Ranked #430
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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.081 (scored by 41870 users)
Ranked: #4302
Popularity: #620
Members: 62,247
Favorites: 121
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Synopsis

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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Staff

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

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Tanshaydar
Apr 7, 2013 9:41 AM
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 11:03 PM
"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, 3:27 PM
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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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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Perisher
Apr 9, 2013 1:10 AM
Death Billiards should be applauded for its ambition to convey a well executed and thoughtful short story in only 25 minutes. The premise is dark - two men (with a few decades between them) are basically forced to compete in a game of pool... with their lives on the line. What starts off as a cruel premise evolves into something even darker as the two men deal with the severe trauma of being forced into such a grim scenario.

As the game begins we learn about the two unrelated main characters through some brief flashbacks. The challenge of getting an audience to care about them in read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
The mindf*ck while playing a 'game' with lives on the line + same producing studios. 
reportRecommended by schwiieee
Anime: Mizu no Kotoba
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
Anime: Bartender
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
Anime: Gantz
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
Anime: Wasurenagumo
Both are short movies with plot twist and endings you couldn't expect. Both are parts of Anime Mirai project. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2
Anime: Kuro no Sumika: Chronus
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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