There is always that one show, every season, that many people just sleep on. For Double Decker! Doug & Kirill’s case, it is one of those shows. Just like High Score Girl, Double Decker has turned out to be quite the gem after flying under the radar, and definitely an underrated title for the Fall season. This is Sunrise’s version of Rush Hour, a ‘cop-versus-crime’ action-comedy with impeccable timing and absurdity in its humour. Like Lee and Carter, the main protagonists are the total opposites to each other, there isn’t much they share in common, which is a good thing in this setting. Because, when
the unconventional duo is together on screen, lots of the tomfoolery and hilarity ensue to follow thanks to the clashing of their differences and strong personalities.
Kirill Vrubel grew up dreaming of becoming a hero, he didn’t want to be an ordinary cop. As the story kicks off, an opportunity presents itself as he finally gets his chance when he stumbles into a hostage situation. Luckily for him, he has a fateful encounter with Doug Billingham, an agent of the investigation unit SEVEN-O. Doug comes up with a plan for Kirill to have that moment. Shortly after, Kirill becomes the newest recruit to the investigation unit and he becomes Doug’s partner. The detectives of SEVEN-O are tasked with hunting down users of the body-mutating drug called, Anthem, an extreme substance that has been plaguing the streets of the city-state of Lisvalletta. As straightforward as that sounds, what makes the story so interesting and fun is that the plot is progressive, there are new developments and twists in almost every episode that eventually they all tie to the main plot. And when you have fun characters with the addition of great comedy, it makes the experience all the more, better.
The detectives of SEVEN-O are very interesting, different and distinctive, especially in their designs. Kirill is impulsive, cocky, and dense. Very contrasting with his Doug’s cooler personality who is the most experienced member of the investigation unit. Doug is a skilled professional in the field but also displays a laid-back, deadpan demeanour. The chemistry between the two is the main selling point of Double Decker; they discover an almost instinctive synchronization that allows them to rest into their peak energy while easily batting back and forth the ball of interaction. Hello, banter! It’s so great that it lifts simple exchanges of dialogue or action beyond the status of basic information and into “entertainment.” The supporting cast is great and very fun as well that play important roles and contribute to the goofy slapstick and gags. Especially the Narrator, I count him as one because he plays the biggest part besides Doug and Kirill. There is a bit of breaking the fourth wall here and the Narrator doesn’t overplay his role so every time he’s injected into a scene, expect a good laugh.
The worldbuilding is surprisingly well done, all the characters are squarely operating within the world's rules. A lot of intriguing themes are conveyed and it’s also interesting how this futuristic steampunk world functions—from the law enforcement, government, politics, military and the criminal world. The Ezperanza are a powerful Anthem-related criminal organization and the main antagonists of the series. The way the gang is designed, and the methods they use to operate and take action results in counterbalancing the goofiness and absurdity in the show's humour. It does a great job of implementing the darker elements without making them artificially darker or feel out of place. It executes the irreverent fun aspect as well as proving that this series can do serious, and be taken seriously as a crime story. One thing I wished is that it references Tiger & Bunny a lot more since Double Decker is sort of a spin-off and exists within the same world. And just like its predecessor, it has the markings that separate itself from most anime titles; an adult cast, diverse character designs and personalities, a goofy sense of humour, and unexpected turn of events that make for great reveals.
Talented staff usually create great anime and prove to be quite versatile in its storytelling style. And what usually follows is great visuals. Sunrise is at the helm of Double Decker and they put a lot of heart into the art, layouts and designs. The characters are very stylistic and each character as their own eccentric trait. The female characters, most notable Deana and Max are superbly designed, every bit of detail from their hair, to the clothes they wear, oozes with a swagger that matches their charismatic persona. The background art is as great as the shot composition and framing. The animation shows that director Jouji Furuta and his team have a great understanding in timing and space, and breaking down the barrier between reality and fiction that immerse us as the audience into the fiction world of Double Decker. Even the use of CG, although, admittedly, there are moments where it becomes an eyesore but its consistently solid enough and even has amazing moments—especially car chase scenes that involve Doug’s personal vehicle, which is a modified sports car resembling a DeLorean DMC-12 that is loaded with gadgets and is able to assume a high-speed mode.
The score isn’t memorable apart from a very selective few tracks, its mainly jazzy beats and synth pop. I think the OP and ED are excellent and fit well within the themes of the series. "Stereo to Monologue” by Kirisame Undertaker is an excellent song choice to open each episode with, its energetic and lively and the visuals are amazing, pay close attention to the background art, especially the architecture. "Buntline Special" by VickeBlanka is my favourite track in Double Decker and this makes it one of the best ED’s of the Fall season. A rock anthem that's packed with attitude. The voice casting for each character is spot on. The underrated Satoshi Mikami as Doug, upcoming talent in Kouhei Amasaki as Kirill and Saori Hayami as the fierce Deanna del Rio—whose is known for her wide range, are standouts. I also can’t forget the legendary Koyama Rikiya as the head of SEVEN-O, Travis “Boss” Murphy and the Narrator. This doesn’t go to say the rest aren’t good, they are all excellent. Sound effects is another thing to appreciate.
I wish more people could give this show a chance, it's criminally underrated for all the wrong reasons. This is definitely the hidden gem of the season, it’s the type of anime that the fandom hopes for when wanting something different and refreshing but always seem to flock to the same old series that are hyped by mainstream public figures and publications. Combining a gritty cop drama with an absurdist sci-fi cop satire produces excellence, and that is essentially what Double Decker is—an overperformer.
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.
I can’t really imagine a society in our world today without laws. Hell, I can’t even begin to fandom what would happen if the police force disappeared in my neighborhood. As a police story, Double Decker runs with a plot that managed to capture the essence of crime fighting. I’m not going to lie, this show made me realize that sometimes, we can make the simplest ideas and turn it into a blockbuster.
As an anime original, Double Decker may look familiar especially those who have experienced a show in the past known as ‘Tiger & Bunny’. Produced by studio Sunrise, it didn’t take long to
realize the familiar character designs by Masakazu Katsura. Even after all these years, it feels like his talent never left us with these T&B aesthetics. I would also assume the setting of the show takes place in the same universe although that’s not clear. Regardless, watching Double Decker is a profound experience that I did not regret.
Initially, the first few episodes introduces us to the main character cast. The most prominent characters consists of the SEVEN-O Special Crime Investigation. It shouldn’t take long for viewers to understand the experience level between investigator Doug Bilingham and rookie cop Kirill Vrubel. To me, they are like Batman and Robin. In other words, Doug plays the role of an action hero while Kirill presents himself as a sidekick. I don’t want to undermine Kirill’s credibility because he does have some potential. However, my impression of his character in the beginning was not enthusiastic. He lacks experience and often ends up being the butt monkey for feminine jokes. It doesn’t help that he looks like a bishounen rather than a cop. This is an antithesis to his partner Doug as he looks much more mature, experienced, and always gets the job done. There’s a lack of chemistry in the beginning due to their conflicting personalities. However, the two does get along on a professional level and Kirill begins to learn more on the job.
Joining them includes Deana, Katherine, Maxine, Yuri, Travis, Sophie, and Apple. Each of them play a different role that compliments the team overall. For instance, Deana’s sniper skills is valuable during missions that targets dangerous individuals. Yuri possesses computer skills that provides intelligence to the team. Apple is in charge of maintaining the team’s equipment and works well with technology. You get the idea. In order to fight crime, it’s definitely important to establish character roles so this show managed to get that point across from the start. On individual levels, each character has also personalities that sometimes clashes with one another. Because let’s not forget one thing, it’s not always easy for everyone to get along on such a dangerous job. Being part of a crime fighting force is not easy when you have a group known as the Esperanza who deals with a powerful drug known as the “Anthem”.
