After death, there is no heaven or hell, only a bar that stands between reincarnation and oblivion. There the attendant will, one after another, challenge pairs of the recently deceased to a random game in which their fate of either ascending into reincarnation or falling into the void will be wagered. Whether it’s bowling, darts, air hockey, or anything in between, each person’s true nature will be revealed in a ghastly parade of death and memories, dancing to the whims of the bar’s master. Welcome to Quindecim, where Decim, arbiter of the afterlife, awaits!
Death Parade expands upon the original one-shot intended to train young animators. It follows yet more people receiving judgment—until a strange, black-haired guest causes Decim to begin questioning his own rulings. – My Anime List
Based on 30 review scores:
An lushly animated, brilliantly told grippingly dark story that ends on an uplifting note that does not come across as contrived or forced.
Anime Reviewer Girl
It was so amazing and I totally which there was a 2nd season for this show. Not only that but the feelings it gave me at the end of remembering to live life to fullest is something I won’t ever forget.
Con Freaks And Geeks
Death Parade’s only short coming is that I needed more because it was so well done. It’s amazing all around and I cannot recommend this enough!
I believe that this is a must watch anime. The story doesn’t bore you to death, keeps you interested in what the next episode is to come. Gives you hints of the main story arc. Music and animation style is perfect for this mellow drama anime. Love interest, or at least, I believe there is love interest. And the ending makes you feel like there is going to be another season.
Unleash The Anime
I can’t say enough about how much I loved Death Parade. It takes you on an emotional and psychological thrill ride. I loved every second of it and I liked that it wasn’t afraid to ask questions that people are sometimes afraid to ask. It draws out the true nature of humanity and tries to expose it also show that there is a difference between living and being alive. The characters are so amazing and lovable and make the show really great. The soundtrack is super catchy and has some very good songs. Voice acting was phenomenal. Death Parade is 1 season with 12 Episodes.
Overall, Death Parade was a very awesome trip through the afterlife, and while I hope for a continuation, I will be happy without one. You know a show is good when you can honestly say that.
Anime News Network
Death Parade is an entertaining and surprisingly moving ride, rewarding on a visceral, aesthetic, and intellectual level. It shouldn’t be missed.
Death Parade got a lot of accolades from its Death Billiards OVA when they came out and the TV series was very well regarded. Going into it mostly fresh here without knowing much about it, it’s a pretty powerful piece that undercuts itself a bit by making the ending arc about the place and people itself as opposed to the characters that wander into it. There’s a whole lot to like here for those that dig character stories that involve morality, choices we make, and the impact not just on others but ourselves. There’s a lot to be disturbed by here and it’s very well presented both in story and animation, making for a fascinating piece that Funimation has put together here, especially with the packaging they put together and the quality of the dub. Very recommended.
Death Parade is a series that I would recommend to any anime fiend because the quality is evident, and a gem like this deserves to be enjoyed.
Overall I think Death Parade is a great anime and definitely worth watching. I do not regret taking the time to watch the full 12 episodes. I find it very impressive how Death Parade went from a short film to a full season of anime in such a short time. Yuzuru Tachikawa is a very talented animator and deserves the success in his animation, Death Parade. I would highly suggest anime watchers to take a look at this animation, especially it you are a fan of psychological thrillers.
Madhouse’s art direction is beautiful, overflowing with style and personality, and the soundtrack is wonderful to boot. Modern jazz flows through your ears and suddenly you want a drink yourself! The acting is fantastic. Asami Seto and Tomoaki Maeno play off each other well with the Assistant providing a more “human” hook for the viewers to the stoic and strange Decim. Actually the English dub is currently out with FUNimation’s push to “simul-dub” its newest licenses. Perhaps in the future I’ll update this with my dub thoughts. Overall, this one of the more mature and thought-provoking shows I’ve seen in a while, and I definitely recommend it. Join me next time as I try t out-drink an oni.
I really recommend this anime, if you like mystery and drama. And also if you want to watch an anime, where you don’t have to watch every episode to understand the story.
Dose Of Anime
This is a very unique show that I can guarantee will live up to any kind of hype. Though episodic at times it was an episode never the same with a fresh new everything to it. The characters, especially each and every being unforgettable.
So, should you watch this anime? Yes, definitely. The animation is great although there’s not much to be seen in this version of the underworld aside from bars and dark places, the main characters are developed properly (mostly) and the plot was superbly written, not forgetting the fact that it was one of the strongest feels in the ani-verse despite the characters being already dead. The only thing I can complain about is that this anime being not memorable enough to stay with you until you die but it WILL change the way you look at things, and life, especially.
Overall, Death Parade is amazing. It’s beautifully written, well-animated and thought-provoking, as well as being one of the most emotional series I’ve seen since I first started watching anime. It’s not quite flawless – the most glaring issue being that the subplot doesn’t really get resolved – but even that will become a non-issue if it gets a second series. With that in mind, the score I’m giving Death Parade is working off of the assumption that another series will be made. And if that happens, there will be zero complaints from my end.
Under The Fridge
Does Death Parade necessarily match the quality of a provocative classic like Paranoia Agent? No.
However, it does provide a unique enough experience to compensate for its pedestrian ending. It’s really more of a “journey, not the destination” kind of show.
I can honestly say that this show has changed my life for the better, and I have high confidence that it will do the same for many of you.
