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Death Billiards

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


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 2, 2013
Producers: Madhouse
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.091 (scored by 36938 users)
Ranked: #4312
Popularity: #652
Members: 54,684
Favorites: 122
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An old and a young man find themselves in a mysterious bar where they have to play a game of billiard. The bet: their lives.

(Source: ANN)

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Alternative version: Death Parade

Characters & Voice Actors

Maeno, Tomoaki
Maeno, Tomoaki
Kurokami no Onna
Kurokami no Onna
Seto, Asami
Seto, Asami
Hazumi, Jun
Hazumi, Jun
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Nakamura, Yuuichi


Tachikawa, Yuzuru
Director, Script, Storyboard
Satou, Atsushi
Kurita, Shinichi
Animation Director, Character Design
Hirayanagi, Satoshi
Art Director, Background Art

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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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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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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?

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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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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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The mindf*ck while playing a 'game' with lives on the line + same producing studios. 
reportRecommended by schwiieee
The animation in this is more on the loose side and the plot is more light hearted, but they both have a similar atmosphere. It's a short one shot that takes place in a bar where the main character learns something in the end. 
reportRecommended by EndlessFragment
Similar atmosphere, similar surrounding.
Both take place in a beautiful Bar with a very calm Bartender.
Both deal with different aspects of live.
reportRecommended by Raasontu
In both of these series, after death people are put into a strange place, where they're forced to take part in a deadly game which real purpose they don't know.
The reactions in face of dying (again?) are similar. 
reportRecommended by bmw830
Both are short movies with plot twist and endings you couldn't expect. Both are parts of Anime Mirai project. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2
Both are short psychological movies where matter of life and death is the main theme. While in Death Billiards it´s about a game of life and death, in Kuro no Sumika it´s about grimm reapers. Both are part of Anime Mirai project. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2

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