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Death Parade

Alternative Titles

English: Death Parade
Japanese: デス・パレード


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2015 to Mar 28, 2015
Premiered: Winter 2015
Broadcast: Saturdays at 01:58 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.271 (scored by 366,921 users)
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Ranked: #2622
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Popularity: #46
Members: 639,287
Favorites: 12,760


As soon as I saw Death Parade, I couldn't help but associate it with Death Note. Both series revolve around death and even though themes/plots are different in a sense, the atmosphere is quite similar. An ideal watch for those who enjoyed either of the series and if you are new to anime and only just finished Death Note and are looking for more, Death Parade is your next best bet. 
report Recommended by RealExtinction
Life after death, or better say: afterlife. Both series are significantly based on this concept. Which makes them both overall quite interesting. While Death Parade might result to have a darker atmosphere and tone than Angel Beats, this last one instead has somewhat of a more "colorful" atmosphere and in some occasions can get deeper than DP, but both series can still have lighter and funny moments here and then. Esepcially AB at the start. Now, we need to mention that both plots are different from eachother but still, the series share a great deal: - aside from the already stated strong main concept of the  read more 
report Recommended by EtnaEraclea
Judgement is passed down based on a set of principles that determines a person's worth. Betrayal and corruption does not necessarily distinguish right from wrong but rather affirms the fear of losing something previous or escaping death. 'Death Parade' showcases its tense and engaging characteristics from the get-go which did not disappoint. The worthiness of a soul is established through a variety of games where they will be reincarnated or released into the dark void. The power wielded by both god and demon are too great to bare and the servants can only glance from a distance. Regardless of the pain and cruelty inflicted on the  read more 
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
Viewers can quickly notice the similarity of art styles from both shows - exaggerated facial expressions, 3DCG for stuffs that aren't characters. Both also involve games with high stakes.  
report Recommended by Lord_Odous
Although both have very different tones, the characters lives are determined by playing games. 
report Recommended by radionoise
Watching Death Parade strongly reminded me of Psycho-Pass, and looking back on it, it's no surprise: the morals and general message of these two anime are extremely similar. They both raise the question of what exactly good and evil are, and where to draw the distinction between them. The main characters of both anime question the central authority that dictates these decisions; however, the actions they decide to take are actually very different, making the two anime quite complementary. So basically, Death Parade and Psycho-Pass are both psychological thrillers with amazing art that make you contemplate what the f*** just happened -- and they're both  read more 
report Recommended by oh_hai_mark
Both are like virtual counseling sessions for the audience. Albeit one with more thrills and the other more slice of life. Both have the best episodic stand alone stories in all of anime, and the most of them to boot. 
report Recommended by vasili101
Both animes deal with death and humanity, morals and choices. They give some insight into the human psyche - why people make the choices that they do and the consequences of those actions - both physically and emotionally. 
report Recommended by urcute08
The same psyological roller coaster of emotions is shown in both as the characters find out it is a game with your life at stake. From trust to disbelief, to saving another over yourself and then back down to fear driven paranoia.  
report Recommended by erica1478
The pacing in Death Parade resemble Mushishi a little bit. As with each new episode you will see new characters, that most likely won't appear in the next episode. Ending's of mushishi episodes put you in some kind of a harmony state, while in death parade it is more intense. Decim in Death Parade also has a similar appearance to Ginko.  
report Recommended by MaridiuS
These thriller series have twisted games. In Kaiji, most of them are based on intelligence and strategy, made to reduce Kaiji's debts or just to survive, but in Death Parade they are made to choose if a person goes to heaven or hell, depending on his or her behaviour during the game (and during his or her whole life). All of this implies a great psychological background. Also, that suspense atmosphere made in Madhouse. 
report Recommended by AkaiKyouma
I just can't stop but think that Death Parade is somewhat identical to Casshern Sins. The ending gives me the Casshern Sins vibes, where the music has a kind of isolated melody. Also, both are made by the same studio, Madhouse. Both Death Parade and Casshern Sins are highly psychological and most of the show has an episodic feel to it. Though Death Parade moves on a stirring pace, Casshern Sins is a much more slower and prolonged series. If you enjoyed Death Parade there is a brief chance you may like Casshern Sins as well.  
report Recommended by karlstein12
Playing around the theme of death, they both start off as seemingly episodic only to dive into more personal stories later on. A lot of your enjoyment will either come or go depending on your opinion on the main character(s), but if they aren't up your alley, a good deal of others probably will carry some of the episodes for you. Both shows aren't exactly fast-paced, the tempo seems to fluctuate while mainly staying around slower sections. Best watched one or two espidoes at a time. 
