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(Summary based on the entry on ThatOtherWiki)

''Burst Angel'', also known as ''Bakuretsu Tenshi'', takes place [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the near future]]. A rise in criminal activity after a devastating earthquake has forced the Japanese government to allow citizens to possess firearms, while establishing the Recently Armed Police Taskforce (RAPT), essentially LawEnforcementInc. The series follows an AmazonBrigade of mercenaries, who have recently hired OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Kyohei Tachibana as their cook. The team's missions put them against [[BodyHorror mutated monsters with glowing brains]], HumongousMecha with glowing brains, and a corrupt RAPT (which is, naturally, involved with the whole "glowing brains" issue).

Notable for being directed by [[Anime/MDGeist Koichi]] [[Anime/{{Genocyber}} Ohata]], although it shares relatively little of the [[{{Gorn}} qualities]] of his other [[SoBadItsGood (in)]]famous works.

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!! ''Burst Angel'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AccentAdaptation - In the English dub, Osaka is pretty much Texas. In the DVD commentary, this was explained as almost being out of necessity because of the strong Western influences of the story. And frankly the Osaka arc seems like it was actively written with Texas in mind.
** Also of note is the fact that up until this point {{FUNimation}} had tried as hard as possible to avoid doing this in any other shows.
* AmazonBrigade
* AmnesiacDissonance - [[spoiler:Jo suffers from this trope.]]
* ArtificialHuman - [[spoiler:Jo, Maria, the other Genocide Angels.]]
* ATeamFiring - In the first episode. Jo and her current mark (a very twitchy [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation purple man]]) engage in a full-on [[MoreDakka Dakka]] contest in an alley. Kyohei ends up cowering in the middle of this leadstorm until his scooter is shot to pieces and the purple guy runs out of ammo.
* AuthorTract - Starting at six minutes and thirty-one seconds into the first episode, the author gives an anti-gun message. It doesn't stop.
* BadassBiker
* BadassLongcoat - Jo is a Badass Longjacket; Takane's a Badass Long-seifuku.
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians - The manga that serves as a prequel to the series has Meg basically out-and-out in love with Jo and desperately wanting to consummate their relationship at any opportunity. This is ''very'' toned down to the point of disappearing by the time the series begins and [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy Kyohei]] is added. And the same episode where we find out that Sei is a MafiaPrincess actually has Meg very interested in the handsome men that have shown up, which leaves her somewhere between this trope and AmbiguouslyBi.
* BareYourMidriff - Sei, Jo, and Takane.
* BaseOnWheels - Sei's Cool Truck; it even doubles as a hangar for Django.
* BattleCouple - Theoretically, Meg and Jo. (It's more obvious in the manga.)
* BeachEpisode - Episode 15, set at a water park. Look out for Sei's totally insane swimsuit and Meg spilling out of her top.
* BigEater - Meg.
* BloodFromTheMouth - Poor Liang.
** And Jo in her fight with Maria.
* BloodKnight - Jo. She's extremely bored with everything that doesn't have to do with shooting at things.
* BodyHorror - The experimentation that turns several [[VictimOfTheWeek Victims Of The Week]] into [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]].
* BornWinner: Jo, as far as every other gunman in the story goes. She was hired by Sei because of her 100% success rate as a independant mercenary.
* BoundAndGagged - Kyohei once, but more to the point, ''Meg''.
* ButtMonkey - Kyohei and Meg. He's a meek cook who the girls refuse to let go, she gets kidnapped on a daily basis and seemingly can't fight at all.
* CampGay - The "Tour Guide" in episode 10.
* CaptainErsatz - Visually, Jo; Meg and Kyohei resemble Rei; Asuka and Shinji from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ChainedHeat - Jo does this to herself and Kyohei when she takes him hostage to try to trade him for a yet-again-kidnapped Meg.
* TheChick - Meg, both in the social interaction sense and the DistressedDamsel sense. Kyohei, in the NonActionGuy sense.
* CloseCallHaircut - Meg gets a hole ''shot through her hair'' in one episode.
* TheComicallySerious - A good deal of humor in the series comes from Jo's deadpan reactions to the absurd stuff around her
* ConspicuousCG - For the mecha and vehicles.
* CoolBigSis - Sei's role largely boils down to being this.
* CoolOldGuy - Leo, who designed, built, and performs MrFixIt duties for Django.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* {{Crossdresser}} - Kyohei has to in order to sneak food (and equipment) to Meg during a few episodes when the latter is infiltrating an all-girls' school.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass - Subverted during an episode where Meg has her "hunger" switched around with her will to fight. She spends the rest of the episode mopping up gangsters with impossibly cool kung-fu moves... And then later claims to have no memory of what happened at all.
* CulturalCrossReference - Jo's [[HumongousMecha Cybot]] Film/{{Django}} is a ShoutOut to the SpaghettiWestern film of the same name.
* ADayInTheLimelight - Even though he's the first character we're introduced to, Kyohei only really has a single episode where he's the focus character.
