NEWS: 2019 Yaoi Anime

2018 has staggered to a close, and pushed newborn 2019 straight out into the traffic in its rush. We live in a confusing time. Amidst political discord threatening upheaval of democratic values around the globe and impending environmental doom, it’s hard to say what the new year will bring. But remember, there is good in this world, and that good is a thing called yaoi.

Papa Datte, Shitai (パパだって、したい) is our first contender, rolling in for the 2019 winter season and debuting its first episode this week.

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REVIEW: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Episode 10)

Episode 10: Failed Detective, but Pure! | はずれ刑事、純情派!

Wait a second, episode title, who are you calling failed, and who are you calling pure? Oh, I know you’re not throwing shade at my boy Kirill.

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That moment when someone randomly tries to buy sex with you but only offers thirty bucks.

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REVIEW: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Episode 9)

Episode 9: Don’t Think, Feel So Good! | ドントスィンクフェールソーグッド!

The protagonist’s awesome Engrish catchphrase gets title cred this episode, which is a nice way to jetpack back into the actual plot of the series after a slogging through slew of character filler.

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Pictured: a literal double-decker. Fuck yeah, jetpacks!

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REVIEW: Double Decker: Doug & Kirill (Episode 8)

Episode 8: Dancing! Academy! Investigation!

In a formulaic continuation of spending entire episodes delving into a specific agent’s irrelevant backstory, Maxine (“Max”), aka “Boxer” is up next, and by extension, her partner Yuri, aka “Robot.” On one hand, a platitude-drenched, cliche-driven slog of a twenty minutes. On the other hand… biker lesbians.

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But you know, at least the kids are having fun.

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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.

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

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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.

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Kirill’s running late for anime school

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