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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: 125
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Dirty Pair Flash
Dirty Pair Flash: Angels at World's End
By Paul Jacques
October 29, 2003
Release Date: October 20, 2003
Dirty Pair Flash: Angels at World's End
What They Say
© ADV Films UK
Kei and Yuri [aka The Lovely Angels] are assigned to protect a computer troubleshooter. But the girls would rather spend their time sowing wild oats on the galaxy’s number one party planet than keeping a young nerd from getting assassinated. Unfortunately, their plan is shot to pieces (along with a number of innocent bystanders) when the idyllic World’s World suddenly becomes a magical kingdom of death!
With android hit-women and cross-dressing assassins on their tails, the Lovely Angels learn there’s no place to hide when somebody wants you dead. Their ultimate vacation becomes a living nightmare as a deadly chase leads Kei and Yuri through haunted houses, five-star restaurants and a painstakingly authentic re-creation of one of Earth’s most barbaric eras – the 20th Century!The Review!
The girls go a to a theme park called Tokyo, and manage to have a lot of destruction fun chasing down a virus.Audio:
I listened in alternate English and Japanese episodes. The English sounded a little hollow, but the Japanese language has tad more bass and sounds better.
Opening theme is different! And is called “Loving thrills”. Once again it’s an 80’s style rock song (despite it being made in the 90’s). Closing track is also different, and is called “I really like you”.Video:
This volume looked visibly better than the previous volume, not so much grain showing this time around.Packaging:
The front cover shows Yuri and Kei, back to back, but with Yuri prominent. The rear cover shows Kei and Yuri, back to back, but with Kei prominent. The single sheet insert has our girls in a sort of 69 position (no, not like that). The disc itself has the girls printed on the cover.Menu:
On the simple opening menu we have Episode and Scene selection, Languages and Extras, set against a background of mauve and black shadows. All links worked and no problems were found.Extras:
Not much in Extras, we have the bios for all the characters in this volume. A trailer for the series contain in this volume and a clean start\ closing- not a lot to get excited about.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The opening scene has our Angels taking a tram though Tokyo (which is a giant theme park), and acting like tourist in a tourist trap (with Kei complaining). It soon transpires that they are acting as bodyguards to Touma, whose job it is to repair the local World’s World computer systems. And in a very short period of time the action starts as the bad guys start to make attempts on their lives. Oh, BTW, we find out at last why they are called the “Dirty Pair”, it’s a joke on their official designation “Lovely Angels”. Suffice-as-to-say the Angels don’t like being referred to as the “Dirty Pair”.
We have some good laughs in this episode; an attempt to blow them up with booby trapped noodles ruins lunch (and boy are they mad they missed lunch); Kei getting accused of being a female impersonator by a transvestite; and the destruction of a hotel.
The next episode see our ladies boarding at a girls school, due to fact that there is no accommodation available (see previous hotel explosion). It soon transpires that the school is haunted, and the students ask Yuri and Kei to take care of the scary spooks that appear in various rooms.
Episode 9 has our Angels chase down a con man (Calbee) – spot the Windows reference if you can - so they can claim a reward, which will in turn allow them to eat better. And so we have a tale about all three of them making an eventful journey through the wildness, back to civilization. I might also add that this is the episode with the (cough, cough) most gratuitous fan service.
In episode 10 Touma finds love, in the guise of Leena the flower girl. This has a strange effect on Yuri, who makes all the protestations of a jealous women. Of course Touma is walking around like a love sick puppy, even stooping so low as to ask Kei for dating advice (that’s desperate). Anyway, things don’t turn out quite the way everyone expected- this is a funny episode.
In the final episode we finally get back to plot. Touma has discovered how and who spread the virus in the World’s World computer system. There then follows a game of cat and mouse and the Lovely Angels try to catch the perpetrator before the it can escape. This culminates in a showdown at the newly repaired Narita Spaceport, which involves two spaceships and a large quantity of high explosives. The resulting mess is quite extensive, even for the Angels.
Ok, so two of the five episodes had nothing to do with the plot, but they were still fun to watch. Overall this series was not quite as good as the previous volume, and I suspect that’s why we got the additional fan service, in order to make up for what was a short story with a simple plot.
In summary- at five episodes (one complete story) it still represents excellent VFM.
Japanese Language 2.0,English Language 2.0,English Subtitles,Character Biographies ,Original series trailer ,Textless end credits
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.