** And even then, he's the ButtMonkey...
* {{Delinquents}} - Takane and her GirlPosse are all former female biker gang delinquents turned police officers.
* DecoyProtagonist: At first it ''looks'' like Kyohei's the lead but then it very quickly shifts away to the point where he barely appears at all in later episodes.
** Similarly, the manga has a guy called Takeru. It becomes immediately obvious he does ''not'' belong in Jo's world though.
* DisposableWoman - Meg, except that she doesn't expire.
* DistressedDamsel - Meg ''all the damned time''. To the point that she [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this.
* EasterEgg - The hidden DVDCommentary (for the infamous BeachEpisode) in the English version.
* EvilTwin - [[spoiler: Maria to Jo. Maria's "evil" because she's still obeying R.A.P.T. and doesn't have free-will.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: In case all the fanservicey tropes didn't clue you in, this series does not shy from indulging in cheesecake and occasional beefcake.
* FanServicePack - Sei and Meg go up several cup sizes about halfway through the series; the BeachEpisode actually uses both character designs in different parts of the episode.
* FauxActionGirl - Meg. She gets a SmallGirlBigGun shot in the opening sequence, and another during the Osaka arc, but is otherwise firmly entrenched in the DistressedDamsel role. One of the trailers for the show actually showed her beating up mooks with the same skill she showed in the Bai-Lan party episode. Averted in a small segment of the OVA that takes place [[FlashForward five years after the end of the series]], showing a [[TookALevelInBadass more competent and more badass Meg]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble - Jo is Choleric, Meg is Sanguine, Sei is Melancholic, Amy is Phlegmatic.
* FragileSpeedster: Django in comparison to the other Cybots. Every Cybot emphasizes [[MightyGlacier huge firepower and armor]], while Django was specifically made to be fast and agile at the expense of armor.
* {{Gainaxing}}
* GangstaStyle - Jo, both when aiming her actual guns and those of her HumongousMecha. She really ought to know better.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar - In the BeachEpisode, there is an environmental group called the "Organization for the Nature Preservation of Tokyo". This gets the acronym "ONPOT".
* GiantFlyer - Meg gets abducted by one.
* GovernmentConspiracy
* GratuitousEnglish - In the ThemeTuneRap. Still pretty catchy, though.
* GroinAttack - Threatened by Jo against Kyohei, with a ''Desert Eagle''.
* GunsAkimbo - Jo ''and'' Django. Maria's Cybot uses [[MultiArmedAndDangerous hidden arms]] to fire ''four'' "guns" at once.
* HackerCave - Amy has one on-board Sei's trailer.
* HandCannon: Somehow, Jo has the [[RequiredSecondaryPowers necessary arm and shoulder strength ]]to dual wield '''Desert Eagles''' without any kind of exhaustion. For reference, these guns are supposed to be held with both hands, and can cause hefty men to fall over if not properly braced before firing.
* HeroesWantRedheads - Jo and (red-headed) Meg have elements of this, in the anime, and undeniably in the manga.
* HeroicAlbino - Jo is the Heroic Sociopath version of this.
* HumongousMecha - All Cybots, including Django.
* IceQueen: Jo. Anyone who is not Meg will get a chilly reception worthy of the Antartic.
* TheIdiotFromOsaka - Takane, when she visits Tokyo. All the Osakan characters use the "southern accent" version of the accent trope in the dub.
* IdiotHair - Meg, and to a lesser extent, Jo.
** Takane has three of them.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes - Just about everyone. For instance, Jo's chaps alone should cost several thousand dollars if they're made of real suede, not to mention Amy's chest... ball... thing.
* ImprobableAimingSkills
* LawEnforcementInc - RAPT. Also Hanshin Police Department, Inc., owned by the same company as the second oldest baseball team in Japan, the Hanshin Tigers (thus explaining why tigers are emblazoned on their ''everything'').
* MafiaPrincess - Sei, though we learn this later. She's also much more benevolent than most other examples.
* MagicSkirt - Meg's doesn't do the obvious even when she's hanging upside down from a moving train.
* MindRape - The brain creature that disguised itself as [[OneeSama Nadeshiko]] (in "Wash This Courtyard With Blood") was doing this to Jo when Meg ventilated it with Jo's [[{{BFG}} BFPistol]].
* MoreDakka - Jo lives by this, as does Meg to a lesser extent.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast - ''Genocide'' Angels.
* NonActionGuy - Kyohei, while talented in the kitchen, is a serious coward.
* OffScreenTeleportation: Meg somehow ends up on top of the departing R.A.P.T. train in episode three, despite being shown on the station platform just a few seconds ago. It's rather jarring, as it's not played for laughs; it's as if the production team just left a scene out.
* OneWingedAngel
* PhlebotinumRebel - [[spoiler: Jo. This was a accidental rebellion at first; Jo was blown off the ship where the final Genocide Angel tests were taking place. By the time she woke up in the river in New York, she didn't remember how she got there or what she was. Thanks to the time she spent away from her creators, she then fully embraced the rebel part of the trope.]]