report Recommended by WhiteRussian
Both are very unique. Both deal with what happens after death and a purgatory of sorts. Both made me cry. Both have a dark and serious tone. Haibane Renmei is the more melancholy of the two where as Death Parade has a bit of humor. Both are shorter in length and packed full of content and sad moments. Both are good at making you care about the characters and what happens to them. 
report Recommended by SaturnSkye
Both shows deal with the mysterious death of ordinary, everyday people. Some stories are episodic showcasing the lead up and how and why the people died the way they did. The differences are that Death parade deals with the supernatural approach concerning the after life, while Sakurako is closer to reality, focusing on the forensics and investigation of each case.  
report Recommended by vasplar
While the setting could not have been more different, the two main characters are identical. Powerful non-human, who despite not being able to feel human emotions, admires humans for them and wishes to understand them and his apprentice, young woman with exceptionally troubled past. 
report Recommended by Piromysl
xxxHolic is about a wish granting shop that's run by the wise enigmatic Yuuko and her apprentice Watanuki. The client expresses their wish, and they have to give back something of equal value in return. In Death Parade, when two people die at the same time, they're sent to be judged. The two people who just died are forced to play a game that's decided at random (billiards, a video game, darts, etc), and one is sent to Hell, and the other is sent to be reincarnated based on their behaviour and tactics during the game (they are not told that they are dead, and  read more 
report Recommended by Ocean_Tide
Both series have a similar color palate,and theme of judement of life and death,and are Psychological theories on humans.  
report Recommended by Alicethetsundere
Both of these series deal with the issue of a character, who both does not really belong in the system of the other characters, think that the current way things work is not really the way it's supposed to be. Both also have creatures that are not human who have to deal with humans and their ways. They are dark series that both make you think, often dropping some quotes that have you sit there and think for quite a while. 
report Recommended by SnowSketch
A mysterious stranger appears and through various trials the characters we focus on reveal more and more about their pasts. As a result of that, they either move closer to their doom or their salvation. There is that general feel that there's always more than what appears on the surface and the unusual surroundings they are in might not be any worse than what is going on in their minds. 
report Recommended by fiore777
Same studio, mutual voice actors, both are very dark and mysterious and have similar storytelling formats. Episodic cases on the most part as well. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
If Winter 2015 has DEATH PARADE, well, Winter 2016 has ERASED. Both anime employ the mysterious and psychological atmosphere in their respective series. Because of the mystery content of these animes, you will be looking forward to watch the succeeding episodes to unlock your curiosity.  
report Recommended by salamander02
Both Death Parade and Steins;Gate are filled with comedy and death. They both will keep you guessing and at the edge of your seat wondering what could happen next. 
report Recommended by LovelyKatie-chan
Both have mc dealing with a lot of people, each having it's own story that can sometimes be quite dark and dramatic. 
report Recommended by war10ck_ah
Both male and female MCs start off as non human at first until they undergo a series of episodic fashion throughout the story that deals with suffering, death, angst, and despair that involves the death of people while at the same time they develop human feelings. I can't help but compare arbiters to contractors since they are human and non human in terms of feelings. Both are good stories and if you happen to check out one or the other, give it a shot because you won't regret it after completing it! 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
They're not very alike (only the tags) actually but for me, both anime affects you the same way. Literally. Terror in Resonance just has more action. 
report Recommended by pccasio
Its a bit unfinished as death parade but the animation is still just as good and the characters all have cool personalities...literally.  
report Recommended by ShelbyUniverse
Although the stories are completely different, but both titles share some similarities. Characters There are some characters that looks similar -Decim & Katsuhira : Both white haired main characters who cannot feels pain and doesn't have many facial expressions.. (spoiler) But they cry like a baby after seeing the sad truth (end of spoiler).. -Ginti & Tenga : Both are high tempered guys. -Clavis & Hisomu : Both have piercing and somehow have similar personality (although Hisomu is a masochist). Both anime filled with drama and its elements.. and the characters in both anime must playing games in order to accomplish something.. 
report Recommended by renzospark
When I first started Death Parade, it immediately reminded me of Monster. -They both have intense scenes. -Both MCs have to make difficult decisions. -Both are psychological, and their main themes are death and life. I recommend these to people who like intense psychological animes, and like a story that revolves around life and death. 
report Recommended by -Heika
Both female protagonists suffer from amnesia due to circumstance and end up in unfamiliar worlds. While highlighting dark themes both shows in fact prioritise character relationships as opposed to senseless gore.  
