Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 2

The first thing I noticed after watching this series, is it's much less serious than the first (if you can believe that). There's less action, more humor, and more focus on the characters. The first and final episodes are the only episodes with a lot of action, while the middle three are very plot and character oriented. The stories themselves are pretty good. This time around, Kei and Yuri are assigned to guard a computer genius on a mission to rid a tourist world of a computer virus. The world just happens to be a recreation of 20th century Tokyo, and as their bad luck would have it, they get end up getting stuck there and must face the perils of living in "modern" society. I must say I didn't really care for the first episode and began dreading this would be a ho-hum sequel to the first Dirty Pair Flash series. The remaining episodes certainly changed my mind, though. The next three episodes are very funny, with a tight focus on the characters and relationships between them. It wasn't really what I expect of the Dirty Pair, but it was very entertaining nonetheless. The final episode is also pretty good, and serves as a hilarious wrap-up for the series. As I stated earlier, this series strongly focuses on the characters. I noticed that Yuri has become much less of a whiny airhead, and she even is downright vindictive in the second episode. Kei is still quite hot-tempered and violent, and I hope she never changes. We also get introduced to a third character, Toma. He is a geeky computer whiz whom the Dirty Pair have been assigned to guard. He is a bit more "normal" than Kei and Yuri, but still provides some laughs. There really isn't a whole lot of destruction in this series. The violence level is relatively contained, and I can't remember any innocent bystanders being hurt. Most of the destruction that does occur is to buildings and not actual people. Still, the final episode had some pretty good action sequences as the Dirty Pair battled a rampaging android. The artwork is pretty good, but the animation isn't as smooth as the first series. The dubbing was the same as the first series, which is to say pretty good if you can stand Yuri's whiny voice actor. Overall, it's quite a departure from the first series. Chock full of humor, entertaining stories, and charming characters, I recommend this anime to anyone who wants to watch something light-hearted and fun. The Verdict: * * * * (good)

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