Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 2 - Europe
- Released By: ADV Films UK
- MSRP: £19.99
- Running time: 160
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Dirty Pair Flash
Dirty Pair Flash: Angels in Trouble
By Paul Jacques
October 08, 2003
Release Date: October 05, 2003
Dirty Pair Flash: Angels in Trouble
What They Say
© ADV Films UK
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 worseThe Review!
Just when I thought 5 episodes was a lot for one disc, along come this anime with six, yes, six episodes. Grab your pop corn and soda, it’s going to be a long night.Audio:
I listened in both English and Japanese, and both stream were good, although I preferred the Japanese track (tad more bass).
Opening theme is called “limitless answer” and is basically an 80’s rock song. Closing track is called “the second chapter” also in 80’s rock style . In fact the 80’s rock style is used for the incidental music as well, so if you don’t like 80’s rock you’re going to be mildly miffed with this disc. The bottom line is that the major drawback of being musically fashionable is that it really dates this piece of animation.Video:
No visual problems were seen, but the whole look of the animation was a tad on the grainy side. I think this is more down to the when it was made than anything else. As long as you don’t sit close to the TV\ monitor it should be a problem though.Packaging:
The front cover has our girls back to back and ready to fight. The rear cover Yuri, with sword draw, and ready to strike. The single page insert has the girls poised once again, ready for action. On the back are the episode and scene listings. The dvd is black with a white stenciled Kei on the cover.Menu:
Simple background shot of Kei, tooled-up and ready for action, with the open theme looped. Plus a simple red menu with the episode listings and options. All option links worked.Extras:
We get a clean opening and the trailers for stories 1-3. Avoid the character bios until after episode three, as it contains some spoilers. The productions sketches (about 20) are worth a flick through.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The 3WA are scrapping the bottom of the barrel in their employee standards. On the payroll they have a team made up of Kei and Yuri, two seventeen year olds who are low on thinking, but high on violence and they really don’t like each other.
From the get-go we learn the girls, Kei and Yuri, are reckless and do not get along at all. In this first story our dysfunctional Angels have to get a special credit card to 3WA HQ before the bad guys - they are being chased by henchmen from GCN - grab it back. And so 15 minutes of “Blues Brothers” style chase ensues, with much destruction of private property and fan service for our enjoyment.
Episode two opens up the real plot; an Underworld organization called Lucifer is bank rolling GCN and GCN will control the soon to be established Hyperwave network. The Hyperwave Network will influence the galactic economy, so it’s very important. After failing spectacularly to protect their charges from assassination, the girls chase and meet the sniper (Lady Flair). This women will turn out to be their arch nemesis in future encounters. I particularly like Yuri’s theory on how a women becomes a killer for hire- most amusing.
Episode three sees Lady Flair make an attack on the Lovely Angels. This gets Yuri in hospital and Kei mad. Kei is determined to avenge her fallen partner – although more likely her bruised ego - and goes after Lady Flair and her boss. This episode has a rather startling revelation (so mums the word) towards the end, so stay perky.
Episode four has Yuri enter into Cyberspace in order to retrieve a young professor, whose mind is trapped within a D&D game. It is hoped that with the professor’s evidence a link between GCN and Lucifer can be proved. Meanwhile Kei is still nursing her bruised ego and refuses to backup Yuri (well she has quit 3WA), until that is, she spots the GCN goons from episode one, and decides on some pay back. A fierce battle takes place both in and outside cyberspace as the girls take on their respective enemies.
Episodes five and six picks up where four left off. The testimony from the Professor has repercussions. Lucifer has decided that the Waldess (head of GCN) must be eliminated before 3WA can learn what he knows. So Lucifer hire Lady Flair to sanction her former employer. When Kei finds out that Flair is still alive, her interest in re-joining 3WA is re-kindled. Meanwhile Yuri realizes that perhaps their partnership problems were not all down to Kei, and that she is partly to blame. This all leads up to the girls getting back together again, as they attempt to stop Lady Flair, and capture Waldess before he brings down Armageddon.
Although this is simple animation I found the story amusing to watch. There aren’t any real plot twists or theological statements to wrestle with, it’s just a good old fashion action story line anime.
In summary- at six episodes (one complete story) it represents excellent VFM.
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JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.