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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 14 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
- MSRP: 29.98
- 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. #2
By Justin Rich
July 13, 2005
Release Date: July 12, 2005
What They Say
A secret society’s conjured up the spirit of an ancient demon, and they mean to set it loose on Meg. And if that’s not enough, a dangerous giant bird preys on young girls and snatches up Meg before Jo’s very eyes! A secret weapon injected into Kyo raises the stakes for Sei, and a deal to save Meg leaves Jo hanging in the balance. With traps and RAPT lurking behind every corner will Jo be able to save Meg this time? Or will the Crow Monster take Meg and Kyo down with him?The Review!
Once again Jo is coming to the aid of the perils of Meg! The question needs to be asked; how many times can one person be abducted?
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.
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 school backdrop for the first two episodes gives a nice change of scenery, and Jo’s battle at sundown is beautiful Gonzo animation in both the use of light and dark but the fighting itself.
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 Meg with her rifle pointing up in front of a yellow wall with red highlights and reverse is seductive bondage picture of Meg. The Burst Angel logo is in the bottom with the disc title in small, white writing to the right of it. The back is dark: Black and yellow with Meg looking over her shoulder towards you with splattering of screen caps.
This volume also includes a fourteen page booklet that begins and ends with multi page pictures first of Jo on a corpse and final drawing of the four angels. Meg and Jango are the character files this time. There is a page of mechanical files, as well as three pages of guest files for the four episodes. Finally there is a two page art file of the two locations for volume two.
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 red shading on a black background with Meg with a yellowish tint looking over her right shoulder. In the bottom right corner is round picture of Jo from episode 6. Next to small orblike picture of Jo is the options to play all, episode, audio and extras in white writing with Jo’s tattoo as the curser.
More zaniness from Japanese actresses of Meg and Jo in three more Baku-Ten radio segments. There is four FUNimation trailers on this disc:DBZ movie 11: Bio Broly, Burst Angel, Galaxy Railways & Fullmetal Alchemist volume 4. The commentary is on episode eight: Wounded Outlaw featuring Christopher Bevins, Monica Rial and Clairne Harp. 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) The volume begins with Meg undercover at an exclusive all girl school, looking for the cause of a girls madness while attending the institution. Meg is liked by her classmates and even the upper class’s Ishtar club notice her and ask her to join. Things don’t pick up until she goes up on the roof to clear her head and a girl fighting a terrifying vision falls off the edge, and is daringly saved by Meg. The next day Meg goes to meet the Ishtar Club’s leader Angelic and notices a three claw scar on her left wrist, but what does the mark mean? That same night Meg is once again star gazing when she meets the Senior class President Nadesico who says she’ll cover for Meg being out after curfew.
She then meets up with Kyo who gives her a school jacket that has been equipped with a tiny camera so that she can gather information. She sneaks into the Ishtar Club only to be attacked by a monster and chased into the courtyard. Just as the monster is going to finish Meg off Jo steps in and fights her off. But who is the monster? Jo and Meg both undercover discover the food causes the hallucinations and decide to ‘diet’ during lunch. At swim class both Jo and Meg are attack and Jo lets the bullets rain as she shoots the monster in the left cheek, and separated from Jo Meg gets captured. The members force her to eat the food and she too is now seeing the horrifying visions, but the dream is interrupted as Jo barges in. Jo’s fight with Nadesico the student who was the monster, continues through the yard and onto the same roof where she had talked the day before with Meg. Nadesico’s body comes crashing at Meg’s feet but there is no head, for it had attached to Jo and was beginning to use her as the next host, and with a nice touch of role reversal Meg shoots the parasite and saves Jo. It is nice to see Meg having more backbone and not just letting Jo be the only one capable of doing anything worthwhile.
The next pair of episodes begins with a random girl and then Kyo’s friend Kazami being captured by a giant crow. As soon as Kazami was taken Kyo goes to get help; first from RAPT and then from the girls. Meg and Amy were amused at the tale but wouldn’t take Kyo seriously, but Jo did and said she would help. Jo and Kyo went to the place where Kazami was taken, and Meg decided to follow. When the crow did show up it managed to take Meg as it’s next abduction. Sei ordered that Jo and Kyo meet up with her and that they would find Meg later, and when Sei’s assignment shows up it draws out the crow too. The man Jo was supposed to protect was carrying NI-50 an experimental nanobot virus that gestates in six hours, and was injected into Kyo for safe hiding! A small crow shows up with the message Meg for the NI-50. Jo lets her rage get the better of her and takes Kyo hostage to rescue Meg herself.
Literally attached to each other, via handcuffs, Jo and Kyo are on the run with a ticking time bomb inside Kyo. Jo gets shot in the left arm because Kyo would not let her fire with too many civilians around and she eventually passes out after they narrowly escape. When Jo awakens she is shocked to see the handcuffs are off but Kyo is still by her. You see a slight change in Jo as she actual wants learn Kyo’s name and they take off together towards the tower where the bird has Meg hostage. When the arrive Sei and her minions are already there. Sei decides to give Kyo the choice to have the virus removed or put his faith in Jo to recover Meg in the hour he has left before it kills him; and Kyo goes with Jo so he shot with a dart to slow his metabolism down giving Kyo a little more time with NI-50 in him.
Jo inside Jango with Kyo in her palm climb the ladder towards Meg and the other captives to a perched crow. The crow releases Meg only to pick her up after it transforms into a more powerful version by consuming numerous crows around it. The struggle between the new crow and Jango continues as the fall off the tower and Jo succeeds in both saving both Meg and Kyo and destroying the bird. She did manage to leave a few scraps of cybot this time unlike most missions for Sei to investigate. The Jo goes over to see how her friend Kyo was doing, for the first time in the series she shows concern for someone other than her infinite damsel in distress Meg.
A New Tokyo does nothing to improve the flow of an overlying plot, but the episodes do fly by rather quickly. These two pairs of episodes flow well together with a lot of action, a little comedy and in the end of the disc high amount of drama. The characters work so well together that it makes up in fun what the show lacks in plot. I admit sometimes I find myself just looking for a show that I can sit down on the couch and be highly entertained by, and if that is your primary objective then Baku-Ten is 100 minutes of pure, mind-freeing distraction.
Japanese 5.1 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles,Textless Songs,Commentary by ADR Director Christopher Bevins; Monica Rial (Jo) & Clarine Harp (Sei)
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