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'We love all fans except one. (If you have to guess who, it's probably you.)'
—One of their banner taglines

The Desu Des Brigade, abbreviated to the D2Brigade, or incorrectly as the DUD Brigade, was a team of reviewers with the following members:

  • Professor Otaku, who produces the review series "Anime Dissection" and "OVA 101."
  • Arkada, who produces the anime review called "Glass Reflection." He wears a lab coat during his reviews, which makes him vaguely reminiscent of Dr. Horrible.
  • JesuOtaku, who produces a review segment simply entitled "The JesuOtaku Anime Review". She is much more analytical than the other reviewers, using a four-star rating system. She tries to be objective and may give high scores to shows that she doesn't personally like. She also produced her "summer project", an audio drama adaptation of Fruits Basket, every Wednesday throughout summer 2011.
  • Vixen, who produces the "Kit-Suki" review series. Her review style is very informal, and quite opposite to her fellow reviewer JesuOtaku. In addition to reviewing anime, she sometimes reviews Western films (most of them Disney) in her "Film Fox" review series.
  • Malakye, who administers the DesuDes message board and produces the anime news segment called Pocky Spot. He has a cute, Vocaloid, evil assistant called Tsubake. Now has two of his own review series, "Mal's Monthly Manga" and "Sake Shots".
  • Tsubake, Mal's Vocaloid assistant who wants to Kill All Humans, Vixen in particular. She kills people on a regular basis and hates everyone.
    • Kagami, who produces K-Station, a series of AMVs. Not much else is known except she has an in universe fascination with knives and (also in-universe) most likely killed her own boyfriend to get on the site.
    • Rabbit, Vixen's closest friend who produces the show "To Read or Not To Read" where she reviews Manga. She has two other series called "Between the Lines" and "By the Quill". She also provided some of the website's artwork.
    • Hitch, who produces "AMR (Anime Movie Review)" where he reviews, well, anime movies. His second series is called "Season Impressions" where he showcases new animes of each season and gives them a score based on his first and last impressions. Currently writes the Fanservice Corner segments of Pocky Spot.

While each of the reviewers has his or her own individual video review series, they also collaborate on other productions together. This began with the "Desu Rattle" podcast, when Professor Otaku brought Arkada, JesuOtaku and Vixen together to create a weekly podcast about anime. They became known as the DesuDes Brigade when they created their personal website. Malakye helped in the creation of the site, so he became the fifth Brigade member. Their reviews are aimed at discerning anime viewers who want to find out anime worth watching.

The original site was hacked in late May 2011. Their new website is located at

As of April 20, the D2 Brigade is ending, although all on good terms.

Desu Des Brigade provides examples of the following tropes:

Prof: You know, other reviewers might harp on the location of the cockpit, but not me. I think that argument falls limp, because it has stiff competition, standing tall in a crowd of flaccid robot designs. The orbital frames really thrust themselves into the hard and thick market and show they have a rod of steel in their spines. And I think I just burned out my subtlety chip.

(while being attacked by barrels) That's right folks, if you can't kill a castle, a castle will kill you.

Vixen: "Damn. Damn. Hey... Hey, wait, come back here, I'll make a man out of you!"

  • Pokémon-Speak: Both JO and Arkada snark if Nyu's a Pokemon in their reviews of Elfen Lied.
  • Precision F-Strike: From all three Sixth Rangers (Hitch at Anime Central, and Rabbit and Kagami at Metrocon) -- "You are going to fucking LOVE ME."
  • Put on a Bus: What Hitch did to the gag characters Steve and Joe from his earlier reviews.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: "Real men watch Princess Tutu." And indeed, Tutu has been shown a couple of times on the Manime Monday stream.
  • Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Comes up in-universe in Vixen's vids.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Vixen's cartoon avatar on Pocky Spot when she gets really angry.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Vixen's the Red Oni, JesuOtaku is solidly the Blue one.
  • Retool: Pocky Spot as of episode 50. All segments barring Mailbag Showdown and Fanservice Corner have been replaced by a whole new host of segments, including one for each of the new brigadiers and Tsubake getting one to herself.
  • Rule 63: Vixen mentions this after encountering a male version of herself in her review of Vandread. Also invoked with Profette.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship Rabbit and Vixen
  • Running Gag: Oh, so many...
    • The legendary badassery of Arkada, who supposedly can make peanut butter by punching narwhals to death.
    • Professor Otaku's cartoon avatar usually lacks anything below the waist, which sparked jokes about him having no legs, or his legs running off and selling real estate in Southern California, etc.
    • Vixen and Malakye's feud on Pocky Spot, where Malakye writes scripts where Vixen is supposed to say pervy things, and Vixen responds by killing him in assorted horrific ways.
    • Actually, on Pocky Spot, Vixen has a rather short fuse, anyway, to the point of Comedic Sociopathy. (See examples above.)
  • Schedule Slip: Just about every member has schedule slip due to real life, though that's by far the worst example.
    • This also happens to Desu Rattle a LOT. Originally a weekly podcast, it's now a "whenever we can get people on Skype to record" occurrence.
  • Screw Yourself: There were already comments joking about this within hours of Prof's Fushigi Yuugi review.
    • Later they invoked this in their review of Issho Ni.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Arkada and Professor Otaku, though surprisingly it's Arkada that lapses into this most frequently.
  • Shout-Out: In Vixen's Film Fox review of Enchanted, the text across the bottom of the screen when the homeless guy steals Giselle's tiara is "THIS IS THE GREATEST TIARA I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!"
  • Song Parody: Vixen and Tsubake did one of Want You Gone.
  • The Stinger: Ark puts an audio preview of his next review in his more recent reviews.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders
  • Super-Deformed: The Pocky Spot chibis, especially the current style.
  • Squee: During Pocky Spot 22, both Vixen and JO let out a good one when seeing Kyoya with his shirt off.
    • They do this again at the begining of Prof's review of Prétear, much to Prof's annoyance.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Professor Otaku in his Let's Play of Knights of the Round:

Prof: Now, I'm not quite sure about the biology of a tiger, but I'm pretty sure they don't explode into flames when you kill them.

If you don't like people randomly bursting into song, then you probably wouldn't like Ark very much.

Sky Walker? Luke called, he wants his name back.