Judge Mitchell Hattaway prefers the up-skirt shots in the Victoria's Secret catalogue.
The badge-bearing babes are back!
One upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy…
Burn-Up Scramble is a "re-imagining" of the world, characters, and events of Burn Up Excess. (In other words, the creators are out of ideas.) This series takes three of the main characters from Burn Up Excess—Rio, Maya, and Lilica—adds a twist or two, and throws them into a bunch of dull adventures.
The first four episodes of this series are included on this release. Here's a brief rundown:
• Episode One: "Warriors Strike at Dawn!"
• Episode Two: "Defeat the Mobile-Robber Madgunder!"
• Episode Three: "Warriors, Five Seconds 'til
• Episode Four: "Crash! Seventy Thousand Kilometers in
Burn-Up Scramble is incredibly boring. It's also repetitive; the plots tend to unfold in the same manner. You have to sit through at least ten minutes of Rio-centric nonsense before the Warriors are even called in for action; the threat/villain is then summarily dispatched, and it's back to more crap about Rio. The characters don't have personalities; they're each given one (overly familiar) character trait or quirk, and that's it. For example, there's a tiresome running gag about the efforts of the police chief to get his hands on Rio's sweater meat; there's not a single scene showing him doing anything else. (The chief seems to be interested in Rio only because of her breasts, which doesn't make a whole lotta sense. His assistant/girlfriend's rack is just as big as Rio's, and she's not half as annoying.) Truth be told, Burn-Up Scramble seems to be nothing more than an excuse to showcase a trio of cute chicks in tight and/or revealing outfits. One episode wastes a good ten minutes on Rio's attempts to save a kitty who's fallen down a well, and it's clear this is just a contrived way of providing an up-skirt shot. Gee, how clever. (Each episode also includes footage of the Warriors changing into their tight-fitting battle uniforms, even though they're usually not wearing these uniforms in the next scene.) There's a chance, albeit a slim one, this series could have been fun, but the creators just seem to be coasting.
Technically speaking, this is another very good Geneon release. The transfer is beautiful, with no flaws. (The animation itself can look a little sub-par at times, but that's not the fault of the folks at Geneon.) The audio options are both good efforts, although the voice acting in the English dub is incredibly grating. There's a nice spread across the three front channels, but surround use is limited (the rear channels only come alive during some of the action sequences), and don't expect much in the way of bass activity. Extras include clean opening/closing animation, an art gallery, and the expected Geneon previews.
If you ask me, it's time to throw the Warriors a retirement party, give them their gold watches, and send them home. I think we've all suffered enough.
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