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Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Director: Itsuro Kawasaki
Character Designer: Kayoko Nabeta
Music: Masala Nishio
Animation Director: Masahiro Sato
Animation Studio: TNK
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Title: Mission File 1: Deceptions
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4
1: Be Traced
2: A Taste of Secret
3: A Girl Goes To City
4: Sweet Enemies In The Same Desert
Episode 1: Be Traced
It's a dark and rainy night in a London look-alike city. A cab, carrying an elderly professor and his young, chinese-clad lady friend, careens through the streets. They are racing to make a flight -the last flight - of a magnificent airship. They arrive just in time, as the driver promised and they dash abroad. The driver dashes off as well - his cab ends up abandoned, along with the disguise he was wearing, at the edge of the airport.
On board, Professor Freud and his companion, Linda Kubrick, dine. They share champagne and celebrate their success. All is fine until a letter arrives that disturbs the professor. Nearby, a dashing gentleman, Jack Hofner, observes them and then leaves the room. Jack goes to the service desk to sign for his meal and notices a garter hanging out of the sleeve of the desk's attendant. He points it out to the clerk who stumbles back embarrassed. The clerk bumps into a waiter carrying a tray of wine glasses but. remarkably, the clerk catches all of the glasses.
Later, in the professor's room, he reads the contents of the dinnertime letter to Linda. The buyer for the stolen Royal Museum piece has changed when and where they will meet. As they ponder this, there is a knock at the door. Linda moves to cover the professor as he goes to open the door. It's Jack and he asks to be allowed in.
The professor and Jack know one another and they sit to chat. Linda leaves them and heads out of the room. Jack politely requests the return of the Mermaid's Foot - the stolen article. Professor Freud argues that the piece is meaningless and wasted just sitting in a warehouse but Jack counters that the piece belongs to the Royal Family and besides being just a simple theft, there are other implications involved. It seems that the said item has a sordid past. The item - really just a worthless bauble - had been certified as authentic and given a high value in the past by the Royal Family and if that item and fact became public, the repercussions could be great.
Their conversation is cut short when Linda returns, urging them to come with her immediately. The two men and Linda race down to another room aboard the huge airship to discover a dead man lying on a bed. It is the intend buyer. Jack speculates the man was killed for the item but the killer failed since the trade had not yet occurred. This prompts the threesome to race back to the professor's room where they arrive just in time to catch a glimpse of a parachute as someone jumps out the window. Professor Freud opens his case and discovers that the Mermaid's Foot is gone.
In the aftermath of the robbery, Jack meets with the airship crew and arranges for them to search the ship and make sure it was safe while Jack, Professor Freud and Linda retreat to a single secure room. There, while they sip scotch, Jack and Professor Freud resume their debate over the theft. But their discussion is cut short as explosions rock the airship. Jack speculates that it may be conspirators to the thieves and he dashes out. Professor Freud and Linda, in turn, head to the roof to find the escape pods.
There they discover that the whole attack was merely a ruse to draw the professor and his friend out. Jack proceeds to methodically explain how the robbery really went down and then demands that the professor and Linda turn over the stolen Mermaid's Foot. Jack also introduces his partner, Rowe, who has been playing many roles in the deception - driver, stewardess, waiter, and dead man. Linda rips open the front of her chinese-styled dress to reveal that the item has been hidden among her breasts and tosses it to the professor. And then she attacks.
Jack coolly steps aside and allows Rowe to handle the fight. Swiftly it becomes a dangerous knife battle with both combatants dangling from ropes over the side of the airship. But without missing a beat, Rowe defeats the woman. Meanwhile, on deck, Jack recovers the Mermaid's Foot from the professor. This is where the episode ends.
Episode 2: A Taste of Secret
The Royal Agency has a new mission. One of their own has been capture by the evil Hornet Organization and he must be recovered. Additionally, the Hornets are planning an assault on a secret meeting of the heads of all of the major international intelligence agencies. It's time to call in Rowe and Jack!
