5 Point Discussions – Double Decker 4: “Derick Returns”

by Sage Ashford

Doug’s partner Derick has returned!  But what’s that mean for Kirill’s partnership and position at SEVEN-O?  Is he fired for real this time? 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. Our omniscient narrator strikes again this episode, nudging us away from a potential side story and keeping everything focused where it should be: on detectives working on cases. Though the preview for this week’s episode hinted this would be about what happened to Derick and how he’s going to live his life moving forward, that bit lasted approximately forty-seven seconds before they moved on to the meat of the show.

2. The meat of the show, as it happens, winds up being a focus on the other new team formed at the start of this series–Deana and Kay, or as SEVEN-O’s leader Travis would call them, Pink and Rookie. Travis talks about how he got orders “from above” to see more of them, which is either a reference the animation studio really likes those two characters or there’s a boss somewhere noticing who’s actually bringing in the important cases.

In either case, we quickly get to see why Pink was so eager to pawn Kay off onto Doug, as the two don’t mix well at all. Kay is the strait-laced newbie detective I expected Kirill to be, intent on sticking to the rules and regulations. Meanwhile, here’s a line of dialogue from Pink near the end of the episode: “I’m a born saint. Everything I do is right.” The two wind up on a case investigating a bar catering to women, but after Pink tracks down someone selling drugs and tries to take them in for questioning, Kay gets distracted because Pink has them working outside their jurisdiction.

The two spend most of the episode working solo afterwards, with Pink working her own leads while Kay goes back to her old boss who happens to be over the police department’s “normal” narcotics division. She goes back to the bar with the intent of doing a raid, only to get ambushed…by her own boss. Yikes.

3. SEVEN-O’s been fairly strict on recruitment since the first episode, and here we finally see why. Kay’s boss was initially a candidate to become a member of SEVEN-O, but was denied by Travis because “his sense of right and wrong was too strong”. And of course, the next time he comes in contact with SEVEN-O it’s because he’s running a drug ring selling fake Anthem–half of it poison while the other half is a simple stimulant, making money off people who think they’re chosen and allowing others to die because they’re “just drug addicts”.

This episode moves at such a rapid clip it doesn’t quite get the chance to let certain ideas breathe, because this is actually a great villain. His warped sense of justice leads him to believe it’s okay to take advantage of people so long as they wanted to break the law, and he has an inferiority complex because Pink made it into SEVEN-O but he didn’t. After capturing not only Kay, but Kirill and Yuri (who followed Kay), he tries to meet up with Pink to get one of the anti-Anthem bullets SEVEN-O’s created. It doesn’t work, but mostly because he blows his own cover by trying to kill Pink (with a comically large gun he pulled from nowhere, in true anime fashion) because he just couldn’t get over his hatred for her.

We’re still firmly in villain of the week territory, but at least this episode’s given us a much higher quality villain: he’s got a strong tie to our protagonists, a solid criminal plan, and nearly succeeded in screwing over the good guys by stealing their best weapon against Anthem.

4. With Doug and Kirill firmly established, this episode tries to sneak as much in about the rest of our cast as possible. The spotlight of this episode is on Pink and Kay, and most of the rest of the cool stuff that happens this week is because of Max and Yuri, the other major couple of the group. Yuri fakes getting captured by Gary’s crew, but it proves to only be a distraction–she frees herself with ease just in time for her partner Max to bust in to arrest the entire gang in one fell swoop.

I’d love to see more of Max and Yuri, since currently they seem to be the only team in the Double Decker group which actually works well.

5. If we’re going off the omniscient, manic narrator, it seems like the primary purpose in these first four episodes was to explain that Doug is actually an asshole. He’s spent all four episodes intentionally screwing with Kirill, so it’s not exactly a wrong conclusion to come to. The first episode had him use Kirill as a decoy (who’d get promoted post-humously for his efforts in helping with a basic kidnapping), the second episode saw him not really worry about whether his partner would get fired. Now this episode sees him send Kirill along with Yuri as bait to help on Kay and Pink’s mission…without ever actually telling him he’s bait. Then the episode ends with Kirill figuring out Yuri’s a robot while Doug decides to purposefully leave his partner out of the loop on that being obvious, public information.

It’s a pretty bold strategy deciding to use up several episodes just for character development before getting into the plot–let’s see how that works out for them.

Double Decker! Doug & Kirill is available on for streaming at 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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