Dirty Pair (1987): Revenge of the Muscle Lady! Is a Woman’s Spirit the Beauty of the Ring?

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Episode 7 Revenge of the Muscle Lady! Is a Woman’s Spirit the Beauty of the Ring? is a welcome return to form for the Dirty Pair OAVs. It is a solidly constructed episode that’s also a lot of fun to watch[1].

Muscle Lady opens with Kei in an arena fight with an over muscled moron called Mad Bull. I strongly suspect that the design of the arena, a framework with dangling chains and weaponry, was inspired by Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome[2]. Yuri is watching from the stands of an arena big enough to make the “underground” status of this fight claimed by Mad Bull dubious. Continue reading

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014) and The Legend Ends (2014)

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Note to viewers: do not watch Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno unless you have immediate access to Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.

Trust me on this.

Kyoto Inferno is only half of the story, and ends on the sort of cliffhanger that makes some people throw books across the room in frustration[1]. Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1987): Are You Serious? Shocked at the Beach! Wedding Panic!

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When I decided to watch the Dirty Pair OAVs in a run for diversion before I reviewed them I really didn’t expect four weak episodes in a row. Fortunately episode 6 Are You Serious? Shocked at the Beach! Wedding Panic! is the last of these; they get better from here. Honest.

Kei and Yuri are on a cruise liner to Sargilco Island when Yuri gets hit on by a handsome dude. Yuri is unimpressed and more or less tells him to take a hike. The Lovely Angels have been sent to the island to infiltrate a counterfeiting operation run by the Casteno Family, who also more or less run the island. Continue reading