In Japan's not-too-distant future, crime has become so common that the government has legalised firearms for citizens to use in self-defence. To combat this new wave of wrongdoing, the Recently Armed Police of Tokyo was established in hopes of hunting down criminals with lethal force.
Kyohei Tachibana is a gifted culinary student who dreams of saving up enough money to become a pastry chef in France. When four young mercenaries ask him to be their cook, he's forced into making a tough choice. As Jo, Meg, Sei, and Amy take on the bloodiest jobs in the chaotic city of Tokyo, Kyohei accepts an imminent descent into the world of crime—and he'll do a lot more than just cooking!
Burst Angel is another clear example of a good anime being ruined by wanton fanservice and by being too long for its own good.
The story could have been summed up in 13 episodes, but it dragged on with so many pointless side stories and filler episodes that it took away drastically from its momentum.
The story is kinda weak, but interesting. They definitely took time out to create this intriguing future Japan. The art was great, but there was too much fanservice, but not as much as compared to other anime. Could you believe it when I say it was actually 'tasteful'? Like, sure, their
boobs were huge and stuck out and they were half-naked all the time. But I didn't feel icky and disgusted by it.
The characters were good, Jo and Meg have an interesting relationship. The misfortune of Burst Angel is that they concentrated more on the "damsel in distress, use mecha to save her, shoot-'em-up" aspects that the characters couldn't have been as fleshed out as they should have been.
I liked the first eight episodes of this a lot. Then it got all unfabulous right after. Is it worth your time? Well, I watched it, and my time is fabulous.
Watching this was almost like getting on a roller coaster. It had a lot of high points, but there were also a lot of low points. Glad to say that there were more highs than lows.
Here's an example of the roller coaster I'm talking about. Every 2-3 episodes, there's a different storyline. Some were good, like the one when Meg and Jo went to this all girls school. Some I couldn't understand, like that time warp episode. In fact, most of the time I couldn't understand because of the many independent storylines.
I like most of the characters - Jo was cool. She was tough and
kinda cold, but she is likeable. I liked the way she holds the guns (although her voice is a bit too deep). Amy was really adorable, and I like the idea of a kid whose really a well known cyber genius. Sei has a really great background, and she also has a cool personality. The only one I didn't like was Meg, who apparently is only there to serve as hostage/bait. She is completely useless and very irritating. I also don't like her clothes. I never liked clothes with a western feel to it, which is exactly what Meg is wearing. Everyone else had pretty nice clothes that are well designed.
At first I thought Kyohei was the main character, which would have made the anime a harem anime, but turns out he was only a supporting character who totally disappeared in the last episode. He too was a bit irritating, because he was a coward and all, but his cooking ability is a plus (damn, a man who can cook).
Usually, I am not a fan of mecha. I don't like heavy fight scenes concerning chunks of steel, and those kinds of scenes are a chance for me to grab snacks but I thought Jango was cool. He didn't look unique or anything, but for some reason, I think I like Jango.
It was a pretty well drawn anime. Like I said the clothes were well designed, the same goes for the mech, the environment - everything. I didn't like the fact that the characters had no genitals, and it's not because I'm a perv or something like that, but if they're not going to put in dirty stuff like that then don't show naked bodies at all. I thought the excessive skin was useless anyway. I also find that Sei and Meg's bodies were too exaggerated. I also noticed that their bodies tend to morph, especially the chest area. In fact, I think Jo had the most proportionate body, even though she was a bit muscular.
Is it just me or is this anime similar to Elfen Lied? The diclonius are kind of like Jo's race. It was also a bit violent (although not as violent as Elfen Lied) and it had naked scenes and exaggerated body types as well. One thing's for sure - I liked Elfen Lied better.
The music was great. I liked the high energy opening and the toned down ending themes. The background music was great too, there were even western themed ones that even I can stomach. There was this one that they played in that episode with the crow cybot/cyberoid. Speaking of cybots and cyberoids, what's with those terms? I thought they were just too dorky.
Bottom line is it wasn't so bad. I don't think I wasted my time, and for most of the series, it wasn't so bad. I didn't like the ending though.
Kyohei was looking for a job, and he found one as a cook for a family made up of Jo, Meg, Amy and Sei. Little did he know that this so-called "family" is actually a gruop of mercenaries and he gets taken along for the ride.
Believe me it ain't as interesting as it sounds BUT it ain't bad. I mean it's a good thing to have a main plot, but the series has more stand alone or filler episodes than the main story. Which is kind of a let down.
Studio Gonzo is known for their unique art style and character designs. The
characters are eye candy but there are some flaws. For one thing, the setting is in a futuristic time zone, but the characters are pretty much traditional looking especially Meg who sports a cowgirl outfit. Pretty much all for fan service (you'll see what I mean if you look at the characters).The mech designs are great, Jo's mech Jango is awesome! Animations are ok...not much to be said. There's also the problem of inconsistesy as the characters body proportions change during the series.
Sound ain't bad. A fast catchy opening song and a pop ending song. nice combo for me. the background music goes well with the anime's theme. Especially the cowboy music, which I have to admit I like even though I ain't into that kind of music. The voice acting is great (I'm talking about the Japanese dub). and the sound effects are ok.
The characters are somewhat stereotypical. 'Nuff said, there's is little character development and only Jo's background was taken into account as well as her meeting with Meg, and also the groups beginnings. And you might think that Kyohei has a main role but he doesn't except for being the groups cook. Sucks doesn't it. And what's with Meg? is she only there to get kidnapped? oh brother.
But Jo is ok...she's the character I liked most in the series, and probably the character you'll like as well...
