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Death Parade Ep. 10 – “Story Teller” (Summary)

Decim starts to question his ability as an arbiter after what the black-haired woman told him in the previous game. He visits Nona and asks her, but Nona reminds him to judge the woman instead. Humans cannot stay in their place for too long or they will turn into dummies. Decim turns down Nona’s suggestion of sending him the woman’s memories, and proceeds to the judgment where another guest participates.

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Sachiko Uemura, an illustrator, plays a card game called Old Maid with Decim and the black-haired woman. Upon seeing the designs on the cards, she realizes that she is already dead. As the game continues, the woman finally remembers her name after seeing an illustration of Chavvo. Sachiko tells them the story of Chavvot, and Chiyuki, the black-haired woman, regains a bit of her memory with her mom.

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Oculus, on the other hand, summons Clavis and absorbs his memories where he learns about Decim who has human emotions, which is against one of their rules.

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Chiyuki loses the game, and she sees Sachiko off to the elevator for reincarnation. She stays behind with Decim, and the bartender asks her to tell him everything about human emotions.

“There is a point to living. The same goes for judgment. Judgment must be performed hand in hand with both life and death. It is something that must be performed hand in hand with humans. And for that reason, human emotions…Would you please tell me everything?” ©Madhouse

Death Parade Ep. 9 – “Death Counter” (Summary)

Shimada and Tatsumi continue to play air hockey as they both vow to seek revenge to those who harmed their loved ones. As they each garner a point, their memories become clearer, until Shimada realizes that the knife he found earlier in his bag was the one he used to kill the man who abused his sister. Tatsumi also remembers that he had already avenged his wife by killing her murderer. He urges Shimada to play better so that he can get out of the bar and find the other man who didn’t help his sister.

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When Shimada wins the game, Tatsumi recovers his complete memory and he becomes aware of his death. Shimada finds out that it was actually him who stabbed and killed the detective, since he was the other man that his sister Sae referred to. Even though Tatsumi saw the man assaulting her, he just watched the whole scene and did not help her just so he could pass judgment on the criminal. Decim allows Shimada to inflict punishment to Tatsumi, but the black-haired woman stops him. She reproaches his method of ascertaining Shimada’s motives and drawing out the darkness of his soul, stating that he cannot judge people when he himself cannot comprehend their emotions.

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She tries to convince Shimada not to kill Tatsumi so he can be reincarnated and see his sister again in another form. However, the detective continues to sway him with his cruel words and in the end, the young man eventually gives in to his anger, and his soul is sent to the void.

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Death Parade Ep. 8 – “Death Rally” (Summary)

Two new guests have arrived at Quindecim, and the moment the information is sent to Decim, he makes a call to Nona to confirm the situation, not knowing that it was actually her who set him up with the special guests, one of whom is apparently a murderer.

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After Decim explains the situation to the two, Tatsumi, a detective, asks for the cooperation of Shimada, a young man in his 20s, to uncover the truth about their plight. They both agree to play air hockey, and as the game progresses, they regain bits of their memories. Tatsumi’s wife was murdered, and he is on the lookout to find the killer. Shimada, on the other hand, seeks revenge to the man who assaulted his younger sister.

“It may sound strange for a detective to say this…but once I get out of here, I’m…killing someone. My wife, you see, was murdered.” ©Madhouse

“My sister…My sister was assaulted. I just can’t…I just can’t let him get away with it.” ©Madhouse

The game becomes more intense since both of them want to get out of Quindecim as soon as possible. Decim decides to alter the game a bit and links the plucks to the players’ organs, which will cause pain to the affected body part. The black-haired woman asks Decim to show her the memories that were sent to him beforehand, and after he makes the request, the players’ memories are transmitted to her. After they are sent, her expression instantly changes as she realizes that both Tatsumi and Shimada are killers.

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Death Parade Ep. 7 – “Alcohol Poison” (Summary)

The black-haired woman is surprised to find a story book entitled Chavvot, which is the one that she has seen in her dreams. Upon seeing it, fragments of her memories flash before her, and she remembers that she is already dead. She asks Decim about it, but he replies that the book probably belongs to the former arbiter of Quindecim which he succeeded.

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Years ago, when both Decim and Ginti were assigned to their respective floors, Nona brought the two to observe Quin in her final judgment as an arbiter before she quit to work in the information bureau. Nona gave the men a remote-like device that they could switch on to alter the game, but Decim did not press it. When asked, he said that he forgot to do it because he was distracted during the game by what the guests were thinking. He again emphasized his respect for people who had lived full lives. It is also revealed that Decim, just like the others, is only a dummy , but he has human emotions, which makes Nona more interested with how he arbitrates. As a parting advice, Quin told Decim to find something that he treasures, and the black-haired woman asks him what he cherishes the most.

Oculus: “One. Arbiters cannot quit making judgments for that is the reason why they exist. Two. Arbiters cannot experience death, for that would make them too close to being human. Three. Arbiters cannot feel emotions, for they are dummies.” ©Madhouse

Decim shows her his collection of dummies and how he assembles the mannequins to impersonate the guests that he has judged so that he will not forget them. He claims the dummies which are about to be thrown away because he doesn’t want those people to end up like that as if they never lived a full life.

