Dirty Pair Flash: Angels in Trouble (of 3) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, December 05, 2000
Release Date: Tuesday, December 05, 2000
What They Say
Look out universe! When the galaxy-wide World Welfare & Works Agency unleashes the infamous Dirty Pair, it's every sentient being for itself! From the best-selling novels by Haruhiko Takachiho comes the apocalyptic saga of two young women destined to go down in history as the most destructive force known to man.
Meet Kei and Yuri, two junior level agents with a proclivity for being in the wrong place at the wrong time with just enough firepower to blow their way out of a bad situation into something worse. It all starts when Yuri is playing hooky from work and a dying man gives her a secret computer card.
Can the Lovely Angels evade an army of henchmen, run a police gauntlet and unlock the secrets encoded on the card in time to save the universe? Or will they just level all the real estate in their path?
Ahh, the Dirty Pair. Fond memories of the back room of a local comic book store in the mid 80's that had a few raw copies of some shows and movies, and one of them was a few episodes of the original Dirty Pair series. To say I fell in love is a bit of an understatement. Seeing the surprisingly scantily clad (for the time) characters of Kei and Yuri and the rather sizeable amounts of damage that they caused piqued my curiosity. Though even now, fifteen years later, I've only seen a few minutes worth of the original series, the alternate timeline sequel has come to DVD here in the US, known as Dirty Pair Flash.
The usual suspects are here once again, with the English and Japanese tracks both in 2.0 stereo. Both tracks are pretty clear and with no noticeable distortion. Throughout the Japanese track, I didn't notice much in the way of any real directionality, but the sound was pretty solid throughout with no dropouts.
In terms of authoring, this is a pretty good disc. There were no glaring artifacting issues, no layer change issues and only a very few areas of minor color bleeding. So where's the trouble? Once again, with this being an early 90's show, we come back to the source material. There's a fair amount of grain throughout the six episodes on the disc. Some areas are a bit more annoying than others, though they tended to be brief, such as a deep blue dusk skyline. Some of the episodes look a bit better than others, but it's a fairly consistent thing throughout. Giving the disc a spin on the old Apex, it was still noticeable but not quite as strong.
Kei and Yuri on the cover. What more be said? That they're looking good in an action pose? That's a given. They're the Lovely Angels, they always look good! The back gives a brief synopsis of the universe the show is set in and the two main characters. Episode and extras are listed clearly and there's a most lovely shot of Yuri. Mmm, Yuri...
The menus are pretty basic in design, with the top level menu being the basic selections as well as picking which episode you want to jump right into. Access times are pretty good between menus as there's no transition animations slowing it down and everything works as it should.
There's a pretty good selection of extras here. There's the original trailers for each act as well as the original opening sequence, which is always high on my list. The character conceptual artwork gallery has some really nice pictures in it and even the bios are done up pretty good. Original opening sequences always rank high though!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the saying goes, this is not your fathers Dirty Pair. While there are plenty of similarities, things aren't the same. After all, if it was the same, why not just continue what came before?
This new alternate timeline which appears to have nothing to do with the original is pretty good, though may be a bit average by today's storytelling. The story focuses on two junior trouble contractors in the 3WA, a galaxy wide organization that does the dirty work and keeps things safe for people in general. The storyline takes place a number of years after a near galaxy-wide civil war, where people still don't trust other people and the lines of communication between worlds and nations is apparently a bit strained.
Enter Kei and Yuri. Before the big fallout, these two would never have been accepted into the 3WA, which is overseen by a rather smart-alecky computer that seems to approve of these two. But times are tough and they'll take whoever they can get, even these two.
And these two definitely don't want to work together. Kei is the bullheaded firebrand who does things her way or the highway. Her biggest asset (besides her chest) is her marksmanship. Yuri, when not trying to get out of assignments and get out on a few dates, is what some might consider the brains of the operation, but that wouldn't be entirely true. Yuri's a bit hard to define in this incarnation.
But, as with the original Dirty Pair, Yuri is the hot looking one. Yuri rocks.
But I digress.
The two are of course teamed together, and their first mission is thrust upon them quickly. And they botch it. And their next one. And the one after that. Yet in some way they actually manage to pull off the missions as well, thereby earning themselves a reprieve from the 3WA computer. Throughout the six intertwined episodes, the story builds in bits and pieces and we get to know the main characters and a few secondary ones.
As I finished the disc, I did realize one important thing about these episodes. The characters changed quite a bit from their first appearances to the end of this arc. Actual character growth, and almost all of it in a non-forced way! While Kei was the one who got more time in on her character growth, Yuri managed to become the more responsible of the two in the end, and it provides a number of amusing moments as they change throughout.
The animation for the show is pretty good for the early 90's, though the grain mentioned in the video portion of the review does detract from it somewhat. The character designs are pretty good overall, with the usual skimpy outfits on the leads being done quite well. The story isn't all that convoluted, but there isn't a whole lot of information given about the 3WA or a few other aspects of life in this time that would help the viewer grasp it a bit better, but that's picking at nits.
In conclusion, Yuri rocks. No matter the incarnation.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Production Portfolio,Character Biographies,ADV Dirty Pair Flash Trailers,Original Opening
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 160
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dirty Pair Flash