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Burst Angel, Vol. 1: Death's Angel (2001)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LXONW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.Episodes:1. Hell Comes Silently2. The Heartless Gunfighter3. City Where the Beast Howls4. The Brothers Die at DawnSystem Requirements:Running Time 100 Min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM UPC: 704400077227 Manufacturer No: FN-07722

The broadcast series Burst Angel (2004) depicts an ultra-violent future, when everyone carries guns, and the Recent Armed Police of Tokyo (RAPT) is restoring order, despite its involvement in unsavory activities that range from murder to biomedical experiments. Wimpy aspiring pastry chef Kyohei has no idea what he's getting into when he takes an after-school job cooking for four gun-toting women mercenaries who work for an unseen boss. Against his will, Kyohei is dragged on violent sorties against thugs, cybots, and RAPT agents. It's a bit like watching Keitaro from Love, Hina join the Knight Sabers from Bubblegum Crisis. Sei, Meg, Amy, and Jo are standard-issue anime warriors who don revealing "fan service" costumes to fight murderous foes. There's lots of blood, lots of explosions, and lots of weightless CG mecha, but little storytelling or characterization. (Rated TV 14: violence, grotesque imagery, profanity, alcohol and drug use) --Charles Solomon

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great anime... August 16, 2005
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The four episodes are great - the artwork is beautiful, the characters are interesting and the combat is realistic. There are wheels within wheels when it comes to the plot and there are two story arches within the DVD,so you get a lot of story for your buck. The main idea is that crime rules most of the city of Tokyo and a team of four girls are trying to help keep the peace. But they are NOT part of the normal law enforcement units (think A-Team or Bubblegum Crisis). Rapt seems to run the city, but there are hints of other powers fighting for the top of the hill. In fact the girls seem to follow commands from somebody else (all we get is a name - it could be a person or a business).

There are also a ton of extras, such as radio dramas, one commentary track, funny outtakes, textless songs and, of course, trailers. The English Voice Actors are the best. Jo is played By Monical Rial (Gasaraki, Azumanga Daioh), Meg is played by Jamie Marchie (Fruits Basket) and Kyohei Tachibana is played by Greg Ayres (Full Metal Panic, Gunslinger Girl). We also get Sei played by Clarine Harp and Amy played by Alison Retzloff (from having been in Kiddy Grade).

Now, heres the bad new. First, it is ONLY in surround sound, so for guys like me who have only 2.0 stereo, lots of the audio is lost or too soft. Also, there are subtitle problems. The opening song, for example, has the subtitles right over the credits. The radio dramas, but for the first selection, have non subtitles. Also, the textless closing song in the extras, the English version, has subtitles which can't be turned off. All this little issues add up and take a little away from the enjoyment.

Yet hearing Monica Rial play a female gunslinger, with cussing and all, made my day. That is why I only took one point away. Great anime, nice selection of extras, but sloppy work on putting the DVD together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool characters and fun to watch April 22, 2006
I had my reservations when I first starting watching the series. However, to my surprise this series is just as good as Robotech/Macross. Each character is distinct, actually has a personality and there is more focus on the personalities while the science is put in the background. Which is rare since a lot of other Japanese Anime have characters that always seem to be cardboard cut outs of each other and focus to much on the scientific-war plot, if I wanted to see all that than I would watch the Discovery channel. Burst Angel is NOT like that since, it focuses on the character's and is just fun to watch with it's varying levels of chemistry and character development. They are not hard to look at either with there seductive wardrobe. I loved the packaging of the DVD which includes little books with detailed pictures of the characters. This is a DVD that is well worth the money since, the extras are fun to watch also. The only thing that I would have liked to have seen in the extras is the actors who actually did the American voices since, they were cool to listen to in the commentary. But, nothing is 100% perfect. Burst Angel is pure fun, cool, action packed and has perfect visual quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent series, albeit not entirely that interesting. September 4, 2005
Burst Angel certainly has potential to become interesting. It starts off with an interesting story: A young man going to school to become a chef gets a job as the cook for a rag tag group of gunslingers who are paid to take on missions. The primary "mercenary" is Jo, a quiet, tough young woman who shoots first and asks questions later. She is joined by Meg, the seemingly useless, typically big breasted cowgirl of the group (minus the accent), Sei and Amy. While it starts out with some pretty nifty stuff, the focus shifts a bit. The cook becomes less interesting, and to me he's the most interesting character. Meg and Jo seem to take on the spotlight, and they are just a bit too cliched for my tastes. On the other hand, the rest of the series is quite good. The setting is interesting and fun to watch. The action is excellent and well animated. So, if your into something that doesn't require too much focus, but is pretty fun, Burst Angel is worth a check. You might be surprised and like it more than me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Testing the waters... February 24, 2006
I was pleasantly surprised by this anime. I kept away from this title after all the terrible reviews I've read about it. I guess that goes to show you have to actually watch the show to know if you're gonna like it or not. This show's got robots, guns, and hot chicks in skimpy outfits...a mix for some serious fun! I was hooked by the first episode, it has some great mecha & gun action with good looking cgi. The girls? What can I say? This show has some very hot looking ladies! Whether you keep watching after the first few episodes is up to you. But the first volume is definitely worth checking out if you're looking for something exciting to watch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid New Gonzo Series December 20, 2005
Burst Angel is another one of Gonzo Digimation's many releases this year (Gantz, Samurai 7, and Gankutsuou). It's one of those mecha/girls with guns series, only different in that it's a great deal better than the rest. That's not a surprise, as the director, Koichi Ohata, directed great anime films like M.D. Geist and Cybernetics Guardian. How else is it better? Well, read on.

