A potent, new virtual drug threatens the city of Neo-Tokyo. Backed by considerable resources, it proves more than a match for the ordinary police force. For such dangerous missions the city enacts Team Warrior, a highly trained special task force created for just such hazards. Better hope the city of Neo-Tokyo is highly insured because when Rio and Team Warrior are on the loose carnage can’t be far behind.
summary by Mugs
Highs: Occasionally hilarious
Lows: Little plot; story doesn’t flow well; no ending
Being a series firmly entrenched in the chicks-with-guns sub genre, Burn Up! W has all of the requisite benefits and deficits. We have the traditional all-girl special forces team, whose uniforms are as skintight as possible and reveal their abundant assets. We also have the computer girl, the mecha girl, the artillery girl, and the violent girl.
Story-wise, there’s the standard villainous organization doing their dastardly deeds. The biggest problem with the plot is that it seems to get lost quite frequently, and in a four-episode OVA that’s not a good thing. One of the oddest things occurring in this story is the killing of a character introduced moments earlier; this is supposed to provide some kind of emotional reaction. With so little time to know the character, why should we feel anything? Rushed events like these kill any kind of empathy we might have for the characters, so forget watching this as a drama.
There exists a heavy comedic element in the first two episodes. In fact, the first one is downright hilarious as we are made privy to what the average Joe might request in a hostage situation. Guaranteed to make anyone laugh, the second episode tones it down slightly and by the third the focus has squarely shifted from comedy to action. While solid if unspectacular, the action scenes are more interesting than DBZ‘s battles… but then again what isn’t?
All in all, this is one to watch if you’re not in the mood for thinking but would not mind some light ecchi comedy and solid fighting sequences.
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Also in this series are a Burn Up! single episode OVA and a 13 episode series, Burn Up! Excess. We expect to have reviews for these up someday soon, too.
Burn Up! W can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.