report Recommended by FinnDevitt
The psychological tension is in both animes. Death parade i guess more. If you like psychological and plot twist animes i have to recommend Death Parade because it's really interesting , not quite similar to mirai nikki but I feel like the mood and theme is same. In Death parade people are put into very tense situations and from that you can see mental breakdowns and more interesting ''events''. Have fun watching it, Don't marathon it - Its more interesting 1-2 episodes a day! 
report Recommended by BrandonLatte
It has a similar aspect to it in which the show delves into the psychological reasoning and motivations through character development throughout the story. 
report Recommended by Cmurphy55
Both contains games/gambling. The style and setting are somewhat similar. (only the 2nd half is similar and some of the third movie.)  
report Recommended by vaiylum
They have different stories every episode. The characters who appear every episode test a person or persons that is introduced in every episode. One or more characters has something bad that happens in the end. That's pretty much it I think. 
report Recommended by MoonKingZ4
Death Parade and Warau Salesman both have a main character that's more than what meets the eye and almost omnipotent. Each episode, they deal with a new character with issues of their own, and it always ends in tragedy. Both are equally dark. 
report Recommended by Third-Impact
Lots of psychological themes throughout both of these shows. Be advised -- Death Parade has a lot more gore in it. But seriously, did you expect something happy? It has the word "Death" in the title for crying out loud. 
report Recommended by FiREIng_maNiac
A very well animated spectacle that overall doesn't have the deepest themes in it, but each episode provides a well flushes out story that can be viewed independently, much like Space Dandy. Has a small but likable cast of returning characters that fit the mood of the show. Packed with lots of emotional moments along with some fun ones. 
report Recommended by ndraconator
This may seem like a stretch, but hear me out. Both share a similar episodic nature, with each episode featuring new characters coming to an other-worldly place (be it a restaurant or a bar) and being attended to (be it for a nice meal or a game-of-death). The respective locations are also overseen by a seasoned male server (the Owner of Western Restaurant Nekoya and Decim the bartender) who has recently taken a newcomer female under his wing (Aletta and Chiyuki). The differences arise from respective themes and tone. While Isekai Shokudou is a light and relaxing show, Death Parade is much darker and somber.  read more 
report Recommended by Dewelleric
This is another episodic anime where each episdoes can be pretty much watched individually, so if thats what you liked about Bebop then you may like this show too.  
report Recommended by AndroidRoberts
Both have a story about what is good and what is evil.The impact scenes are very impressive,tho.Death Parade is the light version of Devilman.While Devilman:Crybaby uses many gore and death scenes,Death Parade uses the games of death to play with our feelings making us feel bad. 
report Recommended by Apolo_Levitt
It may not be similar in plot nor character, but it shows a similar moral when finished. If you liked how it ended, I guarantee you that you will like it, if not, love it. 
report Recommended by Lucario1250
Both present creative "parallel worlds" to ours, and are all a frame to show separate stories about human beings being psychologically proven and forced to deal with obscure forces, in order to obtain an epiphany. 
report Recommended by DYED
similarities: They both have a boy and a girl MC There are plot twists Some foreshadowing A bit of mystery surrounding the MC They both involve death One of MC from both series has a special ability Everything ties together 
report Recommended by AJasmineKS
Both shows contain psychological themes, requiring people to win games to survive, and plot twists at every corner.  
report Recommended by Third-Impact
Both series: -Have a somewhat episodic structure that becomes more cohesive near the end -Place a large cast of interesting characters in precarious, morally gray, and often no-win situations -Are utterly tragic at times and genuinely uplifting at others 
report Recommended by Ormskati
both shows revolve around new characters(or characters only appearing in one episode) interacting with the main character(in death parade, a bartender, and in kuuchu buranko, a psychologist), resulting in psychological breakdowns in the character's lives. in death parade, it takes place in a purgatory bar where two episodic characters have to play games to either be resurrected or to enter the void resulting in psychological break downs and their true emotions releasing out. and in kuuchu buranko, the episodic characters visit this crazy psychologist who has a fetish for injections, and have him go through their daily lives to improve a psychological problem/mental illness the  read more 
report Recommended by NintensityCrowds
The theme is death in both of them. Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi is about gravekeepers "killing". In Death Parade, is about the afterlife. 
