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Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 

Set in 2039-2040, This series is set in Megalo City, a city built over the ruins of Tokyo. Boomers, a line of android workers created by the Genom Corporation, perform dozens of tasks, from... See full summary »
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Yu Asakawa ...
 Priss Asagiri 26 episodes, 1998-1999
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 Sylia Stingray 26 episodes, 1998-1999
Rio Natsuki ...
 Linna Yamazaki 26 episodes, 1998-1999
Hiroko Konishi ...
 Nene Romanova 26 episodes, 1998-1999
Kiyoyuki Yanada ...
 Leon McNichol 26 episodes, 1998-1999
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 Brian J. Mason 26 episodes, 1998-1999
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Kelly Manison ...
William Ross ...
 Interviewer, Sewer Crew 1 26 episodes, 1998-1999
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Set in 2039-2040, This series is set in Megalo City, a city built over the ruins of Tokyo. Boomers, a line of android workers created by the Genom Corporation, perform dozens of tasks, from cleaning to management, to heavy industry. However, a strange series of events has caused a great deal of these boomers to go rogue, despite government and corporation cover-ups to the contrary. The AD Police, a special anti-Boomer task-force, performs it's best to stop the maniacal machines. However, always a step ahead of them are the mysterious vigilantes known only to the public as the Knight Sabers. No one is sure who these warriors are, but a young office lady named Lina Yamazaki is intent on finding out and joining them. Written by Miriani

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In addition to new character designs, the characters personalities have been altered greatly. Priss is much more stoic in 2040 than she was in the original version, while Sylia, originally very stoic in the first series, is now very emotional. Linna is given much more screen time and depicted as being an idealistic farm girl rather than as a shallow, greedy man-eater. Nene is also much more aggressive (and arrogant) than she was in the original version. The character of Daley Wong is also more subdued and no longer depicted as a homosexual caricature, as he was in the original series. The Leon McNichol character is also different, more of a "tough guy" and less of a pretty boy. See more »

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In "One Of These Nights", Leon's weight trainer glove disappears from his hand in the close up of him showing Priss the video scan of the soldiers who are moving in to Tokyo to fight the boomer plague. See more »

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Sylia Stingray: So, how can I help you? Have you finally tired of that worn-leather look?
[touches Priss's hair]
Sylia Stingray: Oh, and look at all those split ends. You'll need a new conditioner.
Priss S. Asagiri: I want my pay.
Sylia Stingray: Hmm? Oh, yes, of course. I haven't paid you for the last one, have I?
[goes over to her counter, opens up her purse]
Sylia Stingray: You know, it wouldn't hurt you to wear the clothes that I recommend every once in a while.
Priss S. Asagiri: I wear your hard suits, isn't that enough?
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Spun-off from Bubblegum Crisis (1987) See more »

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Y'Know
Performed by Akira Sudô (as Akira Sudou)
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Welcome to the future!
18 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

More an update than a sequel, BGC 2040 is a worthy addition to the Bubblegum Crisis mythos.

In this version all the characters have been redesigned, some radically. Most noticeable is Linna who went from being aerobics instructor to, ugh, an office lady. Sylia also got a major overhaul but I think this one is a real improvement. Plus, the implication that reason that all the Knight Sabers are female may have a lot to do with Sylia's sexuality adds a fun fan service element to things.

While the impact of changes is something for fan debate, I for one like most of them. They make the old world of original BGC, which is starting to show it's age after 15 years, seem more modern and relevant.

Style wise, the updated version of the Boomers, the Hardsuits and other technology looks really good. When you see it it's not hard to imagine that things like them could one day exist. One of the best improvements is to the Boomers. Back in the old days they were very stiff and Terminator-like. Now they seem more bio-mechanical which only makes them more creepy.

It's should also be noted that the animation on this is above average for a TV show, the voice actors are all wonderful and the music just kicks butt. I absolutely love the opening theme "Y'know."

In short, BGC 2040 is a good modern spin on an anime classic. Give this one a spin.


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