That actually takes to the core plot of the story. Initially, I had thought the show would involve monster of the week format episodes. The plot evolves more and more as conspiracies, corruption, and the dark side of Lisvaletta is revealed. Esperanza also begins to show to the world more of their dark ambitions that clashes with law enforcement. To me, Double Decker managed to make its antagonists marketable as an international threat in their world. Slowly but surely, their sinister plans come together that really throws off SEVEN from their ordinary cases. Speaking of cases though, I regrettably admit that most of them aren’t as executed as I had anticipated. Most of them uses recycled ideas such as investigating clues, following up on leads, tracking down the suspect, and bringing them to justice. If you’re familiar with media like Batman or even Spiderman, you can probably get a sense of these cases are like. Not to mention, the criminals they deal with often resort to using dangerous chemicals and experimentations. It’s only later in the show we how far the plot deepens to test the limits of our crime fighters.
It would be unfair to say this show is a poor man’s Tiger & Bunny to be honest. Double Decker works as a successor by using its character relationships to sell its story. We find out more about some of the main characters’ past too in order to understand them more. And while this show may be goofy at times, it manages to work well for its character partnerships. There are moments where I couldn’t help but feel attached to them. Make no mistake, you don’t need to understand law enforcement to watch this show or see Tiger & Bunny. In fact, jumping into Double Decker is perfectly fine with its playful humor and oddball set of characters. It still contains its emotional content as the main characters tackles on social issues. An elephant in the room also exists with the same gender relationships. However, it’s far off from a shounen-ai and works more as a buddy cop police tale.
You probably noticed that character designs in this show looks stylish with their looks. Some of them don’t even look like detectives or like they belong in the police force. An easy finger to point at is Kirill as he’s often made fun of for his feminine features. Sunrise managed to make Kirill into a comic relief in the beginning for his lackluster skills. It’s not until later that he becomes more useful to the team. But still, I do applaud the director and studio for recreating a society of these colorful characters. Not to mention, I feel the setting of Double Decker runs well with its technology concepts; namely the Anthem used by criminals and their consequences.
It’s been around 7 years since Tiger and Bunny made its premiere. This isn’t really an upgraded or downgraded version as Double Decker is fully a show of its own. What this anime managed to do is creating a story in this fictional society that makes us believe in. Here, we have characters that risks their lives to deal with criminals and showing the dark side of their society. Yet at the same time, it also shows how partnerships can truly be meaningful when the right people work together.
Double Decker has a strong enough start with ridiculous episodic adventures and a cast of lovable idiots, with an over-the-top narrator as a nice cherry on top. However, the comedy and characters that are the show's main selling points become less inspired toward the mid-point. An example would be that only a small portion of the characters get any kind of backstory, and the team-work they need to form as cop duos rarely gets any focus.
The action doesn't help in elevating the experience either, due to the odd mix of 2D and CGI animation that makes the action too clumsy to be enjoyed on
Double Decker’s greatest downfall however is the plot-twists. Comedies love to subvert expectations and go for the less expected outcome, which is great in exploring stories and characters. Doing something unexpected is however not enough in and of itself. Twists need to either be equally as fun or even more interesting than what you normally would've expected. It's the difference between 'playing' with expectations, and 'betraying' expectations. Examples would include rushing out answers to mysteries in anti-climactic ways, robbing characters of their agency by trivializing their goals, awkwardly changing genre from crime comedy to sci-fi action, among other things I won't mention to avoid spoilers.
Double Decker is ultimately a bumpy ride, not without its merits in the first half, but I can't recommend it due to untapped potential with the characters, a plot that becomes a train-wreck in the second half, and the comedy and action that fails to shine compared to other shows one could be watching.
That's the feeling I walked away from this anime with. It was pretty funny at times, it had lots of action, the characters were likable. But, it just has the feel of something you'll forget you saw a year from now.
