Set in the future Kei and Yuri are Trouble Consultants for The 3WA. Code Named "Lovely Angels", but, they are known throughout the galaxy as The Dirty Pair. They always solve their case, but, not without causing collateral damage and mayhem.
Kei and Yuri are at it again as they return for ten more sci-fi (mis)adventures. Dirty Pair, created by Haruka Takachiho, is one of the better anime from the 1980s. This series stars the duo who had previously appeared in the TV series, OVAs and a theatrical-film. Kei and Yuri are “trocons” or Trouble Consultants, special agents that work for an intergalactic agency called the 3WA, (the World Wide Welfare Association) a team of government special agents and problem solvers. This organization takes on tasks to bring down the bad guys and help return order within the universe and these two women (two smoking hot women I’ll add) are its most famous team! They call themselves “Lovely Angels”, but to the rest of the galaxy they’re the “Dirty Pair” because while they might be competent at what they do, they’re notorious for the cacophonic destruction that they cause when they’re on their mission.
I’ve been a big Dirty Pair fan since last year when I watched several episodes of the original TV series on YouTube. With the animation, sci-fi elements and women checking people into the Smackdown Hotel I was instantly hooked. The OVAs are essential more of the same in tone to the TV show so that means more butt kicking, more explosions and more exciting exploits. It should be noted the OVAs are episodic so there’s no overarching plot and they can be watched in any order. Each storyline follows a simple formula of the Dir- Lovely Angels being assigned to deal with a problem by their dispatcher, solving the problem while destroying things, kicking ass, taking names, inadvertently causing lots of collateral damage and still somehow complete the mission. Each episode is like a little movie that has a beginning and things are wrapped up in 30 minutes. It makes this collection an easy watch and sure to entertain those looking for a satisfying storyline. The stories take the ladies all across the galaxy to places such as a casino that features a gambling game that predicts the path of crashing meteors, a minor planet prison riot, a group of kids taking over a military base and a destructive religious cult. Some episodes are better than others though, but there’s still some fun to all of them. My favorite is the episode where the Lovely Angels pursue a terminator-like android set to release its dangerous capacity on everything in town at a designated time. Happening at the same time, a gang of robbers dressed in costumes from anime and Disney movies use the Halloween festivities as a necessary distraction to embark on a series of heists across the city.
Obviously, the highlight of the show are the two Trouble Consultants Kei and Yuri. They’re women of great pulchritude and they use unorthodox ways to get the job done. Kei is the tough redhead who’s sometimes intimidating and the more serious of the two. Yuri is the blue haired, joyful and more feminine woman. She sometimes cracks jokes and is more likely to see the bright side of things. One thing they both share personality wise is their compassion for others. The interaction between the two of them works also. They use their strengths towards any of the missions they take on. They get along as expected since they’re best friends, but have no qualms engaging in badinage, prodding and poking fun at each other for their outfits, bust size or not having a boyfriend. It’s the character interactions that make the anime distinct, enjoyable and worth watching.
Mind you, this is an old anime so it’s going to have that “dusty look” which you may or may not like. Personally, I like the warm look of old anime, so it doesn’t bother me. The animation itself is quite good even though it can be a little inconsistent at times which is most evident in episode 7. There is fanservice here (not that I’m complaining), but thankfully the animators didn’t spend all their time and frames making sure the ladies’ bodies were the only things that were beautifully crafted. The action is well-staged and the background, cities, space ships, vehicles and weapons are nicely done.
The audio presentation is strong overall and it definitely gives off an 80s vibe. The OP “By Yourself” is totally groovy and it blatantly jacks the bassline from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” song. The background music and references evoke the popular entertainment at the time with tracks sounding similar to other sci-fi franchises such as “The Terminator”, “Aliens”, “E.T.” and others. The Japanese voice acting is wonderful, Kyoko Tonguu and Saeko Shimazu really make the Lovely Angels work. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and thanks to the work of the voice actors’ and animators I immediately get the feeling that Kei and Yuri aren’t just partners, but best friends. I always did like stories where it shows characters can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Concerning the dub, Pamela and Jessica are cool, but the original seiyuu is the way to go. The rewritten dialogue in the English dub is not as funny as the original and the Japanese voice actresses are able to capture the ladies’ mix of wisecracking, flirtatious, pragmatic, no-bull, and hotheaded moments every time.
