The city state of Lisvalletta. Two suns rise above this city, and the people here live peaceful lives, but in the shadows crime and illegal drugs run rampant. Among them is the dangerous, highly lethal drug "Anthem" which casts a dark shadow over the city. The SEVEN-O Special Crime Investigation Unit specializes in cracking down on Anthem. This unit operates in two man "buddy" teams in what's called the "Double Decker System" to tackle the problem. Doug Billingham is a seasoned investigator, and joining him is Kirill Vrubel, whose abilities are mysterious and unknown.
Double Decker! Doug & That Other Guy is an anime series taking place inside the world of Tiger & Bunny, a franchise which I personally highly enjoyed and which I thought Sunrise would be ruining like seems to be their favorite hobby these days. Thankfully that wasn't the case as this time around the story centers around new detective side of the universe and this appears to be almost as comedic as Tiger and Bunny.
The story of this thing is a generic cops vs. crime. The good part is that it's not taken very seriously. The focus is on banter between the main characters, goofy
moments and scenes were nothing seems to really work out and that's precisely why they work out eventually. The single best part is how comedic these appear and how well timed the comedy is. There is always a start gag/situation that itself is already funny, followed by the comedy scene being extended and pushed onward with small details that are both unexpected and surprisingly well-planned. It's silly and awesome at the same time, yet never fully comedic, rather just balanced real well with the action/cop side of the story.
The characters follow some sort of confrontation where Doug is ideal cop Jesus and The Other Guy AKA the real mc kinda just is there, but all will play well for him anyway. To understand what type of a show this really is, even the mc's past story is hilarious because he wants to be a hero but always ends up falling asleep when it would be his time to shine, and the times when he can finally shine only work because something equally stupidly awesome is happening to some other character. Like this one time Dough got stuck inside a pipe similar you see in Super Mario or some shit. How this ain't making everyone lol is beyond me.
The female cast is ridiculously hot and follow the Tiger and Bunny design. Same with the overall art which looks amazing. Simple, yet effective, colors really standing out. So far I am impressed. I never thought this series could be so highly entertaining and fun to watch. Highly recommend this show from current season, nice action show. You can also watch this without seeing Tiger & Bunny tho I would recommend that one more than this. I actually didn't plan to review this preliminary, but seeing how this is getting hate for whatever silly reason and how there is no reviews yet, I had to say that this thing is totally cool, just check out the first episode if that ain't convincing you then stop there.
Having seen many an original anime by Sunrise, I can safely say it doesn't necessarily take a detective to have this show basically figured out just 2 episodes in, even though 4 are already out. Double Decker is a fun buddy-cop action-comedy with more comedy than Tiger & Bunny, another Sunrise original. I'll be coming back to TB (Tiger & Bunny) quite often in this review, just fyi.
The story of DD is nothing entirely new; a young rookie cop impresses an elite veteran in some way only he can and thus the vet takes a liking to him, eventually
having the rookie become his new partner as his old one was recently KIA. The setting is akin to Stern Bild City from TB, so expect slightly futuristic but somehow also quasi-steampunk aesthetic. Honestly, it's one of my favorite parts of both shows. As our main character is welcomed to the separate an elite task force dealing with super-empowering vice (called Anthem; it's similar to Trigger from Vigilantes: My Hero Academia Illegals, if you read that manga. Check it out!), he needs to use all of his currently very few skills and become the hero he so desperately wants to be. Like I said, the premise is nothing entirely new, but the way it's presented with lighthearted comedy and how the passion of the writer really shines through is nothing to scoff at. It's the same guy who wrote several episodes of TB as well as the entire ACCA series, so he really knows how to construct/execute detective stories and mysteries. I don't, however, expect this show to be as thematic as TB, due to the more comedic nature of the show, but it could surprise me and A) take a slightly darker turn like TB did towards the end and/or B) introduce characters that act as both antagonists and foils for the main heroes' ideals, also like how TB did. I would expect the story to really take off a bit later, say, after a villain is introduced, but for now the story will get a 7. It's got a lot of potential and I really can't wait to see what comes next.
You can't exactly develop characters too well in just four episodes that also introduce the entire world to the audience, but DD does a good, if great, job of setting up our main heroes as likeable protagonists. First up is the rookie, Kirill, whose wide-eyed nature and heroic spirit make him the go-to shounen levels of relatability, while our grizzled veteran, Doug, is a bit more nuanced in his approach to his job, and has his own ideas on the fallacies of such heroism, but remains hopeful for the future and wants to do the best he can to help others. In short, there is a good chance you will like at least one of these two main characters. I, for one, like both! Other characters haven't had as much chance to shine, the biggest exception being Deana del Rio and Kay since episode 4 basically revolves around them, but if TB is as much of an inspiration to this show as I think it is, expect EVERYONE to have a story somewhere in this show, provided it runs for enough episodes.
There is so much to talk about here. Too much, actually.
Look, just watch the opening scene of the first episode, and let that be a baseline. I say that because while the action and art quality don't really improve much (and they are already GREAT), the backgrounds certainly do, so just remember that when watching. Some background info that might seal the deal: Masakazu Katsura did the character designs for this show, just like with TB. If you don't know his manga work, he's made some really fantastic-looking manga, such as I"s and Zetman. One small gripe I have is that the battle uniforms for the Seven-O unit in this show look a heckuva lot like Alphas' costume from Zetman. Still looks awesome, though! As for actual character designs, everyone is super detailed and instantly recognizable: Kirill looks like your typical shounen f*ckboy/Atsushi Nakajima from Bungo Stray Dogs, but dresses like he belongs in a hybrid of TB and a JoJo series. Doug certainly looks a bit older, borrowing a bit from Barnaby of TB and Kiritsugu Emiya from Fate/Zero. I already mentioned the setting in the story paragraph, but I want to reemphasize how fantastic it looks, and that's not to say of the vehicles, either. Is Doug driving a DeLorean? It looks a lot like a DeLorean! Okay, so Sunrise is pretty much unmatched when it comes to making original anime, and that includes the animation. Everything is extremely fluid, the action never feels stilted, the direction for said action is kinetic, and it just works. Again, just check out the first episode, and make the judgement for yourself.
The music is not suuuuper memorable, but it's jazzy themes really lend to aesthetic and setting of the show. Again, it's only been two episodes, so we haven't that much chance to hear all of the score, but it' good. The OP and ED are great, too, so you might like them as well. What impressed me the most, though, is the sound design, especially in action scenes like the car chase at the end of episode 2. It's not Planet With levels of sound design, but then again, nothing is, so this is still really good.
As for voice acting, I didn't watch the English dub yet, but I looked at the cast list, and it looks decent, so I am considering watching it instead. However, that doesn't mean I don't like the Japanese version; the acting is really charming and the narrator is hilarious.
I wrote this review because nobody else said anything. I saw the premise, I saw the genre, I saw the staff, and I knew that there was something here that I could enjoy, and enjoying this show I am! Just like with Re:Creators, The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyousuke, and the aforementioned Planet With, for some reason, many original anime titles are extremely, CRIMINALLY, underrated, and I don't think a 6.90 score for this show is warranted. Ultimately, though, the choice of whether you want to watch it, drop it, or skip it is entirely yours. I recommend giving it a shot.