At the Royal Agency's headquarters, the lovely Claire is doing her usual morning routine. As she cleans, she catches part of a news story on the television about the continuing search for the "15 Year Princess" - the missing heir to the Royal Family. She wonders aloud if there even is a missing princess as Dez enters, ready to show off his latest invention. Claire watches with a look of skepticism on her face as Dez demonstrates his creation - a device that will do all of your morning facial cleaning for you. It is then that the summons for the Royal Agency to act comes in.
Clarie relays the message to Rowe and Jack and soon the entire team is assembled in the briefing room. They watch a snippet of video taped by a Royal Agency man who was present for the kidnapping but did not make it back alive. "Ooh. The classic bad-guy look." Jack comments as an image of Schwartz appears on screen. The team receives their marching orders - rescue the Royal Agency spy, prevent the attack and do it all before 4pm tomorrow - and they move out.
The mission begins in ernest with Dez distracting the Hornet guards with remote-controlled hang gliders. As they guards blast away at the drones, Jack and Rowe scale the cliffs to sneak into the compound. Jack leaves a pack of cigarettes behind in a crevice on the cliff and the two men swiftly change into their disguises.
They use the confusion of the glider attack to infiltrate the Hornet headquarter and manage to bluff a guard into leading them right to the prisoner. They use a bit of spy-technology (a wrist watch that can solve combination codes) to access the room and, after identifying themselves to Agent Moriya, the captured man, they all head out to escape.
Schwartz, alerted by the gunfire at the glider, heads out to investigate what is going on and, after meeting up with the guard Jack and Rowe deceived, figures out what is going on. He orders his men into action and announces, over a public address system, that he is aware of the Royal Agency's rescue attempt and he orders them to surrender. Jack and Rowe hear this just as they are surrounded by armed Hornet men. Outnumbered and outgunned, they surrender.
Captured, the Royal Agency operatives are brought before Schwartz. Jack and Rowe offer a deal to the Hornet leader - let them go and they will give him the real information on where the meeting is being held. Schwartz declines the deal, stating that he already knows about the Royal Agency attempt at feeding him disinformation. Jack then tells Rowe to explain what is really going on and Rowe stumbles through a convoluted impromptu recitation of the real information and the disinformation. Eventually, Schwartz tires of their antics and orders them taken away, while keeping Moriya with him.
Down in the dungeon, the guards tie Jack and Rowe to the wall and proceed to search their pockets. The gullible little guard, who calls himself "B-u-b-b-l-e-s. Bubbles" struggles to unfasten Jack's jacket and, with Jack's assistance, manages to trip a hidden gas pellet in Jack's button. The two spies then use hidden razors in their shoes to cut their ropes and they escape.
In the hallway, they encounter Moriya, who explains that he used the distraction to escape as well. The three men then scramble towards the cliff and safety, Jack and Rowe don parachutes and Jack ties a cord to Moriya and they all leap off the cliff. Mid-way down, amid a hail of bullets, Jack triggers a remote control and the pack of cigarettes he left behind earlier ignites to release a smokescreen. The spies then make they escape in a mini-sub called the Bulldog.
Onboard the Bulldog, Moriya overhears a broadcast from Ms. Camille, the head of the Royal Agency, congratulates the men on their success and reconfirming that the conference will take place at the Lake, as originally planned. Moriya asks to be excused to use the restroom and he slips out. In a rear room, he transmits the information back to Schwartz.
At the lake, Schwartz and his crew are quickly subdued, having fallen into the perfectly laid trap. As he is escorted into an awaiting paddy wagon, he asks how did they know that Moriya was a mole planted in the Royal Agency. Jack and Rowe explain that a kidnapped man would not open the door to his kidnapper's helicopter by himself as a flashback image of the video replays. It is then that Moriya cries out from another paddy wagon nearby, pleading to be released. This is where the episode ends.
