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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Burn Up Excess - To Serve and Protect (Vol. 1)
Burn Up Excess - To Serve and Protect (Vol. 1)
ADV Films // Unrated // August 20, 2002
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Review by Loren Halek | posted October 3, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

Burn-Up Excess is just one of those anime shows that just screams out "fanservice" (i.e. a lot of female sexual suggestive shots inside) before you even put the disc in the DVD Player. Just looking from the cover alone you can see that this will be just one of those shows, but much like Steel Angel Kurumi, there is more under the hood than meets the eye.

This is the tale of Team Warrior, a partnership made up of Rio (who is on this cover) and Maya. They are two sexy ladies who kick ass and take names. Burn-Up Excess is my first entrance into the Burn-Up world, so I'm not too familiar with the backgrounds, but the first episode does a good job of setting things up so you understand what is going on.

The first episode centers around a group of terrorists that take over the Tower and holds important people hostage, including politicians. They demand freedom for their friends, tons of money and a way out of the tower. Team Warrior is sent out to set thing straight. Rio is the more hands-on member of Warrior, she is the one that goes in and does the dirty work. Maya seems to work from a distance with shooting a gun and taking care of any technological interference that comes up. We also get to see both in their revealing battle garb.

The next two episodes flesh out the characters quite a bit. They are pretty much filler episodes, but they do help in establishing the characters and Team Warrior itself for people like me who have never had any experience with the Burn-Up world before. The first one deals with a bunch of crossdressers using firefighters to rob jewelry stores and other places. The other episode in this middle part has Rio working as a bodyguard to the son of the owner of a powerful oil company. There are slight references to a larger plot in the background, a bigger group being behind the terrorists from the first episode.

The last episode revolves around Maya going home. It seems Maya is in a crime family who is being muscled out of power by a new organized crime group. This is a hilarious episode and really revolves around Maya, who seems to be the sidekick to Rio in these early episodes.

Overall this is not a bad show. Much like Steel Angel Kurumi, this show has a story beneath its fanservice showing. It is also one of those shows where you do not have to think about what is going on and you can just enjoy what you are watching.


The DVD

Video: This aired in Japan back in 1997 and looks like a good transfer. I noticed no color problems or anything.

Sound: Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and in English, Japanese and Spanish. The English track on this disc is actually quite good. There is a bit of action in the rears since this is very much an action title, but the sound is not going to blow you away since it is a television show.

Menus: Laid out with the artwork and background of the cover, the menu is easy to navigate

Extras:

Opening and Closing Textless Credits: Mostly standard fare for an anime television series nowadays.

US Trailer: The US trailer for the show

Production Sketches: Sketches with the Japanese writing translated. Very nice.

Jiggle Counter: Here is the ultimate extra. For all the main characters there is a count of the amount of jiggles that the characters do. They are added throughout the whole 4 episodes. You will not see it until a while into the first episode, but it is there…trust me. The only weird thing is that I would constitute some jiggles that they do not. This is proof positive that this is a fanservice show first and foremost.


Final Thoughts: Burn-Up Excess makes no qualms about what it is…a fanservice show. The Jiggle Counter in and of itself is a great extra for those that enjoy fanservice anime. The weird thing is that there is a pretty good story and characters going on in this show as well. I have seen many fanservice shows, but it seems like many coming out nowadays actually have good stories with them too. Highly Recommended.
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