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Towards the end of the episode, it is shown that Nona asks Castra to arrange two special guests for Decim, as if trying to further test the bartender’s skills in judging the departed.

Death Parade Ep. 6 – “Cross Heart Attack” (Summary)

Mayu Arita gets overly excited upon meeting her favorite C.H.A member Harada at the bar that Ginti handles. Ginti immediately orders them to play a game of Twister where the players have to place their designated body parts on the corresponding circle that the spinner indicates. Mayu feels thrilled to play a game with Harada, who in turn is just concerned about meeting his girlfriend.

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Halfway through the game, Mayu asks Ginti for a break, but the latter instead changes the game. Each panel corresponds to a different climate, ranging from a boiling temperature to a freezing one. The moment Harada places his right foot on the yellow circle, the rest of the panels collapse, revealing a floor filled with spikes. Ginti tells them that the game will end if only one player remains. Just when Harada is about to kick the girl, Mayu voluntarily forfeits the game, which surprises both men. Deep inside, she would rather fall down to her death than let her idol see her soil herself.

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Before plunging, she thanks Harada for comforting her through his music, and once again affirms her affection to him even though he is known to be a womanizer. However, Harada takes her hand and tries to rescue her when she already drops herself. He remembers his ex-girlfriend who committed suicide after he broke up with her, and he doesn’t want to feel the guilt again of not saving her. As Mayu slowly glides down, he thanks her for being his fan, then asks her to attend his concert once again.

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Much to Mayu’s surprise, the spikes are just fake and she safely lands on the ground. Her memories flash before her, and she remembers that she died after she slipped in the bathroom. Harada, on the other hand, was killed by the sister of his ex-girlfriend after she set off a bomb in his room. As reality strikes the two, Mayu doesn’t seem bothered at all upon knowing her death. She asks Ginti for a change of clothes, and Ginti and Harada are both surprised to see her new looks. Harada immediately hits on Mayu who gets all flustered and ecstatic.

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The end of the video shows Harada performing his group’s debut single “Cross Heart Attack” in front of Mayu and Quindecim staff which includes Clavis, Decim, Onna and Ginti.

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I actually enjoyed watching this episode. Aside from the fact that my favorite seiyuu, Miyano Mamoru dubbed Harada, this is also by far one of the silliest episodes of Death Parade. Mayu and Harada are both dorks, and I love how irritated Ginti is. It’s refreshing to see another arbiter handling the judgment of the guests. This explains why I made a lot of gifs in this post. 😛

Death Parade Ep. 5 – “Death March” (Summary)

The black haired woman wakes up from a recurring dream about a story of a boy and a girl. After she gets up, she immediately readies herself to assist Decim who, at that time, is changing the roulette per Nona’s instructions. She is surprised to see the panel with the picture of the girl in her dreams. Right then, the elevators open, and a man comes out first, followed by a young boy. The two take their seats, and Decim immediately asks the two if they remember anything before arriving at the bar. The man seems to have some memories of the place and Decim, while the boy has no clue at all. As the man takes a sip of his beer, he instantly remembers everything about the bartender and Quindecim. He takes hostage of the boy and threatens the arbiter, but Decim quickly binds the man. But the boy takes his chance when Decim is distracted and he puts the black haired woman to sleep.

Decim: “I have respect for people who lived a fulfilled life. Moreover, her behavior and opinions are fresh…and I find her fascinating.” ©Madhouse

Decim gets a clear idea of the situation as the boy transforms and reveals his original form. It turns out that he is also an arbiter named Ginty. He asks Decim why he hasn’t passed the judgment on the woman yet, and Decim informs him that he couldn’t do it the first time she appeared at the bar since she knew from the start that she was already dead. Ginty continues to lash out at the stone-faced arbiter, who admits that he finds the woman fascinating. Nona then appears, together with Clavis, after she played billiards with Oculus. Nona stops Ginty and reveals that the “guests” are part of Quin’s memory test for Decim, who failed to notice the peculiar situation with the guests. Clavis takes the body of the man which is actually just a dummy before leaving with Ginty. Nona also gives a brief lecture to Decim before returning to her abode. Once the three are gone, Decim carries the black haired woman back to her room, where she continues to dream about the boy and the girl. The boy’s name is revealed as Jimmy, and the girl is called Chavvot, and the two of them are shown on the cover of the book that Nona is reading.

Narrator: “His mom told him that the girl’s name was Chavvot. As Jimmy drank his hot cocoa, he kept repeating ‘Chavvot’ again and again. Someday, I’ll convey my feelings to her.” ©Madhouse

Death Parade Ep. 4 – “Death Arcade” (Summary)

Two strangers find themselves in Quindecim without their memories before they ended up in the bar. Convinced that it is just a TV show with hidden cameras, TV celebrity Misaki Tachibana directs the young man named Yousuke Tateishi to act accordingly. They play an arcade game and their characters represent themselves. Misaki loses in the first round, where bits of her memories when she was abused by her partners flash into her mind. She persuades Yousuke to let her win the second round, and during that time, Decim introduces a new device which causes Yousuke’s joystick to conk out, enabling Misaki to prevail in the second game.

