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The Riddle Solved: Right Stuf Grabs Dirty Pair

Sounds dirty


 
Anyone following the beeps and boops of the internet knows that Right Stuf was up to something this week. With their bevy of implanted clues (mostly in the form numbers), they teased about an upcoming release. Well, "upcoming" feels misleading, since the title was from over two decades ago. Yes, well, Right Stuf announced The Dirty Pair!
 

Plot: Follow the action-packed, sci-fi misadventures of Kei and Yuri, operatives dispatched by the for-profit World Welfare Works Association to resolve crises throughout the universe. Their preferred codename may be "Lovely Angels," but their on-the-job effectiveness - rivaled only by the path of destruction left in their wake - has earned them a very public, very unwanted nickname: the "Dirty Pair."

 
  
No dates announced, but this will be the TV series, divided into two parts. You know, a part of me "knows" that Dirty Pair is classic anime, though I couldn't honestly tell you why. I parsed the information and just moved on. Dirty Pair = classic. I guess this release will give us all a chance to figure out for ourselves.

Oishi_47on March 19, 2010 at 11:19 a.m.
Why would they hype a rescue of such and old, questionably "classic?"
kratos1010on March 19, 2010 at 11:31 a.m.
Because it was great! I'm really happy to hear this :D
rocketbomberon March 19, 2010 at 11:37 a.m.
I think this is similar to their release of Tylor, Lost Universe, Toward the Terra and even Astro Boy -- Just because it's a tad older, doesn't make it bad.  Nozomi doesn't have a stack of cash (like Funi) or a pre-existing relationship (like Viz) so, they do what they can. 
 
I love Nozomi and will always be a die-hard proponent of theirs (because of Aria and Marimite) so as a self avowed cheerleader, you can take my opinion and immediately discount it.  But this is a good pick-up for a 3rd tier localizer (one presumes they'll keep the dub tracks) and Dirty Pair is both nostalgic and not that bad.  Dark Horse has the manga release (I hope it's not out of print) and I think anime fandom is mature enough to support re-releases of some older works.  (Here's hoping Nozomi can also pick up Slayers  -- that would Rock.)
Oishi_47on March 19, 2010 at 1:43 p.m.
@rocketbomber: I admit I don't know much about anime/manga from the 80's, so I'll take your word for it. I just don't understand why they used such a big promotional tactic for it's announcement. Is there a huge fan base for Dirty Pair?
Dream moderator on March 19, 2010 at 1:51 p.m.
Basically Dirty Pair's part crime show, part comedy. The show's running gag is that while Yuri and Kei are able to solve many of the cases they are assigned to, there are many cases where they accidentally cause collateral damage from their cases. There's even a spinoff OAV series of the TV series called Dirty Pair Flash where Yuri and Kei are teenagers and the OAV has more fan service than the TV series.
rocketbomberon March 19, 2010 at 3:58 p.m.
@oishi_47: I don't know about *huge*, but they do have a vocal, (older and more likely to be anime blogger)  fanbase.
constanzadellarosaon March 19, 2010 at 4:24 p.m.
Dirty Pair equals classic old school fun, ergo lacks moe. A breath of fresh air in these times.
nandeyanenon March 19, 2010 at 4:45 p.m.
You don't even know what the Dirty Pair is? Don't they teach you kids nothin' in school?
 
Yes, Dirty Pair is a classic, admired by such luminaries as John Ledford (founder of Section 23/Sentai Filmworks/ADV whatever) and Rick Sternbach (Art Director for numerous Star Trek series). For fans of a certain generation this was one of the first anime they ever saw, and it is quite fondly remembered. It's also a lot of fun. Think Charley's Angels meets James Bond, in space.
 
Apparently it also paved the way for female lead characters. The sponsors weren't sure if they'd make money on a show with no male leads, but were quickly proven wrong.
Oishi_47on March 19, 2010 at 6:35 p.m.
@nandeyanen: I was born 5 years after it came out. When I was getting into anime, it was the time when they were cranking out a lot of shows. I was aware of Dirty Pair, but it just looked like a lot of other shows to me at the time. I'll definitely try to check this show out now.
XChileon March 19, 2010 at 9:51 p.m.
Awesome, just a great show with good clean fun.

Dig Deeper into Dirty Pair

A sci-fi acton comedy series based on a light novel series. Chock full of fanservice and stuff blowing up. What's not to love?

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