Region: 1 - North America
Volume: 1 of 3
Length: 100 minutes
English Dolby Digital Stereo
Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo
Tokyo, in the very near future is a city full of violent crime. To counter this increased threat, the city's police department is re-tooled and a secret unit called 'Warrior' is formed. The members that make up this crime fighting team are: Rio, a martial arts specialist; Maya, a highly skilled weapons expert and sniper; and Lilica, a paroled prisoner with supernatural powers.
Together the Warriors must face down a local biker gang intent on disturbing the peace, take on a mobile robbing machine that made the mistake of targeting Rio, disarm a bomb whos location is unknown and catch an extremely agile high-tech theif.
Viewers familliar with the other incarnations of Burn-up, such as Warrior or Excess will also be familliar with the format of Scramble. In each episode there is some form of emergency, be it terrorist, criminal, or well, traffic. To counter this, the girls get dressed up in skin-tight body suits and get sent to sort out the problem. It's at this point, however, that most of the similarities end. Rio is still as unlucky in love as ever, though she has gone from being simply extremely athletic to a judo expert who can use her Matrix-esque skills to dodge bullets, and while she still a cash-strapped shopaholic she is slightly more interested in her job in this incarnation than in any of the others. Maya is still a weapons obsessed nutcase, though she's gone from being loud and boystrous to being quiet and squeaky, making her extremely creepy, this is reinforced throughout the episodes with moments such as her gleefuly shooting at criminals with a sniper rifle saying "I won't kill you, but I won't let you live either". This aside, she comes across as a realist, usually saying exactly what Rio doesn't want to hear, and usually recieving a violent punishment for it. Lilica has psychic powers this time around allowing her to read peoples thoughts and memories amoungst an array of other assorted abilities, she comes across as clumsy, appologetic and quiet, making a mess of things when it's usually not what she intended. Yuji is still a ladies man and a total pervert, though not as much of a looser, to quote one charachter he has "looks, status, family name, and academic background" and is quite charming. He's also the departments head chief, making it all the more awkward when he hits on Rio, and more awkward than that when she beats the living daylights out of him in response. Nanvel does not make an appearance in this series, though this can't be considered a great loss as she was never a major character in any of the other series.
The animation isn't that bad, but it's still nothing to write home about, there is little CGI used in the production, and it's mostly used on things that are quite difficult to draw, such as water effects and other liquid motions like paper floating in air, though it is quite noticable, and not perfectly integrated into the rest of the animation.
The sound is clear and well put foreward, even though it's only in a 2 channel format, however the music is reminicent of a 80's action film. That, along with the cheesy accompanieng dialog to the opening credits, makes the series seem more like an episode of Charlies Angels.
To be fair, I couldn't get along with this series, it's taken the silly no-brain fun that the original Burn-up was, and tried to give it a plot. Viewers that enjoyed the other Burn-up series for what it was - I.E. something that you can put your brain into neutral and enjoy - will probably not have any time for Burn-up Scramble. However if you thought that the original series had nothing to offer you, then you may find a refreshing change in Burn-up Scramble that you might enjoy. Personally, when I watched it for the first time, I wanted 100 minutes of my life back, and my views have not changed since. This series is neither good or bad, it's mediocre, and frankly, you have roughly the same chance of seeing my name against the review of the second disk as you have of having your arm bitten of by a daffodill.