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Burn Up!

Miki Itou , Ichiroo Nagai , Yasunori Ide , Kenjin Miyazaki    Unrated   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars When is ADV going to release this on DVD? Feb. 5 2004
By P. Krug
Format:VHS Tape
First of all, it should be known that the storyline of this one-shot OAV is NOT related in anyway to the storyline of the Burn-Up W/X-cess series. The title is near-identical and the basic theme (comedy/action about buxom, unconventional Tokyo police babes vs. nasty criminals in the not-too-distant future) is similar, some of the ADV English voice actors have roles in both, (Amanda Winn, Tiffany Grant and Kimberly Yates,) but the story is completly independant from the series. And no, the Maki that we meet here is NOT a younger version of the Maki from Burn-Up W/X-cess series.
O.K., enough yammering, here's the plot. (Admitedly a fairly simple one, given the shortness of this anime.) Criminals are kidnapping young women and selling them one the market as sex slaves to rich guys. Maki, Remmi and Yuka are three traffic cops who decide to go undercover at the dance club where many of the recent kidnappings have occured to see if they can get to the bottom of things. But things go bad and Yuka ends up getting kidnapped herself! The next day Maki and Remmi, along with their male police buds, go to the chief to see if he can do anything about it. However, Yuka's kidnapper, McCoy, is very wealthy and powerful and has friends in high places and the chief is convinced there's nothing that can be done, so Maki and Remmi, putting their carrers as well as their lives at risk, steal some body armor suits, weapons and an armored truck and go off on a personal quest to rescue Yuka and take down the slave ring while they're at it.
My question is, why is this still not available on DVD? Has it not sold enough copies? C'mon, ADV, we're eagerly waiting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burn Up -- Old-School Anime Awesome Sauce! Feb. 2 2013
By Justin A. Swartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Remember when people didn't watch anime for the pretty colors and the boobs? Remember when things like cars, trucks, and robots were hand-drawn instead of computer-generated because computers couldn't do that yet? And remember when anime girls actually gave you wood? If you're one of those people, then "Burn Up!" is the anime for you. Released in 1991 at the peak of the anime boom in Japan, "Burn Up!" is a 50-minute one-shot OVA that follows the adventures of three traffic cops (Maki, Reimi, and Yuka) as they go on an illegal undercover assignment to break up a slave trading ring operating in Tokyo. When Yuka gets kidnapped by the slave traders, it's up to Maki and Reimi to break every protocol in the book by getting her back in a no-holds-barred, balls-to-the-wall battle with the white slave trader McCoy and his mansion full of gun-toting thugs.

Sound stupid by today's standards, doesn't it? But that's the thing about "Burn Up!" that I love--it's unpretentious fun. This OVA knows it's nothing but an excuse to get sexy anime girls in skin-tight body armor and have them blow McCoy and his army to kingdom come. And I love it for that. It's a reflection of a time in Japan when producers were taking chances on ambitious animators and their projects, and "Burn Up!" was most likely one of them. It's attractive characters (designed by Kenjin Miyazaki), the 80's-style mechanical animation (for the cars, bikes, tanks, and the like), the production design (by Gasho Tano), and the bright color palette all speak to the glory days of anime when the creativity was flowing and everything wasn't based off a manga or PC game.

With that said, there are some awesome action sequences here, especially the opening chase between Maki, Reimi, Yuka, Kenji (Maki's boyfriend), Banba (Reimi's "potential" boyfriend), and a red BMW filled with three McCoy gangsters and one female hostage. The shading techniques in the animation are just brilliant, the screaming guitar music gets your heart pumping, and the way Maki's bike slices its way through the cars on the interstate has to be seen to be believed. And my personal favorite part of it all are the old-school sound effects that would perpetuate many an anime show for years to come.

If you're going to watch "Burn Up!", please watch the Japanese version, featuring Yumiko Shibata as Maki, Miki Ito (of "Project A-Ko" fame) as Reimi, and Kumiko Nishihara as Yuka. Norio Wakamoto plays the devilish McCoy, while Sayaka (one of McCoy's slave girls) is played by Yuri Shiratori. All of them are perfectly cast to their roles and give each line the correct meaning and inflection. These seiyuu (along with the entire cast) were very popular throughout the 80's and 90's, and one of the best parts of watching "Burn Up!" in Japanese is going "Hey, I recognize that voice!" whenever these actors speak.

