These events occur in Westland, New York, during the 21st century. With a sharp knife, a murderer is indiscriminately killing people… A girl witnesses one of these murders, and the knife is turned on the helpless girl shaking with fear.
Meg returns to this town with Joe to celebrate the “birthday” of Shirley, who used to live with Meg. Orphans, they had decided that the day they first met would be her birthday. In the past, Meg had taken care of three little children, including Shirley, just before meeting Joe. The children were then adopted by a police officer, Sam. He possessed a strong sense of justice and they are supposedly living happily together now.
Meg and Joe happen to help a person and receive a reward. They buy a present for Shirley with the reward money and go to meet Sam. However, they notice him acting strangely. Upon questioning him, he explains that Shirley was assaulted by a murderer and seriously injured. Joe says to the grieving and angry Meg, “Let's exact revenge on the murderer for Shirley.”
However, the murderer gradually approaches them from behind. The cruel black eyes fall on Meg and Joe… To make matters worse, a dark plot casts its shadow over Meg, Joe, Sam, and the whole town.
Burst Angel is one of my favourite animes, and this short but sweet OVA is defiantly a brilliant addition to its franchise.
Acting as a prequel to the original series (and a sequel to Episode 14) is a fun story full of action, a bit of mystery and a few laughs along the way. It can be a little rushed given that it’s only around 25 mutinies long and it doesn’t really add anything to actually series itself so fans of the series won’t miss anything big if they do skip this.
A noticeable difference between this and the series is that there is
more blood and gore scenes then before, and the plot is very dark at points. Unlike the original series which sometimes failed at adding darker themes to the show, they actually succeed in this and the plot benefits from it a lot.
Jo and Meg are the stars of the OVA and they are as brilliant as they were in the main series, the only problem is that there is very little in terms of character development and it just feels like a little filler episode in character terms.
The animation is a big step up from the series; it seems more polished and clearer then before and this is especially true with the smooth character animations and the brilliant CGI.
The incidental music is the same as the series, which isn’t a bad thing at as it adds menace to the darker side of this story. Watched it only on Sub so far but the cast are just as great as before.
All in all, this is a short but brilliant slice of Burst Angel action that fans shouldn’t miss.