Anime Meta-Review


Burn Up!


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Title Info

  • seen: 1 of 1
  • type: OAV
  • grade: watchable
  • made: 1991
  • Review created: Recently, but I didn't record the date.
  • mod: none

An older anime, with many descendants, that offers few surprises or novelties. In a near future city the eternal fight between crime and law continues. We follow three police women who think they've got a witness against one of the city crime-bosses, a nasty bloke involved in slavery and other naughtiness. When the witness comes up with a severe case of dead the three decide to take on the investigation. And while not everything goes their way these women are not going to let anything stand in their way.

A bit too much spoiler? perhaps, but the plot is pretty damn cookie cutter. When the three women go to investigate the place where slaves are kidnapped, and seperate there, you've got a very good idea of what is going to happen. Given that two are physically capable, and one's a good natured pink haired design, you even know who it's going to be. In essence everything is designed in such a way that we can have some fan service, aggressive women with guns and a decent slab of action (against people who deserve it). If this is what you want then you probably can't make too many complaints about getting exactly what you ordered. Still, the action is solid and the characters are interesting enough to keep you watching.

The animation is definitely dated, at times seeming a bit muddy and dark, but is quite watchable. Of course this somewhat reduces the effect of the violence, and greatly reduces the effectiveness of the fan service. The combats are interestingly staged, the technical design is good, but not always entirely logical. The characters competence, and generally realistic plan, greatly enhances the action. The character voices are fine, and the dialog reasonable. There's a bit of gore, and some cruelty, but not nearly as much as you might expect. Still, this anime is also hampered by a very short running time. Some sources list this as running 55 minutes, but this includes a chance to view every storyboard and some technical drawings at the end of the anime which knocks about 15 minutes plus off the story.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:16 WST 2009