The moment I started watching this show today I knew I was not going to enjoy this episode. Maybe I’m just having a bad day, but yeah, I didn’t.
First of all let me just say that I really don’t understand the idea behind the structure of this episode. So Doug and Kirill have been stalking someone for days, then they get a call that some very drunk guy at a local casino keeps saying he’s a mob boss. They head there, to a city which is completely filled with casinos and other crap like this, and to get on the case they have to be in a police reality show. What? Then they spend the better part of this episode talking nonsense to the drunk who turns out to be no one and gets yelled at by his wife for drinking too much. Ok, I suppose. But then Kirill watched the video and found none other but his estranged/lost sister casually walking by in it! What??
Kirill goes to Doug, and in yet another pretty standard case of miscommunication between the two, when Doug announces he did find someone he was looking for in the vid, Kirill automatically believe that someone is his sister… Even though Doug hasn’t seen her, like, ever, or knows what she looks like. Later on, when Kirill realizes his mistake, he asks Doug and Apple to help him track her down, but they fail. Shortly after that, his sister casually shows up as a part-time bartender at that ex-cop’s bar where everyone hangs out. Oh, and she’s a man. And her name is not Mills but Valery (typical boy’s name). WHAT???
Doug dealing with the drunk guy: Wow, Doug, you are my hero and the star of the show. Next time I’m drunk, I want you to be the one holding my hair back while I puke in the toilet and telling me it’s gonna be okay and I shouldn’t be doing this to myself. Thanks.
Milla being a man: Well, nobody has ever expected this, certainly not me; I did get some hints because they seem to be sharing the same voice actor, and I thought that she was supposed to be non-binary or transitioning or something – not, she, I mean he, is man. A very girly man, just like her brother. HIS BROTHER.
Themes and Trivia
Las Vegas: I mean, that city is basically Las Vegas, is it not? Casinos, skyscrapers, prostitutes… Maybe not prostitutes, but drunks? YES! It’s always fun to see anime appropriating western culture and media.
Not impressed, sorry
I mean I normally dig anticlimactic revelations and absurd story lines, but what the hell was that all about? Instead of an experimental or innovative style, it felt more like a lazy effort to get things done so they could move on with the plot. Bah.
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast