I dub thee, Gindecim!
Death Parade’s one of those shows that, I am very tempted to write “you guys all know the premise”, because it feels so very familiar. And yet, off the top of my head, I’m having a difficult time pinning down a specific series or movie that adheres to this plot. Like little phantom memories that elude me from childhood. So feel free to add your own parallel at the bottom.
This is the QuinDecim. It’s the gateway between the living world and the “afterlife”, for lack of the appropriate term. Naturally, it’s a night club. I’m sure I don’t have to explain the religious symbolism to you.
Our bartender, Decim…well…someone saw Mushishi and said “That’s it! Ginko is St. Peter!”. That’s his job here.
Takashi and Machiko are a wed couple, in fact, on their honeymoon, when they find themselves in the QuinDecim.
Decim tells them quite calmly that they cannot escape, and must play a game where they stake their lives. The game is darts, because…shuttup. Presuming the guy to be a serial killer of some kind, Takashi and Machiko capitulate for now.
Ah, but the twist! The dartboard is drawn with various organs and body parts. When a dart strikes the board, the opposing player will feel pain in that region. But a helpful hint from Ginko…I mean Decim (this is so confusing with a different Ginko in this season) tells them they’re free to totally miss the board. Which they do happily. Until the final two darts, and you see the betrayal coming from 30 seconds into the episode. It comes in the form of overhearing a conversation on their wedding day regarding “Matchi”, who’s clearly having an affair because all women do in bathrooms is high five each other about who they’re cheating on their husbands with.
So Takashi “slips”, and Machiko (probably legitimately) hits the very edge of the board. Machiko tells Takashi that she’s carrying his baby, so please be super not careful to hit her in the uterus.
So Takashi hits Machiko in the uterus. Not that this matters, as Machiko has finally realized the truth: They’re already dead, this is so much pomp and circumstance. Decim agrees, this is arbitration to decide who gets sent to Heaven, and who gets sent to Hell. Continue reading