Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Dirty Pair



Yuri and Kei are the two members of a "trouble consultant" team codenamed Lovely Angels in earth's far future. Trouble consultants are some kind of agents whose job it is to eliminate threats to humanity. Or catch'n'kill terrorists and such.

The Lovely Angels are pretty competent in their job. However, most of their missions end up with tremendous casualties along their way through no fault of their own. Don't think collapsed buildings - think nuked cities, space stations, planets, solar systems. This - along with their working attire - earned them the name The Dirty Pair.

The Dirty Pair are the archetypes of anime-chicks with guns. The whole series flows over with action in a strange utopian/dytopian high-tech setting. Every technological advance - no matter how ethically deplorable - has been made and commercialized. Cyborgs, AIs, The Matrix, Mutants, Bio-Engineering, Genetic Modifications, Personality Transfers and weapons in all forms and sizes inside.

The original series is pretty old and started out as a light novel (i.e. trash), became an anime and then a manga ... or rather a comic. The main guy responsible for this comic is the american Adam Warren, so this can't technically be called a manga despite the japanese drawing style. You even have to read from left to right.


But no matter who dunnit - this series is great fun and utterly chaotic. You probably won't get more chicks'n'guns per square inch than in Dirty Pair for a very long time.

Sex&Crime: Lots ! Ok, they don't do sex (publicly), but they know exactly how they are showing of their assets. ^_^
Nah, the violence displayed is ... well ... much, but not the kind of nightmare inducing violence you sometimes see in other mainstream mangas (I recall a couple of very disturbing Berserk panels). And the utter disregard for human casualties is strangely undisturbing - probably because you never have to bother with the aftermath of all the carnage.
Imagine Plastic Man on a mission to recover a nuclear suitcase-bomb from terrorists. The mission succeeds although two passenger planes fly into the twin towers and the last panel shows a grinning plastic man flying away from the collapsing buildings while saying "Doh! Well, could've been worse.".
Well, you get the idea. If you can laugh to that then you'll love the Dirty Pair.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't find a way to contact you, so I'm just going to ask here. Do you take requests? If you do, I'd love to see an iPhone ready True Tears. I love that show and and love to be able to watch it on my iPhone 3G when I grab it next week ^^

DirtyFinger said...

actually i have enough stuff i want to release and was just too lazy to do it.

i can give you the free windows software I use, though. Very easy.

maybe i'll even put up a small guide later.

Chris said...

I would love a link to the software you're using, and I think a tutorial of sorts would be fantastic. That way everyone can make iPhone ready versions of their favorite shows without having to bug you for them :)

DirtyFinger said...

http://www.mediacoderhq.com/device/ipod_touch.html

DirtyFinger said...

i'll write a few lines later. but the thing is pretty easy to use and can handle most formats.

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