Death Billiards (デス・ビリヤード Desu Biriyādo) is a 2013 animated short consisting of only one episode. It was created by Yuzuru Tachikawa, a producer from Madhouse. This short was produced as part of the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013 project, which funds young animators. It aired on March 2nd, 2013.
On October 31, 2014, it was announced that a television anime series based on the short, titled Death Parade, had been green lit for production and scheduled to air in 2015.
Somewhere is a mysterious bar known as the Quindecim, where a lone bartender named Decim works. Whenever two people emerge from the bar's elevators, those two must participate in a Death Game with their lives on the line, the results of which will reveal what secrets led them there and what their fate will be afterwards.
- The Old Man's wife is shown to have died later in the series. In a flashback of the deceased wife, he is shown in the background lounging on the porch.