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Death Billiards


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Wakate Animator Ikusei Project, 2012 Young Animator Training Project, Anime Mirai 2012
Japanese: デス・ビリヤード

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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 2, 2013
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Duration: 25 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.061 (scored by 52,586 users)
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Ranked: #4482
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Popularity: #605
Members: 79,541
Favorites: 165
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Synopsis

Two men suddenly arrive within a bar without any knowledge of how they got there. They're not alone either. A man stands before them, dressed as a bartender, informing them that there is no way out unless they participate in a game of billiards. The terms of the game are not explicitly stated, though if they refuse to play at all the bartender reveals to them a room full of suspended corpses, with the implication that they will be set to join them if they don’t start the game within an hour.

So begins the game of Death Billiards, a contest of skill with no clear terms of what will happen to the winner and loser. The only information the bartender bestows upon the competitors is that they should play the game as if their lives are at stake. It seems straightforward beyond that; sink all of your opponent's balls followed by the eight ball. However, a twist awaits the players as they find out what the billiard balls symbolize. It's just a game... right?

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Staff

Tachikawa, Yuzuru
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Director, Script, Storyboard
Kurita, Shinichi
Kurita, Shinichi
Animation Director, Character Design
Hirayanagi, Satoru
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Art Director, Background Art
Kanemori, Yoshinori
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Key Animation

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More reviewsReviews

Tanshaydar
Apr 7, 2013
Now that is a single pearl, easy to miss and likely to be underrated.
Madhouse studios must be mad.

A short story of life and death, a story of human life and the illusion of equality. Could it be possible to compress into 25 minutes? Well, it seems it was.

On artistic-wise, visuals were appealing, if not gorgeous. Such details and great work for such a short story, with all the detailed background visuals were something that multiplied the joy.

For a one shot special anime, it would not be fair to judge characters, yet they were not half-baked personages either.
Death Pool (or Death Billards for that matter) uses read more
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Kynov
Apr 14, 2013
"Life is never fair" - Bartender

Death Billiard is like a piece of beautiful diamond between a pile of rough stones, not so many people even aware of this anime (actually me too, until now). Its kinda coincidence i found this one, honestly i found this one when i am looking for some ecchi anime, thats why i said "like found a piece of diamonds in a pile of rough stones"

Anyway, why do i called it like A beautiful diamond? first of all, Death Billiards is just ONE episode anime. One? yeah just one, but its enough to make your head blows up.

The story involves about read more
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lawlmartz
Feb 8, 2015
Welcome to Queen Decim, mystical bar of fate.

What happens when two people, whether they're strangers or the closest of companions, are pitted against each other in a seemingly mundane contest, with the stakes being their own lives? Suspicions, outrage, deceit, bargaining, and all manner of psychological warfare commence, all in the name of survival. However, is everything as it appears?

------If you have questions or comments about this review, please message me-------
Note:
I feel this episode 0, if you will, should actually be seen after the first two episodes of the Death Parade TV series. That way, one has an idea what's going on, and who read more
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DaJetBoy
Jan 16, 2015
As quite few of you already know this is the preview for Death Parade, which has drawn comparisons to things like Saw movies or Twilight Zone, but this particular episode clearly screams out Twilight Zone episode called A Game of Pool. you'll nod if u know what I'm talking about!

Anyway, I actually started watching Death Parade before this, and thus that kinda influenced me of knowing what was going to happen in Death Billiards.

What makes this episode great and like all other death parade episodes are how they present you 2 characters that are pushed to their extremes thinking at first they have to read more
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