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It is the year 2100A.D., humans have developed a virtual reality game. Feng lan, due to a bet with her brother, vows to beat the game without using her "female benefits". Due to this, she becomes the first transvestite of "Second Life".
Author(s) Yu Wo
Artist(s) Choi Hong Chong
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Romance, Shoujo
The drastic change in tone from the source material has led many to criticize Warren's Dirty Pair for not being true to the anime's vision. However, one could argue that the anime is not true to it's own vision. Episode 1 of the Original Dirty Pair television series sets up the wonderful premise: Kei and Yuri are the most feared women in the universe, for every case they are assigned inadvertently ends in collateral damage on a massive scale. Indeed, by the end of the pilot episode the girls have all but destroyed their home city in an attempt to subdue the berserk computer that manages the municipal facilities. It is extremely entertaining, but in subsequent episodes the rules set up in the pilot are blithely ignored. The Pair's cases are often neatly and efficiently resolved, and to the viewer's dismay this pattern occurs in more than half of the 26 original episodes. Although Kei and Yuri do manage to decimate the occasional planet, the majority of their missions end with nary a ka-boom, and one is left wondering just why they're called the "Dirty Pair" in the first place.
But Adam Warren makes good on the destructive promise, and his version of the Pair are the Lovely Angels as the description on the back of the video case would have you believe. From the outset it's pretty much a given that Run from the Future will end with the utter annihilation of Nimkasi Habitat, and in another of Warren's more audacious DP stories an entire star system is wiped out in the finale. Detractors complain that the wanton violence makes this version of Kei and Yuri unlikable characters.....but Warren has retained a key point from the anime that redeems them. The Angels never directly start the chaos that is invariably unleashed, and oftentimes never have anything to do with it all other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Though Kei does sometimes revel in beating the snot out of evildoers, every catastrophe that occurs is accompanied by an "Oh no! Not Again!" look of horror from the girls. This allows Warren to give the Pair more of an edge than the anime without losing our sympathy for the characters.