「ストーリー・テラー」 (Sutoorii Teraa)
Our Nameless Girl finally recalls her name… *bum bum bum* it’s Chiyuki! And Chiyuki realizes that her body is quickly falling apart because she’s just another dummy. What a scary sight to see your own body decomposing and shedding. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself because not only does Chiyuki have no memories of her life, but everyone else seems to have forgotten her history as well. I don’t know what Decim’s deal is, but I would’ve tried to judge Chiyuki sooner rather than keeping her around because you’ll only grow attached to her and make it more difficult to send her off. I don’t see why Nona would want to keep her around either, unless it’s some secret ploy to evoke human emotions out of Decim. Now Nona is going through all this trouble to try and reconstruct Chikyuki’s memories or “data” (which is what this “puzzle” looks like). What I’m having problems understanding is who truly knows what; because Chiyuki sure knows very little… Decim’s memories should fade over time and Nona doesn’t seem to know either. So where does Chikyuki really fit in? There’s a lot of questions still swimming in my mind and I think we’ll have to see how it plays out with Chiyuki and Oculus as he tries to understand what has been going on behind his back.
Asides from the focus on Chiyuki this week, I thought the tone of the episode was calming and bittersweet as this old lady comes into Quindecim. Uemura Sachiko (Tani Ikuko) plays a game of Old Maid with Decim and Chiyuki this time and the atmosphere is such not a hostile or disturbing one. This episode is a much slower paced and a less-antagonizing episode versus last week’s; but I like that Death Parade doesn’t always focus on the bad or troubled individuals but the good people as well. Sachiko lived a full life with her husband and although it didn’t include murder and childhood pain, her story still made me sad. She never had children and instead, her “children” came to life through her artwork and characters. What a reminiscent feeling it must be to see your life’s work in the form of cards while playing Old Maid. I know it’s not meant to be a sad ending (because it wasn’t) but I still think seeing nice old ladies pass on reminds me of my own grandparents; and that makes me feel bittersweet. Sachiko’s appearance deemed more beneficial to Decim and Chiyuki after she explained her POV of the Chavvot story. Although Sachiko was appreciative for the game of Old Maid, I think she provided more insights to Chikyuki and Decim’s situation than she realized. What a nice wise old lady.
After last week’s episode, Decim seems to be at a loss for what he really is. He’s conflicted between his duties as an arbiter and the human emotions that he has within him (that Chiyuki awakened). He goes around talking to Ginti, and Nona, but ultimately I think it’s Chiyuki that gets through to him. Life is not all about meeting the end and then receiving judgment; there’s more complexity to it than that and there’s more to an arbiter’s role than trying to look at the darkest pit of someone’s soul. I do agree with Nona’s point of being unable to judge Chiyuki without knowing her past… so I don’t think Decim will reach an resolution by making her play Old Maid or asking her directly. However, I don’t agree with Nona’s tactics (like Ginti’s) of forcing people to behave certain ways to judge whether or not they deserve to be reincarnated. You’re putting people in difficult situation purposely to try and get them to slip up! And yes, sometimes this works, but not everyone’s the same and not everyone will behave the way you expect them too. I think this is why Decim is having a hard time judging Chiyuki. She doesn’t behave the way he expects her to and her reasoning and reactions are not typical of humans he’s met. It’ll be interesting to see how her memories come into play next episode as we hear more about her life. A reader mentioned this before and I think it’s appropriate to give them credit now for guessing right… it looks like Chiyuki was a skater in her previous life.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I love old wise grannies. Reminds me of my own. Great follow-up ep to the intense one last week #dp_anime #DeathParade