How curious, this week’s episode of Death Parade takes us out of Decim’s bar and into a whole other kind of judgment game that starts with an overly enthusiastic fangirl named Mayu Arita and a celebrity named Harada… I have to admit though, this episode definitely takes a more comedic look at the interactions between players.
The game ends up being an extremely emotional game of Twister with a somewhat strange progression of events and ending. I could not take the ending of the episode seriously but I’m guessing both players will be reincarnated due to their stellar performances haha.
The story goes that Mayu died from a freak accident when she slipped on a bar of soap in her bathroom after a C.H.A. idol concert. Harada on the other hand ended up being sent a bomb by the sister of his former lover, Kana, who committed suicide after her break up with Harada. Ginti clearly has no sympathy for either of the players, very much unlike the stone-faced Decim and the emotional Kurokami no Onna. Ginti is so sassy, he’s just great. Also, I really could not take Mayu seriously, but SHE IS HILARIOUS and I thoroughly enjoyed all her fangirling moments hahaha Ginti does get to the point quite quickly, using death as a threat against the players. Mayu’s willingness to sacrifice her life so that Harada can continue being an idol to inspire other, is quite telling of just how immersive and personal the idol culture makes itself out to be when it comes to its fandom culture.
I literally recognized Harada’s voice actor immediately after he spoke. After all, Mamoru Miyano’s voice is one of a kind. Plus you did need quite an expressive seiyuu to handle all the subtle conversation, screaming and emotional dialogue given to Harada.
If anything, I’m more interested in how all the arbitrators are chosen and where they come from. Ginti and Decim are SO DIFFERENT and all the other members of this system (like the green-haired elevator operator) are all so quirky and strange.
Overall, absolutely wonderful episode of Death Parade this week and SO unlike the others we’ve seen so far. It’s nice to see that the series itself has moments of lightheartedness as well.
I swear if I met my idol bias after dying… ITD BE A HAPPY DEATH INDEED. Mayu, girl, I can relate to your fandom freakouts…
What are you pondering today?