Hey, this episode was actually PRETTY GOOD. Nice buildup, character background development, plot development… Pas mal.
A man about to die asks to see Doug as two prison guards lead him to the chair, to have his last meal and solve a crossword puzzle in his favorite magazine (not sure why they went so deep with the details on that, but, yeah). Doug accepts to see they guy even though he’s kind of booked for the afternoon: it’s a sunny day and he needs to do laundry. They meet with him, Zabel, in prison, and there he confesses having killed the head of Esperanza, A., also known as Agapetos Kroyd (apparently esperanza members are hierarchically sorted in alphabetical order). In an effort to convince the detectives that he is telling the truth, Zabel asks them to take him to the place where he buried A. He also promises to tell them everything he knows about Esperanza, in exchange for life in prison instead of the chair.
Doug and Kirill follow him to an abandoned school where they do discover A’s body. Then, suddenly, B., Esperanza leader number two and speculated instigator behind A’s murder shows up. He is Bamboo Man and his red teeth shine like jewels. Doug and Kirill face him head on – he kicks their ass to oblivion, but for reasons undefined does not kill them (reasons undefined = plot structure). Zabel uses this opportunity to murder the guards that are carrying him around a non-secure van to kill both and set off to freedom. Nobody learned anything. Great.
Sister missing: I do have a super short attention span. I understand that I do not notice many things that show up on my screen. But since when is Kirill’s sister missing? THIS IS COMPLETELY NEW INFORMATION – MAYBE SHE IS BAMBOO MAN!
Frozen food: The pinnacle of all foods known to humanity. Crunchy, soft, and salty, they are, indisputably, my nemesis.
Themes and Trivia
Mixed gender prison guards: If I know one single thing about prisons, apart from what I’ve learned from The Shawshank Redemption, Le Papillon, American History X, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, The Green Mile, Down by Law, A Prophet and Lady Gaga’s music videos, there are no longer mixed gender guards in prisons. There sure is a hell lot of prison movies out there.
Better late than never: Just noticed that the anti-anthem organization is called 7-0… Get it? I mean, obviously, I didn’t until now. Just goes to show how short my attention span is.
UK Galore, once more: Beans, canned spaghetti, chips, fancy scotch, and a villain straight out of Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange… I’ve said it before, yet here it is again.
Hannibal: Can’t help but think of the scene when Hannibal was let out of his cell in exchange for information – I mean, what did you expect? This is the future, can you not use skype or something?
Gender discrimination: Wow, a character in anime called out on bullshit? I AM IMPRESSED, THANK YOU.
Agapetos Kroyd: Loved one, derivative from the Greek word for pure love, agape. Kroyd’s probably from Croydon (y’all Londoners out there, I see you).
Very good episode! Felt engaged with the story and I am actually looking forward to what happens next.
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast