Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
So I saw the trailer for Death Parade and I’ve been looking forward to it because in some sense, it reminds me of Saw (and I liked that until the third movie).
The first episode was good and what I get from it is that only those who die together come to this place, Quindecim – a purgatory of sorts – which makes sense or otherwise there’d be no need for any game. I’m guessing those who go as a solo party have to sing or play an instrument to see if they qualify for the Heavenly choir and band (
God loves music anyway). And if they don’t, hell fire and brimstone.
The bartender, Decim (he has white hair so I fell in love instantly, his interesting eyes give him bonus likes) lays the ground rules of what’s happening, but isn’t at liberty to answer the most pertinent questions like “What happens if we don’t play?” and “What happens to the winner or the loser?”. Or should both questions be self-explanatory?
So the first two contestants are a newly wed couple, a doctor and his wife. They play a game of darts and it’s no joke that their nerves are linked to the regions of the body displayed on the dart wheel. During the game, Takashi (the husband) finds out that they can deliberately miss and gain no further points for the rest of the game but his wife would win since she is closer to zero points. He remembers that he saw corpses hanging behind a screen then another memory where it’s implied that his wife may be cheating on him.
This sort of inner struggle causes him to try again for some more points (because why should he try to save his wife, who he doesn’t even KNOW for a fact cheated, right?) and he hits a target then says that he missed. I honestly believe he was lying and no one can convince me otherwise, but his wife gave him the benefit of the doubt. He hit her in a pretty critical spot, which caused her to miss when she was throwing and she hit him right in the eyes and caused him 2x pain.
The fussing continues until the end and the wife tries to clear up the misunderstanding to her husband that she never cheated and he had actually overheard her friends’ conversation about another woman, who by mere coincidence has a nickname that could also be used with her. She’s also pregnant, just throwing that bit out there.
She wins the game but apparently the husband refuses to accept this and he doesn’t know whether to believe her story or not. He suffers a breakdown and there is no Maury here, so no hope for paternity testing (plus the fetus is only ten weeks). He’s crying and screaming; tears, snot and saliva everywhere. Honestly it was the most retarded crying I’ve ever seen.
In the end, she decides to tell him that it was all true that she actually cheated on him and the baby is not his, though it could be (
I’m sure they weren’t waiting until the honeymoon to have sex). He gets mad, tugs darts from the board to stab her to death but Decim stops him with web-like strings and restrains him.
Afterwards they’re taken to the elevators and are sent to either heaven or hell.
What I don’t get is the ending. The wife is sent to hell (the devil mask is above her door) and the husband goes to heaven (white face, represents heaven I guess). I don’t get it.
At the beginning, the wife comes through the heaven door and the husband through the hell door.
I honestly don’t believe that is coincidence. I take it Quindecim is the final stage of judgement. I understand why the wife has to go to hell (“the void”) because she lied about cheating. I don’t get why she did such a thing and even Decim was surprised that she lied at this critical point. And how does it make sense for the husband to go to heaven and get reincarnated? It’s such bullshit and makes no sense to me.
During the game, he did nothing that would help them and he also lied to her when he said that his hand slipped when he made the dart connect with her womb (I will not believe it was an accident). He also harbored malicious feelings, aren’t those unholy feelings? Unless the god in the anime is different from the actual God. If anything, I believe both of them should have gone to hell, or at least the wife should rightfully go to heaven. She lied with good intentions. Where are the grey areas when it comes to heaven or hell?
Anyway, I like it so far. The final judgement part was shit but I’ll look forward to the next episode. The opening is so fabulous, a distraction from all the dark mess that happens during the episode.