It's Chief Gooley's worst nightmare come true. The Lovely Angels are back on the job, but this time the 3WA's Central Computer has assigned them two cases at the same time: investigate a space liner explosion in which three hundred people died, but no one`s come forward to claim any insurance money; and find a missing scientist and his family.
Could the two cases be connected? Only the Central Computer knows and it's not talking. So it's up the Dirty Pair to get down and dirty and solve the puzzle before time runs out for a grieving grandfather, his family and the universe!
Kei and Yuri, the intrepid Dirty Pai ... er, I mean, Lovely Angels are back on the job. They have two assignments this time. First, to investigate a space liner explosion in which three hundred people died, but no one`s come forward to claim any insurance money!!? Second, to find a missing scientist and his family. Are the two cases connected?
As the title hints, there IS a Conspiracy, so it comes as no big surprise when the 2 cases are linked. The story is predictable and the animation is old school. If they didn't cut corners on the animation so much I would have scored
it higher. This movie did kick up the ecchi factor. It was like Kei and Yuri visited the plastic surgeon after the original TV series was done. I spent half the movie wondering how on earth Kei and Yuri's "bras" could in reality hold their boobs up, wires or no wires, it's just not possible to pack that much mass into clothing designed with a diamond cutout on the middle of the chest, without something(s) falling out (if you know what I mean).
But I digress, characterization and comedy are the biggest hallmarks of Dirty Pair, and this movie goes over the top on both. Chief Gooley goes into mega hysterics when the central computer assigns The Dirty Pair to these two cases. I thought it was WAY over the top considering that Chief Gooley has worked with them forever and so should be semi "used to it" by now. Comedic bits are evident in the reaction of various people when the Dirty Pair introduce themselves.
The real issue with this movie is besides the ham factor, the voice acting is atrocious. The Japanese version is slightly better than the english voice actors, but even then you can't keep a straight face at some of the things that are said. The english voice acting for Kei was terrible - I didn't believe anything that came out of her mouth. It made half the show seem like a very bad 1950s B grade horror schlock, no Oscars will be won for the voice acting here.
Overall, this was not a very good movie and it could and should have been done much better to do justice to the Dirty Pair.
The original run of the show was in 1985, and since then, the anime Dirty Pair has bounced from studio to studio, but never leaving the shows incredible charm, action, and the lovely duo behind.
In the universe of “Dirty Pair,” humanity has spread across the universe and thus gave birth to the United Galactica and a corporation called the World Welfare Works Association (3WA) which our two main girls, Kei (red) and Yuri (blue) work for. The 3WA sends “trouble consultants” like Kei and Yuri to solve various problems, and in grand fashion, the two lovely angels cause nothing but destruction and mayhem wherever they
In this particular hour-long OVA, Kei and Yuri are picked by the computer to investigate a mysterious plane explosion causing many people to simply go missing, much to the dismay of the Chief. And thus, that is all there is to it. Let the mayhem commence in typically awesome Dirty Pair action.
Being an OVA, the characters and dramatics are a little over the top, such as the Chief reacting to the computer picking Kei and Yuri or the clothing options for the two; oh so space 80’s. However, the animation for Dirty Pair never looked better. Sound and music match fairly well for action sequences. Even the story is somewhat darker and has a more serious plot compared to the more over-dramatic humour the show usually brings. Some might deter from this new aspect of Dirty Pair and that is fine if looking for more of the original anime.
Kei and Yuri are as lovable as ever, with Kei being the assertive flirt with a short fuse while Yuri is the more soft spoken and romantic type. Basically, Dirty Pair 005 is an OVA that creates a more serious atmosphere with still maintaining what is loved about the franchise, chicks with big sticks.
I can't say I loved this particular installment in the franchise. While it had the action (and property damage) that I've come to expect, it was far too dark and serious to be worth re-watching. Also, the OVA spent far too much time getting Kei and Yuri into place to advance the plot along. Overall, though, the animation was decent (for 1990, anyway.), and the original voice actors came back for this one.
Taking everything into consideration, I'd rate this a 6/10. As I mentioned, too dark and serious to merit rewatching. As much as I like Dirty Pair, this was likely the low point for
the franchise. At least, before Dirty Pair Flash. Makes me wonder what to expect from Affair of Nolandia...