If I could point to two things that make it feel more like a B-rate anime, it would be the fact that it never really felt like it had an identity of its own, but was trying to appear to. It looked like it was pulling from Tiger & Bunny (Without being nearly as good), and adding
aspects of Wizard Barristers and Samurai Flamenco into it. It didn't really seem to know what kind of anime it wanted to be which is why it started as a vice detective comedy, but ended up with space colonies and attacks on military bases. And while they properly explained the transition from back alley's to jet bombers, it just felt a bit too far fetched.
The second thing that hurt it was the needless pushing of the crossdresser agenda throughout the anime. I'm not the type to automatically hate on crossdressing in anime. I really enjoyed animes like Princess Jellyfish, Maria+Holic, Tokyo Godfathers and Gokudolls. But, if you're going to do it, do it well. Episodes like the one about Max's back story and prom was just stupid and out of place and brought the anime down. It seemed more like an agenda driven episode that was shoved into the middle of the anime, trying to convince kids to accept crossdressers than a strong attempt at a back story. While that was poor, the repeated mix ups with Kirill looking like a woman was actually funny. But, they even went too far with that and broke the logic. (MINOR SPOILER): If the whole time he doesn't like it when people mistake him for a woman, why would he ever dress up in a bride's gown? Logically, they would get Rookie to do that. They really wanted to hammer home the acceptance of cross dressing in this anime for some reason, but the attempts were ham-fisted and cringeworthy. But, mostly, they were completely unnecessary to the story.
Other than that, it's really not a bad anime. It's not a great anime, but it's not bad. The animation was mostly solid, although you could tell the parts where they mixed in some pretty mediocre looking 3D animation. If studios are going to do 3D animation, they need to make it look like Land of the Lustrous. Otherwise, it's just off putting. But, I think they'll get there in time. The soundtrack was cool, especially the ending theme song.
Overall, it's an entertaining anime. It's not a waste of your time to watch it. But, even though it will give off strong Tiger and Bunny vibes, don't expect Tiger and Bunny quality. It's just not there.
I haven't watched Tiger and Bunny but this anime caught my eye. Double Decker was very fun to watch. Visually stunning, great fighting scenes, easy humor, and likable characters.
And what really stands out is the characters. The anime archetypes, while there at the core, have been drastically altered and switched in appearance and given a unique flair that's less cringy and more interesting.
The main character Kirill is great. His personality seems to draw from the typical shounen anime hero with his hyper determination to achieve his goals except that this time that character archetype has been fused with the pretty boy that tends
to be in the background sipping tea. Well, not this pretty boy. And unlike most typical shounen heroes he doesn't make me cringe -- but he does make me laugh. I really love his character and, as the protagonist is the one to lead us through the story, this makes the journey an enjoyable one.
Now after reading the synopsis you are afraid that this anime is just a casual cop anime. NOW LEMME PROVE YOU WRONG. The story of this anime is very good. I also thought at first that this anime was going to be a plain cop anime series. But after I watched episode one, I was awakened. I realized this anime has so much potential. I'm not exaggerating but I think this anime deserves much more attention that it already has.
The art reminds me of the JoJo franchise. I think it's because they use a similar art style and uses CGI too. I also think that
this is one of the reasons why I am still watching this anime.
Now for the sounds I have no complaint. I love their sfx on those guns.
Well an anime won't be worth to watch if it weren't for the interesting protagonist/s. Now Kirill is one of the interesting anime characters. He is so ambitious and cheery. Perrfect for a protagonist.
I enjoyed every minute of this anime and I don't regret trying to watch this anime.
If you come to this show expecting a sequel, or at least a spiritual successor to Tiger & Bunny, return whence you came. The overly smug narrator and the direction will try to convince you otherwise, but this is not the show that you were looking for.
