Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

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Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first light novel volume.
デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲
(Desu Māchi Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku)
GenreFantasy, Isekai, Harem[1]
Novel series
Written byHiro Ainana
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runMarch 3, 2013 – present
Light novel
Written byHiro Ainana
Illustrated byshri
Published byFujimi Shobo
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Shobo Novels
Original runMarch 17, 2014 – present
Volumes17 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byAyamegumu
Published byFujimi Shobo
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Magazine
  • Age Premium (2014 – 2015)
  • Monthly Dragon Age (2015 – present)
Original runDecember 2014 – present
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byShin Ōnuma
Written byKento Shimoyama
Music byMONACA
StudioSilver Link
Connect
Licensed byCrunchyroll (Worldwide rights outside of Asia)
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, Sun TV
Original run January 11, 2018 March 29, 2018
Episodes12
Manga
Arisa Ōjo no Isekai Funtōki
Written byAkira Segami
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Dragon Age
Original runFebruary 9, 2018July 9, 2018
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲, Hepburn: Desu Māchi Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku) is a Japanese light novel series written by Hiro Ainana. It began serialization online in 2013 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō until it was acquired by Fujimi Shobo. The first volume of the Light Novel was published in March 2014. A manga adaptation by Ayamegumu ran in Age Premium until the magazine ceased publication, and was then transferred to Monthly Dragon Age. Both the light novels and the manga adaptation have been licensed for publication in North America by Yen Press. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link and Connect aired from January 11 to March 29, 2018.

Plot[edit]

Ichiro Suzuki is a 29-year old gaming programmer who was tasked with fixing several bugs in two MMORPGs his company is preparing for publication. However, he becomes extremely worn out as he is working during the weekend. After taking a nap, he mysteriously wakes up in a parallel world that resembles some of the fantasy RPG worlds he had worked on, as a 15-year old named Satou Pendragon, a nickname he uses while running beta tests, and with what looks like the menu screen of the game he was working on appearing before his inner eye.

However, before he could grasp his current situation, an army of lizardmen ambush him and launches an all-out attack on him. In desperation, he uses all three of his special 'Meteor Rain' attack options (a quick fix he added to the game for new players which kills all enemies in the vicinity) at once and wipes them all out. In the manga, however, he accidentally killed a God, while in the anime, he acquired the ability as a skill. In the anime, his HUD of logged events reveals he killed a god as well, it's mentioned in episode 3. As a result, his level jumps from 1 to 310, maximizing his stats immensely. With no way to return to his world, and as a high-leveled adventurer armed with a myriad of different physical, cognitive and magical abilities, and weapons, he sets out to uncover the secrets of this new world, earning the trust and affection of many people in the process while keeping his overpowered stats concealed.

Characters[edit]

