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Kei - Nozomi Cover Art - Episodes 19 - 22

Kei – Nozomi Cover Art – Episodes 19 – 22

In a couple of previous episodes – specifically What? We’re Heinous Kidnappers and Come Out, Come Out, AssassinDirty Pair stumbled by trying to do too much story with too little screentime.

It’s a shame that the only two part story in the series suffers from the same problem. Episodes 21 (No Way! 463 People Disappeared?) and 22 (We Did It!! 463 People Found!) return[1] to the theme of problems with interstellar liners, and delivers not much of worth.

There’s a lot going on in these episodes ranging from genius hacker kids, creepy fanservice[2], clumsy social commentary on divorce[3], false leads, unexplained logical jumps on the part of the Dirty Pair[4], a heavy dose of Zeerust[5], surprisingly little mayhem, and almost no collateral damage[6].

The problem is that, as with the previous examples, it’s all a bit too much by the numbers, a bit too pedestrian. Unlike the earlier Pursuit Has the Smell of Cheesecake and Death where the plot overload was tied into a rapid pace that contributed to the fun, Disappeared and Found give you enough time to notice the slow pace, but not enough details to justify it.

I hate to say it, but there’s not a lot of fun to be had watching Disappeared and Found.

Overall these episodes just aren’t very good.

The battle bikini percentage rises to 77%

Next up: Something’s Amiss…!? Our Elegant Revenge.

Oh, and the disc 5 episode titles poll.

[1] It occurs to me that Dirty Pair was commenting on the rash of airline hijackings in the 70s and 80s. It also comes up in Flight 005 Conspiracy, and also in Do Lovely Angels Prefer Chest Hair?

[2] Seriously Kei, what were you thinking?

[3] Apparently it’s bad and won’t somebody think of the children?

[4] Mostly Yuri, and possibly a reference to the Dirty Pair being psychics in the light novels.

[5] It’s the 1985 view of hackers. What were you expecting? To be fair,  it does acknowledge the social engineering elements of security issues though.

[6] They even arrest the culprits unharmed. OK, Mughi sat on one for a bit.