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  (in credits order)
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 ... Largo (episodes 5 & 6) (voice)
Kiyoshi Kawakubo ... Quincy (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Arnold ... Quincy (voice: English version) (as David J. Arnold)

Elizabeth Becka ... Linna Yamazaki (voice: English version)
Nicholas Bottom ... Executive B (voice: English version)
Jack Bowden ... Sings Of The Replicants / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Joyce Leigh Bowden ... Interviewer / Sings Of The Relicants (singing voice)
Pierre Brulatour ... Largo (voice: English version)
Jay Bryson ... Captain / Ebisu Worker / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Dick Bunting ... Miriam (voice: English version)
Katherine Burton ... Ann (voice: English version) (as Katherine Kopec Burton)
Marshall Carroll ... Dailey Wong (voice: English version)
Shigeru Chiba ... Dr. Miriam Yoshida (episode 8) (voice)
Sean Clay ... Company Man B / Executive A / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Annabelle Clifton ... Harmonies For The Replicants / Sings Of The Replicants (voice: English version)
Clifton Daniel ... Frederick (voice: English version) (as Daniel Clifton)
Ted Davis ... Sho (voice: English version)
Chuck Denson Jr. ... Announcer / Newscaster / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kevin Dowling ... Professor Stingray (voice: English version)
Jemila Ericson ... Sylia (voice: English version)
Hadley Eure ... Meg / Sings For The Replicants / Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Mark Fincannon ... Mr. Chang (voice: English version) (as Mark Finncannon)
Marc Garber ... Retort / Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Mark Garber)
Nathan Gray ... Guard 1 (voice: English version)
Susan Grillo ... Nene (voice: English version)
Jon Gutman ... Flint (voice: English version)
Kyôko Hamura ... Sho (episode 3) (voice)

Zach Hanner ... Gibson / Boomer / Kou / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Eddie Harrell ... McLaren (voice: English version)
Maiko Hashimoto ... Vision / Reika Chang (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Nam (episode 5) (voice)
Aya Hisakawa ... Lisa Vanette (episode 8) (voice)
Tom Holmes ... Doctor (voice: English version)
Geoffrey Honaker ... Fargo (voice: English version)
Jean Hrdlicka ... Irene Chang (voice: English version)
Miki Itô ... Irene (episodes 2 & 7) (voice)
Hiroko Kasahara ... Cynthia (episode 1) (voice)

Belinda Keller ... Female Boomer / Nam / Naoko (voice: English version) (as Belinda Bizic)
Chuck Kinlaw ... Kaufman / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
David Kraus ... Chopper 3 Pilot / Police Chief / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Steve Lalla ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

J. Patrick Lawlor ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Barbara C. Lewis ... ADP Commander (voice: English version)
David Long ... Ebisu President (voice: English version)
Mindi L. Lyons ... Naomi / Vision / Reika (voice: English version)
Tomoko Maruo ... Meg (episode 5) (voice)
Loren Mash ... Young Sylia (voice: English version)
Marc Matney ... Bogey / Funk / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Yasunori Matsumoto ... Kou (episode 7) (voice)
Mike McGovern ... Manager (voice: English version) (as Mike McGovern)
Yûko Mizutani ... Anri (episodes 5 & 6) (voice)
Brad Moranz ... Leon McNichol (voice: English version)
Senri Nakajima ... Sho's Mother (episode 3) (voice)
Sinda Nichols ... Priss Asagiri (voice: English version)

Patt Noday ... Deputy Commander / Outrider (voice: English version)
Ken'ichi Ogata ... Raven
Eric Paisley ... Mason (voice: English version)

Amy Parrish ... Sho's Mother / Lisa / Harmonies Of The Replicants (voice: English version)
Eliot Preschutti ... Ebisu Operator / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Steve Rassin ... Checkpoint Guard / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kevin Reilly ... Staffer A / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Silivea Robinson ... Sings Of The Replicants (voice: English version)
Masaharu Satô ... Chief (voice)

Martha Ellen Senseney ... Sylvie (voice: English version)
Kaneto Shiozawa ... Gibson
Mayumi Shô ... Naomi (episode 4) (voice)
Gray Sibley ... Yamada / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Scott Simpson ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Michael Sinterniklaas ... Young Mackie / AD Police Officer / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Tammy Starling ... Lou (voice: English version)
Matt Sullivan ... Company Man A (voice: English version)
Yoshino Takamori ... Sylvie (episode 5) (voice)
Urara Takano ... Kate Madigan (voice)
Amanda Tancredi ... ADP Receptionist / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Michael Titterton ... Dr. Raven (voice: English version)
Sophia Tolar ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Frank Trimble ... Mackie Stingray (voice: English version)
Hank Troscianiec ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Yumi Tôma ... Lou (episode 5) (voice)
Steve Vernon ... Callahan / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Timothy J. Walsh ... C&G Chairman (voice: English version)
Michael S. Way ... Commander Swarz (voice: English version)
Cyndi Wheeler ... Sings Of The Replicants (voice: English version)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Fargo
Emily Young ... Kate (voice: English version)
Teiji Ômiya ... USSD Chief (episodes 1 & 2) (voice)

Directed by
Katsuhito Akiyama 
Hiroaki Gôda 
Hiroki Hayashi 
Fumihiko Takayama 
Masami Ôbari 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Katsuhito Akiyama 
Shinji Aramaki 
Hideki Kakinuma 
Ken'ichi Matsuzaki 
Toshimichi Suzuki  story

Produced by
Junji Fujita .... executive producer
Hiroshi Tazaki .... producer
Kin'ya Watanabe .... producer
Robert J. Woodhead .... producer
Original Music by
Kôji Makaino 
Cinematography by
Kazuhiro Konishi 
Akihiko Takahashi 
Production Design by
Shinji Aramaki 
Hideki Kakinuma 
Kimitoshi Yamane 
Art Direction by
Kazuhiro Arai 
Shigemi Ikeda 
Kazuhiro Konishi 
Yôichi Nangô 
Sound Department
Noriyoshi Matsûra .... sound director
Animation Department
Kunihiro Abe .... animator
Atsushi Aono .... animator
Fujiko Aoyagi .... animator
Shinji Aramaki .... mechanical designer
Toshiko Baba .... animator
Hisashi Ezura .... animator
Miki Fujita .... animator
Yoshimitsu Fujitaka .... animator
Hiroaki Gôda .... guest character designer (episodes 5 and 6)
Tadashi Hasegawa .... animator
Takashi Hashimoto .... animator
Chihiro Hayashi .... animator
Kôichi Horikawa .... animator
Hiroyuki Horiuchi .... animator
Kiyoshi Iijima .... animator
Suguru Iijima .... animator (as Takeshi Ijima)
Nobuyuki Ikigame .... animator
Masaya Irahara .... animator
Atsuko Ishida .... animator
Ken'ya Ishitani .... animator
Akihiro Izumi .... animator
Masaki Kajishima .... animator
Hideki Kakinuma .... mechanical designer
Jirô Kanai .... animator
Katsunori Kimizuka .... animator
Mitsumasa Kimura .... animator
Nobuyuki Kitajima .... animator
Masaru Kitao .... animator
Hiroyuki Kitazume .... animator
Shigetaka Kiyoyama .... animator
Yukihiro Makino .... animator
Hidenori Matsubara .... animator
Makoto Matsuo .... animator
Hideaki Matsuoka .... animator
Shinichirô Minami .... animator
Tôru Misaka .... animator
Kazuhiko Miyake .... animator
Sadami Morikawa .... animator
Masaru Nagashima .... animator
Ken'ichirô Nakamura .... animator
Masanori Nishii .... animator
Fujio Oda .... animator
Jun Okuda .... animator
Hirotoshi Sano .... animator
Hideyuki Satô .... animator
Yûichi Satô .... animator
Satoru Shigeta .... animator
Yoshiharu Shimizu .... animator
Ryûji Shiromae .... animator
Kenichi Sonoda .... character designer
Kenichi Sonoda .... mechanical designer
Shigeyuki Suga .... animator
Hiroyuki Sugano .... animator
Eiji Suganuma .... animator
Noboru Sugimitsu .... animator
Akio Takami .... animator
Akira Takeuchi .... animator
Atsushi Takeuchi .... animator
Tatsuyuki Tanaka .... animator
Kenji Teraoka .... animator
Shinsuke Terasawa .... animator
Tomokazu Tokoro .... animator
Atsushi Tsukamoto .... animator
Katsutoshi Tsunoda .... animator
Tomomi Urayama .... animator
Satoshi Urushihara .... animator
Satoshi Urushihara .... guest character designer (episode 7)
Kôichi Usami .... animator
Kôichi Wada .... animator
Eiji Yamanaka .... animator
Michihiro Yamane .... animator
Masashi Yanagishita .... animator
Jun Yano .... animator
Hidetoshi Yoshida .... animator
Masami Ôbari .... animator
Shin'ya Ôhira .... animator
Hiroyoshi Ôkawa .... animator
Haruo Ôkawara .... animator
Hidetoshi Ômori .... animator
Ken'ichi Ônuki .... animator
Ikuyo Ôtani .... animator
Other crew
Riccardo Bambini .... production staff
Matt Baumgardner .... production staff
Matt Clare .... production staff
Isaac Fischer .... production staff
Guillaume Fortier .... production staff
Dañiel L. Garcia .... production staff
Jacquet Gwenaël .... production staff
Derek Ho .... production staff
Martti Hokkanen .... production staff
Dawn Huestis .... production staff
Yasunori Ide .... technical director (episode 3)
Marc Levy .... production staff
Casey Mershon .... production staff
Harald Niesche .... production staff
Peter Pappas .... production staff
Logan Rebholz .... production staff
Alice Sgaravatti .... production staff
Ken'ichi Yatagai .... technical director (episodes 1 and 2)
Uwe Zeppei .... production staff

