Burst Angel

Alt title: Bakuretsu Tenshi




Here we are again, with one of Gonzo's later works. Being the Gonzo fan I am I of course watched it, and here is what I have to say about it.

What we have here is a special OPs group with lots of funding, lots of will power and four 'hot' chicks (pun intended). This group consists of women, girls, ladies, chicks -- whatever you wish to call them. Their mission in life is to bust some ass. They work for a corporation called Barren whose goal in life I won't mention.

Ohh yes, I almost forgot to mention their chef. He's 18 years old and wants to become a patissier in France (don't ask me what that is). To do so he needs money, which he gets from the girls who are in dire need of someone who can cook for them. They can shoot, kill, terrorize, shut down networks, etc., but they can't cook?! In other words, he's a part-time worker aka arubaita aka wage-slave.

Alright, on to the story. What they've tried to do is to pull a Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex (GITS SAC), meaning there are a bunch of standalone arcs that usually span two episodes or so (from bodyguard situations to others). There are very subtle things going on in the background that you might not notice at the beginning of the series, and in the end we discover an entire plot built around the small parts presented in each arc. Unfortunately, they failed a bit; the problem is that everything feels very rushed and it's easy to get lost along the way. The show kicks off great but loses itself somewhere at the end of the first third, only to find itself again at the start of the last third. I didn't find it very annoying though, it was still good entertaining action and there were small things being hinted at in the second third as well. it's just that these episodes didn't feel in synch with the rest of the show

The plot itself was quite interesting. It's something which brings me back to the good 'ol cyberpunk days with robots running rampant, monsters mutating and all that. Then we have a nice chunk of fanservice which was executed in an okay way, it didn't feel very forced at all. There is one thing though, and I don't know if it's my imagination -- but it felt like the bust size of a couple of characters increased after some episodes.

The second thing which drags down the score is the character development -- it's basically zero, and that's something which doesn't sit well with someone like me who likes to watch characters grow. Of course, I also have to ask myself "how much would be a reasonable amount of character growth in this type of series, in the time frame it was played out?". Still, though, it could've been done a bit better.

The show ends in a barely okay manner. I won't go into details. It is rumored though, that there will be an OAV and I will certainly look forward to watching that one as well.
Ohh boy, this GONZO. These are *THE* animators out there when it comes to anime. This was by far the best show I've seen animation-wise since a couple of months ago when I saw GITS Innocence.

There are so many things I could say here but I'll keep it short. The CG integration is outstanding and doesn't clash with the 2D at all. The colors are great, the framerate synching (you don't want to have fluid 24fps CG if you've got the rest running at let's say 18fps), did i mention outstanding?

The mecha fights are outstanding and amongst the best i've seen visual-wise. The normal fights are executed well. Almost everything is executed excellently. almost...

There is one itsy bitsy tiny weeny bit which takes away the 0.5 point (10 is perfection after all) and that is the pistol animation. Sometimes it looks like one of the characters holds a piece of black plastic which spews fire -- no pistol movement, no recoil, nothing -- and that certainly took away some of the enjoyment in the fighting scenes. Just imagine it: you have two big Desert Eagle derivatives that spew bullets that go through god-knows what, and there are NO movements at all, just a muzzle-flash.

The character designs were great as well: very attractive and suitable! I do, however, refer to the bust size comment I made above.
Ohh yes. Gonzo again. Not only can they produce great animation, they can also produce some kick ass audio. First of all, the OP tune kicks ass and fits the opening animation like a hand in a custom made glove. The soundtrack is great as well with varied tunes, everything ranging from slower stuff to faster wilder stuff.

The whole soundtrack follows some strange new wave of western inspired music. Think of the old tune "ghost rider" or other western tunes with spanish classic guitars playing in the background, while the electric guitar pulls off some guitar solo. Take that sort of thing and mix it with more modern rhythms and you've got likeable (yet different) stuff which I like. There are other more wild tunes with electric guitars and synths, as well as some chinese tracks. Also there is a variety of techno. Yes, it's a varied soundtrack with lots of different sounds produced to fit the given situations in the show. I found myself noticing the soundtrack several times in the show and thought "this fits the show". I'm actually listening to the soundtrack right now, and i've got a couple of tunes from the character CDs in my car as well.

The sounds are crisp and clear throughout the show and the VAs act out their lines well.

Why not a 10? The ED tune could've been better. It's a rock track but feels a bit stiff and doesn't have the depth I like. Some of the tunes on the soundtrack use synthesized strings instead of the real thing. Sorry -- a 10 requires perfection... this is close but not quite there.
We have the leader: tall, calm, acts with grace; the young computer girl who knows all about everything and can do all about it; the extrovert: a sensitive clutzy girl; and then we have the quiet and violent mystierious girl. Anyone noticing any patterns here? That in itself doesn't actually bother me, not at all. It's executed in a manner so it doesn't feel overused. The only real problem with this quintet is that the clutzy girl always conveniently screws up. One would think that one would learn from mistakes made in the past, especially in a special OPs group, but i'll leave it at that.

The problem here spells "Character Development". The characters act almost the same in ep 1 as in ep 26. There were moments in this show when I actually thought they'd develop a character, but at the start of the next episode it was like it had never happened. Also, the chef was very undeveloped and sometimes I wondered why he was in the show in the first place.

The character interactions were alright. There were some interesting secondary characters introduced every here and there in the show, whereas some returned later on.

By the end of the day though, I didn't feel very connected with any one of the characters. The moment could be sad, tragic, hectic, violent, people could be dying, crying or going berserk but I wouldn't feel very emphatic towards them. There were characters that I found myself liking, but the characters' past and such were never really explored.
It almost pains me that I have to give this show a mere 7.5. With visuals and audio that are amongst the best I've ever seen or heard, with a promising plot and nice set of character designs, it had a great chance of becoming something. It falls flat, though, on the character development part, and the story feels split and can't decide what it wants to do.

In conclusion, I'd say that this is a very enjoyable action/sci-fi entertainment show. I recommend giving it a try. The visuals and audio DO make the other problems less apparant, and thus makes everything more enjoyable, but the problems are still there nonetheless. If you're like me you will feel a bit dissatisfied since it could've been so much more than what it ended up being. It was, however, definitely worth my time.
8/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

I only watched 5 episodes of this series and dropped out.  Maybe it gets better but based on what I saw; I wasn't keen on devoting hours to it.



Some of the character designs are appealing, yet their personalities or "attitudes" are not.



One of the main characters is a male-looking girl named Joe.  This might be somebody's cup of tea, but for a main character that I was going to see a lot of, she wasn't that interesting. Especially, because it seems her only job is to save her ditzy best friend, another main character that has a huge penchant for getting into situations that need quick rescue.  Yes, in 5 episodes that happened enough times to be noticed.

The action scenes with the mecha use CGI that maybe in 2004 it was good, but now it looks dated, clunky and ugly.  The rest of the action scenes are fine.



I cannot say that in the reviews world, a rating after just 5 episodes is fair, but in my world, where my precious hours have to be divvied up among many different hobbies; this anime failed to grab my attention and deserved no more of my time.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
5/10 overall


The story in Burst Angel was not entirely relevant I feel, since the anime strikes me overall as a more character driven style than anything.  The story was pretty lax.  Each episode seemed to be its own entity, especially towards the beginning, until I noticed that the enemies they faced had similarities and such that the characters in the show also began to notice.  The first 20 episodes honestly didn't feel all that character driven though. This, paired with the choppy story progression, did not strike me impressively at all.  The final four episodes brought it all together and made the character drive much more apparent.  The only other thing that I really noticed was that for the first 23 episodes our team of protagonists spent their time almost entirely finding out who the bad guys were.  Somehow Gonzo packed the final battle into a singular episode.  A tad anti-climactic if you ask me. The story wasn't horrible, just not enough effort was put into it. Occasionally days would pass between episodes as well which is why I described it as "choppy".


The animation was pretty decent.  The implementation of CGI effects was superb.  If the 2D and 3D styles were not so different I may even venture to say seamless.  The CGI animation itself wasn't phenomenal though, frankly, it wasn't much better than the old TV show Reboot, or Beast Wars.  The mesh of 2D and 3D helped it though giving the backgrounds a more normal look.

Gonzo frequently animates the female portion of their characters with insane bustiness and Burst Limit is no exception.  Through the first half of the series I thought that the show was simply an excuse to have large breasts flamboyantly bounce around.  I was wrong about that, with the last few episodes at least.

The only other thing that I wish to comment on is the poor quality in which the gunfire was animated.  Jo (the main protagonist) is wielding two massive Desert Eagle size pistols.  These are no ordinary weapons though, as it seems that they have the ability to choose when they do or do not have a kick! Half the time when Jo fires her weapons the outcome is a simple muzzle flash. WHAT?! It was annoying and distracting to see this continually throughout the series.


The sound isn't really worth mentioning, but I will anyways.  The opening theme "Loosey" was kind of catchy so there aren't really thumbs down for that. The closing theme was pretty lame though, as such, I didn't stick around for it often.  The background music for the show worked somewhat, incorporating a new age rock vibe with the occasional old west tune, of which there is only one track.  You could tell when the show was getting good when the music style shifted gears completely to this solitary western sound.  I don't think there was anything that I particularly liked as far as sound goes in this one, but I didn't hate it.