The series pretty much has its ups and downs. More downs and ups. But if it's action and fan service you're looking for then this might be a good anime for you.
Don't expect much of a plot but it's a great anime in it's own right. As an action anime, I say this one is a must have.
Burst Angel Review
by Voss Ausviss
(To be posted on my own website eventually)
Burst angel, from the box cover, looked promising. It had artistic merit (meaning caught a warm blooded post American males attention), technology and some violence to boot. ‘What could go wrong’ I thought to myself as I was scrounging about the HMV’s in the midst of its close out sale. Oh how wrong I was.
Synopsis: A bunch of teenage female bounty hunters and their one male cook live in a world where everyone is allowed to own a gun. As such there is a huge spike in crime. There are a group of robots
called cybots which are just robots with human brains and the all-female bounty hunters fight them too. At the centre of this group is Jo, a cold hearted and emotionless super-solder/gun wielder. She is to an extent romantically involved with a ditzy redhead named Meg. The genres (according to Wikipedia) are cyperpunk, mecha and yuri. Although considering Wikipedia never lies, I will not dispute the cyberpunk attribute.
1: Let’s just check all the boxes for this one shall we?
Plugging the DVD into my gaming desktop, I started my binge. Right from the start, I noticed that the box cover did not lie about its promises. It had giant robots, a large group of female characters, and lots and lots of guns of all varieties. There were a few males protagonists but they were just there to show that it was not entirely one sided. In my mind I could see the creators, dressed in business suits trying to create a masterpiece:
Business man 1: “We need to make a classic that will appeal to the teenage male demographic! What have you!?
Business man 2: Younger males tend to like scantily clad women and lots of violence, mostly women though. Giant mecha seem to be highly praised as well.
Business man 1: GREAT! Make a list and send them to our artist at once!
Business man 3: Don’t we need a story to put them in…?
Business man 1: Please, the teenage demographic are hardly people, they wouldn’t be able to tell a story if a pan pan girl sat on their face and read it to them.
Business man 2: Check list is done.
Business man 1: GREAT! Ship it to our artist slaves and let’s go do some blow.
This unfortunately, kept repeating in my mind throughout the anime. The story was weak and the characters were just there. Normally when I watch an anime like this, I try and find an alternative viewpoint to fixate on, normally the artistic style. Which was unfortunate because…
2: The art was akin to watching a high school art student learn anatomy.
The art was sup par. The human body was poorly represented in this anime which is quite sad because this anime came out right around the time of some decent classics. However, this one was not one of them. Not only were the characters poorly drawn but at times the animations were clunky and even out of time and place. This actually became more apparent near the end. Not only was the art poor but it was not constant. Characters hair colour changed from one episode to another. The first time I noticed this was a filler episode (FILLER!) where it showed some of the back story between the budding relationship between two of the female protagonists the ditzy redhead had silver hair. When it went to the next episode, she was back to red hair. But then the next episode her hair goes blue for no reason. However, art takes many forms and this is where the good promising bits of my review come in because…
3: The nothing was absolute in this anime.
I am a candid person by nature, and, one of the things that makes me want to duct tape story writers mouths to tail pipes more than anything else is when a ending occurs when it is not warranted. A cliché example is all the 1980’s films where everything is going against the protagonist luck and somehow, he survives AND defeats the enemy. The world does not function on Disney logic and neither should stories (in my candid opinion). I will not spoil any of the story, but I will say that no character, whether she/he be a main character or a character that adds to the plot is safe. This is one of the saving graces in this anime for me. I say that plural because…
4: The CGI was actually decent at times for this era.
This anime came out in 2003 and looked like it may have been a budget anime. Near the end of the anime, some of the CGI Mecha battles were quite decent. To the point that I sort of stopped and said, “that was actually gripping”. Now I know that the characters would not die in this battle (or so I thought considering number 3 caught me off guard). Unfortunately, this was not a constant. Some of the battles were cliché (good robot blows up bad robot and looks at the screen during explosion) but some of them were very fluid and quite fun to watch. The saddest bit however is the fact that….
5: They left out the 4th check box, story.
This anime meanders. I mean, it really meanders. At times, it tries to be a comedy but the jokes are so bad that you wonder if it was just an attempt to add character depth. Then at times the characters will be all serious which actually suits this anime better. But then some episodes will be fan service which kills it because the animations were so poorly drawn a man would be better at sitting a Barbie doll on a table and just staring at it (would be less creepy as well because one of the female characters has the body of a 10 year old boy which made me sick to watch her, and she is the main character). The worst bit is that half of the anime, there actually is no defined goal. The viewer watches a bunch of skimpily clad bounty hunters killing their targets. It’s not till the end that they package some of the marks as plot devices in such as a way that showed some planning. Unfortunately, it’s so played down even in the end that it makes little difference to the whole anime.
Overall: It’s a yuri, story took a back seat to making sure there were plenty of women to kiss and make out. Unfortunately, there was a lot more they could get of done to make this a decent anime. Skip the humour, stay gritty, and keep the plot going so it would be important. Now, this review sounds harsh but over all, it was watchable. And since the ending was actually unexpected, I give it 4 out of 10 with 1 being akin to Devil lady and 10 being Akira esque. So for a Yuri, it was not half bad.
Would I recommend it? Its 24 episodes and the ending was worth watching. If you have some time and you want an anime that you can let your mind tune out a bit, then sure. Would I buy it? Only if you’re collection on your shelf lacks pretty art covers, it’s not worth the money and I only bought it because it cost me 25 pounds instead of the average 50 due to HMV doing its close out sale.
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