JapaneseSaeko ShimazuTakaya Hashi
Dirty Pair: Project Eden
Also known as: Dirty Pair the Movie
Medium: film
Year: 1986
Director: Koichi Mashimo
Writer: Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
Keywords: anime, SF
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Actor: Chikao Ohtsuka, Ikuya Sawaki, Jurota Kosugi, Katsuji Mori, Kayoko Fujii, Kazue Komiya, Kyouko Tonguu, Mikio Terashima, Naoki Makishima, Osamu Kobayashi, Saeko Shimazu, Sayuri Ikemoto, Shozo Iizuka, Shunsuke Shima, Shunsuke Takamiya, Takaya Hashi, Taro Arakawa, Toku Nishio
Format: 81 minutes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=585
Website category: Anime old
Review date: 5 July 2022
Dirty Pair was a big deal in the 1980s and 1990s. It's about two troubleshooters, Kei and Yuri, whose missions usually end in disaster. Hence their name. They'll capture their target, but in the process will generally end up destroy cities, etc. (Here, they trash an entire planet. Technology and buildings look a bit fragile in the year 2141.)
This was their only movie, despite an English-language "features collection" DVD that also includes two hour-long OVAs. It's light and fun. Nothing that's worth hunting down, mind you. It's an adventure romp that's not really about anything beyond banter, action and being mildly sexy. There's a mad scientist who's making monsters, a group of vizorium smugglers and a professional thief who you can imagine as a better-looking Lupin III (including the sideburns). Kei fancies the thief.
ACTION: the film's last 15-20 minutes are almost dialogue-free. Looks great, doesn't mean much. It's mostly about its musical choices, actually, with a backdrop of action and explosions. When required, Kei and Yuki will wear battle armour with cannons, fins and sixteen thigh-mounted rocket launchers.
NUDITY: the male supporting characters provide as much, actually. Nonetheless, the girls do wear skimpy outfits, get in the bath and have a scene where the only way of preventing a catastrophic fall is to grab Yuri's bikini bottom.
CHARACTERISATION: Kei and Yuki are likeable and easy-going, arguably to a fault. The mad scientist is a mad scientist and has an action butler. However, the only character you'll remember is the professional thief in pink pants, Carson D. Carson, who exchanges a promise with the Dirty Pair not to interfere in each other's jobs (eh?), but then keeps giving them a hard time anyway. He's after a special bottle of wine.
The Dirty Pair concept was inspired by Japanese women's wrestling. That fits. I don't feel the need for more Dirty Pair anime right now, but it's a confident, breezy SF action franchise that passes the time well enough.