It may take longer before fans could see their favorite Death Parade Arbiter again.
This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of December 28, 2020.
It's been more than five years since Death Parade introduced us to the games of the afterlife.
The anime series was released by Madhouse in 2015 and became an unexpected hit among anime enthusiasts.
Death Parade became so popular that Madhouse had to deal with the extensive pressure from fans asking for season 2. Despite being known for creating one season anime series, the studio gave in to fans' requests and promised season 2 is coming.
What has happened to the promised follow-up season? Is it still coming? Let's find out.
The truth is, there has been no recent development on Death Parade season 2, and its release date remains unknown. Albeit, on a positive note, Madhouse didn't announce it is canceling the popular anime series either, so fans can keep their hopes high.
Death Parade, also known as Desu Paredo, is based on a short film Death Billiards, both produced by Yuzuru Tachikawa. The anime series has 12 episodes, which aired from January to March 2015.
To others, it was not surprising for Death Parade to be a massive hit since Madhouse is extremely known for creating large anime hits such as Death Note, One Punch Man, Hunter x Hunter, and more.
Due to Death Parade's popularity, Madhouse announced a second season in 2016. Season 2 remains in development, and there have been many theories why season 2 has not been released yet.
For one, Madhouse might be struggling with the lack of content for season 2. Unlike other anime series that are often based on books and manga, Death Parade is based only based on a short film produced by Tachikawa.
If they create a follow-up season, they have to draft an entirely new plotline to coincide with season 1's ending since an actual source material isn't available.
To give you a better context, let's go back to the events in season one.
Death Parade introduces us to the complex world of the afterlife, where people are sent to one of many mysterious bars after they die.
The bars are run by bartenders serving as Arbiters.
They force dead people to participate in Death Games to decide whether they will be reincarnated or sent to the void.
The story centers around Decim, a bartender and Arbiter of Quindecim.
Decim started developing human emotions after he meets a meddlesome black-haired woman named Chiyuki.
After a series of events, Decim decided to reincarnate Chiyuki. The two eventually departed as Chiyuki assumes a new life while Decim remains in the bar, ready to welcome new souls.
While the plot details for season 2 remains unknown, Madhouse can always explore Decim's back story to build his character more. It's also interesting to see how Decim's behavior as an Arbiter will change following the emotional encounter with Chiyuki.
There's also the possibility of sending Chiyuki back to the afterlife once her newly incarnated life perish. If that happens, will she recognize Decim?