Episode 3: A Girl Goes to City
All along, there has been a mystery lurking in the background. The Royal Family, for whom Rowe and Jack work, have been searching for a lost princess. If she was present, she would be 15 years old and so she is known as the "15 year princess". Invariably, this has lead to many girls being brought forth as the long lost daughter of the Royal Family. Some are after money, others become a "15 year princess" in order to grab fame for themselves, but all of them are fakes.
That includes Noelle Ardelade, a precocious red-headed 14 year old girl with a pet monkey who shows up at the Royal Agency's headquarters one afternoon. She was brought by the Royal Agency's head, Ms. Camille and it is now Rowe's and Jack's assignment to escort Noelle to Ivory Island. The two spies ask why they need to perform such a lowly task - especially for a fake princess and they receive their answer in the form of a ravenous hoard of reports and paparazzi that has appeared, having picked up a whiff of another potential princess. Luckily, Claire brushes them off quickly and gives them a free bath, via her water-spraying door cupids.
The two men agree to the task (after being blackmailed into by Ms. Camille) and proceed to review the elaborate route that has been designed for them. They then split up and begin one of their trademark car chases - full of deception, misdirection and spy gadgets. They finally reach the rail station, and with the assistance of Claire, manage to give the paparazzi the slip and board their train.
Once onboard, they head for their room. Along the way, they encounter two somewhat shady looking fellows, and while they wait for the men to pass them in the narrow train hallway, the larger of the two men collides with Noelle. She appears unharmed and everyone heads their separate ways.
In the room, both Noelle's and Rowe's stomach growl in hunger so the entire gang troupes on down to the dining car for the evening meal. There, Noelle display excellent table manners while Rowe's habits are definitely third-class. But their meal is interrupted by the two boorish men from early. They are business men on their way to Ivory Island to solve a problem with some mining equipment. Being bad drunks, they say degrading things about the island and its people aloud and this angers Noelle.
She gets up and goes to the men. She berates them for their remarks about her home but the men just mock her as well. This motivates Jack and Rowe to act and they swiftly teach the men not to mess with them. They all then return to their cabin on the train.
During dinner, Noelle had shown the two men a timepiece shaped like the clock tower in the capital city. She tells them about how the clock tower on Ivory Island was damaged during a storm and how her ill grandfather, the tower's keeper, wished to fix it but lacked the money and means to do so. Jack speculates that this is why Noelle attempted to be the princess and Rowe accuses Noelle of trying to get easy money. This bothers the girl and the rest of trip passes uneventfully.
Meanwhile, back at Royal Agency Headquarters, Ms. Camille prepares to leave after a long day at work. She reaches into a drawer and pulls out a picture frame that was lying face down inside. As she looks at, her phone rings. It's Duke Regent Rand and he has some questions about Noelle. Ms. Camille informs him that Noelle is not the princess and that she is already on her way back to Ivory Island. The Duke asks if Noelle could be some sort of spy sent by the islanders to discover information about the Royal Family's mining plans or some other issue. Ms. Camille responds that anything could be possible. The Duke hangs up and Ms. Camille takes one more glance at the photo. It's a wedding picture and Ms. Camille sighs "Oh, my brother" as she put the picture away.
The train finally arrives in Ivory Island and Noelle, Jack and Rowe make an awkward goodbye. The two men climb back aboard the train and leave. They return to the city only to learn that Noelle is missing. They quickly head out to search for her. They discover that she never left the Ivory Island Station, so the speculate that she snuck back onboard the train and is once again in the big city. They race around, checking the train stations, but there is no sign of the girl.
Meanwhile, Noelle has set up in front of the capital city's clock tower, and with her monkey holding a sign asking people to donate for the reconstruction of the Ivory Island Clock Tower, she sings a song. People stop, listen and applaud when she finishes. And they donate money. Jack and Rowe arrive, after Rowe remember Noelle's fascination with the clock tower, and thye too make a donation. But they also tell Noelle that they have to escort her back home, again. Noelle smiles and agrees, on one condition - that Rowe accept her clock tower timepiece and hold on to it until she has earned enough money on her own to restore the Ivory Island clock tower. Rowe accepts and this is where the episode ends.
