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  • Death Parade (Anime) Review

    Death Parade Anime Review

    ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ɪs ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ ʜᴜɴᴛᴇʀ

    ᴜɴʙᴇᴋɴᴏᴡɴsᴛ ᴛᴏ ɪᴛs ᴘʀᴇʏ

    ᴏɴᴇ ɪs ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ᴀᴡᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ

    ɪᴛ ʟɪᴇs ɪɴ ᴡᴀɪᴛ.

    ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ ʟɪғᴇ ɪs ᴍᴇʀᴇʟʏ ᴀ ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴇʏ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ɢʀᴀᴠᴇ, ɪᴛ ᴍᴜsᴛ ɴᴏᴛ ʙᴇ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴏᴘᴇ.

    ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴀ ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟᴇʀ’s sᴛᴏʀʏ ᴡɪʟʟ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴏɴ, ᴛʀᴇᴀsᴜʀᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴡʜᴏ ʙɪᴅ ʜɪᴍ ғᴀʀᴇᴡᴇʟʟ

    ɪɴ ᴀ ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀɪᴏᴜs ᴅɪᴍᴇɴsɪᴏɴ ᴏᴜᴛsɪᴅᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴀʟᴍ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴠɪɴɢ ʟɪᴇs ᴛʜᴇ ǫᴜɪɴᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ, ᴀ ʙᴀʀ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ᴅɪᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ᴡᴇʟᴄᴏᴍᴇᴅ ʙʏ ɪᴛs ᴇɴɪɢᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ ʙᴀʀᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ, ᴏɴᴇ ᴡʜᴏ sᴜɢɢᴇsᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴜᴇsᴛs ᴀᴄᴄᴇᴘᴛ ʜɪs ᴄʜᴀʟʟᴇɴɢᴇ, ᴀ ᴅᴇᴀᴅʟʏ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ᴘᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴜʟᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇ ᴛᴇsᴛ. ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀʀᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴀʀʙɪᴛᴇʀ, a ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴅᴇs ᴛʜᴇ ғɪɴᴀʟ ᴅᴇsᴛɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴍᴀɴ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ǫᴜɪɴᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ ɪs ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴏғ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴄᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀᴡᴏʀʟᴅ, ᴀ sᴏʀᴛ ᴏғ ʟɪᴍʙᴏ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ʀᴇɪɴᴄᴀʀɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴠᴏɪᴅ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜis ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ɪs ᴏɴʟʏ ᴀ sᴍᴀʟʟ ғʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡʜᴏʟᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍ. ᴡᴇ’ʟʟ ᴡɪᴛɴᴇss ᴛʜᴇ ᴠᴀʀɪᴏᴜs ᴛʀɪᴀʟs ɪɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇs, ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ sole ᴘᴜʀᴘᴏsᴇ ᴏғ ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ ʜɪs ɢᴜᴇsᴛs ᴛʀᴜᴇ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ

    Welcome to the Quindecim my guests

    My name is Humble Reaper and I’m a reviewer, judging anime and their worth. You may not read if you wish but I strongly advise you against doing so.

    This is the classy review of Death Parade, psychological seinen from last season that is a 12 episodes series based on the ova movie Death Billiards of 2013. The review will cover the work in its entirety but both the ova and anime series are on the same level. We’re analyzing this according to Graphics, Characters, Sound, Plot and Personal Entertainment. Is the show good enough ? or it should be sent into the void of this industry ?

     

    Art and Animation of Death Parade

    Score 8/10

    It’s undisputed that Madhouse is one of the best studio of all times, we’ve been spoilt by their high standard of quality in all aspects for years and this show is no exception. Although DP is no ordinary action filled anime don’t let this fool you, we’re talking about high production values. The story progression is usually driven through different games like billiards and darts, used as a means by which the true nature of humans is revealed. You’ll be enticed by the splendid and thrilling shots that follow the whole gaming “action”, every movement is wonderfully performed.