My Anime List
So why should you watch Death Parade? Well, it’s like a gift that delivers game scenarios in a different perspective. It gives back a feeling of emotional appeal, terror, and beauty all the same time with the style of the show. Whether you feel like the episodes are more like imaginations or real, they always sends a meaningful message with its revelations. Even the comedy that goes behind the scenes and on-screen is entertaining with the clever timings. One thing I do regret is that the show is a 1-cour with less emphasis on certain characters as compared to others. But still, Death Parade is a really a rare breed. It’s a humanly compelling blockbuster that lives up to hype.
Death has always been a subject much explored, but the time after death when explored makes up a great plot and an enjoyable anime as a whole. I loved how the anime explored the many different emotions of humans in a nearly perfect manner. The ending of Death parade was a satisfactory one that was done much better than most others. I would be happy if there are no other seasons to this, maybe a few OVAs for filling in some gaps should be good enough. But at the same time, if they did make a second season following the current plot, I would be curious enough to watch it.
I’d say, I definitely recommend watching Death Parade, even for the average anime viewers.
If you’re interested in a series that is extremely well acted, animated with precision, and features a story like no other, you really can’t go wrong with Death Parade. There are enough characters to cycle through so there’s no stagnation, and the plot includes a plethora of different stories. The side characters in the series could have been given more love, and their neglect is the one major mark against the series. However, the plot revolving around the main characters Decim, Onna, and Nona well makes up for this little blip of sadness. It can be tough to find a “sure thing” series in anime, but betting on Death Parade is a game you can’t lose.
I went into Death Parade thinking it would be just another anime to watch, that it would have some good qualities but not great overall. After watching the first episode I was stunned at how good it was. The setting is wonderfully imaginative even when it isn’t completely shown. Their seems to be a lot of heart put into this show and that this place is much more realistic. Each episode surprised me with the careful observation of humanity and human life. It expresses our desires, our beliefs, and who we value most. Death parade is more about humanity and what we did during our life. The show is very beautiful in a way in which human nature is defined. Please give this show a chance it is very well done.
Death Parade, ultimately, reminds me somewhat of Mamoru Oshii’s Angel’s Egg in that it postulates the absence of, or at least the moral decrepitude, of a divine being in the scheme of the afterlife. Unlike that film, however, its outlook is somewhat more humanist and hopeful; indeed, this is how I can best summarize the conflict between Oculus, who claims that he is the closest thing to a god that this universe has, and who somewhat resembles a bodhisattva in appearance, and Nona, who implements a plan centered around Onna, a human operating in a world otherwise run by morally bankrupt divine beings. Although the series is hardly conclusive in the traditional sense, I’d say it’s ultimately somewhat more favorable to Nona’s side, and the ending is indeed fitting. I can see that as a point at which one’s mileage with this show may vary, for I’m not religious myself, and I wonder how somebody who was, in fact, quite religious would respond to this show. Death Parade isn’t devoid of structural problems, but it is fascinating, and it’s a far deeper show than the mere gimmick of a “bar of the afterlife” that Death Billiards hinted at.
Even though its overarching story is weak, Death Parade was great for its episodic story telling style and amazing side character development. The overall series was full of feels, with a solid premise and a good take on the challenging theme of life and death, as well as an impressive animation style and voice acting. A must-watch for this season, especially for fans of the Psychological genre.
Death Parade is refreshingly original and really hard to compare to anything else. While I could see this working in other mediums, its a series that feels like it is exactly where it should be and could eventually become a classic in terms of serious anime.
Despite tiny flaws, Death Parade is a one-of-a-kind anime that knows exactly how to play with your own moral thoughts. Unfortunately, the series shows the viewer its true nature not before the very end of the plot. At the point you reach its finale, you have to get through a brilliant, but sometimes a little bit stale plot full of feelings of characters, which only appear for a short amount of time, making it pretty hard to develop a personal connection to the main protagonists. Nevertheless, if you don’t give up and try to get through all the twelve episodes, you will definitely get rewarded. In the end, you might even feel sympathy for an emotionless bartender.
I loved this show to death when it first started and I still believe its one off episodes are some of the best darker stories I’ve watched in anime. That said, this show needed to remain just that, a collection of one off stories without trying to mix in all the extra mess regarding its regular characters. I’d definitely still recommend this show to anyone who is looking for a dark , supernatural themed story that will grab you by your guts but fair warning, the show crumbles once its strays from the one shot episodes.
Death parade is a case of mistaken direction where the story can’t decide whether it wants to make us laugh, cry, curious or melancholic. The result is a melting pot of genre and a confused tone. A search for a core concept when in truth there was a great core to work with already. Also despite so much focus being put on the ongoing story, one episode characters are oddly more developed than the main cast. I am being harsh however as Death Parade does have moments of greatness. There is potential in this writer. He just needs someone to tell him to stop and look at what he has. If you are able to overlook the flaws of death parades plot and embrace it’s highs then I recommend this show to you. I can say with certainty that it is half great. Your enjoyment will depend on whether you can overlook the other half.
The Outer Haven
A nicely fleshed out drama about the lives of those who passed on and those who judge them.
Down to it, this show is a total mess and yet another example of how easily anime fans are manipulated to like total nonsense because of pretty colors and nice sounds. If I was an arbiter, I would send to the void anyone who considers it anything more than average. And yes, I would still be fairer than the bogus system of this series.