- SENGOKU BASARA: SAMURAI KINGS *** YAMADA'S FIRST TIME *** DRAGONBALL Z KAI
- CHAOS HEAD *** BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 *** HETALIA: AXIS POWERS
- ONE PIECE *** ROSARIO + VAMPIRE *** MY BRIDE IS A MERMAID *** DARKER THAN BLACK
- PRINCESS JELLYFISH *** FAIRY TAIL *** SOUND OF THE SKY
Whoa… I feel incredibly silly for never getting around to watch this show until now. This is exactly the kind of speedy, fleet-footed adventure that spins my wheels. Exactly.
Though, I like to believe that the positive flipside of my tardiness is that it allows me to evaluate a classic series like this without the usual nostalgic prejudices. Specifically, I look at DIRTY PAIR and see a show that handles T&A (or “fan service,” if you prefer the doublespeak) so much more tastefully than so many contemporary shows that just love to push that button. There’s something artfully ironic about that considering how the show’s actually named after an innuendo for T or A (the dirty pairs of the front or the back, right? Right?) The obvious answer is that this might have been one of the first shows to push the envelope and a couple decades worth other shows have simply licked that envelope until it’s dissolved entirely.
Or perhaps they really just don’t make ‘em like they used to.
I want to watch more of this. It wastes no time stomping its high-heeled foot on the accelerator and it doesn’t let up to ever spell out the details we've already sussed out. I got the biggest kick out of how the beat that immediately follows the introduction of this massive super-computer is the shocker that it’s going into full-tilt misanthropic megalomania. No time wasted! The fact that his name’s “Brian” and his name punctuates nearly every passage of breathless Japanese dialog was just the titter-inducing cherry on top of that madness. The Dirty Pair themselves are hoot, too. Incessant banter can turn into excessive banter rather easily, but I was having a hell of time watching them constantly undermining eachother whilst on the go.
You know what? Depending on how you lunatics respond, I just might make this the series to join DARKER THAN BLACK once I wrap up EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO. I kind-of like this set-up of coupling an old school favorite with a more recent hit.
Also, I'm preparing for a special Q&A edition of this. If you'd like to participate, put your questions in this thread.
Watch this episode, "How to Kill a Computer” below and decide for yourself.