Death Parade – Review

I decided to watch another series that I wanted to catch up with for a while, and decided on Death Parade. Fortunately, it was rather short, because it wasn’t really good. I can’t stamp it as bad either though, but let’s just go on with the review before I get to why.

In Quindecim, two people who died at roughly the same time get to be judged by an arbiter on whether they go to Heaven or Hell. The arbiter we follow is named Decim, and he gets to do a very special job; judge a person who knows she is dead. Usually, those who enter Quindecim know little to nothing about what happened prior to them ending up there, and especially not that they are dead. All they get to know is that they need to play a game to leave Quindecim.

The new girl gets her memories erased, and starts working with Decim as his assistant. Being with someone who is human makes his job a lot harder than it used to be though, as arbiters are not supposed to have feelings, but humans do. The duo goes on to judge their newly dead guests, all the while they both get to know each other and themselves.

Quindecim is only part of a big company of sorts, where other arbiters work on doing the same job as Decim, and they even have their superiors. The business is not as well-oiled as it seems as first though, and problems are bound to emerge from the actions of Nona, the head of the arbiters.

Now, I did like the overall idea and story of Death Parade, which was probably what made me keep watching the show. I liked how the memories of the guests gradually came back to them, and how they were like pieces of a grand puzzle, where we get to know what they were like, and of course how and why they died. I also liked that they still had the will to decide on certain things even after knowing they were dead, and how their actions in Quindecim could lead Decim to change his mind about their judgment.

However, the world it all takes place in is very shallow, and so is the main cast of the show. The opening makes it seem like we get to actually know each and every one of them, but we don’t. In fact, they very rarely meet each other, so it’s hard to feel something for other than our two main characters. Sure, we get to see Nona very often, but she’s just plain unlikeable, so it’s not really a good thing.

Another thing that really bothered me was, that it was mentioned a few times how arbiters are not supposed to have any emotions, and are just dummies doing their job. Each and every arbiter has his or her own personality though, and show almost nothing but emotions, be it boredom, fear, happiness, indifference, anger or whatever. This totally ruins the climax of the show, that clearly wants the viewer to feel something for at least Decim, but it’s so hard, because he was actually the least emotional of them all.

In the end, I didn’t know what to feel myself. I liked the episodes that revolved around humans and their stories, but the rest of the story was just utter crap. I don’t even know if I should recommend this show, but I guess if you have some time to kill, and you don’t mind a series being a bit bland, then you can go for it.

One month into 2018

Time sure flies! 1/12 of the year is already over, and now is the time many people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve decided not to be one of them. As mentioned in an earlier post, my resolutions can be found under The Site & I, and I update them every time I complete something. So what have I completed?

Well, I’ve already watched and reviewed 2 anime series, although Mushishi was maybe a bit of a cheat, as I watched half of it in 2017 already, but whatever. I’ve also started writing on my story again, so there’s a chapter more done there. The family cookbook is also being worked on, though very slowly, but 4 recipes are done. I’ve got some more classes to lvl 70 in FFXIV, which might not be the hardest part, but there’s still a lot to level. I’m also reading The Divine Comedy again, though I find the Heaven part quite unappealing. Once done with it, I will write a little about what I think about the book. My crafty challenge starts tomorrow, so that’s also gonna happen. I hope I can stick to it every day!

I am also getting better at going to bed. Yeah, that’s actually an issue for me… I’ve always just stayed up when my boyfriend went to bed, and then I couldn’t get my arse to follow him until 2 or 3 in the night. Going to bed earlier is nice, but I wish I could get some better sleep. I often end up only sleeping 4 hours because of noise, and then the day becomes a struggle. It’s funny, since we actually moved away from noise… I guess that even small towns have their black sheep.

Oh, and I think I have found a drawing tablet that I want! I spent an entire evening looking around the vast internet to find something that suited my needs, but it was sooo hard. I actually wanted an XP-Pen tablet, but apparently they are known for sending out tablets with broken monitors, and then not giving a fuck about customer service. Their tablets aren’t that much cheaper than Wacom’s Cintiq, which I have read a lot of bad stuff about too, mainly that they are only worth half of the price they ask for, so uhm, no thank you. Then I found a YouTube video about a new Gaomon (no, not the Digimon) tablet, which is freaking wireless! From what I can see, the pros outweigh the cons for that tablet, and I’m seriously thinking about getting one. Actually, I need a new PC more, but it also costs 10 times more, so I better get what I can, no?