    The art is pretty unique and extremely stylish but what surprised me most is the absolutely gorgeous environments, especially the bar and its design.

    Characters of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    Death Parade

    If you read my previous reviews you would be used to a certain expression of mine, that is “the cast is not a holy monster of psychological characterization but it works”. I’m excited to say that this time we are talking about a gem of series where the cast that works amazingly also has a deep and thought provoking profile and this is very rare nowadays unfortunately. The characters are a paradox as they are officially regarded as emotionless beings in the DP universe but they are very like able and especially in the case of our protagonist Decim, unpredictably surprising in the development throughout the story. Every episode introduces new characters and everyone, both main and secondary, has a realistic and well rounded personality

    Soundtrack and Acting of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    Death Parade

    Of course they had to give the show an awesome soundtrack to match the other awesome aspects of this show but I digress. The anime is yes a mix of somber and dark themes, but it’s more like a grim sky that is torn asunder by powerful and radiant rays of hope and regretlessness. The ost is quite small but nonetheless it manages to capture the very essence of the series with its holy tunes, piano and instrumental music, classy jazz and electronic music to accompany the “night club” vibe and atmosphere, everything seems indeed pervaded by a velvet shroud of dream.

    The japanese voice acting does its job wonderfully even with a very young cast. The opening and ending ? the ending is very good and highly symbolic while the opening… stay away from it it’s drug in soundwave form I know it’s so good but it will consume you trust me.

    Story and Pacing of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    These kind of works with such profound psychological and spiritual themes are surely trademarks of some of the most famous Madhouse adaptations. The show’s main focus revolves around the meaning of life which only gains importance thanks to its dark, unavoidable frightful counterpart, death.

    Our existence evolves and changes the closer we are to the end, death is what makes every second of our existence meaningful, the various games are the means by which our worth both of us as a person and our experienced lives are put to test. As the story unfolds with its intricate mysteries we are caught in the storm of psychological dilemmas and our protagonists are gradually shown and explored in their facets.

    What I appreciate the most is the perfect balance among the show’s elements, devoid of any pretentious pointlessly complex, dark and one sided themes, instead we have a realistic approach, rarely a show with so much “death” has been so truthful about life.

    Personal Enjoyment of Death Parade

    Score 10/10

    Why does such a serious and dark show have the most cheerful and random opening ever ? Why is Decim so bae and Nona so moe ? You see people spend their life too focused on asking themselves why when they should say “why not” ? This kind of dissonance also present in the show itself other than the opening manages to break the often tense and sad episodes and the result removes any kind of redundancy. The vibe of the Quindecim and the interactions of its inhabitants are a delight to get into and makes it so that I would be glad if even a second series of our characters doing random stuff came out, that would be enough.

    Shows like this are the evolution of that overrated and over hyped kind of anime called “dark” and no, we don’t even need excessive gore or drama folks we only need Decim bae…

    Overall Score 9.0/10 Reincarnation !

    Well until the next judgement well I mean review…

    Why the score is not higher ? Cause the 12 episodes are surely enough don’t get me wrong but they should never have made a series that makes me cry out “please milk the franchise for countless sequels”


  • Japanese Fashion: Yukata or Kimono?

    Yukata or Kimono

    Yukata and Kimono

    Although we may have all come across these two terms, some may not know the details or differences.
    In Shoujo mangas, Yukatas are often mentioned as the Heroine wears one at the summer festival. Other animes show the traditional clothing being worn at Ryokan (inns) and hotsprings.

     

    So What are the Differences?

    Yukata and Kimono

    Yukata’s are made with cotton fabric and more suited for the summer weather. It is also unlined.
    The Kimono is made from silk fabric and has more layers. Kimonos are worn for formal occasions such as Seijin Shiki (a coming of age ceremony).
    Now that we know the basic foundation of each clothing, let’s start with the Yukata.

