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Bubblegum Crisis (1987)
"Baburugamu kuraishisu" (original title)

Video  -  Animation | Action | Sci-Fi  -  25 February 1987 (Japan)
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A female mercenary team, armed with unique power armor suits, battle the forces of the corrupt mega-corporation, Genom in futuristic Tokyo.

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Part of a "Bubblegum Crisis (1987)" universe, follows a special unit of the A.D. Police, tasked to destroy Boomers, androids that malfunction or gain sentience and go on a rampage in the futuristic city of Megatokyo.

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Credited cast:
Yoshiko Sakakibara ...
Sylia Stingray (voice)
Kinuko Ômori ...
Priscilla 'Priss' S. Asagiri (voice)
Michie Tomizawa ...
Linna Yamazaki (voice)
Akiko Hiramatsu ...
Nene Romanova (voice)
Nozomu Sasaki ...
Mackie Stingray (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ...
Leon McNichol (voice)
Ken'yû Horiuchi ...
Daley Wong (voice)
Shûichi Ikeda ...
Brian J. Mason (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe ...
Kiyoshi Kawakubo ...
Quincy (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Arnold ...
Quincy (voice) (as David J. Arnold)
Elizabeth Becka ...
Linna Yamazaki (voice)
Nicholas Bottom ...
Executive B (voice)
Jack Bowden ...
Sings Of The Replicants / Additional Voices (voice)
Joyce Leigh Bowden ...
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This eight-part OVA (Original Video Animation, or made-for-video) series is set in the giant megalopolis of MegaTokyo in the year 2033. The story chronicles the battles of four women in power armor against an evil mega-corporation called GENOM. BGC is one of the most popular series among fans of Japanese animation ("anime"), as well as fans of the cyberpunk genre. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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The logo of AIC, the studio that animated the BGC, appears throughout the series' run. The logo even appears on Priss' motorcycle helmet in episode 2. See more »

Quotes

Lisa Vanette: Do you know about the Knight Sabers?
Sylia Stingray: Uh-huh, I've heard about them.
Lisa Vanette: Why do you suppose they fight boomers? I hear they take their clients for lots of money, but... I wonder... if they're supposed to be the good guys.
Sylia Stingray: What do you think?
Lisa Vanette: I don't know... But fighting boomers means taking on Genom, doesn't it? For a mere four people to take on such a large corporation is just... well... Genom makes a lot of things that make wars possible. But they also make boomers that are useful to society. And ...
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Wasurenaide
(Don't Forget)
Lyrics by Aran Tomoko
Music and Arrangement by Makaino Kouji
Performed by Oomori Kinuko
English Performance by Annabelle Clifton
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Good stuff, but...
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a "Blade Runner" like future, four vigilante women - the Knight Sabers - assist the AD Police in fighting boomers, living machines not unlike the Replicants from "Blade Runner". The Knight Saber ring leader is Sylia Stingray, a rich, mysterious brunette who is the daughter of the man who created the boomers and whom might actually be a boomer herself. The others include rebellious biker girl Priss Asagiri, aerobics instructor Linna Yamazki and ADP computer hacker Nene. Other characters include ADP man Leon McNichol, a Brad Pitt like pretty boy with high ideals and a jerky attitude as well as a thing for Priss and with Leon is his hilarious partner Daley Wong. Oh and Sylia has a pervert whiz kid for a brother by name of Mackey. The villains include Quincy, chairman of GENOM, the company that produces the boomers, his right hand man Brian J. Mason (killed off too soon) and an obnoxious boomer man named Largo.

A good series overall, but being dated is the least of its problems. Originally slated for 13 episodes, it was cut short at episode 8, leaving many series plot threads unresolved. A sequel series, Bubblegum Crash, was concocted to solve this problem but it didn't help. Also the characters are never as well developed as you would like them to be. The most interesting character, the Knight Saber ringleader Sylia, is never completely explored. Linna had potential, but her subplot involving a friend who was apart of a mafia family was never resolved and most of the time Linna was just ignored. Nene was cute and funny but only had one episode to call her own, the last one. Sadly, most of the series attention was centered on Priss, who somehow became the most popular character of the series, so much in fact that although she was originally suppose to die, a fan backlash saved her; I think this was due partly to the fact that she was voiced by a then popular Japanese singer. But Priss herself was not that interesting of a character: all her episodes basically revolve around her seeking revenge for a minor character friend that we the audience sometimes didn't even get to know in depth. Priss became repetitive and dull after a certain point. I could never quite figure out what Leon saw in her.

But the series itself is not inherently bad. Animation is still pretty good in most of the eps (excluding the first one, which is a bit herky jerky, and the last one, in which the characters are drawn much too thinly) and it had an interesting theme on humanity VS technology.

Remade for TV as "Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040" in 1999. Hate to say it, but 2040 was superior in many ways, though not completely perfect in and of itself.


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