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Bubblegum Crisis 

Baburugamu kuraishisu (original title)
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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Kinuko Ômori ...
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 Linna Yamazaki 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Akiko Hiramatsu ...
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 Mackie Stingray 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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Ken'yû Horiuchi ...
Shûichi Ikeda ...
Kazuyuki Sogabe ...
Kiyoshi Kawakubo ...
David Arnold ...
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 Linna Yamazaki 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Nicholas Bottom ...
 Executive B 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Jack Bowden ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Joyce Leigh Bowden ...
 Interviewer / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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Jay Bryson ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Dick Bunting ...
Katherine Burton ...
Marshall Carroll ...
 Dailey Wong 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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 Dr. Miriam Yoshida 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Sean Clay ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Annabelle Clifton ...
 Harmonies For The Replicants / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Clifton Daniel ...
Ted Davis ...
Chuck Denson Jr. ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kevin Dowling ...
 Professor Stingray 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Jemila Ericson ...
Hadley Eure ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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Marc Garber ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Nathan Gray ...
Susan Grillo ...
Jon Gutman ...
Kyôko Hamura ...
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 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Eddie Harrell ...
Maiko Hashimoto ...
 Reika Chang / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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Tom Holmes ...
Geoffrey Honaker ...
Jean Hrdlicka ...
 Irene Chang 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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Hiroko Kasahara ...
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 Female Boomer / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Chuck Kinlaw ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
David Kraus ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Steve Lalla ...
 Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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 Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Barbara C. Lewis ...
 ADP Commander 8 episodes, 1987-1991
David Long ...
 Ebisu President 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Mindi L. Lyons ...
 Naomi / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Tomoko Maruo ...
Loren Mash ...
 Young Sylia 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Marc Matney ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Yasunori Matsumoto ...
Mike McGovern ...
Yûko Mizutani ...
Brad Moranz ...
 Leon McNichol 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Senri Nakajima ...
 Sho's Mother 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Sinda Nichols ...
 Priss Asagiri 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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 Deputy Commander / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Ken'ichi Ogata ...
Eric Paisley ...
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 Harmonies Of The Replicants / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Eliot Preschutti ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Steve Rassin ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kevin Reilly ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Silivea Robinson ...
 Sings Of The Replicants 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Masaharu Satô ...
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Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Mayumi Shô ...
Gray Sibley ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Scott Simpson ...
 Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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 AD Police Officer / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Tammy Starling ...
Matt Sullivan ...
 Company Man A 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Yoshino Takamori ...
Urara Takano ...
 Kate Madigan 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Amanda Tancredi ...
 ADP Receptionist / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Michael Titterton ...
Sophia Tolar ...
 Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Frank Trimble ...
 Mackie Stingray 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Hank Troscianiec ...
 Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Yumi Tôma ...
Steve Vernon ...
 Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Timothy J. Walsh ...
 C&G Chairman 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Michael S. Way ...
 Commander Swarz 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Cyndi Wheeler ...
 Sings Of The Replicants 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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Emily Young ...
Teiji Ômiya ...
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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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Trivia

Sylia's father, Dr. Katsuhito Stingray, is named after series director Katsuhito Akiyama. See more »

Quotes

Leon McNichol: One of these days, I'll uncover the truth about you.
Brian J. Mason: Be careful what you say, little puppy.
Leon McNichol: Even a little puppy can nibble an sleazebag like you to death!
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Referenced in Grand Theft Auto V (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Mad Machine
Lyrics by Aran Tomoko
Music and Arrangement by Nakajima Masao
Performed by Oomori Kinuko
English Performance by Annabelle Clifton
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Good stuff, but...
27 April 2004 | by 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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