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How Death Parade portrays fear of the end

#12DaysOfAnime – As the year starts to end, I find myself contemplating on the stuff that I have experienced this year. It has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions for me, both online and in real life, as I piece together what every event actually means to me.

Earlier this week, I found myself watching Death Parade‘s prototype project, Death Billiards, and realized how it dealt with human psychology in regards to losing something special.


In Death Billiards, two individuals find themselves in a bar and are forced to play a game against each other with their lives on the line in order to get out. Watching these characters trying to assume and, in turn, misunderstand the words of the bartender in regards to their situation, it just shows how quick people are to jump to the worst case scenarios.

Who can actually blame them? Assuming they were actual people in that very situation.

As each of us live out our lives, we find ourselves trapped in situations we’d wish we hadn’t experienced – the fears, trauma, and collapse of everything we deem “fine” creates that behavior in all of us to shy away from the end.


That same fear strikes at me whenever I decide to open up to people with concerns or just doing so for the sake of honesty. People are actually telling us to not “step out of line” as it will shatter how everybody perceives each and every one of us as an individual.

An act of indecisiveness, insensitivity and the like will result to one’s downfall. As a result, people are starting to be more protective of how people perceive them by disconnecting their true selves from other people.

Death Billiards shows that as both of these trapped characters realize that they are already dead and, presumably, in purgatory and being judged by the bartender moderating them as they play this game of billiards.


Just a simple parlor game like billiards was necessary for these two characters to open up bit by bit and realize what the other was capable of.

But as the video project slowly draws to a close, I realize one crucial thing that should be in everyone’s minds when people tell them what to think, feel or do – in the end, a book is not judged by its cover.

Death Billiards shows a young man unwilling to die for his desire to get back to his beloved whilst his opponent, an old man, just wants to get him out of the game for the sake that he just wants one last drink of beer – a selfish wish.


Although the younger character was more aggressive in fulfilling his goal, at the very least, he was honest about it and showed a great amount of remorse for what he had done. Opposite to this, the old man just did his best in a game of billiards for his own selfish reasons.

In the end, we can all agree that the world and the people who live in it with us can be quite imposing. Thus, they all influence us to do things against our own wishes and desires. Before it is all too late, stay true to yourself as much as possible.

After all, the one who’s at lost is not you but them.

Thanks for reading the first entry for this year’s twelve days of anime. Be sure to check out stuff related to this by searching #12DaysOfAnime on Twitter. Make sure to share your thoughts about this article and I’ll be glad to respond!

While I am at it, don’t forget to also take a time to read entries written by people from the OWLS group. The gang is talking about the portrayal of warmth in their favorite titles so be sure to check them out!



2 replies on “How Death Parade portrays fear of the end”

Death Parade is a really shocking show. When I watched I wasn’t expecting it to be as in depth as it is, about all the things you said. It really showed how selfish and awful some people are even when they pretend to have pure intentions. This was a great post, and good luck on the 12 Days of Anime challenge!

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This is why I prefer anime over any medium because, in comparison to other forms, it doesn’t hold back in terms of creativity. From a bar-esque purgatory to suggestive incest between siblings, it’s just the full package of creative writing – whether good or bad.

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