All good things come to an end. Except if it’s Episode 2. What did you think this was gonna be, an Alfred Hitchcock classic?
Japanese Original Episode Title: さらば, オカッパ刑事!)
Tiger and um- no, Kirill, is summoned to the boss’s office because he’s fired. It’s only his second day but he’s so redundant they don’t want him anymore. In a hopeless moronic effort, he asks the Boss to give him a week to prove himself. In an equally moronic way, the boss accepts. I’m laughing a lot.
Turns out the job itself is quite uneventful, except for when it isn’t. Kirill spends his time overhearing private conversations and filling up paperwork – he hates it and he is praying for a serious criminal to show up. He gets a lead on some petty thief that is planning a big job. Turns out he is actually helping some prison guys escape, but the big fish is actually caught later – an anthem user that is driving an ambulance and is just about to mutate. Tiger an- dammit, no, Doug catches the guy, then later gives a lecture to Kirill in a pub over a glass of scotch, explaining to him that in order to change the world, he wishes to eliminate class and poverty. Nice guy.
For no apparent reason, the Boss decides to keep Bunn- NO, Kirill at work. His outfit is pretty kickass, I gotta say.
LOVED the closing: Felt like graphics from some good old Japanese RPG. Music, also – great – continuing on the British-style ambience the show is going for. The ending song has some quite prominent punk elements and it even reminded me of Gorillaz a bit.
LGBT presence: I appreciate very much the fact that the show makes use of LGBT scenes and details without tokenizing the sexuality of the characters – example, the couple Kirill is investigating is a homosexual one, but it is not discussed or viewed as peculiar in the show. They are referred to as just a couple.
What is wrong with Doug: Intuitive, genius, or psychopath… I’m not really sure. The way he acts is very abstract and mostly paranoid. Also, why the hell does he tap his head all the time. Weirdo.
What sister: Where did that come from? I thought Kirill’s main motivation in becoming a policeman was… becoming a hero? I guess he started wanting to become a hero in order to protect his sister? I guess that makes sense.
Damn: They sure have the time and budget to invest in some serious fashion in the secret services – they kind of remind me of Sonic the Hedgehog characters a little bit. Doug particularly reminds me of Shadow with that sleeve action going on.
Jokes: The show is cracking some seriously good ones. I laughed on many occasions, especially with Doug and the Boss, they’re just too absurd. My favourite part was when the guys in the ambulance were asking if this is the hospital. I died. ‘HANDSOME’ was also pretty damn hilarious.
Beautiful lights: Did you see that gorgeous light transition when drunk Kirill is being illuminated by a passing bus? I just peed in my pants a litte.
Themes and Trivia
Anglophilia: SO many references to british life and culture. The traditional pub in the end of the episode, the punk closing theme, the double decker busses strolling around the streets. I am moved.
Tiger & Bunny.
I think I’m gonna be enjoying this show. The production is too good, and it’s really funny.
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast