COMIC A7 Review - Burn Up W

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    Burn Up W
    AIC/Media Rings, 1995-96
    ADV Films, 1996-97, 1999
    Directed by Hiroshi Negishi (Tenchi Muyo! in Love 1-2, Amazing Nurse Nanako).
    Rated 17+ for graphic violence, T&A, S&M and strong language.

    by areaseven -

    When crime and terrorism go out of control in Tokyo, the police unleash Team Warrior - a band of highly-skilled and completely reckless band of female cops. Featuring loose cannon Rio, triggerhappy Maya and ace hacker Lilica, Team Warrior will get the job done, regardless of the budget of the mission.

    Story: B-
    While it's a huge improvement over its predecessor Burn Up!, Burn Up W's plot is too derivative of Bubblegum Crisis and AD Police Files and most of the time, it suffers from a loophole or two. Still, you can't get enough of the fan service and the little Evangelion parody on episode 2.

    Animation: A-
    AIC (Tenchi Muyo!, Ah! My Goddess) did a really good job in the production of this 4-episode OAV. The artwork is well-drawn and the animation is remarkable.

    Soundtrack: B
    The soundtrack by Hiroyuki Nanba has its moments, but most of it is pretty generic. The opening and ending themes by Wonder Love are very catchy, though.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Burn Up W features Yuka Imai (Otaru in Saber Marionette R/J/J Again/J to X, Wakaba in Revolutionary Girl Utena) as Rio, Maya Okamoto (Emma in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Liza in Macross Dynamite 7) as Maya, Sakura Tange (Card Captor Sakura, Kasumi in Dead Or Alive 1-2) as Lilica, Ryotato Okiayu (Katsuhiko in El-Hazard, Sakata in Love Hina) as Yuji, Yumiko Shibata as Maki, Yuri Amano (Kiyone in Tenchi Muyo!, Rain in Mobile Fighter G-Gundam) as Nanvel, Kyoko Hikami (Rabi en Rose in DiGi Charat, Doujima in Witch Hunter Robin) as Maria, and Akemi Okamura (Mai in Gunparade March, Belldandy in Adventures of Mini-Goddess) as Chisato.

    ADV's English dub sounds 10 times better than Neon Genesis Evangelion, but it still sucks compared to the Japanese dialogue. Featured voices include Amanda Winn Lee (Gally in Battle Angel, Rei in The End of Evangelion) as Rio, Renee Foresman as Maya, Kimberly Yates (Yomiko in Read Or Die, Yayoi in Blue Seed) as Lilica, Jason Lee (Shigeru in Neon Genesis Evangelion) as Yuji, Carol Amerson as Nanvel, Alison Keith (Misato in Evangelion, Melissa in Full Metal Panic!) as Maria, and Kim Sevier (Yuri in Dirty Pair Flash) as Chisato.

    DVD Extras: C-
    For an anime co-funded by ADV Films, you'd expect them to load a stack of goodies on this DVD. Unfortunately, all you get are some screenshots.

    The Bottom Line
    While it falls short on plot, Burn Up W is still pretty fun to watch. I can't wait to get my hands on Burn Up Excess later this year.

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