Too silly to work as a police series, but too violent to play as a comedy, this over-the-top series vacillates between extremes but never achieves a satisfactory resolution. The Warrior Strike Team represents the elite of ... more »the Tokyo police force in the not-too-distant future. Except for Yuji, the lone, ineffectual male, its members are women who seem to specialize in skimpy outfits: blond heroine Rio, sharpshooter Maya, computer expert Lelica--aided by techno-wizard Nanvel and shrewd commander Maki. They're pitted against a gang of ruthless criminals who have created a "virtual drug," a sort of electronic mind-control system. The screenplay by Katsuhiko Kochiba and Sumio Uetake tries to build suspense, then undercuts it with slapstick sexual humor and vice versa. Episode 3 begins with the perennially broke Rio trying to sell her used underwear to a sex-shop dealer but ends with a violent bloodbath in which her best friend is killed. When Rio sobs over her friend's murder, it's staged so that the camera is peeking up her skirt. Many anime series successfully juggle comedy and violent conflicts (Cowboy Bebop, Gunsmith Cats, for example) but Burn-Up W never gels. Suitable for ages 18 and up: nudity, profanity, sexual humor, violence, violence against women. --Charles Solomon« less
"In some peoples eyes Burn Up W is what a good anime should be, a loud, fast paced adventure with lots of large guns, and very well endowed characters. But overall Burn up W is just good fun. It's a feature that doesn't take itself too seriously, and so can be watched over and over, without becoming boring. It's the Japanese equivalent of a high school movie, full of humour, light on plot. But who cares, it's still pretty good in all respects. The DVD picture and sound are excellent as is the quality and menu system of the package in general. If you're a Tenchi or Bebop fan, and you don't take yourself too seriously, you'll enjoy this title. Hopefully there will be further DVD episode releases, as the series in its entirety could be real good. Give it a try!"
"There's a shooting spree in accounting"
firstname.lastname@example.org | Pinner, Middlesex United Kingdom | 09/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ahhh, the tongue in cheek anime genre, gotta love it aint cha, they manage to spoof everything including themselves. The two main girls, rio and maya, are overly endowned, as most pf the female characters are, but purely for humorous intent, and humerous it is. techinically, the animation is some of the best you're likely to see from an anime series, the detail is great, althogugh it does lack in some areas like minor characters and backgrounds. The music, is just great, wheras episodes 1 and 2 are laugh out loud funny, the second two are more serious and emotional, what is commendable is that these characters progess believably, and are consistent, its not like they are going for laughs, these are who they are. classic scenes are evident evwrywhere, rios constipation, maya trigger happy nature and the funniest evangelion tribute/joke ever. Complete with many spoofs of mission impossible, die hard with a dash of inuendo from yugi and rio's love-hate? relationshipThis is really opne for those who like their anime funny and serious with lots ofr action, a bit of everything basicly. Did you like project a-ko, slayers or tenchi? if so this is for you, its also on one disc so it s cheap, like the budgy. why did i give it only 4 stars if i praise it so#? thats a personal peeve as to the fact that its only 4 episodes period, theyran out of budget or something and leave the series on a ambiguous note, if only adv would put up the money for a second outing for the warrior team."
Burn Ups and Downs
Darlene | Oakhurst, NJ United States | 05/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Burn Up W is nothing that you haven't seen before. Think of it as the futuristic Sailormoon. This story is about 3 hot female cops trying to stop a "Virtual Virus". The Names of these girls are Rio, Maki, Lilica, and the one male Yugi. There is occasional nudity not brief but hey anything is possible in anime. If you have PS2 you might want to skip this because there are problems with it playing the last 2 episodes. A few scenes in this film have blood and gore but nothing you can't handle. All in all you could enjoy this film. Oh yeah for the record don't let kids under the age of 14 see this. It might be sourta a comedy but to much adult content."
Hedgewitch King | Mid-Wales | 06/16/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This one had me laughing alot, I will say that, sadly it was mostly at the terrible voice acting and dubbing skills, those were pretty terrible. I watched in in Japanese after and still laughed, but this time it was at the jokes. Needless to say, this one will make you laugh.There aren't many features on this one, but it is set up nice and it includes all 4 episodes from the Warrior series, follow up to the original Burn Up, which was a little superior in places. As with DP Flash and the style of redoing older anime in a new spectrum, this is one of those that faired pretty well in the attempt to keep the trend moving and will probably fair pretty well in time, better than DP Flash in most cases in the superior storylines, animation and humor.The soundtrack on this one isn't anywhere near one of the best, but it does its job well enough and the action is humorous when it is supposed to well. I good release by ADV and one worth purchasing if you haven't already."
Nothing you haven't seen before
Tivor | Los Angeles, CA, USA | 09/26/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Let's see, this series has big-breasted heroines (not much nudity, but a good dose of "fan service" shots) -- one who's willing to use a bit of her sexy charms to her own benefit, one who's overly eager to destroy stuff, one who's spunky and is good with computers, one who's a calm, calculating leader -- and one blundering guy who has a crush on one of the girls. Sounds cliche already? Well, that's what the series is like overall.The plot is enjoyable, but is laden with cliche elements. None of the plot development, character dilemma, conflicts, resolution, etc, will make you sit up and take notice. If you've seen a good dose of anime before, then you've seen all this before.Of course, that's not to say the series sucks. It's definitely enjoyable. The animation quality is quite decent (music is horrible, though), and I thought some of the character designs were very nice (albeit not too original). And the story has its moments too.So as long as you know what you're getting -- a nicely-produced OVA series with tons of cliche elements -- then you'll probably enjoy it. But don't expect anything groundbreaking..."