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Animation | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

WWWA Trouble Consultants Kei and Yuri team up with a petty thief to stop a mad scientist and his legions of mutated creatures.

Director: Kôichi Mashimo
Stars: Wendee Lee, Lara Cody, Kerrigan Mahan
Gunnm (Video 1993)
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This movie takes place in a distant future, and is the story of a the young cyborg Gally, who is found on a scrapheap by the Cyberdoctor Daisuke Ido, who rebuilds her and becomes her ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Fukutomi
Stars: Miki Itô, Shunsuke Kariya, Kappei Yamaguchi
Cyber City Oedo 808 (TV Mini-Series 1990)
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the city of Oedo 2808 A.D., three Cyber criminals are given two choices, to either rot in jail or to join a special force of the Cyber Police to get possibly one more chance at freedom ... See full summary »

Stars: Hiroya Ishimaru, Stuart Milligan, Tesshô Genda
Dominion Tank Police (TV Series 1988)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a dystopic pollution ridden future, the tank police fight for law and order and cause massive collatorol destruction along the way.

Stars: Hiromi Tsuru, Masaaki Ôkura, Yûsaku Yara
Venus Wars (1989)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The new frontier of Venus has degenerated into a dystopia ravaged by the civil war between Ishtar and Aphrodia. Bubbly reporter Susan Sommers arrives in the capitol of Aphrodia just before ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Stars: Katsuhide Uekusa, Ben Fairman, Yûko Mizutani
Dirty Pair OVA (TV Series 1987)
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Join everyone's favorite space duo, Kei and Yuri in more awesome adventures in this thrilling OVA collection.

Stars: Pam Lauer, Jessica Calvello, Saeko Shimazu
Black Magic M-66 (Video 1987)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A freelance reporter discovers that two killer androids are running loose and have a little girl for a kill target.

Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Shirow Masamune
Stars: Yû Mizushima, Ichirô Nagai, Shinji Ogawa
Dirty Pair Flash (TV Series 1995)
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Yuri and Kei are given accommodations at an all-girls boarding school from the 20th century. Yuri finds the life as an exchange student a lot of fun.

Stars: Mariko Kouda, Rica Matsumoto, Kim Sevier
Armitage III (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Animation | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the year 2046, a cop and his female android partner called Armitage, part of the latest android line known as "class III" models that look, act and feel human, investigate illegal manufacture of class III androids on colonized Mars.

Stars: Hiroko Kasahara, Yasunori Masutani, Ryûsei Nakao
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi
Chôjikû Yôsai Macross (1982–2006)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

An alien ship crash lands on Earth and its secrets lead to a desperate war against an alien foe sent to retrieve the ship.

Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Vic Mignogna
Angel Cop (TV Mini-Series 1989)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An elite anti-terrorist agent battles terrorists threatening Japan, but a mysterious third player is involved in their own way.

Stars: Mika Doi, Sharon Holm, Masashi Ebara
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Kyôko Tongû ...
Saeko Shimazu ...
Naoki Makishima ...
 Mughi / ... 7 episodes, 1985-1990
Ikuya Sawaki ...
 Gooley / ... 7 episodes, 1985-1990
Masami Kikuchi ...
 Boy / ... 3 episodes, 1985
Nobuaki Fukuda ...
 Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Shingo Hiromori ...
 Calico / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Mizuru Ishibashi ...
 Controller / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Keiichi Nanba ...
 Good-looking Man 2 episodes, 1985
Kôji Totani ...
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Kei and Yuri's first appearance was in Crusher Joe: The Movie (1983). See more »

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Followed by Dirty Pair OVA (1987) See more »

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Ro-Ro-Ro-Roshian Rûretto
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Performed by Meiko Nakahara
Lyrics and music by Meiko Nakahara
Arrangement by Jun Satô
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"Dirty Pair" TV series offers Kei and Yuri at their most enjoyable
5 June 2011 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

