On the crime-ridden streets of Tokyo a new edict has been
passed allowing ordinary citizens to openly carry and use
firearms. The government body responsible for maintaining
law and order in this urban war zone is the Recent Armed Police
of Tokyo (RAPT). The crime rate may be on the rise but, as
a result of the citizens turning against each other in a constant
fight for survival and RAPT dispensing quick and brutal justice
on those who step out of line, the city's arrest rate is on
the decline. As chaos threatens to reign on the streets, below
ground something even more sinister is taking place. Deep
beneath the city terrifying creatures are being created in
secret labs, as organic cells are fused with machines to create
a race of enforcers designed to ensure the citizens of Tokyo
become devoid of free will. Into this dark world appear four
"angels" - Jo, Sei, Amy and Meg. Enigmatic, beautiful, armed
to the teeth and extremely dangerous to those who resist them,
they represent the only chance Tokyo has of surviving the
impending future of utter lawlessness...
Angel features four of the sexiest gun-slinging crime-fighters
ever to strut their stuff on the small screen. This futuristic,
action-packed sci-fi spaghetti western plays loose and wild
with genre conventions, pitting scantily clad, sharp-shooting
heroines against tech-savvy villains and mecha-warriors on
the streets of a near-future Tokyo. Adopting an "Annie Get
Your Pulse Rifle" attitude and taking it to its ultimate extreme.
Tachibana is a student at a catering school who dreams of
someday becoming a patissier. He wants to move to France to
learn from the best pastry chefs and fulfil his ambition,
but he can't afford to. In order to save up the money he advertises
his services as a chef hoping to do a bit of part time work
as a cook. He ends up working for a
group of four girls aged between 12 and 19; Meg, Jo, Amy,
and Sei, who Tachibana soon discovers are mercenaries. Meg
is a mechanic, Jo is a psychotic sharp-shooting prodigy (as
well as the pilot for their mecha, Jango), Amy is a computer
whiz, and Sei is their boss, who in turn, works for Bai Lan.
Death's Angel features the the first four episodes
(Hell Comes Silently; The Heartless Gunfighter;
City Where The Beast Howls; and The Brothers Die
at Dawn) of this 24-episode series. The first episode
is a simple story designed to introduce the viewer to the
world of Burst Angel and the main characters and social
conditions. The other three episodes slowly immerse us into
the dangerous working life of the mercenaries. It's also humorous
to see that no matter how dangerous a situation the girls
are in, they always manage to get away without a scratch even
though they are scantily clad.
are plenty of great little moments here, but one of my favourites
is the homage in The Heartless Gunfighter to the drinking
game in Raiders of the Lost Ark - the one that sees
Marion Ravenwood in a drinking competition against a burly
Extras include original Japanese radio shows and an extra
for the the original CD releases and textless opening and
closing titles (including both the Japanese and English language
songs for the closing titles).
episodes show a lot of promise and I'm looking forward to
seeing how this series develops.
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