Yesterday, Nozomi Entertainment started another Kickstarter campaign to fund for an anime dub of the 1985 series ‘Dirty Pair’. This will be the third anime series Nozomi has used Kickstarter for in order to dub an anime they hold distribution rights in the US. They previously successfully ran campaigns for Aria The Animation in 2017, and Emma: A Victorian Romance in 2018.
The Kickstarter campaign describes the 24 episode series as follows:
In the 22nd century mankind may be technologically advanced, but there are still some problems that can only be fixed by a couple of women who won’t back down from a fight! These are the adventures of Kei and Yuri, two official Trouble Consultants for the World Welfare Works Association (WWWA) who use their brains, brawn, and looks to solve any problem. They call themselves the “Lovely Angels,” but because their solutions often result in chaos and mass destruction, the rest of the universe has dubbed them the “Dirty Pair”!
For Kei and Yuri, no two missions are ever the same. As the WWWA’s top Trouble Consultants, they take on all sorts of odd jobs, like chasing down treasure in high-tech ruins, fighting off political assassins, and even avenging the death of… a plaster statue? In the end, only one thing’s for sure: anything that stands between these two and victory is sure to be destroyed!
They will be offering other anime movie features, OVAs, and a follow up series, Dirty Pair Flash, as part of the campaign. However they do not intend to re-dub these series, but to include the original English dubs on these sets.
Here is the original ADV trailer from 1999:
Nozomi Entertainment explains why they choose to use Kickstarter to dub their anime:
“The anime market has become very difficult in terms of licensing and costs, and production, especially of deep catalog and niche titles, has become much more risky. We love these shows, to be sure, but the market for them is certainly different. Fans in general are focused on simulcasts and more recent programs, and this creates more hurdles when making investments in older shows or programs with specific audiences. However, we have been successful in using the Kickstarter platform in the past to work on niche programs to create English dubs.”
With a goal set at $275,000, in less than 24 hours they have surpassed $200,000. To celebrate, the Nozomi team have announced on their Kickstarter that Jessica Calvello will be reprising her role as the long haired Yuri.
If you would like to support this Kickstarter, go here: