5 Point Discussions – Double Decker 2: “Farewell, Detective Okappa!”

by Sage Ashford

It’s Detective Kirill’s first day on the job and…wait, what?  He lost the job! Oh, well I guess the show’s over. Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. So what’s the first challenge Kirill has with his new job? …Keeping it, apparently. Yes, just as soon as Kirill’s been hired, he’s managed to get himself fired. Or more accurately, he was never supposed to be there in the first place. Travis, the chief of SEVEN-O, apologies to Kirill and starts to send him back to his old job, until Kirill gets an idea. Believing this is a test from the God of Heroes, Kirill requests that he be given seven days to prove his worth to SEVEN-O.

Even the narrator points out that this is a terrible idea (what if they never find anything?), but they agree on it because they’re both idiots, something else the narrator points out.

2. Watching the week come and go without anything actually happening in it feels like the most realistic part of the episode.  Why would something happen here just because Kirill wants it to? Crime doesn’t work like that, especially when you’re confined to such a thin set of crimes that only entail the usage of a single drug.

With over half the week gone, Kirill finally gets the idea to turn to an informant, and learns of a two-bit hood he arrested back when he was a beat cop who’s just gotten out of jail and is anticipating a major job. Kirill manages to convince Doug to go along with him to the warehouse where the job is supposed to take place and they break in, but only find trailers full of monkeys, bananas, and water bottles. There’s a funny moment here where the rookie Kirill starts offering impossible directions (he asks them to put their hands on their head then place them on the ground), but even this search turns up fruitless.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an action series without some action…plus otherwise Kirill would be fired if they didn’t find something, so of course we’ve got to come back to this.

3. Turns out, the warehouse Kirill and Doug broke into were tied to a prison escape! They were meant to hold prisoners, who escaped amidst a riot after one prisoner received a shot of Anthem.

Kirill and Doug give their location to the cops, but Doug notes they can only stop Anthem crime, so they got looking for the guy who had Anthem from the start.

Thanks to Doug’s incredible reasoning skills, the pair find the escapee while he’s driving an Ambulance. The Anthem has changed him so severely it completely altered his physical appearance. Now at this point, I’m starting to see Anthem as a miracle drug that needs to be perfected–imagine how useful a drug that could repair loss of limbs or massive tissue damage could be?

Still, it definitely needs some work. Last week we learned there was four different levels to Anthem, and it seems the last level causes you to lose control over your cellular structure. After a sweet car chase, the ambulance goes out of control and flips, just as the prisoner’s deformed body arises from the driver window. But Doug’s weapon apparently reverses all the damage done, leading to a well done ending to the case.

4. In the aftermath of stopping both the prison escape and beating the Anthem user, Doug and Kirill spend some time in a bar where they get to talk and bond for a bit. While they’re there, Kirill gets Doug to come back to a question he’d asked earlier in the episode about why Doug became a cop.  Doug explains that he wants to get rid of something. Kirill assumes he means Anthem, but Doug tells him that’s impossible, before explaining the real things he wants gone: poverty, and class.

And that answer provided me with the best laugh I’ve had in a week, easily. Because apparently stopping drugs is impossible, but stopping the reason most people use or distribute drugs is something achievable in a single human lifetime. This show’s been pretty good about poking fun when something stupid is said, but they strangely let Doug off the hook for this, presumably because it’s genuinely inspiring in comparison to Kirill’s stupid dreams of being a hero. I’d actually be far more impressed if the show presented a legitimate, practical way for Doug to achieve his goal–something that hasn’t been done since recorded human history began. Like, don’t just let this be a thing he’s saying, show me he’s given some thought to it.

5. I like that they never even give a reason for why Kirill gets to keep his job. Firing him never made sense in the first place. For one, this is a group which operates off working in pairs and without him you’re out a person. For another, it’s last hired first fired so it’d be the other new hire who came in a day after him. And then lastly, he came with multiple recommendations. In no way does it make any sense at all to have him fired, so why waste time explaining why he’s been hired back?

In the end, he’s given his equipment and weapon, and a new nickname (Buzzcut) so now we’re finally off! Next week, there’s romance in the air!  Maybe. Or maybe he spends the episode in competition with the next rookie to walk in through the door?

Double Decker! Doug & Kirill is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Sage Ashford

A writer with way too many hobbies, Sage can often be found catching up on the latest anime, or reading a stack of comics between Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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