Up until this point, Death Parade managed to paint the picture of life and death in different deliveries. It started by unveiling the life the dead lived through a series of games and later on, through reflection of the mysterious bartender assistant, Chiyuki.
I found that the revelation of the kind of life the dead had led interesting, which is why I kept on watching the series. Some of the dead regretted some of the choices they made while still living. And I suppose a lot of us would share the same thought if we had carelessly live the precious life we’re all enjoying right now.
Chiyuki’s life strikes me as the best example of how most of us tend to live. Her life was going on very well for her: Supportive parents, living her passion as an ice skater, not lacking friends, lovers and fans. Everything in her life was wonderful until the fateful accident that eventually caused her to take her own life. An abrupt end to what is assumed a fulfilling life.
There’s a tendency for humans to take for granted things we’re all having. There’s also a tendency for humans to forget that we’re going to die someday and the things we’re having right now won’t last. And when something that we hold dear are taken away from us, where does it leave us? Not everyone has to courage to build a new life after one we’re so used to is gone. However, it’s very important that we learn to embrace other possibilities in life when one route is cut short by unfortunate circumstances.
We determine how we walk this precious life we have right now. Whatever the outcome is at the end of the road is our own making. We don’t get to choose how and where we’re born and the situation we’re born into. But we have the choice to craft out the route we want so long we have the courage and mindset.
I think that’s quite the heavy message the 11th episode of the series is trying to deliver. And it’s great to spend some time ponder on things every now and then. Am I leaving the life I want? Am I having the right reasons of living? Will I have regrets?