Death Parade

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  • TV-MA
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 7.8  (20,434)

Death Parade is a fascinating anime series that premiered on Nippon TV in 2015. The show follows a mysterious bartender named Decim, who is in charge of judging the souls of the recently deceased. When people die, they are sent to the Quindecim, a bar-like purgatory, where they must participate in the bartender's twisted games to determine their fate.

Each episode features a new couple who has just died, and they are completely unaware of their situation. Decim and his lovely assistant, a young woman named Chiyuki, welcome them to the Quindecim and invite them to play a game which will ultimately determine whether they will be reincarnated or condemned to eternal nothingness. The rules of each game vary, and they can be seemingly simple or incredibly complex. Decim often uses trickery and psychology to put the players in challenging and morally ambiguous situations to test their true nature.

The show explores themes of morality, justice, and the human condition, which makes it a thought-provoking experience. Decim appears to be a cold, emotionless character at first, but he gradually becomes more empathetic as he interacts with his clients. Chiyuki is the show's moral compass, and her compassion for the players is what keeps Decim from losing sight of his own humanity. The duo has excellent chemistry, and their back-and-forth banter adds a bit of humor to the otherwise serious story.

Death Parade's animation and art style are visually stunning. The show creates a unique mix of colorful and vibrant characters with the dark and ominous Quindecim backdrop. The characters have distinctive designs that reflect their personalities, and the use of shadows and light adds depth and atmosphere to the show. The show's soundtrack is also noteworthy, as it helps to capture the emotional weight of the story.

The voice acting in Death Parade is another highlight. Jamie Marchi provides the voice for Chiyuki, and her delivery is flawless. She brings a sense of warmth and kindness to the character, and her performances during the show's emotional moments are particularly powerful. Alex Organ voices Decim, and he perfectly captures the character's stoic and unemotional nature. Asami Seto provides the voice of one of the show's recurring characters, a mysterious woman named Nona. Her voice is haunting and ethereal, which perfectly matches the overall atmosphere of the show.

Overall, Death Parade is a poignant and thought-provoking anime series that will keep you engaged from beginning to end. Its unique concept, brilliant animation, and complicated characters come together to create a show that is both entertaining and emotionally resonant. The series provides an interesting look at the afterlife and the consequences of our actions that will leave you pondering long after it's over. If you're looking for a dark, action-packed show that is also deeply philosophical, then Death Parade is a must-watch.

Death Parade is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on January 9, 2015.

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Suicide Tour
12. Suicide Tour
March 27, 2015
Oculus confronts Nona concerning Decim, demanding to know what she has done to him. Chiyuki awakens in her house the living world again to find that Decim has brought her there to offer her the chance to reclaim her life.
Memento Mori
11. Memento Mori
March 20, 2015
Mayu is given a chance to spare Harada's soul from the void, for a price. With Chiyuki's judgment pending, she revisits her love of ice skating, with the hope that the memories she recovers will help her to come to terms with her passing.
Story Teller
10. Story Teller
March 13, 2015
Decim visits Nona and tells her that he believes that their way of passing judgment is flawed. Nona sends him another customer, whose case may unravel the mystery of the black-haired woman, and whom Decim chooses to judge without the aid of any memories.
Death Counter
9. Death Counter
March 6, 2015
As the two contestants continue their game, Shimada is surprised to learn that Detective Tatsumi is sympathetic to his desire for revenge against his sister's attacker. The black-haired woman is troubled by how far Decim is willing to go.
Death Rally
8. Death Rally
February 27, 2015
Prior to the arrival of a pair of guests--a police detective and young man raising his sister--Decim wonders if there has been a mistake, since the memories he has received are those of a killer. But despite his protestations, Nona prods him to continue.
Alcohol Poison
7. Alcohol Poison
February 20, 2015
When the black-haired woman stumbles upon a picture book, she asks Decim about it, and he tells her that it might belong to Quin, Quindecim's previous bartender. Decim reveals the reasons why he spends so much time putting together mannequins.
Cross Heart Attack
6. Cross Heart Attack
February 13, 2015
A high-school girl named Mayu arrives at a Japanese-style bar being tended by Ginti. He demands that she play a game against the man in the bar, who she instantly recognizes as Harada, of the boy idol band C.H.A, and she eagerly accepts.
Death March
5. Death March
February 6, 2015
Two more people--a young boy and an older man--arrive at Quindecim, but this time, Decim senses something out of place. Before Decim can explain the game to the pair, the older man reveals that he remembers having seen Decim and the bar before!
Death Arcade
4. Death Arcade
January 30, 2015
TV personality Misaki Tachibana is convinced that she is in Quindecim as part of a hidden-camera TV show, and enlists her counterpart, Yousuke Tateishi, to help her liven the show up. Decim takes measures to ensure extreme conditions for the contestants.
Rolling Ballade
3. Rolling Ballade
January 23, 2015
College student Shigeru Miura wakes up in Quindecim, and falls in love at first sight with the woman at the bar. Unable to remember even her own name, the woman asks him to play a game with her, after being assured that it will jog her memory.
Death: Reverse
2. Death: Reverse
January 16, 2015
A black-haired woman awakens in an unfamiliar place, unable to remember even her own name. She is taken by a girl named Nona to Quindecim, where she is told that she will be an assistant, and is instructed as to the purpose of the bar's existence.
Death: Seven Darts
1. Death: Seven Darts
January 9, 2015
Takashi and Machiko, arrive in the bar Quindecim without any recollection of how they got there. The bartender tells them they cannot leave until they first finish playing a game, one in which their lives will be at stake.
Where to Watch Death Parade
Death Parade is available for streaming on the Nippon TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Death Parade on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Google Play, Apple TV and Crunchyroll.
  • Premiere Date
    January 9, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (20,434)