I liked this quite a bit as a Japanese "Friends", but was less interested in its attempt at being thought-provoking, and wasn't surprised at all by the big twist--after all, it was the 'gun-on-the-table' at the beginning. Most of the acting and script are crisp and well-executed until real significance is attempted. It's only mediocre at the "what do we reveal to, and know about, the people around us" theme, but it's fun if you ignore that part and just have fun with the characters. Keisuke Koide is especially good.
"Parade" is the story of a strange living situation in a 2LDK apartment (having two bedrooms, a living-dining room, and a kitchen) in suburban Tokyo. There are five residents ranging in age from eighteen to twenty-eight: a male student with no evidence of any drive; Kotomi (Shihori Kanjiya), an out-of-work aspiring actress who longs for a celebrity boyfriend; Miki (Karina), a heavy-drinking female illustrator; Satoru (Kento Hayashi), a male prostitute with a spectator like attitude toward life; and Naoki (Tatsuya Fujiwara), a salaryman who works for a film distribution company and says strange things in his sleep. The roommates are not in any way romantically involved with one another, but one can see subtle hints of affection and friendship among them. In the end, however, none of them really know each other.