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ADV Films presents
Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 2: Angels at World's End (1994)

Kei: This is the worst mission.
Yuri: There are no rich, handsome men around either.

- Rika Matsumoto, Mariko Kouda

Review By: Jeff Ulmer   
Published: December 28, 2001

Stars: Rika Matsumoto, Mariko Kouda, Kenichi Ono, Sue Ulu, Kim Sevier, Jason Douglas
Other Stars: Shigezou Sasaoka, Masahi Sugawara, Misato Hirano, Kazuhiro Nakata, Kikuko Inoue, Donl Johnson, Guil Lunde, Lew Temple, Tamara Lo
Director: Tsukasa Kimura

Manufacturer: IFPI
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (12+ for nudity, adult themes)
Run Time: 02h:19m:10s
Release Date: December 11, 2001
UPC: 702727022722
Genre: anime

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer
A- B+B+A- C+

DVD Review

What's a little collateral damage between friends? Kei and Yuri, who call themselves the Lovely Angels, are better known throughout the rest of the galaxy as the Dirty Pair, and while technically they are Trouble Consultants for 3WA, trouble magnets would be a far more fitting job description. Dirty Pair Flash is an updated recreation of the Original Dirty Pair, based on Takachiho Haruka's 1980s' novels turned TV series. For Dirty Pair Flash, the central characters get a design update from Kimura Takahiro, (AD Police, Kimagure Orange Road), with Kei sporting a new two-tone hairdo, and Yuri going from blue to purple hair. The outfits are more revealing, and their personalities also get a revisit. These are not intended to be the same girls, but their dispositions are similar enough to keep long time fans happy. Flash was created in three multi-part missions, each getting their own DVD this time out. Mission 2 is in five parts, all of which are included here.

Our girls are assigned as the bodyguards for fellow Trouble Consultant Toumo, a geeky computer nerd being sent to a popular historical theme park. World's World recreates the Earth of old, with its 20th century replicas of old Tokyo's atmosphere and way of life, with a New York model in the works along with other major centers. It seems the central computer has been infected with a debilitating virus which Toumo is in charge of eradicating—if he doesn't get himself killed first. No sooner do they arrive than the trouble starts, as a bomb explodes while they are on their way to the main office where they'll be debriefed on their assignment. It's a good thing our Dirty Pair are on hand to battle the bad guys. Through the five episodes on this disc, our girls get into a number of interesting situations, from attending a private girl's school to outsmarting con men and playing matchmaker. The Twentieth century will never be the same!

Dirty Pair Flash differs from the OVAs in a number of ways, the most obvious being the character design, which is more modern and more heavily fanservice oriented—there is a lot more nudity and skimpy clothing going on here than in the older series. There is also more continuity between segments than the primarily episodic former series. The girls are far less often the instigators of destruction, as their bazooka wielding predecessors often were. Instead, they cause trouble by the attacks made on them instead, at least most of the time. Okay, Yuri did crash their spaceship into the airport, and Kei manages to blast away parts of a few buildings, but hey, it's not as bad as it sounds! Our girls still have a healthy disrespect for each other, and though it isn't all too venomous in this mission, it still opens the door for a lot of mischeviousness. There are many hilarious sequences throughout, with a few really good surprising moments.

The differences between Dirty Pair Flash and its predecessors are enough to make it fun on its own, but not so far out that all attachment to the originals is lost. While it doesn't have exactly the same feel as before, it is still highly entertaining, but from a slightly different angle.

Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: B+


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: Image quality is pretty decent, with solid, vibrant colors, good black levels and appropriate contrast. There is some aliasing, but it isn't excessive. Grain is pretty much nonexistent except in areas dominated by dark blues, which is pretty standard. Looks good.

Image Transfer Grade: B+


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Japanese, Englishyes

Audio Transfer Review: Stereo audio is well presented on the Japanese track, with good use of the stereo field, and a fairly full range soundtrack. No distortion was noted, nor were there any obtrusive equalization issues. The dub track is considerably quieter and is somewhat muffled, with a lack of high end compared to the Japanese track, and the theme music has a slightly different pitch and is almost mono sounding. Rating is for the original language track.

Not surprising—I am an original language snob after all—I was not very enamored with the dub track, which changes a lot of dialogue, and just doesn't have the same impact as the Japanese version. However, there were a few places where the English made more sense, especially during the setup while they are describing the nature of the theme park. While I was somewhat indifferent to the main theme song, I found the closing sequence pretty catchy.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-


Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 30 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
6 Other Trailer(s) featuring Sakura Diaries, Nadia, the Secret of Blue Water, Soul Hunter, Dai-Guard, Orphen,Original Dirty Pair
Packaging: Scanavo
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. Character biographies
  2. Clean opening credits
Extras Review: A character bio section covers Yuri, Kei, Toumo and a collection of the people they will encounter during this second mission.

Clean opening and closing animation are tagged together. Though they are chapter marked, I wish they had been given their own menu options.

The preview trailer for Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 2 and a selection of standard ADV trailers for Sakura Diaries, Nadia, the Secret of Blue Water, Soul Hunter, Dai-Guard, Orphen and Original Dirty Pair is also included. A Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 3 preview is the last chapter of the features.

Extras Grade: C+


Final Comments

The second disc in the Dirty Pair Flash OVA series is a fun addition to anyone's Dirty Pair library, and while its tone is fairly different than the originals, it still has some great qualities to it. Flash has a lot more ecchi humor, and plenty of fanservice, and there's no shortage of action as our girls get themselves embroiled in lots of shenanigans while looking for a good time. I'm going to go listen to that closing theme again....


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