* PlayfulHacker - Amy
* ProfessionalWrestling - "Mega Rider" from the Dai-Osaka arc combined this with a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' parody. And bore an odd resemblance to ''Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel''. Notably, Jo is very surprised to discover that it isn't real.
* PowerTattoo - Appears when Jo is in combat. Purple with lighter "shimmering".
* PsychoLesbian - [[spoiler:Maria becomes strangely attracted to Meg, and starts to think that she'll be spoils of war if she defeats Jo.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: What Jo amounts to; a cold-hearted assassin who is only really enjoying herself when fighting and who spends all her free time watching ulta-violent movies in an effort to find some way to amuse herself.
* RedBaron: Jo has a bit of a reputation in the Tokyo underworld. Her moniker is "The Angel from Hell".
* RedOniBlueOni: Meg (red) and Jo (blue).
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Maria finally breaks free of her mental conditioning just to get gunned down by [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill a squad of R.A.P.T. cybots]]. Her only consolation is that she distracted them long enough for Jo and Meg to fall off the boat]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning - Jo.
* RefusalOfTheCall - After the double-kidnapping fiasco in the first two episodes, Kyohei tries to quit the job he accepted as the cook for Sei's group; unfortunately for him, they ''really'' liked the meal he cooked as an apology...
* ReiAyanamiExpy: A little game for you. Take a look at [[http://media-wallpapers.theotaku.com/caption-587276-20090725100619.jpg these]] [[http://i813.photobucket.com/albums/zz55/pandorasPix/video/Burst%20Angel/Burst_Angel_Jo_Cosplay_s2.jpg two]] images and guess which one is Jo. We'll wait. One episode has another expy who is even closer to the Rei archetype than the blunt and forceful Jo.
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy - Kyohei is really only there because apparently someone felt that normal everyday Japanese young men wouldn't watch the series if [[ThisLoserIsYou one of them]] wasn't in it. He's billed as the central character and protagonist, but could be written out completely without even trying.
* RollerbladeGood - Django has motorized wheels in its feet for highway travel. When not in use, they look like spurs.
* RuleOfCool
* ScarfOfAsskicking - Jo wears a yellow one. It keeps veering between yellow and red for promotional artwork.
** For the finale, she gets a red one.
* SixthRanger - Leo, Takane
* SmartMark - Parodied in the first episode of the Dai-Osaka arc, during the "Mega-Rider" show.
* SociopathicHero - Jo would be classified as dangerously violent in pretty much any society on earth, though she avoids InsaneEqualsViolent.
* SpiritualSuccessor - The plot has certain similarities to ''BubblegumCrisis''.
* StreetUrchin - [[spoiler: Meg, during her younger years]].
* StormingTheCastle
* TheStoic - Jo is emotionally dead when not engaged in extreme violence. Sei is, to some degree, the permanently chill version of this.
* {{Stripperiffic}} - How do they not get arrested? Sei's getup in particular is a [[TheissTitillationTheory wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen]].
* SuperSoldier - [[spoiler:Jo, Maria, and the other "Genocide Angels".]]
** TheSpartanWay - [[spoiler: The Genocide Angels were trained this way, culminating in a ThereCanBeOnlyOne "final exam".]]
* [[TakeUpMySword Take Up My Desert Eagles]] - [[spoiler:Strongly implied to be Meg's eventual destiny after Jo's apparent death and the destruction of RAPT.]]
* TalkativeLoon - Wong is affected this way by the Hanode drug.
* TeamChef: Kyohei's one quality is being quite the cook for his age and level of education. He's capable of cooking a good variety of national styles.
* ThemeNaming - The three younger characters [[ShoutOutThemeNaming share names with characters from]] ''Literature/LittleWomen''. Sei is the OddNameOut.
* TokenMiniMoe - Amy
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl - Jo and Meg
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs - Bai-Lan
* {{Tsundere}} - Meg
* {{Underboobs}} - Sei
* VaporWear: Most of the women do not bother with this old-fashioned "brassiere" technology in Tokyo apparently. Meg has a semi-justified reason revealed in the manga series: her skin is too sensitive to wear too many clothes at a time.
* TheVoice - Bai-Lan (offscreen, relayed through Sei).
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection - Sei and Amy.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: A great deal of this mercenary group's jobs are helping people or hunting down monsters that threaten their city.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback - Episode 14 and the ''Infinity'' OVA, both of which revolve around Meg first meeting Jo before they both started working for Sei.
* {{Wooden Katanas Are Even Better}} - Takane kills Hideki with one in ep 13. Complete with GlowingEyesOfDoom.
* WretchedHive - The "anarchy district" which is the ruins of Shibuya after a massive earthquake wrecked the area. The government abandoned the area, and the police refuse to go there unless something huge happens. It's only populated by cyborg criminals and black market dealings.
* YeahShot
* ZettaiRyouiki - Meg uses the skirt + long boots version.
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