Burn Up W (of 1) (Mania.com)

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Burn-Up W is a perfect example of the silly comedy anime genre, ranging between slapstick and fan service with ease. One of Madman Entertainment’s first locally authored discs, this also serves as a good example of how they’ve really improved their game.

Initially Madman planned on authoring dub only PAL versions for the Region 4/Australian market, and importing NTSC versions for the hard core fans that needed Japanese tracks. Luckily due to fan complaints and the fact that just a handful of US discs are Region 0, they altered their stance… but not before discs like this one were already released. Just the single option of the stereo English dub, but even if the voice acting is often of the cringe worthy variety it is a solid effort with no technical problems.

While the audio options/lack thereof fall short when compared to the Region 1 version, the video is effectively the same, right down to the rainbow effects during the manga style opening for episodes three and four.

A silent and static black number based on a circle target with the fourth VHS tape cover in the middle. All the options are stuck in the middle, which leaves a fair amount of space on the sides considering there isn’t any need for sound setup and subtitles. Each episode is split into four chapter selections, titles, a-part, b-part and credits. The text used is a tad on the smallish size in many places.

We lost out in the area of extras, just getting trailers for Spriggan, Evangelion, Slayers, Gunsmith Cats, BGC Tokyo 2040, Tekken, and a page on who produced the DVD locally. Yeh.

The front cover uses an enlarged version of the third VHS tape cover, the trio in their battle suits against an overcast city scene, effectively the same as the Region 1 cover apart from the Australian M15+ rating tag.
The back is much the same, except for a truncated DVD features section, rating tags and who produced the disc locally. Inside front is split into two, with the top being an advertisement for the Samurai X OAV and the bottom a plug for Sin the Movie. On disc side under the hub is a fan service shot of the main trio, breasts protruding forward at maximum projection. The disc itself follows the target theme of the menu, with blacked out silhouettes of the primary trio of Team Warrior.

Set between two other Burn-Up series, the four episodes of W play up the comedy aspect, thought the final two reduces it slightly.

The first episode sets the tone of the series as Warrior is called out after four terrorists calling themselves the Falcon Claw. After taking an entire hotel hostage, they make such demands as adding the word final to the title of yet another RPG game sequel and getting an idol singer to do a nude bungee jump off the building. The second deals with a companion AI that escapes to the real world, pursued by a killer droid, Team Warrior and a tongue in cheek Evangelion Unit 01 clone.

The series takes an almost schizophrenic change with the final two episodes as they trade silliness for deadly, almost brutal seriousness. While small sections of silliness remain, such as Rio’s attempts to sell her underwear to make ends meet, they seem almost grossly at odds with her friend’s fate.

Burn-Up W is yet another absurd silly OAV series, with fan service and top heavy babes-a-plenty. The Australian Region 4 version offers a cheaper price instead of importing or buying the VHS tapes, but the lack of Japanese language track is annoying at best, fatal at worst.

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Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: C
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: C-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 4 - Australia / South America
Released By: Madman Entertainment
MSRP: 34.95 AU
Running time: 105
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Burn-Up W