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Also Known As:
"Baburugamu kuraishisu" - Japan (original title)
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USA:25 min (8 episodes)
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | Germany:16 | New Zealand:PG | New Zealand:M | UK:PG (episodes 1-3) | UK:12 (episodes 4-8)

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Largo:Dead, eh? Or rather, I imagine it would be more exact to say it has ceased functioning. It IS a machine after all.
Priscilla S. Asagiri "Priss":You bastard!
[fires railgun]
Largo:[catching the spike] Is this all your anger amounts to?
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Quite good overall, but don't believe the hype too much., 14 August 2001
Author: vkn from Amsterdam

Considering the large following and high reputation this series has, one imagines it must be quite good. Oddly, it never struck me as mind-blowingly fantastic as the fan hype makes it out to be, but I did quite like most of the series.

Many praises are sung about the soundtrack, and those are very true indeed; great rock songs with very good pace and vivid vocals accompany the action. They work a treat, and a lot of the songs stick with the viewer for very long.

Alas, the raving over the music is probably the only point where the hype got it right. For the rest, the actual series seems a bit underwhelming compared to what one might expect. For example, the supposedly excellent character development is a much-trumpeted point that falls a bit flat. Not to say that the characters are poor by any means. They're very likeable, and they do have their own distinct personalities, but they don't seem all that revolutionary. Our four heroines, Priss, Nene, Sylia and Linna basically consist of respectively the tough rebellious youth, the pink-haired girly "cute" computer whiz, the mysterious and only -really- interesting one, and...err, the other one (yup, poor Linna is badly under-used and shows very little distinct character traits). It's true that this is a cast formula that was innovative for it's time, and that it has been copied very often, but maybe that's exactly why the whole thing sometimes seems a little below it's reputation. There are tough, rebellious youths and pink-haired squeaky cute computer geniuses all over the place on the anime market. The fact that they're all female is hardly a novelty anymore either.

That might be the main problem here; time hasn't been too kind to Bubblegum Crisis. Those who first saw the series and became loyal followers in the 80's had every reason to be impressed back then. Alas, by now, the same formula has appeared so often, be it under different guises, that there's little left to be amazed about for one watching this series for the first time now. Somehow BGC doesn't really manage to hold up a feeling that it's the founding father of a whole generation of anime series.

Animation quality has aged a bit better though, with only the first episode looking genuinely old hat by now. Episodes seven and eight are still lovely to look at (probably due to the nice and somehow "softer" color palette used for ep. 8). The mecha action scenes -another highly hyped point- are indeed fast and furious, and have some very intense moments. The mecha designs as well are admirably intricate and innovative sometimes. But like most over-hyped elements of BGC, the fights have flaws as well, namely that they are sometimes cut short a bit. The way the main villain in the sixth episode (who is utterly brilliant, by the way) is finished off struck me as rather too sudden, as was the end of the battle in episode 5. It's supposed to be a very dramatic moment, but it went a bit too fast and thus didn't have all the punch it -could- have had.

There still is lots going in favor of BGC, however. Several minor characters are very likeable and amusing, and manage to actually be more entertaining than the four heroines. The adorable Daley springs to mind, not exactly because he's gay -homosexuality is very common in anime- but because during his few moments in the spotlight he's always delightful (and damn it all, he's -cute-). Most of the one-shot characters that only appear in one or two episodes are also handled with style and become very vivid. A very nice bunch, basically. And that goes for the minor nasties as well. The four heroines are also entertaining enough, despite not being all that full of surprises.

The storyline also manages to present some interesting themes. Revenge is one of them, as is the blurred borderline between machines and living beings. There's also a very intriguing triangle between Sylia, minor nasty Mason and more impressive nasty Largo. There are also hints that Sylia might be more than meets the eye. All these themes and possible subliminar messages are only established in the background and hardly ever mentioned in so many words. One could very easily miss them altogether.

Subtelty is all very well, but it's a shame that none of these possible deeper plot threads are ever tied up; the end of episode 8 is -not- a proper ending. The series was supposed to continue on for a few more episodes, but alas the project ran into murky waters at that point. And that's why BGC is so tricky to judge; it's an unfinished piece (a sequel tried to sort of tie everything up but didn't really succeed). It's as if Return of the Jedi was missing from the first Star Wars trilogy, for instance. And that's quite a shame, as the -promise- certainly is there.

If the series had lived to see it's originally planned ending, it might have become the masterpiece it's -said- to be. As it stands, it's a good, solid series with plenty to enjoy and a few flaws that don't get in the way too much. Give it a go, see what you think. You probably won't be blown over with amazement, but chances are high you'll have a very plain good time all the same.

(just note that you should avoid the dub if possible. It's tolerable, but the songs are dubbed as well, and as a result suffer overall. Besides, dubs are always inferior to the original)

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