First off, episode one starts out with pure action, and displays quickly what the series will offer in terms of animation quality, as the CG mixes almost perfectly with the 2D effects. Then it goes from there to introduce the main characters, all of them, as quickly as possible: Jo, the fighter without a heart, Meg, the constant Damsel in distress, Amy, the tech-freak, and Sei, the leader of the bunch. They also introduce Kyohei, the lucky chef who gets to take care of these women's meals. After that's out of the way (it takes up probably five minutes of time) they quickly get back into the action. Episode two picks up immediately after as a continuation of episode one, and also introduces us to the dark setting of New Tokyo, devastated by natural disasters and crime, and the monstrous enemy robots called Cybots, free-thinking creatures that love destruction.

From there, episode three starts a new side plot and also reveals the history of the story, how crime became so prevalent on the streets of Tokyo, and the police force known as RAPT that has taken control in more than one way. In this episode, the girls hunt an apparent psychopath who gets kidnapped, and they are forced to follow. Episode four continues this storyline and shows how multi-faceted the series will be, as this episode has action, comedy, drama, and even a little bit of horror.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars BURST ANGEL-death's angel v.1
pretty cool to watch: different for me, but I like it: haven't seen all volumes yet, but I'm getting there
Published 19 months ago by tank
3.0 out of 5 stars hot action, hot storyline, hot babes
Bought this totally on recommendation of a friend. At first I thought I had been misguided, but as the story unfolded, and the babes got hotter, I really began to appreciate the... Read more
Published on December 27, 2009 by Richard M. Mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars great anime
i really liked this anime, i read about it online once and i went ahead and ordered it off amazon and it turned out to be pretty good. Read more
Published on May 20, 2009 by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars
Burst Angel', a futuristic city is defended from giant robots by a government task force consisting of busty girls with guns...

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Published on October 7, 2008 by N. Alhuda Alkhateeb
4.0 out of 5 stars Jo is a tom boy
I was'nt really into burst angel but this was good, monica rial did a nice job voice acting jo but this was good.
Published on May 23, 2008 by Cheri Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls, guns, and MECHS!!!
This is one sereis you got to watch all of it. Sometimes a few episodes seem pointless and stray from the storyline. Read more
Published on September 15, 2007 by Brent L. Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ANIME!!!!!!!!
This anime introduces Jo, or "Angel from Hell" While at work,she is a beautiful bad-ass women with a direct hit from her guns with a bit of an attitude to show for it, but when she... Read more
Published on March 2, 2006 by Vivian E. Mendoza
4.0 out of 5 stars Quaint is just the word.
Okay at first when I saw the cover I was a bit hesitant, but for the fact that it had a redhead in the series I couldn't resist. Read more
Published on January 3, 2006 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I know it is a sin to give a bad review to an anime but they all can't...
What is good about "Burst Angel" are the character designs, the color palette, and the immersive animation that blends CGI and 2D animation into a coherent environment along with... Read more
Published on October 22, 2005 by T. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive Member of An Overused Genre
`Burst Angel', a futuristic city is defended from giant robots by a government task force consisting of busty girls with guns...

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Published on October 18, 2005 by C. Chow
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