The 1985 "Dirty Pair" TV series was the first Japanese animated production to star brunette Yuri and redhead Kei, the voluptuous and volatile duo of space fighters who prefer to call themselves "Lovely Angels," but are invariably known throughout the galaxy as the "Dirty Pair," thanks to their tendency to leave a lot of damage in the wake of their chaotic adventures. (They actually made their first appearance in a cameo in the 1983 animated feature, CRUSHER JOE.) I've reviewed several other entries in the "Dirty Pair" franchise here, including the 1989 OAV series, two OAV specials ("Affair on Nolandia" and "Flight 005 Conspiracy") and one movie (PROJECT EDEN), plus CRUSHER JOE, but I'm grateful that the original 1985 TV series has finally been released on DVD in the U.S., in Japanese with English subtitles. I watched the first 13 episodes and I have to say I consider this program the best example of "Dirty Pair" I've yet seen. The series offers adventure, humor, imagination and abundant pulchritude on the part of the two main characters.

Some of the episodes are straight space adventures where Yuri and Kei confront pirates, battle monsters or rescue people on all sorts of planets. Some lean toward hard science fiction, as in episode 12, "The Little Dictator," where scientists invest a lab rat with super intelligence and the experiment backfires when the rat, Algernon, leads a takeover of the facility by his army of rats. (Algernon is a reference to the famous sci-fi short story, "Flowers for Algernon.") With some catastrophic exceptions (check out the Death Star-style action in episode 9), Kei and Yuri usually do a good job of fulfilling their roles as experienced troubleshooters for the intergalactic paramilitary WWWA (World Welfare Works Association).

In addition to the "Algernon" reference, there are signs of other favorite stories and films on the part of the writers. In episode 8, they land on a planet called "Poisonville," where Yuri's childhood sweetheart is apparently imprisoned. Poisonville is a reference to the Dashiell Hammett crime novel, "Red Harvest" (1929), where the action is set in a corrupt mining town called Personville, that's generally referred to by the locals as "Poisonville." Episode 9 follows up with an adventure on a Wild West-style planet where Kei and Yuri each join rival gangs in a bid to play both ends against the middle in a plot borrowed from the classic films, YOJIMBO (1961) and its Italian western remake, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964). And what novel was YOJIMBO inspired by? That's right, "Red Harvest." So the cross-cultural influences keep going back and forth.

The adventure episodes are all fun to watch and filled with excitement and suspense, but I tend to prefer the comic episodes where the girls get to check out guys, engage in slapstick chases, and hurl humorous insults back and forth, mostly about weight, breast size, fashion sense and choice of men. In episode 4, they have to pursue a runaway cat with super powers (and a taste for cheesecake) around a sprawling metropolis. In episode 10, they land on a planet and are accused of impersonating the Dirty Pair when they try to protect a young prince who's been targeted for assassination. In episode 11, my favorite of the 13, they're off-duty and have plenty of time to be their usual comical, flirty selves when they stop on a planet to buy dresses for a party and get mistaken for the lookalike bank robbery team of "Pete and Moila." When they try to escape, they find a gaggle of pesky kids on their ship and are forced to fly off with them, making the lawmen think they've taken hostages. There's a Lupin III vibe to much of the action.

I love the animation and design in this series. The frequent action scenes are fast-paced and fluidly animated. The colors are bright and the graphics bold. The settings are always interesting, whether they're on bleak planetary landscapes, flying through space at warp speed, or on crowded city streets and shopping malls. Kei and Yuri are exceedingly cute and quite an eyeful in their bathing-suit-style uniforms. (They switch to snazzy blue skin-tight battle suits in episode 8.) Their comical facial expressions are matched by the quick pace of their banter and frequent asides by the voice actresses, Saeko Shimazu and Kyouko Tonguu, who do a marvelous job. I found the animation and design a lot more sophisticated here than it is in the later versions of "Dirty Pair."

ADDENDUM (July 1, 2015): I'm planning to watch this series again, so I re-read my review to remind myself which episodes I liked and in so doing I came to a realization that seems to have escaped me when I wrote the piece four years ago. Last night, I re-watched the first two episodes of "Cowboy Bebop" (1998) and it appears to me that both "Dirty Pair" and "Lupin III" look forward to "Cowboy Bebop." Like "Cowboy Bebop," "Dirty Pair" envisions a far-flung network of space colonies reflecting 20th century industrial capitalist culture and institutions. And because of this, the settings which Kei and Yuri visit seem familiar to us, as do those visited by Spike & co. in "Cowboy Bebop."


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