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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 94)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Sylia Stingray (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
Katsuhito Akiyama (unknown episodes)
Hiroaki Gôda (unknown episodes)
Hiroki Hayashi (unknown episodes)
Fumihiko Takayama (unknown episodes)
Masami Ôbari (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Katsuhito Akiyama (unknown episodes)
Shinji Aramaki (unknown episodes)
Hideki Kakinuma (unknown episodes)
Ken'ichi Matsuzaki (unknown episodes)
Toshimichi Suzuki (unknown episodes)

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

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Additional Details

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)

Did You Know?

In 'Tinsel City' AKA 'Bubblegum Crisis Episode One', the 'Konya Wa Hurricane' sequence at the club is a homage to Streets Of Fire (1984). The dance moves and the music is performed exactly the same way in the first 10 minutes of the Movie. And this movie, as well as Bubblegum Crisis, both feature characters named 'Raven'; additionally, Bubblegum Crisis has a character named "Madigan", while Amy Madigan is a featured performer in Streets Of Fire.See more »
Priscilla S. Asagiri "Priss":You little idiot! If you die, what will Sylvie have died for?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Blade Runner (1982)See more »
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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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