report Recommended by Amamiyu
messages about death, looking back at life and the dolls. anyway, they're both awesome. anybody who likes one will probably like the other (i'd recommend watching the kara no kyoukai movies in order of release though) 
report Recommended by xoxopixie
Both have the dark theme of playing a game for the sake of something you really wish for. In Death Parade it's for your life while in the Selector series it's for the wish you can't make come true on your own. In both they strive towards this goal only to have a curveball thrown at them right at the end which makes them question everything they ever stood for. Psychological games = Death Parade / WIXOSS 
report Recommended by Karissa89
Both contain episodic stories and feature a main character cast heavily tied to death and the underworld, and judgement.  
report Recommended by gum_rummy
Both protagonists are reserved, professional, and almost ethereal beings who eventually learn how to empathize with human emotion properly. You won't get the same soft slice-of-life feel with Death Parade, as it is fantasy/horror/comedy, but you'll get the same satisfaction out of the character depth and story flow. 
report Recommended by Sorelliena
Both series are heavily based around characters who don't know that they're already dead. 
report Recommended by AaronCruse
DW (mostly the manga) is about a corrupted world turned into a game of "gods". Both anime seem to fall under the psychology umbrella. Both of them have a "Theme" that the games are played in many many levles- the normal one for the observer, on witch the game seems normal, and then the one that can actually harm you. To make the audience eat the gore easier both anime uses very funny, cuddly or just plain cool aesthetic.  
report Recommended by Aldo
Both have the same dark mystery vibe. They also both involve playing games in order to survive or get answers. 
report Recommended by Gabii-Tachibana
I only recommend these two animes because of one thing. Both animes are emotional rollercoasters! They both include real emotions that shine in all the characters. They also have great songs that people will listen to again and again. However: Clannad is a supernatural school life anime that solves life issues While, Death Parade is a psychological mystery anime filled with games after death. 
report Recommended by KikiSohma
The characters are forced to play and stake their lives on a death game. Soon they realize that not everything is what it seems, even the rules explained to them in the beginning aren't all they should know and they find out that there are hidden rules that can help them win the game. The difference is that the characters in Death Parade are... well dead already. 
report Recommended by LostGod
It's an odd comparison, but the theme of emotions, motives and not "judging a book by its cover" came to mind, as well as the calm atmosphere of a cafe (Time of Eve)/ bar (Death March). In some ways, they share a similar theme of being unprejudiced. Outside of main settings, Time of Eve presses how androids are oppressed and Nagi wants to provide them a safe haven where they can be seen as people with emotions and personalities, while in Death Parade, Humans are looked down on by arbiters in this limbo, except by Decim, the bar-tending arbiter, who respects people who lived full lives,  read more 
report Recommended by Kuro-chan
Both are mini stories about life and death. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Both animes have good deals for dead people  
report Recommended by Caliph
In both stories, a misterious man reveals the true nature of his costumers in an unusual way (animals, in Petshop of Horrors; games, in Death Parade). Both are psichological, dense and episodic animes, that deal with morals and philosophy. 
report Recommended by Numero33
Both shows where the over-arching plot doesn't really matter since there are little to no consequences for them, but regardless the execution and style of the show coupled with the main Character's personality is enjoyable to behold.  
report Recommended by Tshepilepci
Both are similar as the protagonists try to reveal the truth behind who the killer was and why the person died. Both protagonists also use "special" methods in revealing the truths behind why the crimes took place. 
report Recommended by Eihi
-The two main characters are not human and therefore must learn their ways -Great character growth for main characters -Difficult tasks they must complete 
report Recommended by elevels
While at first sight those two anime doesnt seem very similar, I think they share very important points. In both of them we see short stories about human/youkai lives and some entity Decim/Natsume who judge them or help them pass on. Besides in both of them there is main plot mystery surrounding some of protagonists. 
report Recommended by qub4honor
Excellently crafted psychological stories: Not everything is revealed to you upfront, and very intense subject matter. Dark, gripping, and powerful. + compelling story + keeps you guessing 
report Recommended by lawlmartz
Both shows are about understanding, or at least trying to understand others (humans and humans or humans and arbiters in Death Parade, parasites and humans in the case of Kiseijuu). Excellent execution in terms of art style, animation, and sound for the two shows. If you've seen one, then you have to watch the other so as to gain more perspective on the whole coexisting and mutual understanding concepts both share.  
report Recommended by kirala
Both have a theme of dead peoples who gets alive again. Both have two options ,In Death parade peoples are either send to void or reincarnated and in Shiki peoples either die or came back to live being vampires. Both have a main character who is male and have to do there work even if he wants it or not , as in Shiki the doctor have his duty to protect the village from diseases and have to kill vampires though in Death parade the bartender has to make give pain to people's to judge them. The both have gore, blood and deaths. 
report Recommended by future_dose