and see just how bizarre Death Parade is for yourself. Our episodes to watch this week is Episode 1 to 3. Enjoy the anime and have a super sugoi week
Week 2 June, 08 – 14, 2020
Konnichiwa minna. It is our second week of the Death Parade anime challenge and we hope you enjoy the anime so far. We focus a little on Decim the bartender and his voice actor this week. Decim is the bartender of the Quindecim bar who oversees the Death Games. He has the strange hobby of making mannequins and a twisted sense of humor, especially if you saw a certain scene where there is ‘a room filled of corpses’ behind him. (That is all the spoiler we’re saying, watch the anime).
Decim is voiced by the very talented voice actor Tomoaki Maeno. Tomoaki was born on May 26, 1982 and is a voice actor from Shimotsuma, Ibaraki Prefecture. He is known to be attached to Arts Vision. Beside his role as Decim in Death Parade he is know for various epic roles which include Nagato (child) in Naruto: Shippuden, Naoya Teshigawara in Another, Naotsugu in Log Horizon, Son Hak in Akatsuki no Yona and Veldora Tempest in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. On May 12, 2020, he and fellow voice actress, Mikako Komatsu (Yume in Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash), got married.
Our episodes to watch this week is Episode 4 to 6. Enjoy the anime and have a super sugoi week
Week 3 June, 15 – 21 2020
Konnichiwa minna. It is week three of the Death Parade anime challenge, we hope you are enjoying the challenge so far. Death Parade has Mystery elements, certainly for us as we try to puzzle why the people died and which elevator they are going to end up in. This week we look at two other mysterious anime, that might be worth watching.
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
The tale of a member of the Saikawa Research Lab named Souhei Saikawa, who meets Moe Nishinosono the daughter of his mentor while on vacation. The two finds a corpse and starts to solve the mystery only to become involved in a serial murder case!
Zankyō no Terror
Set on an alternate Earth, Zankyō no Terror tells the following tale: Tokyo has been decimated by a terrorist attack and the only clue is a rather weird video uploaded to the Internet. Paranoia ensues amongst the public and the police have their hands full. The criminals responsible for this are two boys that call themselves ‘Sphinx’ and that terrorist attack? Why it was just the beginning.
Our challenge this week is to watch episodes 7 to 9. Enjoy the anime and have a super sugoi week
Week 4 June, 22 – 28 2020
Konnichiwa Minna. It is the final week of our Death Parade challenge. As you know, Death Parade is about the consequences of the bad things we did in life, that reflects in the hereafter, almost like karma in a way. If you loved this anime and would like to see an anime similar to that then our next recommendation is just for you.
Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo)
Hell Girl, an epic anime that some may see as the ultimate anti-bullying anime, one with high moral lessons. Why? In the anime we usually meet a person that is tormented or bullied, and that person, tired of being bullied then access the Hell Correspondence website, and put in a request with Hell Girl to eliminate the bully tormenting them. Hell Girl, or AI Enma as she is also known, appears and give the person a doll with a string, and once the string is pulled that person’s bully is sent to hell. There is a catch, the person that hires Hell Girl to take the bully to hell will also go to hell after he or she live out their lives.
Hell Girl’s first television anime series started in 2005, followed by various sequel seasons in 2006, 2008 and 2017. There also was a live-action adaptation in 2006 (which this writer personally enjoyed). The series boast also with a few anime adaptations, a live-action movie, and a stage play. (We apologise for the quality of the trailer below as finding a trailer of the live-action series is nearly impossible….)
Our challenge this week is to watch episodes 20 to 12. Enjoy the anime and have a super sugoi week.