Ichirou Suzuki (鈴木一郎, Suzuki Ichirō) / Satou Pendragon (サトゥー・ペンドラゴン, Satū Pendoragon)
Voiced by: Shun Horie[2] (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)[3]
Ichirou is a 29-year old game programmer who is transferred to another world; but his age regressed to a 15-year old. He was given the name "Satoo" based on the test character he created; using all of the three special Meteor Shower items in his possession, Satou wiped out a massive hostile force composed of high-level lizardmen enemies, rising from level 1 to 310 instantly and earning the ability to upgrade numerous skills to max level at his own discretion, along with a huge amount of valuables and money. He hides his level upon arriving in Seiryuu and acquiring new documents. Since then he explores the world, enjoying his journey while trying to get a hold of his current situation. He arms himself in public with pistols and short swords. But uses the highest level weapons in his disguises.
Zena Marienteil (ゼナ・マリエンテール, Zena Marientēru)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi[4] (Japanese); Julie Shields (English)[3]
A 17-year-old mage soldier who becomes Satou's first friend in the other world. She joined the military to avoid being married to a noble by her parents, but seem to be comfortable around Satou. She is friends with Iona, Lilio, and Ruu. She later desires to go with Satou after her military service.
Pochi (ポチ)
Voiced by: Hiyori Kono[5] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)[3]
Originally called Dog, she is a 10-year-old child dog demi-human turned slave until Satou rescues her from a dungeon, and who is traveling with him since then. She is armed with a short sword and buckler.
Tama (タマ)
Voiced by: Kaya Okuno[6] (Japanese); Margaret McDonald (English)[3]
Originally called Cat, is a 10-year-old child cat demi-human slave rescued along with Pochi and Liza. An energetic person, she was armed with dual knives.
Liza (リザ, Riza)
Voiced by: Minami Tsuda[7] (Japanese); Brittany Lauda (English)[3]
Shortened from her original name, Lizard, she's an 18-year-old orange scale lizardkin demi-human slave, she is older than Pochi and Tama and cares for them. Like the two others, she is rescued by Satou and joins his party. She was given a handmade spear made from a monster's regenerating blade by Satou.
Arisa (アリサ)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[8] (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)[3]
Formally known as Arisa Tachibana; she's a 11-year-old fallen princess who was turned into a slave after being overthrown, bought by Satou when he discovers she understands Japanese. She actually is a woman who died on Earth and was reincarnated in the other world, thus having a much more mature demeanor than the other girls in Satou's party despite looking young. Along with Lulu, she is under a geas that prevents her slave status being revoked. She initially specializes in psychic magic. The menu system she uses differs from Satou's system; in some parts, her menu system is limited; such as limited item space and items deteriorating over time. Despite her age, she sees Satou as the ideal man she was looking for.
Lulu (ルル, Ruru)
Voiced by: Marika Hayase[9] (Japanese); Jill Harris (English)[3]
A young 14-year-old slave whose great-grandfather was Japanese. Despite Satou considering her beautiful by Japanese standards, her black hair and Asian features are considered unattractive by humans of the current world. She is purchased by Satou along with Arisa and joins his party as well. She later became the coachman after Satou learnt that she drives carriages during her slavery.
Misanaria Bolenan (ミサナリーア・ボルエナン, Misanarīa Boruenan)
Voiced by: Airi Eino[10] (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)[3]
Also known as Mia, she is a 130 years old juvenile Elf with magical abilities who was rescued by Satou after being kidnapped as part of a plot by Undead King Zen and develops a crush on her savior. Like any Elves, she hates meat and speaks with short sentences.
Nana (ナナ)
Voiced by: Kiyono Yasuno[10] (Japanese); Megan Shipman (English)[3]
A homunculus in the shape of a comely human female, created with magic by the undead sorcerer Zen and rescued by Satou along with her 6 identical sisters/clones after the collapse of Zen's dungeon. While Satou sends her sisters on missions, after they put the final wish of their master, Nana (Japanese for her original name, "Number Seven"), who was chosen by the other 6, stays by his side to serve him at her own will. She was armed with a spear and acts as the scout.
Iona (イオナ)
Voiced by: Rika Kinugawa (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English)[3]
Iona is a soldier belonging to Seiryuu City's territorial army, and friends with Zena, Lilio, and Ruu. She wears plate armor and wields a bastard sword.
Lilio (リリオ, Ririo)
Voiced by: Yuki Nagano (Japanese); Morgan Berry (English)[3]
Lilio is a soldier belonging to Seiryuu City's territorial army, and friends with Zena, Iona, and Ruu. Her main weapon is a crossbow.
Ruu (ルウ)
Voiced by: Wakana Kowaka (Japanese); Natalie Hoover (English)[3]
Ruu is a soldier belonging to Seiryuu City's territorial army, and friends with Zena, Lilio, and Iona.
Martha (マーサ, Māsa)
Voiced by: Nanami Atsugi (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)[3]
She is the daughter of Mosa and a waitress at the Gate Inn in Seiryuu City. Despite her age of 13 years, she looks like a mid-teenager and is very well endowed.
Mosa (モーサ, Mōsa)
Voiced by: Yūko Gotō (Japanese); Cynthia Cranz (English)[3]
Mosa is the innkeeper at the Gate Inn and Martha's mother.
Yuni (ユニ)
Voiced by: Ryōna Kuchioka (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (English)[3]
A young girl who works around the Gate Inn. She became friends with Pochi and Tama and occasionally joins them on Satou's language lessons.
Ohna (オーナ, Ōna)
Voiced by: Rie Suegara (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)[3]
Ohna is a Priestess at the Parion Temple that serves the goddess Parion.
Boido (ボイド)
Voiced by: Kōji Seki (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum (English)[3]
He is the Head Priest at the Zaicuon Temple. He is a sly man who tricks people into believing that demi-humans are demons. His fate after the warp to the dungeon was unclear. (In the English eBook Volume 1 of the Light Novel at Location 1704 the head priest of Zaicuon Temple was killed by the demon before he/it creating the dungeon)
Nidoren (ニドーレン)
Voiced by: Shintaro Tanaka (Japanese); Josh Bangle (English)[3]
He is a slave trader.
Nadi (ナディ)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō (Japanese); Alexis Tipton (English)[3]
A human woman who works at the Odd Job shop.
Yusaratoya Bolenan (ユサラトーヤ・ボルエナン, Yusaratōya Boruenan)
Voiced by: Yoshitaka Yamaya (Japanese); Stephen Fu (English)[3]
Most commonly known as "Yuuya", he is manager at the Odd Job shop, he is a green-haired Elf. He originates from a subspecies of Elves with shorter ears, a difference he is very touchy about. He speaks with short sentences.
Mize (ミゼ)
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (Japanese); Barry Yandell (English)[3]
He is a were rat knight and the leader of the were rat riders and known around the kingdom as "Red Mask," who accompanied Mia as her guardian when she escaped the Cradle. However, he and his group were attacked by Zen and was severely injured losing his ear in the process.
Dryad (ドライアド)
Voiced by: Chitose Morinaga (Japanese); Dani Chambers (English)[3]
The warp manager of the dungeon that only requires mana and water to survive. At the aftermath of the dungeon's collapse, her survival was unknown; however, she does tell Satou, wherever is a forest is present, she could reunite with them.
Zen (ゼン)
Voiced by: Masuo Amada (Japanese); David Wald (English)[3]
A powerful sorcerer turned king of the undead. While he challenges Satou to a contest of strength and will for custody over Misanaria, his actual desire is to find and die by the hands of a true hero. Reborn in two lives, first he died in real world, he was reborn next to a loving noble family. He was betrayed by a jealous noble, which led to his family's execution and his wife's rape and death. He rose a third time as a powerful undead lord to gain revenge and killed the suspects alongside he resurrected other dead nobles. After Satou passes the tests Zen has set up, he slays Zen upon the latter's request, ending his immortal undead existence at last. He was a character at a play, that twisted his story to make a noble a hero, and him an evil man. It's implied that he was Japanese like Satou and Arisa; he parts some final words to Satou, as he said to watch over Arisa and not allow her to make the same mistakes he did.

