I’d never read the source material before watching an anime before so Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody was something of an experiment to see if knowing what was going to happen would change my enjoyment of it. I can’t say that it did but that’s more because this anime probably would have bored me to tears either way. What did you think of it?
There’s very little for me to really say about this anime, which is kind of odd given I watched it through to the end and it wasn’t as though it was toxically terrible. That’s actually probably the worst thing about this show. It isn’t good or bad. It just kind of is. It is your typical game developer/designer/whatever wakes up inside game world kind of story and then just to make sure we aren’t worried about his safety he is transformed into a teenage version of himself with super stats. Of course he gains a harem of girls but being a gentlemen won’t do a thing with any of them, but he will slip off to a tavern if he gets the chance, and will definitely comment on the breast size of older women.
However, that was the same as the source material and why it wasn’t great, it was enjoyable enough to read with some interesting descriptions of places and people. The anime on the other hand doesn’t get the benefit of the interesting descriptions and really just kind of drags the viewer along after Satou as he explores the new world. He also seems to gain levels and skills super fast, which again was the experience in the book but it didn’t feel as much like he was cheating his way through a story in the book for some reason even though the progress was much the same.
The visuals aren’t great and a lot of the images end up being from Satou’s point of view with game menus dominating a large part of the screen and a weird filter over some shots. However, even when that isn’t the case, nothing is overly distinct visually. The town, the food, the scenery are all just kind of pseudo-medieval and while that was the case in the book, when you could imagine it yourself it looked a lot more interesting than this.
The girls Satou rescues and befriends over the course of the series all have their good points and moments. The issue of course is the sheer number of them and they end up with overlapping personalities and roles within the group meaning they all become relatively inconsequential and interchangeable. You’d be forgiven for not being able to name any of them outside of Tama, Pochi and Arisa given the rest keep getting sidelined.
As I said, not much to say about this. It wasn’t terrible. But it was probably the least interesting thing I watched this season. I really wanted more from it, but when you decide to follow events in a story as they are written rather than thinking about how to make them interesting to view on screen, this is more or less what you are going to end up with.
- Episode 12: Friendship Trumps All
- Episode 11: The Great Potion Bottle Conspiracy
- Episode 10: We’ll Eat, And Play, And Muse, and Eat Some More
- Episode 9: Destroy The Minions, Kill the Bad Guy, Rescue The Princess – Check
- 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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