A right good ship...

 

Enough about those two Tro-Cons for a minute: let's look at their namesake, from which they take their code-name -- their ship, the "Lovely Angel". It was first described in the 1979 story, Daatipea no Daibouken <Great Adventure of the Dirty Pair>, by Kei, our not-so-humble narrator:

'Lovely Angel' is a small, 80-meter-class starship. Actually, her combat capability and performance have been upgraded to make her a match for a 200-meter destroyer. But she still has only four seats in the bridge, and two of those are just for backup...

Except for the emergency port, there are no windows in Lovely Angel's conical control cabin. Instead, we can check out each and every kind of situation on the dozens of large and small screens of all descriptions lining the wall panels. The largest one, located directly in front of the pilot and co-pilot seats, is the main screen. We can call up any kind of image on it, from X-ray scans to enhanced imagery...

Eighty meters in length, eighteen meters across at her widest point. Take a long, sharply pointed artillery shell, stretch it out even more, nip in the waist, and add four rocket engines and four fins, alternating two large and two thin, to the stern... Of course, [Lovely Angel] is really formed of far more subtle curves than that.

[translation by David Lewis]

 

It should also be mentioned that "Lovely Angel" is a vertical-landing starship, scarlet in color; is armed with a variety of weapons, including high-powered lasers and missiles; and, since interstellar travel can take a few days, there are arrangements for recreation, cooking and sleeping.

Yasuhiko Yoshikazu's rendition from the November 1980 SF Magajin

 

As with much else in the Classic anime version, many departures were made from the original conceptions of the print stories. Dokite Tsukasa, the director of animation, was a HUGE Star Trek fan (we're talking about the 1960s version here). Some of this shows in his design of the "Lovely Angel" for the 1985 broadcast television episodes: think of the Enterprise-A as a four-seater, painted pink, that can land on a flight deck and you have the general idea for this design...

(left) rear view of the "Angel", showing its four engines firing; the forward end of the suspended pod is a beam weapon

(right) a section of the forward hull pops up, allowing the launch of a small, maneuverable spacecraft

(left) the "Lovely Angel" commences a warp-jump; (right) a detail of the underhull

 

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