A.D. Police: To Protect and Serve (1999– )

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Set a few years before Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, A.D. Police chronicles the tales of Mega-Tokyo's special police division designed to control rogue Boomers in the city. A.D. Police ... See full summary »

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Set a few years before Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, A.D. Police chronicles the tales of Mega-Tokyo's special police division designed to control rogue Boomers in the city. A.D. Police Officer Kenji Sasaki faces a major dilemma: he loses another partner to a rabid boomer. A day after he's sent off-duty, he receives a new partner in the form of German cop Hans Kleif. Funny thing is that Kenji sucker-punched Hans at a bar the night before. Not only does Kenji face the everyday task of controlling Boomers, he has to learn to adjust with his new partner. Written by Anonymous

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Genome City is about to EXPLODE and only the A.D. Police can set things right!

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among the worst that animé has to offer - avoid this title
3 April 2011 | by (London, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I consider myself a very generous rater as I can usually find something entertaining about virtually every movie or series I watch, but "A.D. Police" is simply terrible with almost no redeeming qualities.

Whatever potential "A.D. Police" might have had is buried under a mountain of weak art, poor animation, hackneyed dialogue, and terrible to the point of being nonsensical episodes, the likes of which you might expect from the worst of what was produced in the '70s or early '80s, but this came out in 1999: Nine years after "A.D. Police Files" (of which it is a spin-off of), and a full decade after "Bubblegum Crisis" (which "A.D. Police Files" is a prequel to).

A typical episode has roughly five minutes or less of either a single "tentacled" robot (called "boomers") gone wild or a dozen machine-gun toting boomers shooting hundreds of rounds but never hitting anything which the two main A.D. Police will take out with a single shot from their ordinary pistols, and as bad as that sounds, it's almost preferable to the failed attempts at character and plot development that fill up the rest of each episode.

If you have the misfortune of having purchased "A.D. Police", save yourself the torture of watching it all the way through and skip to episode nine as virtually the entire story is told in the last third of the series and the attempts at character and plot building in the first two thirds are not essential viewing. Also, in case you were wondering, you might as well watch it dubbed because the Japanese voice acting is no better than the substandard English dub, and reading the English subtitles only emphasizes just how bad the dialogue really is.

The extras provided in the ADV 2001 2-disc DVD release include textless opening and ending videos, production sketches and artwork, trailers, and production notes which are actually worth reading before you watch the series (except for a single spoiler which you are warned about before it's shown to you) as they provide some clarity about the setting.


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