feel I've made all of my most pertinent comments on Burst
Angel's sound and visual effects in my review for
Volume 2; if you haven't
already, please feel free to read it. Also take note of
my reviews of Volume 3
and Volume 4.
Angel goes from strength to strength with Volume 5,
released this week by MVM. In this volume, Jo's story with
the mysterious samurai is resolved, Takane makes a return
with a few new problems to solve, and Kyohei finds an old
the other volumes, this one contains four episodes; 17-20
Jo and the Samurai take on a cybot attacking the village,
and Jo's connection to the cybot and its mysterious pilot
The Immortal Classmate
While out shopping, Kyohei runs into his old friend
Akio, and discovers that he's been given extensive cybernetic
implants and is now working for the Yakuza.
Takane heads over to Tokyo for a visit, but winds up
in the middle of a plot (by the series' main antagonists)
to take control of the minds of children via television.
Blood Red Highway
The crew run afoul of Tokyo's new traffic enforcement
cybots, which have decided to arbitrarily execute drivers
for trivial offenses. There's a hacker at work, and once
again Takane's landed in the centre of it all.
volume is where it all starts to come together. The hints
at Jo's backstory, and the real reasons behind the "glowing
brain" monsters attacking Tokyo, finally get more than just
a cryptic half-scene – I'd imagine that the astute viewer
would be able to draw many conclusions from the revelations
given in these episodes, and it's clear that the final volume
(released in early November) will tie up most, if not all
of the various loose ends from throughout the series.
thing that had me puzzled was episode 18, where Kyohei meets
up with his newly-cybernetic friend Akio. The story is wholly
about the guest characters, with Kyohei used merely to give
the viewer a perspective on events. The girls hardly get
a look in – their biggest scene involves them eating pizza!
Usually, the standalone stories of Burst Angel provide
some insight into the central characters or the ongoing
background plot concerning the scientists' plans. I do hope
that I'm wrong, and that Akio's situation will factor somehow
into the events of the final volume.
it's nice to see Takane again. It's comparatively rare in
most drama serials for guest characters to return, even
in a supporting capacity, but Takane does see a little action
here too. I'd like to see her stay on through the next four
episodes as a sort of honourary teammate, but I'm not sure
she'd want to stay in Tokyo any longer than she needs to
– she does have her own police department in Osaka to take
care of, after all.
Angel remains a series that holds my attention from
start to finish – whether it's the action or the slow-cooking
plotline, I couldn't say, but whenever I put one of the
volumes into my DVD player, I find myself watching all four
episodes in a row. Very few animé series nowadays evoke
the same reaction.
solid 16:9 anamophic transfer with good contrast, colour
and black levels. Fans will have no complaints with the
image as presented here.
English and Japanese 5.1 tracks are both clear enough, but
the English dub is slightly clearer and more effectively
mixed. The LFE channel is well used without being overdone.
again, Chris Bevins returns for an audio commentary.
This volume's chosen episode is #20, Dueling Angels.
Bevins has Monica Rial (Jo) and Colleen Clinkenbeard (new
character Maria) in tow for this one, quite relevant seeing
as that episode introduces both characters to each other
for the first time. If you've listened to any of the previous
commentaries, you'll know what to expect – bad jokes, ribbing,
and the occasional insight into the production.
another radio drama, starring the Japanese
voice cast; as with the commentary, it's the same deal as
with previous volumes. Something that hasn't yet been seen
are interviews – one with the Japanese cast,
another with the series' character designer Ugetsu Hakua,
and a third with Kaneko Tomoaki, the CGI artist. Also trailers
for Tenjho Tenge and Gantz.