The Dirty Pair are travelling to the planet of Ookbar in search of a missing girl. Kei and Yuri have traced Missinie to the forest of Nolandia, but their investigations have stalled thanks to the less-than-helpful Chief of Security. But the Dirty Pair have never let a little bureaucracy stand in their way.
Kei and Yuri, the intrepid Dirty Pai ... er, I mean, Lovely Angels are assigned to find a missing girl. Kei and Yuri have traced Missinie to the forest of Nolandia, but their investigations have stalled thanks to the less-than-helpful Chief of Security with a hidden agenda.
The plot moves along at a snails pace. Questions are posed but not answered. Due to the nature of the mystery, half the movie is set as illusions experienced by various characters which only bogs down the plot even more. It takes a while for the mystery to be solved.
Animation is ok as it is dated animation. English Voice
Acting is actually poor, some characters are convincing, others are not. Overall it wasn't as good as the Dirty Pair could have been.
I felt that the seriousness of the OVA distracted me from the plot a bit. Dirty Pair shouldn't be this serious, although it was quite a bit more lighthearted than the previous OVA. However, the plot was neither rushed, nor dragged along, with convincing plot twists to keep me interested. Additionally, the plot was very hard to read.
The visuals were pleasing, living up to the crisp animation quality of the series. This OVA was a bit more fearless about pushing the limits of the characters' bodies, going so far as to, at least to me, imply that Kei dreamed about getting tentacle raped, a
scene I found rather disturbing. However, one scene rarely hurts the image of an entire feature.
Overall, the feature was definitely better than Flight 005 Conspiracy, addressing most everything I mentioned in my review of that OVA. The way Yuri was portrayed (very serious, and a bit of an action girl) made me wonder what happened after that mission that made her so girly. Crisp animation, deep dialogue, and Mughi actually being useful (sort of) made for a good watch. I would recommend this OVA to even casual Dirty Pair fans.
The original Dirty Pair TV series made me a bit confused. It was rather... silly, I can't find another word to describe its overall mood. In some episodes the plot moves were strange, in others they were wierd, there were also some so-called "Big Lipped Alligator Moments" or BLAMs for short.
And so it was in "Nolandia no Nazo". This anime is full of plot holes, strange plot twists, some wierd scenes are also present. Yeah, like this scene in the beginning with Kei and Yuri both nude and merging one into another (which makes me think about some sort of hidden message here, like the
lesbian desire of Kei towards Yuri or vice versa) and the "tentacle rape" scene with Kei, which also obviously has sexual context in it. I know that I revealed some spoilers but, man, I think grandpa Freud would be glad to see this.
So, to sum it up, the first half of "Nolandia no Nazo" is psychodelic. It really made me dizzy. Be warned.
The art and animation in the movie are just the same as in the series. Nothing special to see here. And I presume, even in the 80s it was kinda mediocre. But, the main heroines are drawn quite good, so let's leave it as it is.
The other charachters are bland and even don't have enough screen time to show their personalities at full. We have a generic villain who wants to rule the world, we have a generic villain's big tough guy, who is absolutely invincible and.... *yawn*
For me, this movie looks kinda "crumpled". The events are flying fast toward the end, and with the aforementioned plot twists it makes me feel, that if it was quite longer, all things would be explained properly.
This movie is not good at all, but not bad either. If you like old anime, you should give it a try.