Death Parade hooks up an elevator ride full of feelings, psychological maneuvers, mind games and a suspenseful yet enthralling plot as whimsical as a soul shifting into the domains of afterlife and the otherworld. Because of the show’s focus on human psychology and soul, it brings to light what it’s like to be an individual caught in the never-ending cycle of life and death. Essentially, it’s a show about what’s hidden, enigmatic, and shrouded in mystery – what the soul really is.
With a series of events that elicit the need to ask questions and seek answers, Death Parade is a controversial show that can easily tickle the mind. There are times when the plot thickens and it’s impossible to resist being sucked deeper and deeper into its web, becoming more and more thrilled with each passing episode. As a result, you, the viewer, will keep coming back for more until you reach your goal.
As a result, when watching an anime like Death Parade, you’ll unavoidably find yourself curious about other works in the same genre or with a similar theme. There are a few, and without further ado, here they are: Death Parade-style anime!
Death Parade’s Story Synopsis:
The souls of humans are either reborn or disappear into thin air when they die. However, in a small percentage of cases, the departed visit a bar in the afterlife called Quindecim. As they play games, an arbiter judges their innermost thoughts and determines whether or not they should be reincarnated. With his strange human assistant -who he couldn’t judge- as Quindecim’s arbitrator, Decim will lead the death procession and encourage souls to reflect on their human psyche and on the quintessence of life and death!
1. Death Note
An eerie black notebook falls from the sky, catching the attention of a curious student named Yagami Light. Little does he know, the notebook holds the key to changing his life forever. The Death Note is a notebook in which the names of those who find it will perish. Light assumes the guise of Kira, a powerful assassin, to rid the world of criminals and impose a harsh form of justice.
The Similarity: Starting with “Death” as both words’ precursors and themes, there’s more than meets the eye in the similarities between the two works. To begin, both are profoundly psychological, albeit in very different ways. Second, both appear far too gloomy and ominous for their own good, if you think about it. Because death is a major theme in both shows, Death Note delivers a lot of excitement (especially the former) that puts viewers in a trance-like state of mind-blowing.
This Is the Story: A reincarnated soul is given a second chance at life by inhabiting the body of recently deceased fourteen-year-old Makoto Kobayashi. The soul now residing in Makoto’s body must learn of the grave sin he committed in his previous life and understand what led Makoto to commit suicide in order to rejoin the reincarnation cycle. He has a window of no more than six months in which to complete his mission. The current Makoto Kobayashi, armed with his own discoveries and his spirit guide Purapura, will embark on a life filled with uncertainty and hardship as he attempts to decipher the enigmatic hues of life and the true essence of what it means to be alive.
The Similarity: While Colorful is only a standard-length anime film, that amount of time is sufficient to convey the intended message. Colorful, on the other hand, discusses the enigma of life and death in a manner similar to that of Death Parade, albeit in a far more realistic manner. Both depict what they need to depict in a way that solves the puzzle and discovers deeper meaning in what they consider worthy of showing, despite the complexities. The fact that both have an elevator is also noteworthy because it serves as a transportation or translation tool between the realms of life and death, respectively.
It’s now much easier to define a person’s personality and tendencies thanks to advances in technology like the Psycho-Pass. With the quantification of the human psyche and the passage of overall nature, criminals and destructive psychopaths are now easier to identify. Now that police have this technology at their disposal, criminals can be apprehended long before they have a chance to do any damage. Does the psycho-pass have a flaw because everything has one?
The Similarity: People are as baffling as life’s meaning. As a result, the books in question are of the profile-and-delve variety that seek to learn more about human nature. While a technological application called the Psycho-Pass examines the human psyche for future reference and action in Psycho-Pass, psychological death parade games in Death Parade determine the depths of the human soul for final judgment. Psycho-Pass.
The Plot: It’s possible that the equally enigmatic mushi holds the key to understanding the enigma that is life. When it comes to being “beings,” mushi defy all expectations of what beings should be. They’re enigmatic, with almost no information available about them. The reason for this is because Mushi-shi Ginko is very curious about the mushi. Investigating the mushi may, in fact, yield answers to life’s most fundamental questions.
There’s a Likelihood: Do you know what the point of your life is? What’s the point of existence? What exactly is the point of it all? If Death Parade and Mushishi have anything in common, it’s their interest in delving into the mysteries of life and existence. Philosophical in nature, both seek to understand the hidden and unearth a deeper significance in their very beings. Things like the universe and everything beyond it are rife with unanswered questions and uncertainties that will only be resolved at some point.
5. Angel Beats!
After waking up in the middle of nowhere, Otonashi finds himself embroiled in a battle between an angel and his sworn enemy at an afterlife school. Otonashi has already died, and he finds himself in a strange predicament involving other students’ souls and an unsettling angel. The objective now is to defeat the angel and stop her from sending them to their doom. The battle is about to begin. Then, all of a sudden… Otonashi defies all conventions and forms a bond with the angel.
While it may appear that the domain rest is a place of peace and tranquility, it’s really just another place where people can find purpose in their lives. Death Parade uses mind games and remembering the past to extract the essence of the soul for judgment, while Angel Beats believes that understanding the past and accepting what has happened is the only way to truly cross over to the other side, even if it is difficult. Both of these productions are
The Story: New inventions are always exciting, aren’t they? Futuristic gadgets are all the rage for Okabe, Mayuri, and Daru of the “Future Gadget Research Laboratory.” They spend their days inventing new gadgets that could be useful to the rest of the world…and even change the course of history. When their Phone Microwave – which was supposed to only be able to turn bananas into green ooze – started sending messages to the past, they were overjoyed. Now, with the push of a button on a single device, the world as we know it can be altered forever. However, with the fabric of time being bent to the will of those in power, disaster also appears to be creeping up on us.
Comparability: Another anime that goes against all the odds to offer a fresh perspective on death and passage of time is Steins;Gate. Both have death as a recurring theme. The afterlife and the human soul are central to Death Parade, whereas Steins;Gate is about time and death on occasion. Psychological thrillers are also a popular choice because of the intrigue and mind-boggling elements they contain.
The Plot: What’s the point of drinking? What is the purpose of going to bars for them? Sasakura Ryuu, a brilliant bartender with as many incredible insights and stories to share as he does wonderful drinks and cocktails, appears to have all the answers. Glass of God is an apt moniker for his drinks, which live up to their name. People come from all over the world and in all kinds of situations and predicaments to this particular bar for the euphoric experience of drinking some divine drink and getting their problems alleviated.
There’s a Likelihood: So there’s a bartender and a bar, as you might expect! Both the sound and appearance are very familiar, don’t you think? It’s because both anime feature bizarre bars with bartenders who serve drinks and converse about life’s ups and downs. Bars and bartenders are important setting elements in both films for a reason. It has to be in their character, in their environment, in their very being! When it comes to bars and bartenders, the atmosphere is far more mature and serious, fitting the shows’ respective genres.