Dirty Pair: Project Eden
Dirty Pair: Project Eden, known in Japan as Dirty Pair: The Movie (ダーティペア Daati Pea Gekijou-ban), is a feature-length anime film based on the Dirty Pair anime series, originally released in Japan on November 28, 1986. The movie was originally licensed in North America in 1994 by Streamline Pictures, but was later redubbed and released on DVD on November 9, 2003 by ADV Films. The Streamline version was directed by Carl Macek.
|Dirty Pair: Project Eden|
North American poster art
|Directed by||Kōichi Mashimo|
|Produced by||Hironori Nakagawa|
|Written by||Hiroyuki Hoshiyama|
|Starring||Kyouko Tonguu |
|Music by||Kenzou Shiguma|
|Edited by||Fumihiro Isobe|
|November 28, 1986|
After stopping a group of Vizorium smugglers, Kei and Yuri, the Lovely Angels (more commonly known as the Dirty Pair), are sent on a mission to Agerna, a planet rich with Vizorium, a mineral necessary for space travel. They are sent to stop the mysterious attacks on mining operations that have the governments of the world pointing fingers and blaming each other. While the pair bathe, Carson D. Carson, a former member of the group of smugglers they stopped on their last mission, interrupts their baths by falling through a vent. While Kei and Yuri get out of the bathtubs and question Carson, they are attacked by strange alien monsters that force the Angels to flee, leaving their equipment behind and wearing nothing but towels.
The Lovely Angels are forced to ally with Carson to stop Dr. Wattsman, a mad scientist bent on taking a long dormant alien race to its final evolutionary form. After they are captured by Dr. Wattsman, it is revealed that Carson was really trying to obtain a rare World War II-vintage wine. Carson D. Carson is forced to fight Bruno, Dr. Wattman's servant. Kei witnesses the fight and initially believes that Carson is killed by Bruno, but later discovers he survived. Kei, Yuri, and Carson take Wattsman and Bruno into custody. However, Carson accidentally activates Wattsman's equipment and Sadingas all over the planet are awakened and cause chaos.
|Character Name||Japanese||English (Streamline)||English (ADV)|
|Yuri||Saeko Shimazu||Wendee Lee||Allison Sumrall|
|Kei||Kyōko Tongū||Lara Cody||Pamela Lauer|
|Carson D. Carson||Katsuji Mori||Kerrigan Mahan||David Matranga|
|Dr. Wattsman||Chikao Ōtsuka||Steve Kramer||John Swasey|
|Chief Manager||Osamu Kobayashi||Eddie Frierson||George Manley|
|Supervisor||Mikio Terashima||Dan Woren||Jason Douglas|
|Bruno||Toku Nishio||Milton James||Brett Weaver|
|Crime Boss||Shōzō Iizuka||Kirk Thornton||Andy McAvin|
|Secretary||Kayoko Fujii||Juliana Donald||Monica Rial|
|Mughi||Naoki Makishima||Michael McConnohie||Brett Weaver|
|Rita / Sandra||Kazue Komiya|
The film is commonly acknowledged to be superior to the Dirty Pair anime television series. Mike Crandol of Anime News Network even states that "Dirty Pair: Project Eden is one of the few glorious exceptions ... it's not just bigger and louder, it actually is better. Rarely do all the elements come together so nicely, and even all these years later it's hard to think of any other anime that's simply as much fun as this movie". Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network mentions on her review of the Dirty Pair Features Collection that among the three films this one was the "campiest with the least urgent storyline". She also states that the "Animation has moments of beautiful fluidity, such as Yuri flopping in a tub of water, the dissolution of a floor beneath the characters' feet, or Yuri's impromptu dance number on a transport". Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies commented that this film can "stand the test of time" and that "this is a movie with lots to enjoy. Even the cheesy '80s pop soundtrack has its own guilty charm".
- Opening Theme:
- "Safari Eyes" by Miki Matsubara
- Insert song (using the same melody and backing track as the opening theme):
- "Over the Top" by Miki Matsubara
- Ending Theme:
- "pas de deux" by Miki Matsubara
- "Anime News Network: Old School – Project Eden". Retrieved 2003-01-08.
- "Anime News Network: Dirty Pair: Features DVD Collection". Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- McCarthy, Helen. 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. Harper Design, 2009. – P. 57. – 528 p. – ISBN 978-0061474507