Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Drama, Horror, Psychological, Death Games
First aired: Winter 2015, 12 episodes.
Summary: After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for those that die simultaneously, they arrive at a bar to be greeted by the mysterious bartender Decim. He challenges them to a Death Game, where they wager their lives. The trick is that the actual game is to reveal their true natures. Decim himself is the ultimate arbitrator of who wins and who loses, who lives and who dies.
Death Parade is a wild ride from the beginning. The first episode had me hooked and I was waiting for each episode to air. The setting is dark, showing the darker side of humanity and how people will act when their back is against the wall. That being said, there is mature content of a psychological nature. Even though this is an anime about games like darts and bowling, the games have the dark twist to them that is not suited for children. I thought that Death Parade was going to be an episodic anime, simply providing a different game each episode, but the anime gave back story to the arbiters and a storyline that continued throughout the season.
You might enjoy this if: Death games that determine the outcome of a person’s soul appeal to you.
You might not like it if: You want a light-hearted anime that will leave you feeling good at the end.
Note to the Viewer: You will know by the end of the first episode if this anime is for you.