Love. War. Drugs. Menial drama. This episode’s got it all.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 好敵手[ライバル]は相棒の相棒!
Kirill and Doug are about to have their very first private assignment as a duo, when Pink shoves her apprentice in their special relationship. Katherine or ‘K’ is also new, and Pink, not being the most considerate or patient adult in the room, gently kicks her out of the way by assigning her to Doug. The three of them head off to a different city, where huge factories that process petrol span for miles. They pretend to be journalists and get to know the workers, who are on strike, and can barely afford food. Their leader, seems to be the very example of a hardcore communist. They later move on to interview the staff that is still at work, and Kirill, obviously affected by the noble ideas of the worker’s rebellion, is all over the place. Even though they discovered very little, he stays behind to investigate.
After stopping a few midnight trucks and finding nothing but oil barrels, he leaves disappointed and keeps comparing himself to Doug’s ex-partner. Kay seems to be interested in cheering him up, and Kirill thinks she is flirting with him – while she’s actually looking for someone to go for dinner with and is grateful to Kirill for bringing her a box of donuts earlier today. Mah gurl.
Naturally, by the end of the episode, Doug sorts out the whole case and uncovers that the leader of the workers has been trafficking anthem all along.
The boss: He doesn’t seem like much of a thinker… more like a guy who receives and transmits orders to the agents, then kinda lets them do their own thing. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be some sort of criticism to hierarchy but he seems pretty clueless and, well, stupid.
DONUTS: I mean, come on, Doug. Somebody gives me a box of food – let alone some top-quality donuts, the least I’m gonna do is start calling them aibo or whatever. What a waste of donuts. At least Kay appreciated. Mah gurl.
Naivete: Kirill is so cute. He’s literally a child. He dreams dreams of him becoming grandiose and winning everyone’s heart. He thinks he is the center of the universe and that women find him attractive because of a single kind gesture. Last, but not least, he’s so easily dragged into politics. Remind me of the majority of my classmates in college back in my early twenties.
Themes and Trivia
Apple Bieber: REALLY? What is this, the estranged child of Steve Jobs and Justin Bieber? Not sure if this is a reference to western pop culture, but I AM NOT IMPRESSED. And he’s a scientist, too? Not to mention that I’ve kind of had enough of white-haired child prodigies in anime, thank you.
Social commentary: The show might be light in content, but it’s not the first time I’m spotting social commentary sneaking in. The workers on strike, their poverty and that of their children, and their abuse by those who are supposed to be helping them… The comrades would be proud. Didn’t find much on Thomas Smith though.
Doug is such a dad figure. I’m expecting him to say ‘Make your own mistakes, son’ anytime now. Anytime now…
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast