Let me tell you about the first episode of Dead Mount Death Play that had me hooked from the get-go. This episode was insane, and I loved almost every second of it. The introduction to the series was gripping, and it got me hyped for what’s to come.
Lately, we have been discussing a lot about how the anime market has been getting too saturated with Isekai anime, so it was very refreshing to see Dead Mount Death Play putting a twist on the genre with a reverse Isekai concept. It definitely added an element of unpredictability to the story, and I’m excited to see how it unfolds in future episodes.
The episode kicks off with an epic battle between Calamity Crusher and Corpse God in another world. The clash between good and evil was intense, but I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan of the 3D animation they used for Corpse God. I actually hated it and it made me a little scared of how the rest of the episode was going to unfold. It didn’t quite hit the mark for me, even though I appreciate well-executed 3D animation in general.
As the battle comes to a close, we are transported with the main character to a seemingly normal world, much like the one we know. It’s a functioning society with happy children and people, which confuses the main character but also brings him joy, as it’s something he wished for in his own world. So, is he the good guy, Calamity Crusher? Well, you see…
We soon learn that the main character has been reincarnated into the body of a boy named Polka Shinoyama, who has a gruesome throat slash inflicted by Misaki Sakimiya, a hired assassin who’s determined to finish the job. The animation and art style throughout the episode are stunning, and the action scenes where Polka tries to escape from Misaki and fights back are a delight. I am grateful that the anime didn’t shy away from showing violence and blood.
What surprised me the most about the anime, as someone who doesn’t really enjoy reading the synopsis and when she does she forgets about them quickly, is that we are led to believe that Calamity Crusher was the one to reincarnate in another world. After all, Polka appears to be a kind and caring person. But we are led wrong the entire episode up until the point where he kills Misaki with his powers, and we finally understand that we are in front of the Corpse God reincarnated in the body of a young boy. It was like a light bulb has switched inside my head.
Now, I’m left with several burning questions that I hope will be answered in future episodes. Is Corpse God really the antagonist in this show, or are we being misled from the very beginning? And who are those two mysterious dudes who witnessed Polka and Misaki’s running away? They seem to know something important, and I’m eager to see how their roles unfold (they are in the key visual so I am sure they will show up again).
All in all, this first episode left me hyped for the next ones, and I firmly believe that this will be a series that I won’t feel like dropping out of boredom after a few episodes. It was a thrilling ride with its captivating plot twists, gorgeous animation, and action-packed scenes, so if you’re a fan of Isekai anime with a twist, this one’s definitely worth checking out!
Were you surprised by the plot twist revealing Polka as the reincarnation of Corpse God? What are your thoughts on Corpse God’s role in the story? Tell us everything in the comments!
And I will see you in the next episode!
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