Dirty Pair is a series I have a lot of fun with and something I’ll continue to enjoy for more years to come. It’s considered a classic anime series and with good reason. Nowadays though, I think it’s more of a hidden gem. People close to me look at the cover and the title and usually respond with something like “I thought you didn’t watch porn”, but when we watch it they realize it’s way better than any sex video. The ten OVAs cover a variety of situations for the Lovely Angels to deal with and they’re a joy to watch. The comedy, action, fanservice and surroundings are easy to get into if you’re willing to give the anime a chance. I’m glad to have this series in my collection. read more
Not bad. Not great. Pretty average. Your enjoyment may vary depending on your age, when you see/seen this, and your tolerance for older anime. This OVA has absolutely no continuity, so you can literally watch the episodes in any order and it won't matter. You may or may not like this aspect; I personally prefer a strong central plot.
There was nothing inherently wrong with the stories told here. After each one I would want to see another, not because they were particularly good, but I think more so because each one left me feeling perpetually unfulfilled. The stories are just little adventures that never really add up to anything. So they're mildly entertaining in of themselves, but always left me wanting. Also, most of the fights are cartoon army style where thousands of shots fly by, or the enemies can be shooting at almost point blank, and everything but the target gets hit.
Same as the story, or maybe because of it, nothing really develops here either. The characters are neither particularly annoying, nor particularly memorable. Everyone but the main two characters are practically cameos. Even then you still only get a vague idea of the main characters personalities.
The art was fine, I suppose. Nothing that stood out but pretty standard for the period, I believe.
I listened to about an episode and a half of the dubbing, and that was enough for me to conclude that this was some of the least enthusiastic voice acting I've heard. Neither the themes nor background music stood out to me.read more
Enjoyment: For me this was an ok series about 2 female agents and it was just ok nothing much to hang out or much over the top. But all in all i think it is up to each viewer and what he or she likes (that is most likely in all series i guess so).
Art: The art was typical 80' - 90's art style if you looking for fine arts it is not for you but if you like some old school action with a little poor but ok arts i think you would like it.
Characters: The 2 female agents the series are based on you can like them pretty well but you don't get much back story around them so you got to like them for what they do in each episode i guess. For me they was ok and good enough.
Story: As for the story it's not bad but not that good either couse what i mentioned earlyeryou don't get to much story it is episodes with a new adventure each time and that is ok with me. You get a good load of action each time so. And we can say that this is i think for the younger audience, not any blood or bad language. I saw it was some longer series about Dirty Pair so maybe you get some more story there i don't know.
So all in all you get the action you maybe want to see, not very adult content so very good for the children. I think that most children would love it.read more
They call themselfs kei and Yuri or ´Lovely angels´, criminals call them´Dirty Pair `One of the best and funniest ova´s from the 80´s, a time that gave the birth of OVA´S. Seeing it for the 1st time back in 1998 i had nice time watching this on vhs, and those 2 ladies.... big guns and EVERYTHING ends with destruction, no matter how easy an job it is and the department they work for just keeping the bills pilled up at the desk.
one of my favorite episode´s was episode 2, the Halloween robbery wich had some good parody´s with some popculture from its time and earlier. Artwise it is alright to watch, some bad animation but it was a diffrent time so deal with it, but good detailed background animation and not such a stiff movements at the least.The soundtracks ( opening ,ending) really gave a feel that it would be an entertaining anime serie, 1987 , cant go wrong there even during an episode its enjoyable! as for the charachters, because it was the late 80´s u still can see lots of stereotyping throughout the serie´s that can be excpected, even for the main charachters i was sometime´s fed up with some personalitys and stuff you know, the japanese SCHOOLGIRLTYPE screaming .... ugh too much there man... overall i had quite some fun watching it and the music made me finish the whole thing, and the some over the top comedy- action monentsread more