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.
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.
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.
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.