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: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.99
- 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: Random Angels
By Chris Beveridge
February 10, 2002
Release Date: February 26, 2002
Dirty Pair Flash: Random Angels
What They Say
© ADV Films
Kei and Yuri are back in five new, collateral damage-filled episodes! Fearless, ruthless, and completely clueless, the Lovely Angels are ready to tackle their most dangerous cases ever. It's every sentient being for itself when the 3WA's universal wrecking crew takes to the spaceways in Random Angels!The Review!
The third and final(?) arc of the Dirty Pair Flash franchise arrives here and brings another block of five separate stories about the two heirs to the title of Lovely Angels.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show is presented in a decent stereo mix that's focused only on the forward soundstage with nothing thrown to the rears. Dialogue is clean and clear without any noticeable distortions or dropouts. We listened to the English track while writing the review and heard no issues with that track either.Video:
For the most part, the transfer here is a bit of an improvment over the last disc. There's hardly any noticeable grain to see which is a big plus in itself, but the cross coloration ges up a notch or two and proves to be much more distracting to the eye. There's one sequence where you see an aircar coming towards the screen and the ground is rushing along at the bottom with all its usual speedlines, but there's so many rainbows it just takes you out of it. But that's an extreme, since there are plenty of scenes where there's no cross coloration at all. Other than this, things look goodo with nice vibrant colors and mostly solid backgrounds.Packaging:
The front cover provides a nice shot of both Kei and Yuri in their work outfits with a fairly indistinct background and an amusing tagline of "A practical approach to Kei-os Theory". The back cover serves up a huge piece of Yuri fanservice and gives a brief rundown of what the show is like and the various features and production information. The insert provdes some Kei love with chapter stops on one side while the other provides boxart for other shows. We rarely comment on these sides of inserts, but this one struck as amusing because it shows the ARc the Lad cover twice, and Arc isn't even listed. They list Plastic Little and Crystania OVA's but then show Arc artwork. A collectible!Menus:
The menu layout here is a good combination of music and animation with animation playing in the background as well as in the menu selections themselves. Moving between the menus is nice and fast. Submenus work nice though lack any music or animation, and the main menu works great in giving you quick episode selections.Extras:
There's a small mix of extras here. The character biographies cover both Kei and Yuri then go into talking about the secondary characters/villains in the episodes on the disc for a small paragraph. There's also a promotional trailer for the 3rd installment of Dirty Pair Flash and the original opening animation, which was unfortunately not used in an alternate angle during the actual show.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This arc of Dirty Pair Flash is pretty similar to the last arc, which means you get five more standalone episodes with Kei and Yuri causing as much mayhem as they can get away with. They also get a fair amount visited on them this time out as well. There's a good mix of episodes, but I'll just cover a few favorites.
The opening episode is a full-on Kei type. While on a plane, she gets herself caught up in a large incident where people are chasing down the illegitimate heir to a billionaire senator, as the senator has died and others are seeking control. Kei's just unlucky in being on the plane, but the baby who she ends up rescuing as the plane goes down for a crash will consider it a good thing that she's there. The episode is essentially a chase one across a snowy section of this particular planet, with Kei avoiding the group that's hunting her and the baby, but it works really well to see Kei in protective mode and to eventually really like the baby. But it was really worthwhile to see said baby tinkle in her face.
Another episode that sat very well with us involved Kei and Yuri going on a vacation and going to enjoy time off. This provides, at least early on, massive Kei & Yuri fanservice. The two are definitely going for fun mode, but their vacation is cut short when a long family line of assassins brings in their daughter to the business at the tender age of 15, and she gets the Dirty Pair as her first contract. This long family line of assassins has the utmost faith in their daughter, as we see through one of the practice simulations and just the family name. Watching as this girl, Monica, goes through various attempts on Kei and Yuri's lives is amusing, as they're almost all laced with childhood items and nuances. I couldn't help but laugh when she tries to make a big move by calling down a huge stuffed bear that she could ride in like a mecha and shoots missiles and has Wolverine-like claws.
But probably my favorite on the disc involves the Galaxy Cup tournament. Kei and Yuri are assigned to enter the Beach Volleyball contest which they believe the winners end up becoming involved in something where their bodies are used by an important person who only comes out into the public eye during the awards ceremony. So Kei and Yuri are sent off to 3WA man Gazelle who takes them under his wing and trains them. Trains them hard.
And training is all about fanservice. Both girls in the absolute skimpiest outfits working out. There's just something about seeing Kei and Yuri do a bunnyhop up hundreds of stairs. The bounce man... the bounce! This episode is all about the training, the wearing down of the girls and then priming 'em back up. The trainer is harsh and definitely reminiscent of someone from another sports show but done to a comedic extreme. We just laughed through a lot of this episode and I simply swooned to all the Yuri goodness.
These episodes look overall more polished than earlier episodes in the franchise and the time spent with the characters has definitely made them more likable than I thought they were at first. While these two will never replace my real Lovely Angels, I certainly wouldn't kick either of them out of bed. If you've enjoyed the first two discs in this series, this third one will finish it off nicely.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Character Biographies,Original Trailer,Clean Credit Animation
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.