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AD Police Files (1990)

Video  -  Animation | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  23 February 1994 (USA)
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Set several years before the original Bubblegum Crisis, This trio of disturbing cases, focusing on rookie Leon McNichol and his partner, Jeena Malso, challenge what it truly means to be ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Atsushi Abe ...
Yôko Asagami ...
Mika Doi ...
Caroline Evers
Toshio Furukawa ...
Tesshô Genda ...
Hitoshi Horimoto
Kiyoshi Kawakubo ...
Yôko Matsuoka ...
Toshiyuki Morikawa
Ryûsei Nakao ...
Emi Shinohara ...
Vanessa Bach
Kiyonobu Suzuki ...
Hyde Cash
Sakiko Tamagawa ...
Dr. Takagi Youko
Mîna Tominaga ...
Iris Cara
Toshiya Ueda


Set several years before the original Bubblegum Crisis, This trio of disturbing cases, focusing on rookie Leon McNichol and his partner, Jeena Malso, challenge what it truly means to be human, what it truly means to be a machine, and how truly thin the border between humanity and machines is. In Vol. 1: The Phantom Woman, Jeena and Leon investigate the circumstances behind the death of a fellow AD Policeman, and Leon is stalked by a boomer who he had destroyed long ago... In Vol. 2: The Ripper, a series of grotesque prostitute murders, committed by a woman who has given up her humanity for her work, are investigated by a woman who is contemplating the loss of her own. And Vol. 3: The Man Who Bites His Tongue, deals with the near death of a police officer, and subsequent transformation into a Robocop-like cyborg, bereft of all but the very last parts of humanity, the only way he can keep his mind focused is to inflict pain upon himself, the only human sensation he has left. Written by Miriani

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23 February 1994 (USA)  »

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(3 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Spun-off from Bubblegum Crisis (1987) See more »


Words & Music
Music and Lyrics by Raffy Amaranto
Performed by Lou Bonnevie
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Two out of three ain't bad
19 February 2005 | by (Clearwater Fl) – See all my reviews

AD Police Files 1-3 (1990): 8/10: Despite a third episode that is almost a scene for scene remake of Robocop this is one of the sharpest Anime's around.

Sexist and racist in that unconscious Japanese way with over the top violence and just a dash of nudity AD Police doesn't fail to entertain. The first two tales are gripping and inventive if a little hard to follow (Character development is minimalist at best) with great moral arks about the downfall of artificial parts and artificial people.

The third episode is a letdown and quite skippable. Tons of action keeps AD Police moving even when the story seems to stall. The plots of the first two episodes are also filled with surprise and that delightful "I always wished someone would do that" feeling.

The animation is very well done with different styles mixing it up to great effect. At only 3 episodes however it left me wanting more. That's usually a good sign.

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