「デス・ラリー」 (Desu Rarii)
My two favorite genres of television – crime drama and psychological thriller. But why does Death Parade torture me with a cliffhanger?! I just had a terrible feeling that this episode couldn’t possibly end in 20 minutes and I was right. However, as much as we all hate cliffhangers, it just adds to the depth of the show and raises my expectations for next week. Although I claim to love watching crime dramas and thrillers, I’m actually a huge baby when it comes to watching Criminal Minds or Dexter or even Castle. It terrifies me to even fathom that these types of crazy people actually exist out there and what’s worse is that, no one knows who they are. I love watching stories about how detectives solve these cases (whether real or not) because it shows the capabilities of the police force and I get a huge satisfying feeling that justice was served. This is why I can’t wait to see how Decim judges these two individuals who are supposedly both murderers. I normally hate stories with an unreliable narrators’ POV (Gone Girl is a great example of one), but it adds so much more to the mystery and thrill that I find myself instantly hooked.
These are the episodes which I love the most because they focus a bit on the actual reoccurring cast, but most of the plot still revolves around the two individuals that enter Quindecim. There’s Tatsumi (Fujiwara Keiji), a detective whose wife was murdered and he’s been obsessed with finding the perpetrator since. And there’s Shimada (Sakurai Takahiro) whose a young man whose sister was assaulted by a supposed stalker. Clearly both these men want revenge on the people that committed these crimes against their loved ones. Now the question is, which one is the murderer? Well it’s implied at the end that Nameless Girl says that they both are but the thing about Death Parade is, the information they share is always incomplete so you never know the full picture until the end. From the very few glimpses of flashbacks and the preview, I think Tatsumi is for sure a murderer at the very least. His shoes are bloody and he has more reason to seek revenge for his wife. He’s also a detective and it’s easier for him to get information in order to track down who killed his wife (although it looks like the case was never solved). Shimada doesn’t look like a killer and from his expression after opening the duffel bag, he looks surprised to see the bloody knife. Of course, the flashbacks also imply that he was indeed, holding a bloody knife while barfing into the toilet. My guess is that people who vomit after committing murder are likely first-time criminals because their body can’t handle all the blood and gore afterwards. Either that, or you’re criminally insane and like seeing that stuff… but I’m assuming here that neither Tatsumi nor Shimada are mentally ill. I’m also assuming that they’re both not serial killers because that adds a whole never level of complexity.
There’s not enough information to link the two of their cases together yet. All we know is that one couple is older and the other is younger but there’s no connection that leads me to believe that these two men even knew each other. I would like to see their cases coincide at one point or another but I’ll need more detail to deduce how these men met in the first place. I think it’d also be more interesting if these men actually murdered with the intent of killing and it wasn’t by accident or fluke because that just makes it harder for Decim to judge them. And we all know what a great story and discussion it is when there’s more ambiguity in the endings. You can say that if someone murders another person, the murderer just doesn’t deserve a second chance at life. Straight up, that person deserves to die too (death penalty) or get thrown in to the void… but I’d like to see what these men do once they realize they’re dead. Will they regret their actions? WIll Decim actually deem them worthy enough to get a second chance at life? That’s why I don’t want it to be a “Oh, I slipped on a banana and the knife I was holding just happened to stab my sister” type of situation. It’s these more intense situations that come up that you really get to see what humanity is like and the decisions they make under stress.
All in all, the episode did a great job sitting up the story and background for next week. I can’t wait to see how sh*t goes down and I have faith that Death Parade will do a good job at revealing the events piece by piece. What’s also interesting this week is seeing Nameless Girl also receive the memories of the two players. I thought that only Decim or the arbiters could receive this information from the Information Bureau but it turns out that Nameless Girl has the privilege of seeing their history now. It’s not always a blessing to judge someone based on their past though because even if it gives context, people can change and behave differently until different circumstances. This is what Decim has to find out for himself during these interactions between the players. I wonder if this means that Nameless Girl will interfere with Decim’s judgments after seeing these memories for herself because everyone can have different interpretations of someone’s past. Anyway, we’ll have to wait until next week to see what’s in store. I love these types of stories!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: A murder story and a cliffhanger on this week’s #DeathParade?! What are you doing to me?! I love me some crime drama.