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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 14 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 29.98/39.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Burst Angel

Burst Angel Vol. #1 (also w/box)

By Justin Rich     May 11, 2005
Release Date: May 10, 2005


Burst Angel Vol. #1 (also w/box)
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
A new law's been passed in Tokyo. Ordinary folks are now allowed to freely carry firearms; shoot, they're even legally allowed to use 'em. You might think that crime would increase, and you'd be right. But the arrest rate's gone down. After all, the only prison a dead man needs is a hole in the ground. All thanks to RAPT. The Recent Armed Police of Tokyo is stealing away jurisdiction from the local authorities quicker than a bullet leaves a barrel. What that means is that folks are getting desperate. And desperate people with itchy fingers mean more bodies in the streets. Now, I'm not sure if she came from up above or somewhere way down below, but an angel's just come to Earth. She's an enigma, but with her partners Sei, Amy, and Meg, she's the best chance this town's got. Her name's Jo. And there's a new sheriff in town.

The Review!
Burst Angel is a series with high octane, even before we see the first opening there is action and the pacing keeps up from there, when it comes to Jo, Meg, Amy and Sei the four angels keep things extremely active.

Audio:
For this viewing session I began with the 5.1 Japanese track. The music is constant as well as the continual gunfire and explosions makes great us of the surround sound. I also listened to FUNimation's English dub too to listen to their 5.1 as well. The balance was good and how they handled a lot of Sei's off screen dialogue from the rear speakers made the experience even better.

Video:
Burst Angel is one of the latest Gonzo series airing in Spring of 2004 so the transfer is 16:9 widescreen. Animation is sharp and crisp with beautiful combination of hand drawn and computer like most Gonzo shows. There is no bleeding in the animation making the background scenery and the characters come out vibrant and lifelike. The combination of sci-fi and old west give the background a very unusual and engaging appearance that keeps you looking around the screen taking it all in.

Packaging:
FUNimation goes back to the clear keepcases which they have used for Kiddy Grade and Fullmetal Alchemist. It contains reversible covers with first cover containing a picture of Jo with her scarf blowing behind her and her gun pointing down as her tattoo on her left arm and back are clearly visible on an florescent orange backdrop. The Burst Angel logo is in the bottom with the disc title in small, white writing to the right of it. The back continues to use the orange hue with an extras list at the top and episode list on the bottom right corner directly next to a collage of screen caps. The reversible images are an exact replica of the box.

The disc also includes a fourteen page book insert. The first few pages are used on character profiles of Jo and Kyohei, followed by small blurbs on the brothers and other assorted thugs. There is two pages of photos of the many varaties of cybots & two pages are location art. The final four pages look at a staff file with Akeno Watanabe (Jo) and music file on the Stripe's Loosey (opening) & Claudia's Under the Sky (closing).

This hard box is the same box used in the first R2 release except it is big enough to hold all six volumes. The box is a canary yellow and the spine contains the Bakuretsu Tenshi kanji. The left has a picture of Jo with her arms spread and right has Jango with his left gun pointing toward you.

Menu:
In the upper left corner is the original kanji of Bakuretsu Tenshi in orange with teal English lettering of Burst Angel below it. The menu is a crimson red with Death Angel in black in the upper right corner on top of a red picture of Jo. Directly below that is a color picture of Jo looking back at the viewer over her right shoulder. Next to Jo is the options to play all, episode, audio and extras in white writing with Jo's tattoo as the curser.

Extras:
The highlight of the extras on this disc is the ten minute outtake reel which is absolutely hilarious. Also there is some pretty funny moments on the radio drama with the original Japanese actresses of Meg and Jo. There is five FUNimation trailers on this disc (DBZ Vegeta Saga, Baki the Grappler, Burst Angel, DBZ Dead Zone rerelease & Lupin the 3rd Dead or Alive). The commentary is one episode four The Brothers Die at Dawn. We also get textless songs for the opening Loosey by the Stripes as well as both the original Japanese closing of Under the Sky by Cloudica and a new FUNimation English version.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers) We open up the series even before the first opening with a explosive battle between a cybot being run by a bloodthirsty mutant versus Jango and the bullets fly as Jango destroys the opponent. Next we see Kyohei riding his bike through town and he turns off on an allyway only to have a madman come crashing through a window and land at his feet. Following after him is woman who doesn't seem to have any intention of allowing him to escape, and they both let the ammunition fly. Kyohei leaves as he sees the woman drag away the purple perpetrator.

Kyohei then goes to school and gets handed a flier by his teacher to take a job cooking for a group. Sei picks him up on the side of the road to take him to his job, where he meets Meg, Amy and the woman he saw earlier Jo. After leaving Kyohei's bad day continues by being kidnapped as the girls leave to recover a stolen data disc. Meg and Jo have the recovery going according to plan until Meg ignores Jo's orders and goes to save Kyohei getting apprehended by a mysterious cybot. Even with Jo using Jango the Cybot is able to escape with Meg as it's hostage.

Jo and Kyohei travel into the Shibuya the anarchy district a place where there is no law except that of the RAPT, which doesn't count for law rather a form of judicial execution on sighting. Jo the angel of death is willing to push anyone around to get the information of Meg's location and while she is working some old contacts over Amy is doing some data research of her own. Together they find Meg's location and Jango is sent in to fight the newly super powered Cybot. Jo beats it just as RAPT shows up and recovers the minimal parts left over.

Meg and Jo are sent to capture a live target this time (not Jo's specialty), but they are too late as their target has already been apprehended. They follow the ambulance to a warehouse that turns out to be a genetic test facility and they find Wong. A mysterious man slides out of the shadows and holds Meg at gunpoint until Jo saves her and armed men show up. Jo runs the distraction and Meg ends stowed away on the same train that they moved Wong onto, and once again is captured by the mysterious man from before who was also on top of the train.

The mysterious man turns out to be Wong's brother Liang who has come to try and rescue his endangered sibling. After finding out that Wong had gotten himself into a strange drug problem caused by a pharmaceutical company's street pushers Liang attempted to save his brothers life, and that is when Wong got abducted. This time both Liang and Meg get captured and the same Cybot that kidnapped Meg shows up on top of train, accompanied by armed men with rocket packs who infiltrate the train. The big problem is the attack but that the drugs have caused Wong to transform into a dangerous mutant that starts rampaging through every one in the bioroom leaving Meg as the only survivor. As the mutated Wong drives the train directly into the building Jo and Jango climb onto the train and rescue Meg just before the final collision and explosion of both the speeding train and it's destination.


In Summary:
Baku-Ten suffers from same affliction that most Gonzo series have: bad pacing in the beginning. Burst Angel doesn't know here on this disc what it wants to be. Is it sci-fi, comedy, action, drama, mecha or even a spaghetti western? We start to see a pretty decent balance of comedy and action by the end of the disc as Baku-Ten starts to find its footing. But, on the good side there is great animation, plenty of action and good interactions between the characters. Hopefully as we get into the next disc the series will pull back on the flash a tad and add little more substance.

Features
Japanese 5.1 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles,Textless songs,Radio Drama,Outtakes,Commentary by Monica Rial (Jo); Jamie Marchie (Meg) & Nathaniel Harrison

Review Equipment
Sony SAVA D9000 Dual Stack DTS w/ 5 Disc Changer in stack 1 and subwoofer in stack 2 Tv is Sony 57" widescreen rear-projection HDTV Model #KPD 57WS550

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