- Episodes : 12
- Genre : Game, Mystery, Psychological, Drama, Thriller
- Air Date : January 2015- March 2015
- Published/Studio : Madhouse
Death Parade is one of those anime that you hear about often but don’t know much about. We are here to inform you about why you should watch Death Parade and why it is, in our opinion, an excellent and underrated anime. After death, you meet a mysterious individual known as Decim who makes you play a game. While the plot seems rather simple and juvenile at first, it soon becomes much darker and we see the basis for what humanity quickly devolves to. This psychological thriller is truly one of the best anime to come out in recent years.
Decim is unexpectedly emotionless as part of his character development. His face shows no slight bit of humor or any trace of emotion at all. While the games make each human show their true nature and gore splatters across the screen, as a viewer we feel utterly emotionless which is odd when witnessing such a shocking scenario. We tend to identify with Decim and understand his character better when we feel as though the humans portrayed are beneath us living ones. However, in reality we just don’t want to admit to ourselves that we could eventually become these people in the right scenario.
The Approach to Death
Death is a subject that has been conveyed many times throughout anime. The approach to death as a game makes light of death and rather than being this ultimate and life changing crossing it is simply a job that falls as others monotonous day jobs. This approach to death makes it less scary and rather sad because of how much those in the afterlife look down on humans. Each look that we see from humans are skewed to benefit their own agenda and though it is rare, it makes those who truly are good people all the better.
Decim is arguably one of the best characters in anime. He not only does an excellent job of being a bartender and entertaining those who come to him after death, but also reaches further heights by wondering about who he is and why he came to be in the position that he is in. Since Decim was made by those above him and not born as a human, he has no purpose in what he does and watching him desperately search for that makes us root for him on a deeper level than many other characters. Decim is an emotionless character in many scenes but the depth that he is given throughout the anime draws us towards him and become completely entranced by his world.
Death Parade is a truly great anime if you are looking for something different to get you out of drudging through the many isekais that have come out in recent seasons. However, it is also not an anime that you can blindly watch, this anime will take over your mind as any great psychological thriller does and make you question everything that you know about death and humanity.
We hope that you have enjoyed this article and that reading it has inspired you to watch Death Parade. As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.