Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Anime Review No. 16-Burn Up W (1996)

Hello, I'm the Eclectic Dude and I review it for the lolz.

Yeah, sorry about last week. I've been busy with finals for the past week and a half. But now I'm done with all that. So, without farther ado, Here's Burn Up W!
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Burn Up W is a 4 episode OVA done back in 1996 by AIC, directed by Hiroshi Negishi. This, like Burn Up, was also released by ADV Films. Of course, the only thing that ties the 2 OVAs together is the fact both feature young policewomen in battlesuits.That's about it. So, is it any good? Let's find out.
SPOILERS (1st review ive done this lol)
The plot of this little gem concerns Team Warrior, a special squad within Tokyo's Police Force. The first episode introduces us to the squad members and the beginning of the plot. First there's Rio, the main lead for the team (and a blonde ditz). Next, there's Maya, a sniper with a bad case of ADD. Lastly, there's Lilica (the techie), Yuji (the lone guy of the squad) and Maki (the meganekko leader). The plot concerns a mysterious woman named Ms. Ruby who is peddling a 'Virtual Drug' around to potential customers. She decides to mask this by getting some gullible thugs take over a hotel and hold hostages. Team Warrior is ultimately brought in to handle the situation, and all goes well.
The second episode is called "Search for the Virtual Idol". Team Warrior deals with a 'missing person' case linked to a popular virtual idol, Maria. It turns out she got captured by Ms. Ruby's organization. to be used in their nefarious scheme. Of course, she goes free in an android body. Another android (Axcia) is involved as well, and Rio intervenes and saves the day. Also, a scientist with Team Warrior, Nanvel is introduced and she uses a robot that is a total ripoff of Evangelion Unit 01 (im not kidding).
So, the first 2 episodes are rather silly in terms of plot, and it kinda spills over into the first bit of episode 3, where as brief filler, Rio is attempting to sell her underwear (failing) and running away from bill collectors. But then, it shifts into a more serious police action drama as the police HQ falls under siege to minions working under Miss Ruby. It will test their very commitment to keeping peace. What happened? Sry no more spoilers. ^_^
So, onto the positives. Well, the animation is much better then its parent OVA, Burn Up from 1991.. It looks more '90s anime' so to speak. The plot is more intricate, though given the length (2 hours compared to the measly 40 minutes of Burn Up) that's to be expected. Also, the characters are tad more fleshed out, which again ties back into the length aspect. The English dub, done by ADV Films, is also fairly decent. Familiar voices return (like Amanda Winn Lee, Tiffany Grant, Kim Yates) along with some others like Jaxon Lee, Carol Amerson, Marcy Rae join in the cast.
Now, the only negative to this: The ending. Needless to say, it left much to be desired. I won't spoil it, but its  quite a shame they just leave it slightly unresolved. Thankfully, there's Burn Up Excess, the followup to this OVA that follows the characters from this OVA. I haven't seen it.
Final Score is 8.5/10. Pretty dang awesome OVA, well worth the look.

The Eclectic Dude

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