Death March to the Paralell World Rhapsody

Death March to the Paralell World Rhapsody

“Satou,” aka Ichiro Suzuki is a programmer in the middle of a death march. He was supposed to be taking a nap but somehow wakes up in another world… What lies before him is what looks like the menu screen of the game he was working before his nap. He’s at a complete beginner stage at level 1. However, he had three “Meteor Showers” which could level a whole map. Suddenly, a whole group of lizardmen appears in front of him. In order to survive, Satou uses Meteor Shower, his level jumped to 310 and he became extremely wealthy. Whether it be dream or reality, Satou’s journey was now beginning.

Ichiro Suzuki is a programmer in the real world, working long hours and fixing bugs on MMORPGs. Exhausted, he puts his head down…and wakes up in another world as Satou Pendragon. After his level, achievements and wealth jumped to astronomic proportions from almost nothing, he decides to hide his level and talents and live peacefully in this new world, have new experiences and meet new people. But there is talk of the demon king returning to this world, which will definitely interfere with Satou’s new lifestyle.

I was initially interested in Death March to the Paralell World Rhapsody because it looked like a good isekai story that jumped right into a main character playing as an avatar inside a game. There some something that echoed of Sword Art Online to me, so I wanted to see where this one went.

Unfortunately the story didn’t go the way I hoped it would.

What once started as a promising isekai quickly devolved into a moe harem. Now, I’m not averse to a bit of fanservice if the plot and characters are worth it, but I knew pretty early on that this one wasn’t going to be. As a literal hero in this game, Satou runs a few dungeons, defeats some enemies (after all, he is over Level 300) and gains a few titles and achievements. Then he starts collecting slaves like Pokemon cards and everything starts going downhill. By the middle of the series he’s got five slaves who act moe and try to seduce him, a tsundere ‘friend’ who can use magic and some of the biggest plans of one episode is buying strange food at stalls and going to see a crap play. By this stage I realised that things weren’t going to improve and put the kaibosh on watching anymore. I knew that there weren’t any more battle scenes or dragon fights coming my way anytime soon.

It wasn’t even like this harem of slaves were particularly individual or likely to develop much of a personality. The first one looking to do so was Arisa, but it was revealed that she was a Japanese women who died in the real world, was reincarnated into this one with her memories intact, and is now an 11-year-old seducing slave with psychic powers who used to be a princess. Yeah. Exactly.

The animation can get quite bad. It’s amazing what you notice when you’re not absorbed in the story. Designs become flat and basic. There’s lots of shading in places that make things look like you’re looking at them through a blurred lens.

And there are a few things about Satou that I couldn’t get on board with. First of all, he looks like a Kirito clone. He really does. Secondly, what is the point of making him so crazily over-levelled? What was the point of that particular nerf? So he can chuck one fireball into a dungeon and go back to his slave harem? There’s just no tension here – no difficulty. Like when I used the money cheat in a Sims game. He has everything he needs and learns skills just by watching others use them? If he’s struggling in-game, he can just up the skill points. Too bad there’s no skill point scale for personality to combat how vapid, dull and perfect he is.

I managed to get halfway through episode six in this one, and I’m proud of myself for getting that dar. There was absolutely no reason for me to continue with this one when there are so many more interesting shows out there with much more on offer.