Genre: Game - Psychological - Mystery
After death, humans are either sent to the void or reincarnated. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim. He challenges them to the Death Game, wherein they wager their lives and reveal their true natures. Decim himself is the ultimate arbitrator of who wins and who loses, who will go to the void, and who will be reincarnated.
Status: Completed (12 Episodes)
Have you ever wondered what happens when people die? or how people are "judged" after death? "Death Parade" is just one of the infinite possible answers to those questions. People with dark secrets are brought to "Quindecim Bar" to be judged by an arbitrator to reveal those secrets. People are sent to either the "Void" or are reincarnated. The Void is where the soul of that person will stay in darkness for all eternity. But it's not only about the people being judged. The Quindecim Bar also has a dark secret on it's own.
There are a lot of characters but the story revolves around Decim, Chiyuki and Nona. Decim is the bartender and arbiter of the Quindecim. He is emotionless, takes his job seriously and believes that everybody can and should be judged. Chiyuki is an amnesiac woman who becomes Decim's assistant. Strong-minded and skeptical, will say what's on her mind as long as she believes it's the right thing to do. Nona is the arbiters boss who is normally very easy-going but will discipline any arbiter who goes out of line.
The anime itself is pretty unique. To make people play a death game and controlling them psychologically to reveal their darkest secrets, and judging them in a rational manner? That's one hell of a job. The games are also just everyday entertainment like darts, bowling, etc. but that death factor is what hooks you every time. The animation is exquisite with that unique creepy art-style. An anime with strong story full with colorful characters and it leaves a simple but deep message:
"Treasure and value the time you have while you are alive"
The OST...What better to set the mood than music in a mystery/psychological anime. Most of the OST's will either make you relax or give you the chills. I have to say a lot of animes are lacking in the music department but "Death Parade" did an outstanding job for every aspect. Also, don't be fooled by the opening song. It does have it's humorous moments but this anime is dark, deep and will really poke your brain.
I thought this anime was fantastic. We need more anime of this caliber in my opinion, and we should be extremely grateful to encounter anything like it. It really is one of the best anime in these dark times for the anime industry, and it shows that the industry can still be amazing!~
Hope You Enjoy!~