Episode 4: Sweet Enemies In The Same Desert
Dawn is breaking over the desert in the nearby country of Edelwiess. Normally protected by a space-based laser, the weapon is down and that means that Rowe and Jack have a new assignment. And so they wait, shivering in the cold in a dune buggy at the country's border, for 6am to chime.
The watch ticks down and at 6am on the dot - the precise moment that the laser shuts down for a 12 hour period - the two men dash into Edelwiess. They are headed for a historic ruin that belongs to the Royal Family. Their orders are simple - protect the ruins from thieves while the laser is off-line for maintenance.
They arrive at the ruins and quickly discover that they are not alone. Bow gun arrows and throwing knives come flying at them and Rowe and Jack quickly respond. Within moments, they have cornered the assailants only to discover that they are Royal Agency agents as well - M/R. The two agents have idolized Jack and Rowe so much that they have taken to dressing like their heros. The foursome then finds themselves under attack from another pair.
Again, Jack and Rowe subdue the shooters only to find that these folks are also Royal Agents - albeit geriatric agents only one year from retirement. The three sets of agents, wondering why they all would be sent on the same assignment without be told of the others present, assemble in a courtyard where - surprise, surprise - one more set of agents - this time three agents, one man and two women, in pink tops and cut-off jeans attack. Jack and Rowe put these agents out of action as well.
The mystery is solved when a radio, sitting on a table in the courtyard, crackles to life and all of the agents are informed that they have been called here to participate in a contest to determine who are the best agents. The competition is simple - be the first to recover Elisa's Crystal and the reward is the position of agent to the Royal Houseguard, reporting directly to Lord Miralio, the voice on the radio. The agents listen and then blast the radio to pieces, together.
And so the race begins. The three other teams dash down into the ruins while L/R just sit on the the ground. The treasure in the fourth basement but is well protected by traps. Lord Miralio monitors their progress by moving chessmen in a scale model and he is not pleased that L/R appears to be ducking the the contest.
But neither Jack nor Rowe plan to let the other teams win. Rowe has studied the map and has determined the fastest route to the treasure. The only problem is that the shaft they would need to traverse is packed full of sand. Jack points this out and Rowe says that it will be no problem. He proven right a few moments later when one of the other teams triggers a trap that releases the sand on them, emptying the shaft in the process. It also causes the stone beneath Jack to drop out and Jack plunges down into the shaft. Rowe swiftly follows after him.
At the bottom of the shaft, Barry and A.G. - Team M/R - have reached the last obstacle. It's a giant stone puzzle box and the two agents work hard to assemble it. Unfortunately for them, they do not get to savor the fruits of their labor as Jack and Rowe trap them in the puzzle box and slip into the chamber to retrieve the crystal. jack and Rowe then quickly return to the surface and, with less then two hours before the laser resumes firing, head off to meet Lord Miralio and claim the prize.
But Jack and Rowe run into some trouble when their dune buggy becomes bogged down in a sand trap. Things look grim until Team M/R shows up and helps them by winching their car free. But they don't help Jack and Rowe all the way and they demand the crystal. Rowe tosses the crystal's box to the other agents and the race off. Jack and Rowe then free their car and resume their course.
Barry and A.G. reach Lord Miralio first and hand him the box. He opens it only to discover a fake crystal that explodes in a black, sooty cloud. They do not win. Later, they catch up to L/R and growl at them. Rowe tells them that they learned a valuable lesson and toss them the crystal box. L/R then zooms off. A.G. opens the box only to find another soot bomb.
Then a bolt of light zig-zags down and explodes near the two cars. The laser is back on line and the spies bette move quick if they want to get out alive. Jack and Rowe take it all in with their usual aplomb and place a call back to Royal Agency headquarters where they learn that Claire is preparing roast chicken. Rowe comments that they better getting moving or they will be the roast chickens. And then a bolt of laser appears to score a direct hit on them. At the same time, Claire peeks into her oven and says "burnt." This is where the episode and video ends.