Before I get to the special review, I want to bring up the two commercial supporting this episode.
The first had a grown-up, game-addicted layabout inexplicably managing to convince his parents (whose basement’s he’s living in) that he’s cool simply because he bought KFC’s new popcorn chicken (presumably with their money, too.)
The second was basically trying to present T.G.I.F. as some really happening place to take sexy ladies (or meet sexy ladies there? Was that the idea?) if you want to get laid on a Friday night (when else at T.G.I.F.?). Yes, that was the implicit message. Friday’s is your sophisticated date spot.
Considering how cunning ad firms have gotten about zeroing in on their precise target demographics, I can’t help wondering what image they have of the type of people streaming BURST ANGEL online.
Thinking about IT, that whole preamble maybe says more about BURST ANGEL than any amount of plot summary or focused criticism. I’ve got to think of a good shorthand for it - - Stereotypical Anime, perhaps? - - but this is very much the sort of show that fosters all the otaku stereotypes that ever get goofed on in stand-up routines and sitcoms. Freakin’ show starts with an undead mecha battle with no discernible connection to the main plot (which is unsurprisingly about four kickass girls in lingerie who mercilessly push around the one emasculated man in their life.)
So yeah, there are most definitely impractically huge pistols fitted into hot pant holsters on this show.
That said, I actually did kind-of enjoy the sitcom set-up here - - if only because these girl have got to be the most superlatively awful assholes I’ve run into in any of these shows. That seems to be totally intentional, of course. Methinks their put-upon chef’s eventually going to spin the situation on this torment… but, man, does it take skill to make characters that shrewish in the mean time. Bravo.
Watch this episode, "Hell Comes Silently” here and decide for yourself.