Media[edit]

Light novel[edit]

Hiro Ainana first published Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody as a web novel on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2013,[11] before republishing it as a light novel with illustrations by shri.[12] The first volume was released by Fujimi Shobo in March 2014.[1][12] Seventeen volumes have been released to date. North American publisher Yen Press announced its license to the novels on May 20, 2016.[12]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 March 17, 2014[13]ISBN 978-4-04-070084-7January 24, 2017[14]ISBN 978-0-31-650463-8
2 July 16, 2014[15]ISBN 978-4-04-070307-7May 23, 2017[16]ISBN 978-0-31-650797-4
3 November 20, 2014[17]ISBN 978-4-04-070308-4September 19, 2017[18]ISBN 978-0-31-655608-8
4 April 18, 2015[19]ISBN 978-4-04-070596-5January 30, 2018[20]ISBN 978-0-31-655609-5
5 August 20, 2015[21]ISBN 978-4-04-070707-5May 22, 2018[22]ISBN 978-0-31-655610-1
6 December 10, 2015[23]ISBN 978-4-04-070708-2September 18, 2018[24]ISBN 978-0-31-655612-5
7 April 9, 2016[25]ISBN 978-4-04-070872-0January 22, 2019[26]ISBN 978-1-97-530155-2
8 August 10, 2016[27]ISBN 978-4-04-072018-0May 21, 2019[28]ISBN 978-1-97-530157-6
9 December 10, 2016[29]ISBN 978-4-04-072126-2September 24, 2019[30]ISBN 978-1-97-530159-0
10 April 10, 2017[31]ISBN 978-4-04-072257-3January 21, 2020[32]ISBN 978-1-97-530161-3
11 August 10, 2017[33]ISBN 978-4-04-072405-8
12 December 10, 2017[34]ISBN 978-4-04-072409-6
13 March 10, 2018[35]ISBN 978-4-04-072575-8
Ex January 10, 2018[36]ISBN 978-4-04-072576-5
14 July 10, 2018[37]ISBN 978-4-04-072800-1
15 November 10, 2018[38]ISBN 978-4-04-072793-6
16 March 3, 2019[39]ISBN 978-4-04-072802-5
17 August 9, 2019[40]ISBN 978-4-04-073243-5