The characters! Finally, I really should have done a review on each character between reviewing the other crap in this show. There are two in this show Jo and Megumi (nicknamed Meg) who stand above the others as the main face of the show. They have a technological genius, partner named Amy who is much younger than them, and they all serve as subordinates to their direct overseer Sei.  They are an elite team in charge of taking on the tasks no one else can do for the secret organization known as Bai Lan.  There is another character named Kyohei but we don't talk about him....

Jo - is the quiet, athletic, get-out-of-anything, power-house in the squad, and she makes sure that the mission is completed, so long as her best friend Meg doesn't get caught in the mix.  For the most part ruthless, she doesn't worry about collateral damage, with the exception of Meg of course, which makes her the perfect person for the work they do.  Jo has lost her memory in an incident fighting some unknown foe.  Since then she has found a friend in Meg.

Megumi - My favorite character in the series, Meg is Jo's partner in crime.  Jo does all the heavy lifting due to her undeniable expertise, and more often than not Meg gets captured.  Yes, you did read that correctly, I said more often than not, which implies that it happens many times throughout the series, it does! It gets annoying to see Meg taken by enemies so much. Meg also has some pretty terrible lines in the show so at first I really hated her, and found more ammunition than grace in Gonzo's habitual nature making her so outrageously busty.  In spite of all that, she emerges my favorite simply because she is the only character in the series with an ounce of a dynamic nature.


In the end, the show was worth the time spent watching it and that's all, I don't think I'll recommend it, but I won't tell anyone not to watch it either.  I definitely won't be buying it. Watch if you wish to do so, I'm neutral.

4/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
8/10 characters
6/10 overall

Right, it's confession time for me. If you have been reading my reviews than you may have noticed that I tend to rip the anime a new one. There is a reason for this though and it has to do with the fact that I can't turn my brain off when watching anime. I can't ignore the stupid shown in the anime and this is a problem as most anime are very stupid indeed.

In this case I'm not talking about a 90 pound girl catching a multi-ton cruise missile and throwing it back. Yes, it is stupid but it is a stupid that I'll allow. It's anime. Things like this are normal here and I'm pretty much fine with it. It annoys me to be sure but I will not rant about it.

So, having explained this lets rip into this anime shall we? Just a heads up: There will most probably be spoilers. The more I hate an anime the more spoilers there will be.

ART: I liked the art for the most part but disliked the CGI mecha's. As far as CGI goes it is pretty good actually but I hated it. The rest of the anime looks fine. Characters are clearly defined, especially the breast and groin area.

SOUND: Decent enough I suppose. I rarely pay attention to the music and when I do it is because it is either horrible or very good. I have really no complaints. Voice acting is excellent.

CHARACTERS: Main character is Kyohei. All he wanted to do was become a pastry chef but lacks the funds to go France. Because of this he takes a job with an all female mercenary squad.

Jo is the muscle of the group and pilots the mecha, Django. She is barely clothed, uses dual wielded pistols and cares for non other then Meg.

STORY: In a postacolyptic future gun laws have been released and many people carry firearms. Crime is rampant and the police are more interested in killing criminals than arresting them. Enter Kyohei, a culinairy student trying to become a pastry chef. He wishes to study in France but needs money. To get money he starts to work for an all female mercenary group. Shit happens. The end.

RANT: The only positive thing that I can say about this anime is that I've seen much worse than this. It has some good ideas here and there but it is buried under deep layers of suck.

I've known people who truly liked this anime and to them I say this: Good for you. Different people have different tastes and if you like this then congratulations. I hated it.

This is partly due to the CGI used as I'm very picky about CGI use. Looking at parts of the anime again I've found myself mellowed a bit. Either it wasn't that bad to begin with or I've been desensitized by truly awful anime I've seen since then.

I already touched upon the fan service briefly but here goes. I sucks as it serves absolutely no purpose to the story or the characters. Jo's custume(?) is laughable as it more or less amounts to a bikini with guns.

For this anime I'm going to point you in the direction of some other people. Animerica is a YouTube show run by 2 guys who review anime. You can also find them on thatguywiththeglasses.com but here is a link to their YouTube channel about this anime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFtPBvFgdCw

Now I must warn you that they have a habit of doing a scetch of sorts. I hate these as I, for the most part, find them dull and boring. Just skip ahead a few minutes and you'll be spared these.

Also note that they do very spoiler heavy reviews. In their Cover to Cover series, where this anime is reviewed, they'll only look at the first 2 episodes so there won't be spoilers for later episodes.

5/10 story
4/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
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When watching this anime, you will find a lot of battles full of action and it can get your heart raceing a little bit, it can be a little confusing in the beginning, but all animes can be like that ( which is why i recommend and use the watch 3 episodes then judge rule) It gets better, it just depends on how you see the overall anime it's self. 

In the end i can't say anything negitive, i would say i'm in the neutral zone, i can't really say you have to watch it and i can't say you shouldn't watch it. To me rating wise, it's a 3.5 at the most.

6/10 story
9/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8/10 overall
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