My main gripes with Double Decker are threefold:
- The genre shift
- The needlessly complicated sci-fi elements
- And the fact that everything has to be a plottwist
The first point is pretty self-explanatory. If you go into the sequel of a samurai show after it has been advertised as the new samurai show, but for some reason they changed the setting
to a modern day highschool drama where only one character is a major samurai fanboy, you'd be disappointed too. Now the genre switch from superhero to supernatural detectives isn't too big. Especially when they kept some key similarities. Both shows are set in an ambiguously America-inspired world. The heroes in Tiger & Bunny work for agencies with strict rules, almost like a police department. Both shows feature a fujoshi-baiting buddy cop duo as the main characters with a quirky support cast on the side. And they also fight criminals who abuse superpowers in a rigid Monster of the Week format. Wow, it's almost like they're not so different after all, huh?
But that's exactly the problem. The fact that they changed the concept from superheroes to regular cops, but still had to incorporate the supernatural aspects, forces them to waste a lot of time on introducing stupid gadgets and technology that only serves the purpose of Monsters of the Week or Deus Ex Machinas, rather than intriguing you by exploring how this technology would change society. Most of the time they don't even explain the technology - in fact one of the main plotpoints is that nobody knows how anything really works. At that point it might just be magic or regular superpowers. So if they had just set the story in the same world as Tiger & Bunny where the audience accepts that some people have superpowers, it would've worked much better, even if the plot only focusses on regular cops (as opposed to superheroes).
Some of the supernatural contrivances are extremely stupid. And just like with their audience's expectations, Double Decker is VERY aware of that. The most obvious indicator for that is the obnoxious narrator who constantly lampshades how stupid or convenient some of the events are, as if that made them okay somehow. But some events don't need a narrator to rub the show's overbearing attitude in your face that "you totally thought we'd play out this old stereotypical plot for the entire 20 minutes, but lol psyche we tricked you". A twist at the end of a story arc, isn't bad at all. But Double Decker throws around twists at any moment of any episode for minor and major things alike. There's a limit on how often you can do this before turning into a parody, and unfortunately Double Decker crosses that line and just keeps driving while pretending to be serious.
If this doesn't discourage you from wasting your time on a show that's just milking your leftover goodwill from a better show, at least let me warn you that the plottwist which kicks off the final arc is David Cage levels of stupid. And I'm not talking Detroit era Cage. I mean Indigo Prophecy era Cage.
I'll start this quoting a running gag:
Double Decker is not an anime about heroes and dreams,
It's about a bunch of people who can seamlessly turn between 2D animation and CGI.
No, seriously, the whole series has a combination of 2D animation and 3D animation, and while the 3D segments look and move really good, the 2D animation sometimes fails, not because the movement is bad, but rather because the lines seem more like a rough sketch than the final deal, it's especially noticeable right in the opening, where there is a rather large sections where the images pass from these solid illustrations to something not
quite as good looking, it still retains it's good looks when it's important.
Talking about the opening, while rather generic, when it comes to soundtrack, it is not terribly bad. The soundtrack and ending tho, is really good to the ears. The ending might lack animation, but it's quite the bashing song (if you like it), you can tell the band itself made a couple of changes for the official release of it, but that only fixes little things that don't impact the feel of the song. The other music in the anime is also good, but you'll have to pay attention for it as it doesn't stand out as much as other anime soundtracks. The sound effects are rarely unfitting, so I'd say that's not evidently bad, the guns actually sound really good, and so do the voices as you'd expect.
Story and Characters:
And all of the voices fit the Characters well, although most of them don't get over an episode to develop, but when they do, they become better. Kiril is the main guy, but also the guy who develops the most, and definitely the most enjoyable, that said, all of the characters bounce well with each other as soon as they apear for over 2 minutes at a time, because some characters are definitely left to the side and barely explained and one of them specifically only starts being "part of the group" towards the latter episodes.
That doesn't mean that the characters are perfect, some characters just get a cool trait for the sake of giving them a cool trait and some others do stuff for no interesting reason other than "Something like this happened to me" or a bunch of uninteresting reasons.