“It is suited to creating extreme conditions. Unless we see into the darkness of the soul, we cannot pass judgment.” ©Madhouse

That instant, Yousuke regains his memories which show how he lived his life following the divorce of his parents. His father introduced him to his new stepmother, but even so, he continued living in depression and solitude, refusing to accept his stepmom’s genuine efforts to get close to him. He realizes that the two of them are not in a TV show, contrary to what Misaki thought at first.

“No way…Did I do that? How could I? I’m sorry…I didn’t mean to…” ©Madhouse

The final round of the arcade commences, and when Misaki’s joystick malfunctions, she suddenly turns violent and knocks Yousuke unconscious, afraid that she would die if she lost the game. She immediately regrets her actions, but Decim forces her to continue playing. Just before completely defeating Yousuke’s character in the game, the young man wakes up and the two of them continue to earnestly play, and the final round concludes with a draw. Right then, they both realize that they are already dead; Yousuke committed suicide while Misaki was strangled by her upset manager because of her maltreatment .

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When Decim confirms their deaths, Misaki bursts out in mixed emotions until she pleads the arbiter to return her to her children, as she was only about to start her happiness with them. Yousuke, on the other hand, questions himself why he committed suicide, and he is overcome with regret as well for not granting his stepmother’s request to call her “Mama”. Decim consoles the two and sends them off to their destinations afterwards—Misaki in the void and Yousuke in the afterlife for his soul’s transmigration.

Misaki: “I was about to be happy, together with my children…” Yousuke: “Why…Why did I…commit suicide?” ©Madhouse

Death Parade Ep. 3 – “Rolling Ballade” (Summary)

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A man wakes up in Quin Decim where he joins a woman in playing bowling after Decim and his assistant explain to them their circumstances. Both of them don’t recall anything before arriving at the bar, and the lady doesn’t even remember her name. The bowling balls that are used in the game have the representation of their hearts inside, and the rules are similar to that of a regular match. The game commences without a hitch and the overall atmosphere is amicable. Shigeru asks the woman to go out with him if he wins the bowling match. However, as the two progress with the game, fragments of their memories start to flash before them.

“I remember! I’m Chisato! Miyazaki Chisato! Remember, we used to play together at the park? Together with Mai!” ©Madhouse

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The woman finally remembers her name, and introduces herself as Chisato Miyazaki. Shigeru instantly recognizes the name as they both used to play at the park with their other childhood friend, Mai Takada. As Shigeru knocks down all the pins during his last turn, he finally realizes that they are already dead after the bus they were traveling in got in an accident. Chisato, unaware of what he has discovered, aims for the gutter ball and right then, she regains her memories. She is, in fact, Mai Takada, and not Chisato Miyazaki. She has been so in love with Shigeru since they were kids that she decided to have plastic surgery to catch his eye. However, even after knowing the truth, Shigeru still asks her out on a date, and Decim permits him and Mai to spend some time together before they bid their poignant farewell. Decim and Onna send them off to their respective destination, which is both in the afterlife where they will be reincarnated.

Death Parade Ep.2 – Death: Reverse (Summary)

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Kurokami no Onna, the Black-Haired Woman, wakes up to find Nona who takes her to the 15th floor where Decim works. She meets Clavis, the elevator guy before Nona introduces her to the bartender. It seems like she is clueless about the situation or the place, and she just follows what Nona tells her since she is assigned as an assistant. Nona takes her to a room where Decim’s dummies are hung, and they both watch the terrified guests from the other end of the glass.

“Do you know what the most primitive emotion people have is? It’s FEAR.” ©Madhouse

As the game progresses, Nona teaches  Kurokami no Onna about the death of Takashi and Machiko, and how arbiters like them pass judgment on the deceased based on their life memories.  The Black-Haired Woman seems to be equally shocked just like the couple, and she gives her own opinion about the situation. After Decim sends off the couple to their respective destinations, he is met by Nona and Kurokami no Onna, who expresses how awful the whole procedure was. She asks him why Machiko is sent to the void, even though she just lied about her having an affair with another guy. Decim looks surprised, and he questions her about her hunch that the child is Takashi’s even though Machiko herself admitted that she had a fling.

Nona: “Everyone makes mistakes. But then, people’s feelings often get expressed in random ways. You’re an arbiter; don’t just brush them off. ” ©Madhouse

Thinking that he might have a faulty decision, he is about to ask Nona but the latter suddenly pulls him by his bowknot and lectures him about arbitrating. He nods at her with a clenched fist as he serves the ladies some drinks. Afterwards, Nona leaves Kurokami no Onna at the bar and enters the elevator again to return to her abode. There, Clavis asks her about her impression of the new assistant, and she unknowingly and subtly praises her, much to Clavis’ surprise. However, as she recalls what the woman said earlier about the couple’s happiness, she takes back her compliment and tells herself that no matter what happened, Takashi wouldn’t have a happy life because he couldn’t trust others.

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