Before we begin, a little personal history:
My first real exposure to anything Dirty Pair
was the trailer for "Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 2" on the Slayers: The Motion Picture
VHS tape. Out of all the trailers I saw, that stood out the most for me. Before the title came up at the end, both me and my friend were wondering what the hell this show was. Whether or not that affected my preference, I have no idea. But the fact is, when I saw the OVA series starring the "Classic" Dirty Pair
, it really didn't do much for me. Sure, a couple episodes stood out, but I scarcely remember what happened in most of them.
Ah, and that's another thing: out of all the DVDs I've sold, the Dirty Pair OVA I regreted the least. It wasn't so much that I hated it, but I needed a quick buck and it was expendable. I'm in no hurry to rebuy it anytime soon. Yes, yes, I'm a heretic...
Anyway, fast forward to today. For some reason I had the urge to finally see Dirty Pair Flash
, the series in which the trailer had me incredibly curious. Despite the fact that it was unpopular with a lot of fans of the original, meaning that I might actually like it less
, I still wanted to see the series for myself. So, I hunted down some used DVDs of the currently OOP series.
After seeing the first 2 of 3 OVA series, I have to say that I LOVE THIS SHOW. I really enjoyed the story and action of the first, and the comedy of the more character focused second series was much more to my speed. Also, there is this version's Kei and Yuri:
I find the more antagonistic relationship these two have a lot more amusing to watch, and their personalities! Watching the hotheaded, trigger happy Kei and feminine, somewhat ditzy Yuri clash and bicker with one another is just so much fun! Even in the episodes where they outright hated each other, I found the two of them very endearing simply for how flawed the two of them are. Kei in this series is crude, loud, almost masculine, but she's fiercely loyal, has a keen sense of danger and I find her sexy as all hell. Yuri is boy crazy, a little ditzy, and even whiny at times, but undeniably adorable with a nurturing side as seen with her taking in of the kitten Mughi. Sometimes I wonder: if their names weren't Kei and Yuri, would they draw less hate?
I plan on eventually watching the movie for the original Dirty Pair along with the 2 one-shot OVAs, but I doubt they'll take the place of my
Lovely Angels. While I can see why fans of the classic dislike Flash
, (less emphasis on action, different character dynamics and personalities that might grate on some people), it was exactly those qualities that drew me to it.
With that said, here are some avatars that I put together to display my love for this Kei and Yuri. Feel free to use any, or not...
The Lovely Angels