REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 18)

Episode 18: Islands in the Stream | 海流のなかの島々

This episode has everything you’ve grown to love about Banana Fish – Ash/Eiji romantic insinuation, gunfights, literal and figurative explosions. But you might hate it anyway.

Pictured: my actual internal monologue

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Review: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Episode 6)

Episode 6: Up Close and Personal! 24 Hours with the Lisvalletta Police!

After the mad plot juncture of last episode, we are setting Esperanza aside for a brief recess, but it’s not quite filler, either. Double Decker delivers its staple amenities: narrative subversion, Doug’s raging coolness, and Kirill getting figuratively slapped around just slightly more than he deserves.

Meta alert, the meme is self-aware – oh wait, nevermind.

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REVIEW: Bloom Into You (Episode 4)

Episode 4: The Distance Between Fondness and Kisses / Not One of the Characters | 好きとキス距離/役者じゃない

Bloom Into You is nothing if not a slow burn, but even “burn” has been an exaggeration when protagonist Yuu hasn’t had even a modestly lukewarm shade of attraction toward Touko. But are we slowly starting to see the beginnings of what could potentially become the suggestion of maybe perhaps an almost flickering of a cheap votive candle’s worth of flame, if the lights are out and we squint really hard?

Ouch, but to be fair, this line makes an appearance in most yaoi and yuri series.

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REVIEW: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Episode 5)

Episode 5: A. Kroyd Killer! | A.クロイド殺し

After four episodes of Seven-Oh world-building, cheeky detective trope subversion, and establishing character dynamics (suppositioned with the narrator practically admitting that certain characters are trolls), we are finally ready to break out The Actual Plot. Double Decker! is going in for the kill with explosions, confetti, gruesome murder and a narrator who doesn’t believe in Kirill even half as much as I do.

Kirill’s running late for anime school

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