The Great Adventure of the Dirty Pair

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Charged with keeping the peace and investigating crime among the stars, the Worlds Welfare Work Association (WWWA) prides itself on a reputation of safety and regard for life and property. If only someone would tell that to Agents Kei and Yuri, codename "the Lovely Angels," but better known as the Dirty Pair. Part female James Bond and part walking disaster, this duo gets the job done, though there are no guarantees that a city or two won't get razed in the process. In this adventure, the Angels are called in to investigate the cataclysmic destruction of the Gravus Heavy Industry facility on the planet Dangool. What they find there hurls the pair into a danger-filled trek across the galaxy. Created by popular science fiction author Haruka Takachiho in 1979, The Dirty Pair are among the most beloved characters in popular anime and science fiction circles.

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AGERANGE: Ages 15 to 18.

Although this work inspired a hit anime series in Japan-it has yet to be televised in the United States-a series based on this poorly translated work would likely tank here. Trained "Trouble Consultants" Kei and Yuri are summoned to investigate a mysterious explosion and murder in a distant future where humans occupy multiple planets in the universe, but the protagonists' primary concerns seem to be their tightly fitting hot pants. Sabotaged by their own arrogance, which is clearly evident through the voice of red-headed hottie, Kei, they solve the cases at hand but manage to maim, kill, and destroy entire populations without a slight twinge of superhero guilt, earning them the ominous nickname "The Dirty Pair.” Many Japanese comics include sound effects that might seem odd to Westerners but actually have very precise translations; however, this hybrid novel/comic has gratuitous sound effects that are simply odd. Those graphics that might qualify this work as manga are quite dull and do little to move the action forward. What might have been stylistically strong in Japan in the 1970s now falls flat. Fans of graphic novels have refined tastes when it comes to manga, and although this work may have been one of the seeds of the early manga craze, it remains that-the conceit of the protagonists coupled with the poor translation and flippant destruction of innocent life provide an infertile soil that will prevent this work from ever blossoming in this new century. Reviewer: Erin Kilby
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595821003
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 8/29/2007
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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