(Note: This review covers the original TV version of the series. I will review the OVA and “Dirty Pair Flash” at a later date.)
Creator/Studio: Haruka Takachiho and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko/Sunrise
Distributor: Nozomi Entertainment (subsidiary of Right Stuf)
Suggested Age: 13+
No. of Episodes: 24 (+2 direct to video episodes)
My Review: 8/10
Summary: In the 22nd century, the human race has colonized space. Crime is rampant. A corporation called the World Welfare Works Association (aka WWWA or 3WA) has dispatched “trouble consultants” to fight these crimes for a price. Two such agents are Kei and Yuri, whose overzealous methods have earned them the nickname “Dirty Pair” or “Lovely Angels”.
Review: While Neon Genesis Evangelion did coin the term fan service, there are earlier anime that also ran on rather risqué depictions of women. These titles include Cutie Honey and Dirty Pair.
At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much substance to this title. It’s got girls who wear skimpy outfits that barely qualify as bikinis and they carry big guns like you might see in Men in Black. So why am I giving this a high score? Because it doesn’t try to be any more than it is. It knows it’s cheesy and revels in it. Kei and Yuri are fun characters. I loved watching their pratfalls and the chaos they left in their wake as they “solved” the problems they were assigned. They had fun personalities and it was clear that the show was meant for nothing else but fun. If you can stomach the risqué clothing and mild humor, I’d say give it a look.
Sub/Dub: I only watched the sub.
Music/Score: The music is very lively. I’m adding the opening song, “Russian Roulette” to my growing list of favorite opening themes.
Violence: (5/10) Most of the violence is done in camp and tongue-in-cheek. There’s slapstick and some giant guns being fired, but it’s all in fun and doesn’t get graphic.
Language: (3/10) Very mild here.
Sexuality: (2/10) Some mild sexual language.
Nudity: (2/10) There’s a couple shower shots here and there.
Related Media: There is an OVA and a sequel series called Dirty Pair Flash, which is at best an “alternate universe” version of the franchise. The creators I mentioned created the light novels, which are published in North America by Dark Horse. Dark Horse’s Studio Proteus imprint published an American version of the franchise, written by Toren Smith and Adam Warren. Warren also drew the comic. The titles are as follows: Biohazards, Dangerous Acquaintances, A Plague of Angels, Sim Hell, Fatal But Not Serious, and Run From the Future.