「アルコール・ポイズン」 (Arukooru Poizun)
A lot of progression this week for the arbiters and it’s all in the subtle discussions that they have between one another. Nameless Girl discovers the Chavvot book and she quickly regains enough of her memory to realize that she’s dead. Decim’s history is revealed and it’s shown that a woman named Quin (Shiraishi Ryoko) used to run the bar and be the arbiter situated there. She moved on to be part of the Information Bureau and Decim was created to replace her. Ginti has issues of his own by being stuck with Mayu after last week’s episode; I don’t know if he’s intentionally keeping her around or not though. Finally, we meet Quin herself when she visits Nona on her floor. As good friends, they share a few drinks and discuss Nona’s recent progression with Decim. I don’t really know what Nona is intending to do, but whatever it is, Oculus seems to be one-up from her and she’s keeping secrets from him.
There’s a lot going on this episode and the focus of it seems to be on Decim and his ability to be a good arbiter. From the “rules” stated by Oculus in the beginning, arbiters are supposed to be dummies created for the sole purpose of judging human souls when they enter purgatory. However, Quin implies that Decim is “special” and that’s why Nona keeps a close eye on him. I don’t know the mechanics of how it’s done, but Nona likely “put” human emotions into Decim when she created him. Nona appears to be experimenting with him and she wants him to succeed and pass her “tests” but Decim is struggling along the way. However, there’s no doubt that Decim feels more of an attachment to those that come into his bar than other arbiters. That’s definitely why he has a “hobby” of creating mannequins that look like the previously deceased and why he keeps them around his bar. Both creepy and quite sad because I think I’ve deeply misunderstood Decim all this time. For someone that actually wants to remember all these people that visit him, he has his memories periodically removed and has to live with all these mannequins that he knew existed but can’t recall what happened. Nona calls it his “hobby” and doesn’t seem to understand that this is what makes Decim more closely connected to humans. If that’s what she’s trying to achieve (and breaking rule #2 at the same time), she shouldn’t overlook it.
Since the beginning of Death Parade, I always thought that the story would be focused more on Nameless Girl rather than Decim – which doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. They’re both equal protagonists in this story. Contrary to a lot of theories floating around about Decim being Jimmy and Nameless Girl being Chavvot, I don’t necessarily think that’s the case anymore. Since Decim is not (or ever was) human, I think the more likely use of the symbolic book is that it represents Nameless Girl’s prior life. It’s not really the plot of Chavvot that’s important, but the fact that it helps Nameless Girl remember her past and the fact that yes, she’s dead. I don’t know why she didn’t bring it up with Decim; perhaps she’s also scared of where she’d be sent? Or is her reason of being for a greater purpose? I think Nona might have purposely put Nameless Girl there to try and get a reaction from Decim. Whether that be to try and heighten his human-likeness or help his duties as an arbiter, I think Nameless Girl is meant to help Decim in his development.
That is not the same feeling that I have towards Mayu and Ginti though…
I was hoping for an explanation this week as to why she stayed behind, but there’s no such resolution. All we know is that she’s still here and kicking while Ginti is unable to get rid of her. He threatens to throw her into the void but I have a hard time distinguishing whether or not he can actually pass judgment on her. Is he stuck in a similar situation like Decim and can’t properly put her here or there? Or is he being forced to keep Mayu around (probably by Nona)? I’d like to see Ginti grow an attachment to Mayu, but I highly doubt that will happen in the next month – not with their current personality clashes anyway. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong since Ginti is listed as “main character” and if luck would have it, he’ll have his own development to go through. He has a lot of potential to grow since he appears more flawed than the rest of the cast; especially with Nona continuously bashing his dead on the table. Poor guy…
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: So Decim wasn’t the first Decim… That’s not so surprising. But it’s confirmed that they’re not humans and instead dummies!