5 Point Discussions – Double Decker 10: “Failed Detective, But Pure”

by Sage Ashford

Kirill and Doug stumble upon a case while Doug is recovering in the hospital. 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.This week’s episode is set some time after Doug’s had a chance to recover from being tortured by Esperanza because he refused to hand over secret information about SEVEN-O. Kirill’s still regularly visiting his partner, only now it’s for a different reason: until Doug does his report on the mission, they can’t actually go back to work. So Kirill’s spending his days alongside Doug, doing nothing. Man, the things you gotta do to get a day off. But when you’re a detective, mystery tends to follow you everywhere–on this show it does at least, lest the omniscient, manic narrator skip over all the “boring” parts to toss us back into the action.

2. It’s rare for anime to whiff on a parent-child story so badly. The B plot for this week’s episode centers around a teenage boy and his father, who’s been given only very little time to live. Having spent his adult years taking care of his son, the father never had a chance to live much of a social life, so his son keeps trying to set him up with various women. This could’ve been handled cutely, but what happens instead is a teen who should really know better running up to any woman he sees and propositioning them to sleep with his dad for cash, then when it doesn’t work he calls them failures. It’s supposed to be precocious and funny, but the character’s about five years too old for that, so he just comes off as an annoying brat. The father’s still likable though, which saves the plot in the second half of the episode.
There is one worthwhile gag they pull from from this bit: when the kid approaches Kay (after approaching Kirill) and attempts to pay her…only for Pink to get it misconstrued and complain his offer’s far too low for what he wants.

3. Of all the unexpected character traits they could’ve introduced, Kirill being a super genius is my favorite. Even the cast assumes he’s an idiot, which actually shows just how smart he really is. Unlike Doctor Apple, desperate to be praised for his intelligence, Kirill doesn’t even bother to show off his smarts if it isn’t necessary. This episode, when one of the doctors asks Pink and Kay how Anthem works, Kirill effortlessly explains–drawing maps of DNA molecules and showing off his theories.  Later, we even learn he did a high-level research paper purely to get a scholarship for school. He forgot it as soon as he got his scholarship, and while that’s meant to be a funny anime joke…it’s probably about accurate for how most kids work when writing college essays.

4. Back during episode two, I pointed out the worth Anthem would have as a drug for medical usage.  It seems the writers agreed with me, as that happened to be the focus of this week’s A plot.  Pink and Kay wind up at the same hospital where Doug is being treated to check in on a case involving multiple terminal patients died after checking out of the facility.  Turns out, the head of the facility had been dosing the patients with Anthem, using its ability to rewrite genetic code and “cure” them, while also attempting to figure out the ratio of the anti-Anthem bullets with them so they didn’t lose control of themselves.
They tip the story off early on when facility head asks Kirill if he can get in touch with the military about performing tests using Anthem, but it’s honestly not a bad idea.  The guy goes a little mad scientist at the end, when we learn he’s using those who can’t control the Anthem as guinea pigs for learning how to “cure” Anthem, and there IS a moment where he tempts the father with the weird teenage son with a Faustian bargain to help him escape SEVEN-O, but still.  Anthem’s ability to instantly change genetic code on the fly is nothing short of incredible. While this guy disqualifies himself by being an uncaring jerk who breaks the Hippocratic Oath, this is still something that bears looking into.

5. Next Episode: The episode is book ended by appearances from Brian Cooper, Secretary of the Lisvalleta military we met last week. As we barrel towards the end of what I assume is the first season, it seems the military wants to work more with SEVEN-O, which they usually give a longer leash.  Given the end of last week’s episode where it’s revealed Cooper worked closely with Kirill’s grandfather, it’s logical to guess what they actually want is to work with Kirill–and sure enough, by the end of the episode Kirill’s being approached to join the military.  The preview for the next episode teases him leaving to join the military, and while that’s unlikely–we may yet get some answers to Kirill’s strange home life, and the mystery behind Anthem.
Double Decker: Doug & Kirill is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

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