Before I tell you why I recommend this anime series to you, let me just quickly (yes quickly) let you know how I came across this gem.
THE SUPER SHORT BACKSTORY ( I PROMISE… OR I’LL TRY TO KEEP IT SHORT)
I haven’t been watching a lot lately because my attention deficiency was kicking in again. I couldn’t focus on anything, couldn’t even finish the book by my favorite author – terrible right?
Anyways, my sister sent me a clip from the first episode of Death Parade. She said it might be something I’ll enjoy. I haven’t watched anime in a few months. The one I watched then, I didn’t even get to finish even though I had 2 episodes left in that.
Anyways, I started watching it. The one I watched was English dubbed so it was so easy to just get lost in it without reading any subs because sometimes I find them distracting.
Going back, I watched the first episode.
Then I couldn’t stop watching until I finished all 12 of them.
BLACK PARADE IS A SMART, ADDICTING, AND HYPNOTIC ANIME THAT DEALS WITH LIFE, DEATH, AND JUDGEMENT.
So what makes Black Parade so special?
– Let me start by its unique storyline. Black Parade follows Decim who is an arbiter. What he does is he decides whether to send a soul for reincarnation or the void. He gets the final say, technically, on what would happen to your soul. To help him and the other arbiters judge the souls, they have them play a game. How the souls react during the games and also fragments of the souls’ memories allows the arbiters to determine which souls go where. Each episode would feature a different pair of souls, and each episode would feature a different question on humanity. That’s Black Parade in a nutshell. I won’t tell you more because you have to find that out for yourself.
– Black Parade asks all the right questions. It questions the very essence humanity and what does it really mean to be human. It also asks the question of how can we determine if someone is inherently good or bad? Do we judge people based on the action they’ve done or the things that pushed them to do it? It shows you how complex and unique each individuals are.
– The characters are so lovable and unforgettable. Of course, we start with Decim who is utterly stoic but has this innocence to him that you can’t help but love. The nameless woman who accompanies Decim at Quindecim is someone to love too. This woman doesn’t remember who she is and what happened. Over the course of the story, you will and it is just heartbreaking. We have the other arbiters, Nona and Ginti, who I think were both great addition.
– ROOOMAAANCE… not really. I just really like Decim and the nameless woman together. They complement each other so well!
– THE DEATH GAMES! I liked how each games corresponds to something related to the souls when they were still alive.
– The animation were just top notch, IMO. I love these types of drawings on anime.
– Let’s forget the catchy OSTs especially the one at the start of the show. Flyers (by Bradio) and Last Theater (Noisy Cell) are awesome! Which reminds me, I have to get that on my playlist.
– I like the mythology they created about what happens to people when they die. I mean, I’m not sure what religion they actually based it from, but that’s obviously not how Christians (like me) think of how the afterlife looks like. I am always fascinated by things like this.
– It leaves you wanting more! I definitely want more. The ending leaves you happy yet sad at the same time. It concluded yet still you want more. Grrrr!! I can’t believe it’s just 12 episodes but got so much more than I thought I would.
JUST TRY AND WATCH THIS. PLEASE. GEMS LIKE THESE NEEDS TO BE KNOWN.
Black Parade only has 12 episode with 22 minutes each (I think… or even less) so it won’t really take you that long to finish. I finished this in a day. It’s that addicting.
Whether you’re an anime lover or not, I think a lot of people would l love and appreciate this anime because of its thought provoking messages to its viewers.
Seriously, you guys need to watch this! Then come back and discuss it with me when you do!