The DesuDesBrigade, 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 reviewerJesuOtaku. 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. As of April 20, 2012, the D2 Brigade has disbanded, although all on good terms.
Alter Ego Acting: Pretty much all the brigadiers do the third kind of this, especially on Pocky Spot.
Animal Motifs: Vixen themes herself after the fox. Aside from her name (A vixen is a female fox), her two series on the site are called Kit-suki (short for Kitsunetsuki, Japanese for being possessed by a fox) and the appropriately titled Film Fox. Her avatar also has fox ears and a tail.
For Professor Otaku: MD Geist, bad girly shows and just about anything made by Kaishaku.
For Vixen: Constant Random Encounters in Video Games. On the Fanservice CoronerCorner segment of Pocky Spot, excessive T&A is also a Berserk Button for her, but that's not generally the case in her actual reviews.
Prof did his review of Magic Knight Rayearth in French, Japanese, Fake German and Fake Italian, with a little English thrown in.
The German sounded suspiciously like an audio clip of Hitler, and the Italian sounded like someone reading off the Olive Garden menu. However, Prof did that as an experiment to see who was actually listening when subtitles are underneath.
Vixen invoked this trope by name in her "Fanservice Corner" of Pocky Spot 15.
Professor Otaku would have liked it after reviewing Kekko Kamen.
Brick Joke: In Prof's Princess Tutu review, he said "What next? Do I watch Prétear? How about Fushigi Yuugi? Why not just grow a nice pair of BOOBS while I'm at it?" Half a year later, he's reviewed the first, about to review the second and the third? Well...
Breakup Breakout: Deconstructed. Rather than JesuOtaku leaving the brigade after joining up with That Guy with the Glasses, she still tried to be a loyal brigadier, and her newfound popularity did in fact bring in more viewers to the Brigade's site; however, her indecisiveness coupled with her ADCD caused her to grow increasingly distant from the Brigade, unofficially breaking off from it about a year from its official disbandment.
Butt Monkey: Rin, one of their fans and Vixen's close friend. They make lots of fat jokes about her, lots and lots of fat jokes.
Caustic Critic: Professor Otaku, mainly, though Vixen gets like this sometimes, too.
At the end credits of their respective reviews, Arkada says "Stay Frosty". Similarly, Professor Otaku used to say "Until next week, this is Professor Otaku signing off", which he seems to be bringing back. Vixen makes a little squeaky sound that sounds like 'omo' but she claims her catchphrase is 'I'm going to kill you, Prof'.
During the Desu Rattle podcast, Arkada shouts "For Fanservice!" in a manner similar to how Dr. Insano from The Spoony Experiment shouts "For science!", which has trickled into Professor Otaku's vids on more than one occasion.
In the first Desu Des Brigade Christmas Special cartoon, after Vixen is attacked by the stream portal tentacles, Professor Otaku insists she continue with the show and says, "Come on, Vixen, suck it up! You're not the fanservice girl for nothing." Later on, as the stream portal tentacles get increasingly menacing while the Desu Des Brigadiers keep singing their Christmas song, the other Brigadiers want to quit, but Vixen holds them at sword point and shouts, "You're not finishing this song until all of us get violated!"
Prof has a mean right hook. Just ask Vixen, as shown in the 'Quick Hits ACen' video, in which he systematically sucker-punched the rest of the Brigade. In his defense, Ark was singing the theme to Sgt. Frog at the time, but kicking JO through the door was unmerited.
His actual punishment (suggested by Rabbit) is to have his testicles electrocuted every time he has a naughty thought while reviewing La Blue Girl with Vixen.
Vix pulls the same thing on Prof for his 100th review.
Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: Averted with Vixen; there have been at least two Pocky Spots where her Fanservice Corner segments involved her raging over the fact that they portray female-on-male rape as comedy and explicitly pointing out that she doesn't think rape is ever okay.
Vixen: You do realize it's possible for guys to get raped too, right?
Enemy Without: His normal person self, Tristan Gallant, distinct from his reviewer self, Arkada. The two argue over whether or not it's okay to show the sexier scenes of Desert Punk, due to the normal self having a girlfriend. Hilarity Ensues.
Fun with Subtitles: In the promotion for the first annual Taishi awards, the brigadiers made several videos where the subtitles had anime characters hawk the Taishis, often while talking like gangstas.
In the Magic Knight Rayearth review, Professor Otaku had quite a bit of fun with this. Or rather, the rest of the Brigade had fun at his expense.
Gilligan Cut: Done twice in Arkada's Princess Tutu review. The first time was after declaring that in no way was he ever going to review the aforementioned series. The second time was declaring that he was definitely not following it up with a Cardcaptor Sakura review, which is then subverted when he's instead shown watching Baccano!! after the Gilligan Cut.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Vixen's guest co-reviewer of the Twilight saga, Steven Lajr, on shooting himself in the balls when he learns they're splitting Breaking Dawn into two movies. (Hilariously, Vixen's response was to tell him that he wasn't allowed to have good ideas any more.)
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.
Large Ham: Arkada when he introduces hosts his Mailbag Showdown, and whenever he does voice work either, it's part of the persona.
Ark in general, even when making V-Logs!
Let's Play: The members have attempted a few of these, Prof with Knights of the Round for the Arcade and Spider-Man Web of Shadows for the 360, Vixen with PC titles Left 4 Dead 2, Phantasmagoria and The Sims 3 as well as Final Fantasy I for Game Boy Advance and Arkada with Legend of Dragoon for the PlayStation.
Of Corsets Sexy: Vixen is rather fond of corsets, including her "trademark" white corset, which she first wore in her review of YuYu Hakusho for the hell of it, and is shown wearing in the intro sequence to her reviews.
Oh, Crap!: From Vixen and Steven's review of New Moon:
Vixen: No, movie, no. God damn you! You do not put Shakespeare near Edward Cullen and have him read it like he knows what he's talking about. You do not put one of the greatest literary fucking masterminds in a movie based on a book by Stephenie fucking Meyer.
Steven: Vix. Vix, calm down.
Vixen: I'm not calming down!
Steven: Go eat ice-cream!
Vixen: Fuck ice-cream!
Steven: [beat] Shit.
One Steve Limit: Coincidentally, Prof.'s real name is CJ Irelan and Hitch's is CJ Hitchcock.
It helps that the members all refer to each other by their stage names.
The Password Is Always Swordfish: Blink and you'll miss it, but during the Red Scorpion "Luck Be a Lady" radio drama, featuring a red-tinted Green Hornet, the titular character uses this as a password before smashing down a door.
Re Tool: 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.