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Quite good overall, but don't believe the hype too much. See more (14 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [94])
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Sylia Stingray (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kinuko Ômori ... Priscilla 'Priss' S. Asagiri (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Michie Tomizawa ... Linna Yamazaki (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Akiko Hiramatsu ... Nene Romanova (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Nozomu Sasaki ... Mackie Stingray (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Toshio Furukawa ... Leon McNichol (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ken'yû Horiuchi ... Daley Wong (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shûichi Ikeda ... Brian J. Mason (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Largo (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kiyoshi Kawakubo ... Quincy (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
David Arnold ... Quincy (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Elizabeth Becka ... 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)

Pierre Brulatour ... Largo (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Jay Bryson ... Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Dick Bunting ... Miriam (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Katherine Burton ... Ann (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Marshall Carroll ... Dailey Wong (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shigeru Chiba ... 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 ... Frederick (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ted Davis ... Sho (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Chuck Denson Jr. ... Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kevin Dowling ... Professor Stingray (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Jemila Ericson ... Sylia (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hadley Eure ... Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Mark Fincannon ... Mr. Chang (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Marc Garber ... Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Nathan Gray ... Guard 1 (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Susan Grillo ... Nene (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Jon Gutman ... Flint (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kyôko Hamura ... Sho (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Zach Hanner ... Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Eddie Harrell ... McLaren (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Maiko Hashimoto ... Reika Chang / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Nam (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Aya Hisakawa ... Lisa Vanette (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Tom Holmes ... Doctor (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Geoffrey Honaker ... Fargo (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Jean Hrdlicka ... Irene Chang (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Miki Itô ... Irene (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hiroko Kasahara ... Cynthia (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Belinda Keller ... 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)

J. Patrick Lawlor ... 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 ... Meg (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Loren Mash ... Young Sylia (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Marc Matney ... Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yasunori Matsumoto ... Kou (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Mike McGovern ... Manager (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yûko Mizutani ... Anri (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
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)

Patt Noday ... Deputy Commander / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ken'ichi Ogata ... Raven (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Eric Paisley ... Mason (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Amy Parrish ... 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 ... Chief (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Martha Ellen Senseney ... Sylvie (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kaneto Shiozawa ... Gibson (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Mayumi Shô ... Naomi (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Gray Sibley ... Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Scott Simpson ... Additional Voices (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Michael Sinterniklaas ... AD Police Officer / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Tammy Starling ... Lou (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Matt Sullivan ... Company Man A (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yoshino Takamori ... Sylvie (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Urara Takano ... Kate Madigan (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Amanda Tancredi ... ADP Receptionist / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Michael Titterton ... Dr. Raven (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 ... Lou (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
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)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Fargo (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Emily Young ... Kate (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Teiji Ômiya ... USSD Chief (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Series Directed by
Hiroaki Gôda (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hiroki Hayashi (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Fumihiko Takayama (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Masami Ôbari (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Katsuhito Akiyama (7 episodes, 1987-1991)
 
Series Writing credits
Katsuhito Akiyama (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shinji Aramaki (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hideki Kakinuma (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ken'ichi Matsuzaki (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Toshimichi Suzuki (8 episodes, 1987-1991)

Series Produced by
Junji Fujita .... executive producer (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hiroshi Tazaki .... producer (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kin'ya Watanabe .... producer (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Robert J. Woodhead .... producer (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
 
Series Original Music by
Kôji Makaino (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kazuhiro Konishi (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Akihiko Takahashi (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
 
Series Production Design by
Shinji Aramaki (7 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hideki Kakinuma (7 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kimitoshi Yamane (7 episodes, 1987-1991)
 
Series Art Direction by
Kazuhiro Arai (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shigemi Ikeda (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kazuhiro Konishi (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yôichi Nangô (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
 
Series Sound Department
Noriyoshi Matsûra .... sound director (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
 
Series Animation Department
Kunihiro Abe .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Atsushi Aono .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Fujiko Aoyagi .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shinji Aramaki .... mechanical designer (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Toshiko Baba .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hisashi Ezura .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Miki Fujita .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yoshimitsu Fujitaka .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Tadashi Hasegawa .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Takashi Hashimoto .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Chihiro Hayashi .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kôichi Horikawa .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hiroyuki Horiuchi .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kiyoshi Iijima .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Suguru Iijima .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Nobuyuki Ikigame .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Masaya Irahara .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Atsuko Ishida .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ken'ya Ishitani .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Akihiro Izumi .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Masaki Kajishima .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hideki Kakinuma .... mechanical designer (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Jirô Kanai .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Katsunori Kimizuka .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Mitsumasa Kimura .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Nobuyuki Kitajima .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Masaru Kitao .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hiroyuki Kitazume .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shigetaka Kiyoyama .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yukihiro Makino .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hidenori Matsubara .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Makoto Matsuo .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hideaki Matsuoka .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shinichirô Minami .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Tôru Misaka .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kazuhiko Miyake .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Sadami Morikawa .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Masaru Nagashima .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ken'ichirô Nakamura .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Masanori Nishii .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Fujio Oda .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Jun Okuda .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hirotoshi Sano .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hideyuki Satô .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yûichi Satô .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Satoru Shigeta .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yoshiharu Shimizu .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ryûji Shiromae .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kenichi Sonoda .... character designer / mechanical designer (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shigeyuki Suga .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hiroyuki Sugano .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Eiji Suganuma .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Noboru Sugimitsu .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Akio Takami .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Akira Takeuchi .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Atsushi Takeuchi .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Tatsuyuki Tanaka .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kenji Teraoka .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shinsuke Terasawa .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Tomokazu Tokoro .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Atsushi Tsukamoto .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Katsutoshi Tsunoda .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Tomomi Urayama .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Satoshi Urushihara .... animator / guest character designer (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kôichi Usami .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Kôichi Wada .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Eiji Yamanaka .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Michihiro Yamane .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Masashi Yanagishita .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Jun Yano .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hidetoshi Yoshida .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Masami Ôbari .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Shin'ya Ôhira .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hiroyoshi Ôkawa .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Haruo Ôkawara .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hidetoshi Ômori .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ken'ichi Ônuki .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ikuyo Ôtani .... animator (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hiroaki Gôda .... guest character designer (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Other crew
Riccardo Bambini .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Matt Baumgardner .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Matt Clare .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Isaac Fischer .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Guillaume Fortier .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Dañiel L. Garcia .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Jacquet Gwenaël .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Derek Ho .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Martti Hokkanen .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Dawn Huestis .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Marc Levy .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Casey Mershon .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Harald Niesche .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Peter Pappas .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Logan Rebholz .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Alice Sgaravatti .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Uwe Zeppei .... production staff (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Yasunori Ide .... technical director (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ken'ichi Yatagai .... technical director (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
 

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Also Known As:
"Baburugamu kuraishisu" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:25 min (8 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | 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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Trivia:
Episodes 5 and 6 take the Blade Runner resemblance to the breaking point and feature the exact same story, with some of the scenes copied almost verbatim; and even some of Vangelis's score is stolen. (specifically "MegaTokyo 2032")See more »
Quotes:
Largo:Human beings... how vulgar. For the crime of injuring me, a god, I demand, as atonement, death!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mad MachineSee 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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