The way the anime tells a story is really unique, see, the characters do develop over the episodes, but each episode can be viewed individually and you'd understand them just fine. That does break the immersion, but the fact that it works towards the latter episodes is really good. Each episode has some sort of story development that will come on latter episodes, and similarly to older anime series, the important stuff does come back on the latter half of the anime but it's heavily wiped out in the last episode, so that was rather disappointing.
TLDR: The characters are good, but they are much better towards the latter half of the series.
Finally, I do gotta say that if you like detective story anime, your experience will be much more solid. It's a great anime regardless!
So when watching this series; Don't Think! Feel so Good!
7 year after Tiger and Bunny, sheees I hate that anime, thought the graphics were nice, but you know this anime kinda has a different beat since this was the only time that the police genre has made a come back after a quite a while , after "You are under arrest", also I jaz don't see any reason why this anime would be related to "Tiger and Bunny" except for the part that they both were with studio "Sunrise and both were original works that were not taken from a manga. Anywayz , if we're to consider the plot of the anime, it was
basically your run of the mill good guys versus bad guys , that involves a group of specialize police officers called "Seven -O" which was headed by a Clark Gable look alike named, Travis with his secretary that has a resemblance to that of Becky from the anime Norin whom were tasked of arresting users and suppliers of Anthem, a drug that can give one some super powers a the cost of one's sanity, health and humanity, but the plot wasn't about the drug, but more like the conspiracy behind it and we later found out that it was them military headed by Cooper aka Bamboo Man , who basically was responsible for the distribution of the drug to perform some kind of experiment on unwilling subjects which was the populace. But the confusion about the anime was Kirll being a Nikai just like his brother Valery Vrubel whom also belong to the same species or wtf so ever, quite frankly even with the info dump that the antagonist, Cooper, one would still be confuse as to what does them Nikai have to do with creating chaos in earth and what the military's GMS wanted with them Nikai. In the end it was nice to see the main antagonist get beaten in his own game and some a veteran and was finally finished off by another antagonist who wanted some payback for betraying them or at least it was the kind of ending that I like. Now for the art , what see around here were the ff: Clark Gable Hollywood actor who lived during the 50's up to the early 60's , Becky from the anime Norin, some 70's fashion chick and 80's Punk, White Haired girl from Nyaruko-san, 80's cop show guy, and a guy from Utapri, well we can say for sure that art director, Mizuno, Yuusuke and character designer ,Tomizawa, Kayano's inspiration came from what I've mentioned, which was pretty obvious. The characters , well they're pretty much as to what we see in any office politics , we have distraction someone who serves as the office fool Vrubel, Kirill, who serves as a in fact he does a very good job of being used as a distraction than anything else so forget about his expertise in genetics, next is the office wise guy, Bilingam "Veteran" Douglas whom has the wits but pretty much a laid back guy, next the office bully which was played by Del Rio, Deana and her control freak sidekick Rochefort, Katherine, and let's not forget the office romance between a bisexual Silverstone, Maxine and her robot lover Fujishiro, Yuri, shees I hate those two, cu'z to me Max was more like a kind of woman whom sees Yuri as her sex toy . if were to look at these characters , they're more like a bunch of homos , where we see Deane and Kay whose relationship were like that of bickering couples that make up afterwards , Max and Yuri more like a woman who goes around with a sex toy, Doug and Kirill wher pretty much gay, and Travis and her Secretary, Sophie could be compare to that of an old man and a young girl relationship. So without any more bush baeting , here were my ratings:
Story- Fair 6: Thought, the plot has some direction, the addition of Kirill and his Bro/ sis being Nikai adds to the confusion of the story as a whole.