The English dub of "Burn Up!" is from 1995 and was ADV Films' first English dub, which introduced everyone to their mainstays Tiffany Grant (as Maki), Amanda Winn (as Reimi), and Kimberly Yates (as Yuka). Also in the English cast is Milton Lawrence as Kenji (who actually does a first-rate job, given the script) and Rob Mungle (of "Guy" and "Gunsmith Cats" fame) as Captain Hashima. The problem with the English dub is its age (the 90's were infamous for unnecessary swearing and ridiculous rewrites), and the fact that Amanda Winn is miscast as the soft-spoken Reimi. Tiffany Grant plays Maki well enough, but most of what she does involves screaming, roaring, and being generally pissed off (and generally missing the point of Maki to begin with). Kimberly Yates suffers from a poorly-written script that turned Yuka into an airhead from the get-go and didn't give her much room to act. All three of these ladies would go on to do bigger and better things, and for that all of otaku-dom (or me, at least) is eternally grateful.

Unfortunately, both editions of "Burn Up!" (the original ADV Films release & the Sentai Filmworks re-release) are out of print, so your best bet to snag a decent copy would be off the Amazon marketplace. If you're lucky, you might end up with the ADV Films version, which included a bonus previews disc that showcased their latest anime acquisitions. Even if you're not, you've still got "Burn Up!", an anime that simply entertains the pants off the viewer without throwing their brain through the wringer and their heart under a bus (like most anime titles today). I'm all for a story about love, romance, and the eighteen beautiful girls that are vying for my hand in marriage (yeah, right!), but sometimes I like to watch something that's actually fun and doesn't require that I sign over my soul to a shinigami in a note book. If that's the kind of anime you're looking for (and you appreciate the days when anime didn't come in a "complete season" pack for 20 bucks), then "Burn Up!" is the anime for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When is ADV going to release this on DVD? Feb. 5 2004
By P. Krug - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
First of all, it should be known that the storyline of this one-shot OAV is NOT related in anyway to the storyline of the Burn-Up W/X-cess series. The title is near-identical and the basic theme (comedy/action about buxom, unconventional Tokyo police babes vs. nasty criminals in the not-too-distant future) is similar, some of the ADV English voice actors have roles in both, (Amanda Winn, Tiffany Grant and Kimberly Yates,) but the story is completly independant from the series. And no, the Maki that we meet here is NOT a younger version of the Maki from Burn-Up W/X-cess series.
O.K., enough yammering, here's the plot. (Admitedly a fairly simple one, given the shortness of this anime.) Criminals are kidnapping young women and selling them one the market as sex slaves to rich guys. Maki, Remmi and Yuka are three traffic cops who decide to go undercover at the dance club where many of the recent kidnappings have occured to see if they can get to the bottom of things. But things go bad and Yuka ends up getting kidnapped herself! The next day Maki and Remmi, along with their male police buds, go to the chief to see if he can do anything about it. However, Yuka's kidnapper, McCoy, is very wealthy and powerful and has friends in high places and the chief is convinced there's nothing that can be done, so Maki and Remmi, putting their carrers as well as their lives at risk, steal some body armor suits, weapons and an armored truck and go off on a personal quest to rescue Yuka and take down the slave ring while they're at it.
My question is, why is this still not available on DVD? Has it not sold enough copies? C'mon, ADV, we're eagerly waiting!
3.0 out of 5 stars 50 minutes... Oct. 23 2004
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
of VERY brief nudity, not-very graphic bloodless violence and adult situations. Maki, Reimi and Yuka decide to go after McCoy, the head of a White Slavery ring, but find he is not just very powerful, but also ruthless.

My tape was used but even when you take that into account the artwork was also aged, very dated. The tape's copyright was 1991, which places the production of the anime in the late 80s. The tape did have bonus production art, both in the closing credits and afterwards, so don't turn it off just because the credits stop scrolling. There is a couple of trailers at the start of the tape.

Only two things link this story to Burn-Up W! The song "Burn Up Your Heart" and the fact that I was able to recognize Tiffany Grant's voice as one of the characters - Maki I believe. She is also Maki's English voice in Burn-Up W!

Maybe a DVD would of gotten more than three stars, but the story is too bland to get more than three even with the extras.
4.0 out of 5 stars "Burn up my heart" Sept. 27 2002
By Lana Durbin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
"Burn Up!" is actually a very good Anime. Definitely not the best, but still good. I would classify it as one of those movies that you find later on as you become more widespread in your selections of Anime. Alot of people like to start with the more popular Anime such as "Evangelion", "Ranma 1/2", "Slayers", and "Ghost in the Shell". If you're a BIG fan, I wouldn't recommend passing this one up. Overall I really enjoyed "Burn Up!" (I even own it). All 3 girls were great, but Maki would have to be my favorite.
On a scale of 1 to 5:
Animation: 4
storyline: 4
I recommend renting "Burn Up!" before buying it. Also I recommend seeing these other great overlooked Animes: "Compiler 1 & 2" and "Voogie's Angel".
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Babes Oct. 8 2000
By James Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
well i just saw this film about a month ago and it's not that bad at all. some nice artwork, babes (as i stated before), and a half decent story ligne. Die hard fans of Burn Up should really enjoy this. if you're a first timer, you might want to rent it first or find someone who already has it.
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