「クロス・ハート・アタック」 (Kurosu Haato Atakku)
“Cross Heart Attack”
You never know what you’re going to get coming into Death Parade. The episodes can be funny, serious, horrifying or just downright sweet and lovable. This week was focused much more the comedy and amusement factor than the philosophical outlook of each of the individuals; which I don’t mind once in a while. After meeting Ginti last week, it’s interesting to see how he places judgment upon those that enter his bar. His personality is exactly what I would expect and his unusual games (compared to Decim’s) are quite interesting in their own way. I have a feeling that he tends to trick the individuals into “seemingly” harmless games and then turn it up a notch when they’re getting along too well. Unlike Decim, he gives them a false sense of security. On the other hand, Decim straight up gives them things like body parts on dart boards and bowling balls to try and get them to flinch. It’s interesting to see the contrast between Ginti and Decim’s methods of judging the deceased… although their motive is the same, Decim seems to take a much less involved approach (especially with Nameless Girl’s advice). Ginti has his cat… who seems more human than cat.
As for the actual game of Twister between Arita Mayu (Tanezaki Atsumi) and Harada (Miyano Mamoru), I was rather amused by the amount of fanservice. Keep in mind though – I just finished watching the most recent episode of Koufuku Graffiti so any fanservie following that can’t be worse. It didn’t bother me as much as it usually does and I think, given the situation, I can forgive Mayu for fangirling and acting the way she did. She didn’t annoy me as much as she could have and as a young adult, I can empathize with how Mayu was feeling. There were definitely phases in my life that I too – was a fangirl of bands (mainly Kpop groups) and followed advice from the worst of magazines. Although she wasn’t the most complex or deep character (she died by soap, come on!), I think she added good entertainment value to the episode and judging from the opening sequence – looks like she’s here to stay. Harada is someone that’s probably more “deserving” of death and that’s only from the few flashbacks that I saw of his life. He’s not a terrible person, but I generally hate men that treat women like sport. And yet… these are always the types of men that I fall for so in reality, I’m just a hypocrite. Harada is not an uncommon stereotype in today’s realm of young celebrities so I don’t feel like his actions are necessarily surprising – just inappropriate. Similar to many other characters, I can understand why he does what he does, I just don’t agree with his actions. I’m always hopeful that people will change though and find someone or some reason to change their ways. Harada at the end, proved to be someone that I could see changing his ways and hopefully if given the chance – his reincarnation will do better.
All things considering, this episode of Death Parade was a pretty easy watch. Neither Mayu nor Harada proved to have a long history of abuse or neglect and they died so young that they haven’t really been given a chance to develop. I think Harada will likely be reincarnated in the future episodes but Mayu may stay behind. If I were to make a prediction – Mayu may choose to stay to help Ginti out like Nameless Girl helps Decim. Following this episode though, I hope we get back to more interesting people that enter purgatory. As much as I would love to hear more about Nameless Girl and her history, I like analyzing the different people and how they complement or oppose one another. There’s a ton of different stories the writers could create with the duos that pass on and I think those are episodes that Death Parade should focus on for now. There’s one more character that we have yet to be introduced to (in the opening) but we’ll see when she shows up. For now, I just want to see more people play some bar games.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: What an unusual ep for #DeathParade but the ending was so hilarious and cute. Ginti always seems to get pissed off =P