Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody as an anime just hasn’t managed to really do much other than walk us through a check list of events that each could be interesting given sufficient time and attention and yet neither seems to be something this show wishes to give anything other than Satou’s reaction to food. This episode basically walks us through a by-the-numbers hero’s path as he cuts his way through the minions (not killing them of course) before a one-on-one confrontation that ends with him rescuing the Princess before engaging in a daring escape. And yet, none of it is interesting.
You might argue that maybe I’m just hard to please but really is it too much to ask for some sense of danger or risk to the protagonist or even a villain that isn’t really just a talking skull that other than abducting the elf-girl does absolutely nothing villainous. And while we’re on it, why did he kidnap the elf-girl? His motivation here seems pretty weak to say the least.
Not to worry though, because everything will be just fine and Satou will reunite with his growing gang of groupies and they’ll embark on a road trip. I kind of thought this arc would be the end of the season but we’ve still got three episodes to go so now I’m kind of wondering where this show intends to leave us at the end of the season. Probably in the middle of nowhere.
- Episode 8: Shortcut Through A Dungeon
- Episode 7: Still Images and Exposition – Fun?
- Episode 6: Bad Plays and Flying Ants?
- Episode 5: And Here is Arisa
- Episode 4: Becoming a Hero
- Episode 3: Entering A Dungeon
- Episode 2: They Are Cutting A Lot Of Corners Here
- Episode 1: This Is My Experiment
- Volume 3 Light Novel Review: And My Journey May End Here
- Volume 2 Light Novel Review: The Harem Expands
- Volume 1 Light Novel Review: And We’re Once Again Trapped in a Game
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7 thoughts on “Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 9: Destroy The Minions, Kill the Bad Guy, Rescue The Princess – Check”
I watched the first 6 episodes of this. Sadly, my favorite part of this anime was the artwork in the beginning of the song. I love when Satou stands and the wind blows around him. It’s beautifully done.
But the rest of the anime falls short. The first episode was promising, but, like you, I feel like it’s just been a series of events that aren’t really interesting or going anywhere. This guy has all this power and money and could save the “world” and what’s he doing? Going house shopping? Um, really? Nah. I’m good.
It’s amazing how these events seemed more interesting in the book but watching it is just kind of boring.