I’ve got a Dirty Pair to show you…

I do enjoy watching anime.  But my initial forays into anime involved watching American-dubbed and American-edited versions of such Japanese TV shows as Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers), Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), and Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets).

So one day, back when the Thruway Inn in Albany was hosting a sci-fi convention and sale, I was looking through the VHS tapes (yes, it was way back then) for these TV shows, when I saw another conventioneer asking the salesperson if he had a dirty pair.

The salesperson did say that he had a dirty pair.

Okay.  Intrigued.  What’s a dirty pair?

Well, eventually I found out what a dirty pair is.  Or more likely, who the Dirty Pair are.

The Dirty Pair were two “trouble consultants” for an intergalactic assistance agency.  Their job was to stop problems, but they eventually caused more problems than they caused.  Essentially, they were girls in skimpy outfits – with gigantic … guns.

And they were a popular Japanese TV series, with VHS episodes being imported to America and “dubbed” by fans into English.

This is the “Dirty Pair.”

These two anime babes preferred to call themselves the “Lovely Angels,” but because of all the damage they caused in their adventures, everyone referred to them as the “Dirty Pair” – a name they did not like.  Not one bit.  And as for damage – we’re talking the destruction of entire cities just to get one problem resolved.  Which, of course, they would blame on other mitigating factors.  Oh no, they never caused the damage, the damage was just collateral damage to the rest of the damage. 🙂

The Dirty Pair series appears, off and on, in a series of OVA (original video animation), as well as in comic books and other media.  I think there was even an English-version of Dirty Pair that aired as part of Cartoon Network’s Toonami series.

But now, with the popularity of hundreds of other anime out there, the original 1980’s shows like Dirty Pair have drifted away, almost relegated to the hidden corners of YouTube in favor of shows like My Hero Academia and Full Metal Alchemist and whatnot.

And if you think Dirty Pair is completely “out there” in 1980’s Japanese animation…

Wait until I explain Bubblegum Crisis to you.