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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 13 & 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: Random Angels
By Paul Jacques
December 28, 2003
Release Date: December 15, 2003
Dirty Pair Flash: Random Angels
What They Say
© ADV Films UK
Tired of the same old action flicks? Tired of seeing buildings blown-up, aircraft exploding, and bodies falling. Of course not! Well, never fear, Kei and Yuri are back in five new episodes bursting with collateral damage! Yes, the Lovely Angels are on the job, and that means the entire universe is at risk. Fearless, ruthless, and completely clueless, the Dirty Pair 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!Audio:
I listened in alternate English and Japanese episodes. The English sounded a little quiet, with the Japanese language having a tad more bass and sounding better.
Opening theme is different! And is called “Don’t get serious”. Closing track is also different, and is called “Looking with the eyes of the heart”, although this track’s mixing is all over the place, going from dual mono to stereo and back again. Neither track stands out as a real toe-tapper.Video:
No problems detected.Packaging:
The front cover shows Yuri and Kei (one behind the other). The rear cover shows Yuri in a skimpy swimsuit. The single sheet insert is the same as the front cover shot. The disc itself has the girls printed on the cover in their service costumes.Menu:
On the simple opening menu we have Episode and Scene selection, Languages and Extras, set against a background of rotating 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 first episode starts very dramatically, when a commercial airliner that Kei is traveling on is shot down in the snowy mountains. From the wreckage only Kei and a small baby emerge alive. It later transpires that the baby may be entitled to inherit a fortune worth trillions (so now we have motive). The rest of the plot is very simple- Kei has to make it back to help, with baby, whilst being pursued by the baddies. I have to say that this is one interesting episode (lots of mixed messages), especially when Kei’s reaction to a baby peeing on her is to pull her gun and threaten it. Although Kei’s mothering instincts do develop later in a more - cough cough - practical application (mother’s milk is best).
The next episode starts with the death of Kei and Yuri at the hands of the Sweet Fairy (aka Monica the Murderess). Only this is just a dress rehearsal for a killer who has been given a contract to ice the Dirty Pair. And so we find our intrepid duo going on vacation, but little do they know that a small and cute assassin is lurking around every corner, under every bed and inside every seagull and octopus. At the end we have the inevitable show-down between R heroes and the cutesy-pie in pink at the Disney~esque castle of death. This is one funny episode, and had me chuckling quite a few times.
The third episode has Kei and Yuri competing in a big Volleyball competition, as they are undercover in order to arrest a man known as the “President”. It goes without saying that neither know anything about the sport, and so to begin with they are sent to train under a great coach to prepare for the tournament- queue funny Sports Anime episode (with most of the clichés).
The next episode has Yuri finding the boy of her dreams, or so it seems. Only the boy in question is the Grandson of one of the 3WA bigwigs sponsors, and Yuri turns out to be a life-like android- confused? So what we have is a boy living out a fantasy about Yuri (wink, wink) and building a robot look-a-like. Anyway, Kei goes and breaks the Android and so Yuri has to substitute until the original Android can be repaired. Yuri is gutted at thought of doing this wussy mission, until she finds out just how rich the boy is. Only as she gets to know the boy Julian, it slowly dawns on her that he is in love with the idea of Yuri, and not Yuri herself. This doesn’t stop her trying to manipulate both Julian and Kei to her advantage though. But in the end, hell hath no fury like a women scorned.
The final episode sees the 3WA HQ attacked by Beringer, who is on a mission of revenge against Poporo. It’s left to the Lovely Angels to confront the bad guy (in his Battle Armor) and save their boss. This is an all action episode, so just sit back and enjoy an episode that gets back to Flash fundamentals, with scenes of destruction and mayhem.
Unusually, this volume does not contain a single story thread running through all the episodes, but is in fact five separate stories. A such it doesn’t suffer from having to pad out the plot like the previous volume did.
In summary- This disc is better than the previous volume and it still represents excellent VFM.
Japanese Language 2.0,English Language 2.0,English Subtitles,Character Biographies,Original series trailer,Clean 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.