Art-Good 7: When it come to the character design and their attire, they're pretty a hodgepodge of fashion from different era's and places, like Deane's fashion was 60's , Max's 80's punk rock, Doug's 80's Miami vice look , Kirill's Utapri look, Sophie's Norin anime look of Beckey, Kay's office lady in pant suit look , Cooper's Gen Bison's look from Street Fighter , Apple's 90's cut and Travis' 50's fashion, but the coat's that them Seven O's wore, were pretty much a fashion crime.
Sound- Very Good 8: That's for the ending theme, " Buntline Special" by VickeBlanka and Deane's voice Hayami, Saori whom doesn't have to force herself to her signature cutie voice.
Don’t give a shitto now i’m just in a rush, lallalalalala, I hate bothersome things oh my gosh lalalalalalalala, mendou wa gomen da ne dance with me, lalalalalala, don’t give up don’t give in I’m on the run lalalalalala.
Character- Good 7: Though the Doug X Kirill partnership was good, there's just a lotta indirect homosexuality that goes around this anime.
Enjoyment= Very Good: Cu'z Kirill being this office fool was something else.
Overall- Very Good: Season 2???? Why not?
Eymen say to you face to face
nigekireyo kun e machi o watare today
deadend surinukete sly
busted baby por favor
don’t call my first name i’m just in a hush
I hate unfair things oh my gosh
koko de deatta no ga un no tsuki datta ne
don’t give up don’t give in I’m on the run
Eymen say to you face to face
nigekireyo kun e machi o watare today
dead end surinukete sly
busted baby por favor
The anime it self is mediocre,run of the mill action anime 7/10. It have decent sound/music,and the character development is just like in any other anime of the type. Half the side kicks get an episode focused on their story. But it have a lot of negatives for me. So i decided to put them out for people that care about it.
-Censorship,rude parts are scratched off and words are changed with *. It had it on the version that i watched and i have the feeling that it is part of the anime and not put on by the distributors.
-Really bad CGI that is an
eyesore at best. It is the main reason that the battles feel so bad.
-Far too americanized for me,if i want to watch american things i have plenty of serials to rewatch. I don't watch anime to just see another USA cartoon. The writing,the art,the setting...all of them feel american. If that is your thing,then you could enjoy it.
-Finally the politics. I am not from the west and i personally don't care about all those things,their countries,their people and their political vies. But i am getting tired to see it hamfisted in to everything i watch,read and play. I really do hope that i will still be able to watch animes in the upcoming years,but seeing how this is the second one to do it....i am not too optimistic.
I do hope that this review helps you to make a decision,no matter if you see those things as positives or you agree with me.
It's a shame that this anime has such low reviews on MAL. I hope more people give it a chance because it's such a fun & enjoyable watch as well as an original show. Maybe you aren't fond of the use of CGI, but it was done really tastefully in this series & it doesn't interrupt the animation quality at all here.
The only thing I hope they explore more on is actually Kirill & Doug's relationship. There hasn't really been any development with them as SEVEN-O partners. I get that the other characters need to be introduced as well for us to understand character dynamics
& such but that also pushes the main leads out of the picture the majority of the time this season. Hopefully if it goes onto a 2nd season, we will see more chemistry & a deeper more meaningful connection of our two detectives.
I won't say this is a top-tier anime but it was definitely binge-able. I liked the diversity of the characters but it felt like they didn't necessarily blend all that well as a community of characters. That's just my opinion though! In fact I loved the main character and I thought his personality was nice and fresh. The plot was rather unique so if you wanted to watch something a bit different that involved crime, solving mysteries, but with some drugs that make people monstrous then yeah this is great. Voice acting- no complaints. Soundtrack- loved it. Art- yeah this is where most my 'complaints'
would be. The art was rather inconsistent. It would look like a typical drawn anime in some scenes but other scenes (typically the ones with a lot of movement) suddenly looked like cgi that was trying not to look cgi (looked like a ds game to me tbh) but it wasn't like the worst thing my eyes have ever been laid upon. You can see what I am talking about if you watch the trailer. Overall- I binged it with no regrets!