Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 3
I began watching this third installment of the Dirty Pair Flash series with moderately high expectations. After enjoying Mission 2 a fair bit, I hoped Mission 3 would provide the same level of entertainment. Unfortunately, this series faltered slightly, and while it was still watchable, it just wasn't quite as good as I had hoped.
While the episodes in the first two DP Flash series were tied together with a cohesive plot, this third installment is simply a collection of single episodes, with no overall plot to worry about. That's not too much of a detriment, but I kind of liked the previous sense of an overall goal associated with each series. But while that is a minor irritant, the quality of the episodes could have fared a bit better.
Of course, they're not all bad. The first and final episodes were particularly enjoyable, being rather action-oriented. Some notable moments included Kei skiing down a mounting while being pursued by gunmen, in true James Bond-esque fashion, or when the Dirty Pair face a powerful mecha with an arsenal of high-tech firepower.
Unfortunately, the three episodes stuck in the middle were significantly less entertaining. The second episode revolved around a cute little female assassin who's deadliest weapons included explosive candies and a giant teddy bear mecha. While this episode seemed like a parody, I didn't really know whether to laugh or just curl my eyebrows. The third episode felt very out of place, as the Dirty Pair underwent intensive training so they could win a beach volleyball tournament to capture some criminal. Yes, it doesn't sound like it makes a whole lot of sense, does it? The fourth episode was just plain sappy as Yuri attempted to charm some pretty boy son of a billionaire. Sappiness and the Dirty Pair don't exactly blend very well, however.
On the technical side of things, the art and animation were pretty much on par with the previous series, and the dubbing was solid, as well. I didn't really care for the new opening and closing credits, and the theme songs weren't as good as the previous versions. Still, some of the music played during the episodes was fairly good, especially in the first episode.
If you've enjoyed the previous two Dirty Pair Flash series, then go ahead a check this one out, too. While I think it could have been a bit better, it still packs some entertainment value.
The Verdict: * * * (average)
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