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Burn Up Excess
I didn't like this series all that much. Way too much ecchi going on and not enough plot.
The episode where Maya goes home and everyone says 'Oooo you got a visit from the titty fairy' was too much. It was just a filler episode.
Owells, I liked the Spin Off Scramble though.
Last updated Wednesday, August 23 2006. Created Wednesday, August 23 2006.
Burn Up Excess
First of all, I object to my dear Burn Up franchise ("guilty pleasure")being continually compared to our own Police Academy movies (none of which I ever have watched or ever will). I say this because that would imply that an American production could possibly go toe-to-toe with a Japanese one in terms of fanservice and political incorrectness! Seriously, Burn Up Excess is a good deal better than the Burn Up W OVAs, which I've watched twice but couldn't think of a single particularly redeeming quality to write about either time. The Excess OP sequence is pretty neat, with fast moving animation, and "Show Time" is a song I wouldn't mind hearing repeatedly. The animation is about par for a TV series, though some scenes in the first episode with repetitive movement triggered a sort of deja vu within me, making me wonder if I was watching a 40-odd year old episode of Speed Racer (since the technology seemed the same). I included both "Modern" and "Sci-Fi" as keywords because this series seems to take place in the not-too-distant-future with some remarkable technology that's liable to become reality within the next five or ten years. The series begins with a fun, quick reintroduction of the Team Warrior members. It's their wild, quirky personalities that carry this show--things like Rio's dreams of marrying into money, or Maya's obsession with firearms ("You're so hard and powerful"). I swear I've seen that pink-haired technician Lilica somewhere before! The token male team member, Yuki, is a peeping tom, so the show isn't particularly sexist. There is, of course, shameless, blatant "jiggling", with ADV's pattented "Jiggle Counter" option to keep track of it (and not just a total count, but rather numbers for each female character--Rio wins episode one!). But the characters do more than jiggle, and I got to like them over time. The series gets a good deal more serious on the final DVD. One of the problems with Burn Up W was it's discordant mix of both comedy and graphic violence, and as I watched the final episode I began to worry that the same thing might happen here; but in the end, I think it worked out well. Not a classic, by any means, but I liked the fast-moving, exciting conclusion as a number of seperate struggles, involving different sets of opponents, were skillfully brought together. This wasn't just a fanservice fest after all! As if I still needed it, I've just thought of another reason why I need not be ashamed of watching this show--because, like most anime, it is actually educational about another culture. For example, did you know there's a 17% sales tax in Japan? Jeez, I hope they aren't expected to pay income tax as well! Burn Up Excess is a simple, fun show that won't "tax" your brain (how's that for a segue?).|
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My favorite line: "Pinch!" --Maya
Last updated Sunday, October 31 2010. Created Tuesday, April 25 2006.