Kei - Nozomi Cover Art - Episodes 6 - 9

Kei – Nozomi Cover Art – Episodes 6 – 9

Some science fiction properties have a firm grasp of astronomical scales and how travel between them works.

Dirty Pair? Not so much. 🙂

Welcome to the second disc of the Dirty Pair TV series and episode 6 Lots of Danger, Lots of Decoys[1]. That grasp on astronomical scales, or lack thereof, becomes glaringly obvious when the Lovely Angels are possibly tasked with carrying a crystal[2] to the Caine Galaxy[3].

Possibly? Well, you see because the crystal is incredibly valuable at least 20 decoy containers are being sent on other ships and the Lovely Angels might not even have the crystal. Even if they do, the real one is apparently protected by a bomb.

Yeah. Right. Of course they don’t. The bomb on the other hand…

Naturally the Lovely Angels head off in the Lovely Angel and soon run into trouble in the form of a very suspicious freighter[4], not to mention reports of several other ships being waylaid in transit. Evidently Kei and Mughi are enough of a boarding party to take out a pirate ship whilst Yuri makes faces at the pirates over the communicator.

As Kei is making her way back to the Lovely Angel, a much larger pirate ship shows up to crash the party.

I believe I mentioned that the plot of The Heartbeat of Creados was contrived to ensure that the Lovely Angels didn’t have their own ship? Lots of Danger, Lots of Decoys demonstrates exactly why it was done that way.

The leader of the pirates, Kaia, was a childhood[5] friend of Kei and is trying to persuade her to come over to his side. His case isn’t helped by Kei thinking that Kaia is way too pretty, and way too full of himself[6].

The Lovely Angels are unimpressed and make tracks with Kaia in pursuit. Kaia does have a lot of ships, and forces a battle that demonstrates just how good the Lovely Angel is in a fight with Yuri at the helm.[7]

The Lovely Angels know that this is only buying time, so meanwhile Kei is defusing the bomb, removing the crystal, and then rearming the bomb. Once “forced” to negotiate, the Lovely Angels “reluctantly” hand over the container and make their escape before Kaia’s ship blows up.

On arrival at the Caine Galaxy space station (reachable in only minutes!), the Lovely Angels find themselves in a bit of dispute with their boss Gooley over vacations and bonuses.

Kei and Yuri are not only extortionists on this topic, but cheerful extortionists who are quite happily prepared to microwave the crystal if Gooley doesn’t cave. He does, and rather spectacularly.

Kei and Yuri hand over the crystal and fly off to the gleeful tune of double bonuses and extended vacations. I do have to wonder if that’s going to come back to bite them later.

A fun episode and one without any collateral damage as far as I can tell. The battle bikini percentage rises to 50%.

Next up: Love is Everything. Risk Your Life to Elope!!

[1] One of the, ah, interesting aspects of the otherwise excellent Nozomi release is the odd inconsistencies between the onscreen translations and the episode lists on the back covers (see below). Not to mention the occasional typo.

"Ris your life on Escape"? Really, Nozomi?

“Ris your life on Escape”? Really, Nozomi?

[2] For some technobabble reason best not examined too closely.

[3] Which, once you allow for the vagaries of translation to and from Japanese, might be a reference to the Carina Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy. Or it might not.

[4] Freighters don’t normally have that many guns.

[5] That must have been interesting.

[6] His case really isnt’ helped by the facts that Kei is a) right and b) had trouble remembering him anyway.

[7] That would be “Very Good” by the way.