Dirty Pair – 13

ダーティペア (TV Anime) Episode 13 Review
Dirty Pair – 13

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Dirty Pair - 13Two workmen are checking the sewage leaning residential tower on Elenore City when they are killed by a giant mollusk. Kei and Yuri are assigned to the case, which doesn’t sit well with the Operations manager, since Kei and Yuri are the reason his tower is leaning. However, he decides he has no choice and sends them down to the sewers where they encounter another worker being hunted. They blow the head off that mollusk and return to the surface with the survivor to get cleaned up while Kei modifies a flame thrower.

Dirty Pair - 13Kei and Yuri are summoned when drones find a dead mollusk but since this one has a head, Kei and Yuri figure there are more, possibly lots more, living in the sewers. As such, they come up with a plan to lure the mollusks to a specific pool which will then be filled with acid and the mollusks killed. They successfully get the giant mollusks to the connector pool and kill them all, but a super giant mollusk emerges and does not seem affected by the acid. Kei, Yuri, and the worker team with them are forced to Dirty Pair - 13retreat, which delights the Operations manager on one level, though he knows he needs the girls to get rid of this beast.

Kei and Yuri do some additional research and come up with a new plan. This time, they go solo with Mughi to another pool area and wait for the beast to take the bait as this is the only lit area. It takes some time but eventually the creature comes. Kei and Yuri flee on their hover craft as the mollusk pursues them down a sewage tunnel is frozen with liquid nitrogen. However, the creature regenerates and changes form somewhat and gives chase. The Operations manager Dirty Pair - 13directs them to a new pool where the entire pool is frozen. This time, Kei tosses a high explosive grenade as Yuri shoots the pipes to ensure more liquid nitrogen flows in. The beast is completely trapped and as Yuri and Kei leave for the surface, the Operations manager fears something else is sure to happen. Sure enough, Kei and Yuri have an accident which results in them arguing.

 

Thoughts/Review:

Dirty Pair - 13It was kinda nice to see a former client return in the form of the Operations manager (I don’t think his name has been mentioned yet). The leaning residential tower has been seen several times since Kei and Yuri live in it, so its not like we haven’t been at this location, but to my knowledge, this is the first time the Operations manager has been seen since episode 1.

As to the episode itself, I rather enjoyed it. It was a pretty straight forward “kill the monster” story but the journey to get there was what was enjoyable. It was pretty Dirty Pair - 13predictable that the monster would not be taken initially, but I just didn’t mind this time.

I’m not 100% sure, but if I had to guess, I’d say the “Lovecraft system” (a solar system) is a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Considering the super giant mollusk that showed up, that might be a nod to Cthulhu.

Beyond that, there’s not a whole lot to comment on, so I’ll move to the next episode.

Dirty Pair - 13

 

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8 Responses to “Dirty Pair – 13”

  1. hughroe says:

    I’m not 100% sure, but if I had to guess, I’d say the “Lovecraft system” (a solar system) is a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Considering the super giant mollusk that showed up, that might be a nod to Cthulhu.

    The Old Ones Awaken!

  2. hughroe says:

    Hmmm, wierd idea just popped into my brain…I know that the Japanese were strongly influenced by English writers such as H.G. Wells. In most of the older Japanese tales the demon/monster types are either humanoid, animal, or object. So, the question is, are all these multi-tenecled BEMs that keep showing up now influenced by such Lovecraft creations as Shuma-Gorath and Cthulhu? Many seem to share the humans as prey bit, even down to Shuma-Gorath’s lust for human females.

  3. AstroNerdBoy says:

    It is possible, I suppose. I’m always surprised at how versed the Japanese are of western tales (I shouldn’t be). Even Akamatsu-sensei did tributes to Cthulhu in recent “Negima” chapters.

  4. hughroe says:

    You might be able to imagine how stupid this minor in world folklore/mythology felt when I was wondering, after seeing the Goddesses of the Past and Future, where the Goddess of the present Verdandi, was?

  5. O-chan says:

    Just to give you a heads up but Dirty Pair TV got licensed by Nozomi.

  6. AstroNerdBoy says:

    @Hughroe — *lol* Actually, it wasn’t until I joined one of the AMG message boards that I even bothered to do a little research on that (hurray for the Internet). I still lack a great deal of knowledge on myths and legends, which is why I can get quite derailed from getting things done when I stop to do some reading on the subject.

    @O-chan — Shock license! Pretty much means I’ll actually be buying something from RS for the first time in years.

  7. AstroNerdBoy says:

    I am going to have to look into getting the OVA’s back as well.

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