Manga[edit]

Ayamegumu began serializing a manga adaptation in Fujimi Shobo's Age Premium magazine in December 2014.[12][1][41] Age Premium ceased publication with its 49th issue on July 9, 2016, and the manga was one of five titles that were transferred to Monthly Dragon Age.[42] The manga has been licensed by Yen Press.[12]

Akira Segami launched a prequel manga, titled Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Ex: Princess Arisa's Otherworldly Struggle (デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲 Ex アリサ王女の異世界奮闘記, Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku EX: Arisa Ōjo no Isekai Funtōki), adapted from the short story by the same name in Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody: Ex,[36] in Fujimi Shobo's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age on February 9, 2018.[43][44] The manga ended on July 9, 2018.[45]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 April 18, 2015[46]ISBN 978-4-04-070576-7November 22, 2016[47]ISBN 978-0-31-655276-9
2 December 5, 2015[48]ISBN 978-4-04-070784-6March 21, 2017[49]ISBN 978-0-31-646923-4
3 August 9, 2016[50]ISBN 978-4-04-070991-8July 18, 2017[51]ISBN 978-0-31-643962-6
4 December 10, 2016[52]ISBN 978-4-04-072114-9December 19, 2017[53]ISBN 978-0-31-641402-9
5 August 10, 2017[54]ISBN 978-4-04-072387-7October 30, 2018[55]ISBN 978-1-97-530203-0
6 December 9, 2017[56]ISBN 978-4-04-072527-7January 22, 2019[57]ISBN 978-1-97-530205-4
7 August 9, 2018[58]ISBN 978-4-04-072837-7April 30, 2019[59]ISBN 978-1-97-530412-6
8 March 9, 2019[60]ISBN 978-4-04-073091-2November 12, 2019[61]ISBN 978-1-97-535952-2
9 October 9, 2019[62]ISBN 978-4-04-073354-8

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was announced via a wraparound band on the fourth volume of the manga on December 10, 2016.[63] The television series is directed by Shin Ōnuma at Silver Link and Connect with scripts written by Kento Shimoyama, while Shoko Takimoto designed the characters. MONACA composed the music at DIVE II Entertainment. The series aired from January 11 to March 29, 2018 on AT-X, with further broadcasts on Tokyo MX and BS11.[2][10] It ran for 12 episodes[64] and covers the first 3 volumes of the light novel. The opening theme is "suraidoraido" (スライドライド, Slide Ride) by Run Girls, Run! while the ending theme is "Suki no sukiru" (スキノスキル) by Wake Up, Girls!.[65] Crunchyroll streamed the series,[66] while Funimation streamed an English dub.[67]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"The Catastrophe That Started with a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru tenpenchii" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる天変地異)
January 11, 2018 (2018-01-11)
2"Exploring a City That Started With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru shinai sansaku" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる市内散策)
January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)
3"Love That Started With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru ren'ai jijō" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる恋愛事情)
January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25)
4"Labyrinth Exploration That Started With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru meikyū tansaku" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる迷宮探索)
February 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)
5"The Crazy Princess That Started With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru ranshin ōjo" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる乱心王女)
February 8, 2018 (2018-02-08)
6"City Defense That Began With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru toshi bōei" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる都市防衛)
February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15)
7"Camping Lessons That Began With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru yaei kunren" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる野営訓練)
February 22, 2018 (2018-02-22)
8"Immortality That Began With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru furōfushi" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる不老不死)
March 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)
9"Deeply Held Attachment That Started With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru jōshotenmen" (Japanese: デスマチからはじまる情緒纏綿)
March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
10"Hunting Song That Started With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru shuryō gakkyoku" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる狩猟楽曲)
March 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)
11"The Fantasy Conspiracy That Started With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru gensō" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる幻想陰謀)
March 22, 2018 (2018-03-22)
12"A Trip to the Underworld That Started With a Death March"
Transcription: "Desumāchi kara hajimaru i (se)-kai ryojō" (Japanese: デスマーチからはじまる異(世)界旅情)
March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)

Reception[edit]

The series was the 10th best-selling light novel series in Japan during the first half of 2018, selling 211,393 copies.[68]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

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