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Dirty Pair Flash: Angels in Trouble

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Genre: Action/Comedy
Company: Bandai Visual/Sunrise
Format: 6 OVA
Dates: 1/21/1994 to 6/23/1994

Kei and Yuri are two detectives hired by the police organization 3WA. Their resumés aren’t exactly filled with glowing commendations (they’ve both have had their fair share of suspensions and assorted run-ins with authority types), but there is one thing they are great at: kickin’ butt and takin’ names. And they’ll need to use those skills soon, too, because an evil man is looking to gather up enough resources for world domination.

summary by Kain

 

Reviewed: 04/09/2004 by
Grade: 57% av-Kain

Highs: The airport scene in Episode 5

Lows: Barely a story; some confusing, hackneyed action; plenty of not funny jokes; questionable seiyuu work and music

Dirty Pair Flash: Angels in Trouble is a great example of an anime without direction. I attribute much of this to the story that seems to be held together by duct tape and a prayer; it’s a miracle that anyone could possibly piece these parts together to make a semi-cohesive plot line.

And in all honestly, I still don’t know what the story is about. From what I gathered, some guy named Waldess wants to fund some program called Siren, and somehow some scientist referred to as a “neuro-junkie” with bipolar disorder uses his holographic dream program to handle the stress of running away from Waldess’ goons. And a computer card with a special program on it is involved. And there is a female sniper/assassin who works for Waldess and is Kei’s nemesis. And then there are dogfights in space. Let me know when any of this starts making sense so you can enlighten me.

There are some laughs to be had, the great bulk of which occur in the fifth OVA of this series. With by far the best animation and the most coherent story, this episode’s hysterics are like icing on the cake. The airport scene, in particular, had me absolutely rolling with its hilarious absurdity. The bad part is that one moment of great comedy doesn’t make up for off-key and flat jokes during the rest of the show.

Angels in Trouble is pretty much your standard “buddy cop” series with parts of a plot (but not a whole plot), spotty voice work and the type of jokes you’d hear delivered by an airport lounge comedian. The one good episode cannot hope to save the rest.

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