     

    The Yukata

    Yukata

    The Yukata is made from cotton and therefore more lightweight. It is also less formal, which means it is more often worn as loungewear. In fact, the word Yukata derives from Yu (bath) and Katabira (underclothing). Thus it is worn at Ryokans and summer festivals.
    Yukata’s are worn mostly by women, although men may also wear them. There are also fewer variations designs for Yukatas and they are worn with special shoes, Geta. Yukata’s also have collars that are half width and can be folded inwards. Since they are worn in the summer they have shorter sleeves. The Sodetake (known as a sleeve) is no longer than the thigh on Yukatas.

     

    The Kimono

    Kimono

    Kimonos are viewed as more glamorous and therefore are worn for formal occasions such as Seijin Shiki and weddings. The word derives from Ki (wear) and Mono (thing).
    Unlike the Yukata, both genders wear Kimonos and are more expensive since they are made from silk. Designs for Kimonos are unique, meaning no two Kimonos will be the same. However, as Kimonos are more formal, you must wear socks together as an outfit. This then leads the person to wear special shoes, the Geta or Zori. They also tend to have longer sleeves. The Sodetake is usually longer than the thigh on Kimonos.
    Kimonos have two collars, one close to the neck and the other slightly lower. The many layers in a Kimono make it a bad choice to wear during the summer and therefore worn in cooler weather. Young women tend to wear brighter colors.
    For men, the Obis (sashes that tie to the back) are more similar and the design more uniform and simple. In some designs, colors can define a man’s rank in the social hierachy. Although colors will be more subdued.

     

    Similarities Between the Two

    Both are traditional Japanese clothing that require Obis.

    During a funeral (or when a person passes), the left side of the Kimono or Yukata must be on top.

     

    Random Facts about Yukatas and Kimonos

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    Yukatas can be washed ina  laundry machine, but a Kimono cannot and therefore often hard to wash.
    For Kimonos in Japan, Kyoto has the most shops to rent out a Kimono.
    Some Kimonos can cost 10,000 yen for cheap clothing up to 1 million yen for a luxurious Kimonos.
    Appropriate colors for Kimonos must be worn depending on the occasion, age and marital status.

     

    Blogs by
    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
    Instagram: @gin.98


  • Japanese Fashion: Shironuri

    Shironuri: Painted in White
    Shironuri

    Shironuri literally means painted in white. It is also known as Shiro Mamba, as it is the reverse colors of Yamamba, but still a lot of heavy makeup. For the Shironuri subculture, there is only one rule: white makeup foundation. Clothing choices are up to the wearer, although Kimonos and Hakamas are very popular choices. There are also some minor elements of Gothic Lolita.

    History of Shironuri

    Shironuri

    Shironuri has been around for a long time. Painting faces white had been first started by the nobles of the Heian Period. Funnily enough,the reason used to be for practical reasons as the nobles wanted to look as beautiful as possible in glimmering candle light.

    Clothing Types of Shironuri

    As I said before, there is a lot of freedom in terms of clothing. As a result, there are many forms.

    Popular Choices
    Shironuri

    Retro Japanese clothing includes Kimonos and Hakamas.

    Shironuri

    Gothic Lolita includes aristocratic looking dresses. These are usually very vintage and have many frills.

    Makeup Necessities of Shironuri

    1. White powder, foundation, or cream

    2. Black eyeliner

    3. Fake eyelashes (top and bottom)

    4. Pale or bright colored wigs or dyed hair

    5. White gloves or painted hands

    6. Circle lenses or special effect lenses

    7. Black or red lips

     

    Popular Shironuri: Minori
    Shironuri

    One of the most popular Shironuri’s on the internet at this moment in time!! Her style is influenced more on nature and vintage European fashion, than that of horror. She is so cute! She is often seen with curly wigs and pale puffy clothing, giving her a cute fairy type of look.

    Shironuri’s all look so mystical and fascination. They look so dreamlike. They can be seen on the streets of Japan, but are not as common on Harajuku. This is why they are not as featured in Tokyo fashion (their Instagram page is fabulous!).

    Fashion Review by
    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
    Instagram: @gin.98