That was January for me. Lazy on some parts, while effective on others. I think it was a good month overall, and hope that February will be even better! I’ve also started using the auto-post function more by the way, so hopefully I can post a little more frequent than last year.

Common sense and courtesy are dead

So we’re having a neighbor moving in soon, that’s great. Of course she wants internet, and it needs to be installed before she moves in. I get that. What I don’t get though is that the ones, who are stopping by to install it, are retarded idiots with no common sense!

It all started last week, when there was suddenly some guy outside our living room window, the one furthest away from our neighbor mind you, and he just trotted through our garden and flowerbed. My dog freaked out, because he knows it’s our territory, and thus no one just runs around there. Can’t say it left me untouched either, so I went outside to ask him what the heck he was doing, and he was just like “I need to install some cables, so I just had a look around.” Seriously? I told him to not just walk around the property of someone else he wasn’t invited to, not to stomp around my garden and flowerbed and to at least KNOCK ON THE DOOR before doing anything on an address you’re not supposed to have anything to do with. He agreed, though his facial expression told me, that he just wanted me to move out of his way. Great! I left it at that, since he said he would not enter my property again.

Then today, while still in bed, my dog starts barking like crazy. I could hear some men talking loudly, one right in front of my door, and one standing on my terrace, both with shovels in their hands. I open the door to ask them what they were doing, and they just said “We’re digging up your terrace to install cables for the internet.” Say what…? What the actual fuck? I tell them that I know nothing about this, and that it must be the neighbor they need to install cables for, because I have internet, and it’s working just fine. They pretend to agree; that it must be the neighbor if I know nothing about it, but they’re still gonna dig up my terrace. One of the workers was just smiling at me like I’m some idiot, and I ask him to stop it, after which he just smiles even more, still wanting to dig everything up.

At that point, I change from halfway friendly, to being enraged like shit! He then tells me I can go call the provider, and laughs at me. Fine! We have the same internet provider who hired them to install the cables, so I get through with my customer details really quick, and explain my situation to them. And guess what? They didn’t know why they were at my address either! I was told that some higher up would call me as fast as possible, but I never got a call. Go figure. But at least he called those knuckleheads outside, and they moved all their shit to the neighbor’s terrace, where they started digging.

So my best guess is that they don’t know the alphabet, and thus couldn’t tell the difference between a B and a C, so they just decided to dig wherever. Also, they decided not to knock first, although it must have been pretty darn clear to them, that someone lives here. It’s not the empty house where they were ordered to install cables. We have furniture on our a terrace, and the dog was barking, so how hard can it be to notice that and FUCKING KNOCK ON THE DOOR??? It would have solved the issue right away! Or at least I would like to believe that, because I did tell them it’s the neighbor’s house that needs internet, and they still wanted to dig up my entire terrace.

Now I want to know what the fuck is wrong with people like that. What makes them think that it’s okay to ignore people’s privacy and rights? Why laugh at them when they obviously have a brain and know better? And why have I not received an apology for their more than shitty behavior towards me, and the major mistake they were about to make? If the guy that needs to call me actually gets his finger out his bum and does so, I will tell him that I demand an apology from those two retards. It’s the very least they can do.

Imagine if I hadn’t been home. I would have had no terrace anymore, because they were so darn sure that they needed to dig here. Then what? Funny thing is, that our terrace is fenced, so they would have needed to break it down to enter with any machines. It’s a scary thought to imagine someone being so utterly dumb, that they’re willing to destroy your property without any second thoughts. One could say that the thing is settled now, because I got to complain to the right company, and they are now digging in the right spot, but it doesn’t feel anywhere near done yet. Then what do I want? I want them to understand that what they did was wrong. That they need to listen to people, and not just do whatever they please. I want them to apologize to me, not only for almost making a huge mistake by nearly destroying my property while thinking no one was home, but also because one of them ridiculed me. It’s not okay. It just isn’t.

To top it all off, FFXIV is down for 24 hours because of the new patch, and I sooo wanted to smash monsters to let out some steam. Now it’s just building up inside of me instead, UGH!

Tiny bits of a life