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Death Parade

Death Parade

Japanese anime television series created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Madhouse in 2013

Death Parade

(Japanese: デス・パレード, Hepburn: Desu Parēdo) The series spawned from a short film, Death Billiards, which was originally produced by Madhouse for the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013 and released in March 2013. The television series aired in Japan between January and March 2015. It is licensed in North America by Funimation and in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited, the latter of which was eventually cancelled. The series was obtained by Madman Entertainment for digital distribution in Australia and New Zealand.

Synopsis

After death, either Heaven or Hell awaits most humans. But for a select few, death brings them to Quindecim—a bar where only pairs of people who die at the same time can enter. Attending the bar is an enigmatic figure known as Decim, who also acts as the arbiter. He passes judgment on those who wind up at Quindecim by challenging them to a life-threatening game. These games determine if the patron's soul will reincarnate into a new life, or be sent into the void, never to be seen again.

From darts and bowling to fighting games, the true nature of each patron slowly comes to light as they wager their souls. Though his methods remain unchanged, the sudden appearance of a black-haired amnesiac causes Decim to reevaluate his own rulings.

Main characters

Decim (デキム, Dekimu)

Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese); Alex Organ (English)

The bartender of the Quindecim bar (located on the 15th floor) who oversees the Death Games between people who have died and must be judged. His hobby is making mannequins that resemble guests which made an impression on him. He is supposed to have no human emotions, just like all arbiters who are referred to as dummies because they have never lived or died. As a risky experiment, Nona allows him to develop his interest in learning about human emotions.

Chiyuki (知幸, Chiyuki)

Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)

A human who initially has no memory of her life or her real name and is simply referred to as "the black-haired woman" (黒髪の女, kurokami no onna). She works as an assistant at Quindecim, learning the methods that arbiters use to judge human souls and helping Decim learn about human behavior.

Timeline

2016
Winner

BTVA Anime Dub Television/OVA Voice Acting Award

January 1, 2015
World Premiere Death Parade

Further Resources

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Death Parade [Trailer]

Web

April 11, 2015

References

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