Death Billiards

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Death Billiards
(Desu Biriyādo)
Genre Drama, mystery, psychological thriller
Anime film
Directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa
Produced by Takuya Tsunoki
Written by Yuzuru Tachikawa
Music by Kotaro Tanaka
Studio Madhouse
Released March 2, 2013
Runtime 25 minutes
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Death Billiards (Japanese: デス・ビリヤード Hepburn: Desu Biriyādo?) is a 2013 animated short produced by Madhouse for Anime Mirai 2013. The short was created, directed and written by Yuzuru Tachikawa.


Two men – a younger man wearing a suit and an elderly man – find themselves in a bar helmed by a single bartender and his female assistant. Their reason for being there is to play a game of billiards, but the bartender drops several hints that suggest the loser of the game will forfeit their life.


Bartender (バーテンダー Bātendā?)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno
Man ( Otoko?)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
Elderly Man (老人 Rōjin?)
Voiced by: Jun Hazumi
Woman ( Onna?)
Voiced by: Asami Seto


Death Billiards was produced by Madhouse as part of the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013 project, which funds young animators, alongside other short films by Trigger, Zexcs and Gonzo.[1] Death Billiards and the other shorts each received 38 million yen from the Japanese Animation Creators Association, who receives funding from the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs.[2] The short was created, directed and written by Yuzuru Tachikawa. The short, along with the other Anime Mirai shorts, opened in 14 Japanese theatres on March 2, 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "Gonzo/ZEXCS/Trigger/Madhouse's Full Anime Mirai Trailer". Anime News Network. February 5, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gonzo, Trigger, Pierrot, Madhouse Make Anime Mirai 2013". Anime News Network. June 6, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anime Mirai 2013 Slated for March 2". Anime News Network. December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 

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