Dead Mount Death Play sounds like a great title, but the theme songs for the second half of the first cours sound much better. The anime debuted on April 10 and will air as two “split cours,” with the second half scheduled to premiere in October. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs, making it available for international viewers!
Inori Minase, who voices Misaki Sakimiya, performs the new opening theme song titled “Scrap Art,” while Yūma Uchida, who voices Takumi Kuruya, performs the new ending theme song called “Hope.”
Another day, another isekai? Crawling back into the anime scene is reverse isekai, Dead Mount Death Play. This supernatural fantasy anime entertained fans with all kinds of weird tropes, delivering an interesting watch.
Based on the manga written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Shinta Fujimoto, let’s see how the anime adaptation climbed up the ranks of the isekai genre.
Dead Mount Death Play: Details
With eleven volumes as of date, the Dead Mount Death Play manga debuted in 2017 in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine.
Manabu Ono, best known for his directing in Sword Art Online, takes the director’s chair for this anime adaptation, with Takaharu Okuma as sub-director and Yoshiki Kitai as assistant director. Ono helps write the series’ script along with Yukie Sugawara and Yoriko Tomita.
GEEK TOYS animates and produces the anime while Hisashi Abe designs the characters and F.M.F. composes the music. Takayuki Yamaguchi acts as the sound director at HALF H.P STUDIO who produces the music.
What’s the Series About?
In the middle of an epic battle, the valiant Sir Shagrua Edith Lugrid was a hair’s length away from finishing a necromancer called the Corpse God. Their battle reached its climax, with victory within the Shagrua’s grasp. Yet, to everyone’s surprise, the Corpse God used his last resort of sorcery and reverse isekai’d himself, transporting himself to modern-day Shinjuku.
The Corpse God found a second chance in the lifeless body of Polka Shinoyama, a boy slain by an assassin’s blade. Taking this opportunity, the Corpse God assumed Polka’s identity, hoping this new life would grant him a peaceful existence, one he didn’t get in his previous life.
The cast of the anime includes Polka Shinoyama, voiced by Yuki Sakakihara, Misaki Sakimiya, voiced by Inori Minase, and Takumi Kuruya, voiced by Yuma Uchida.
Worth a Watch?
The first half of the anime experienced a strong start, with many claiming the first episode was insanely good. Unfortunately, it fell off after only five episodes. Don’t get us wrong, the animation and direction are great, but the anime becomes generic and boring very soon.
This could be a good series for new isekai enjoyers but fails to entertain and impress isekai veterans. Many of the positive replies come from viewers who are new to the anime community and have watched around 3-4 episodes of Dead Mount Death Play.
To tell the truth, I was very intrigued by the anime’s title and decided to give the series a try. I needed a lot of motivation to continue after the third episode. It became predictable, the humor was heard before, and I got tired of it very soon.
That being said, it does serve as a decent watch for people wanting to explore the isekai genre, and if you’re one of them, then head to Crunchyroll to stream the first half of the series.