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Bubblegum Crisis 

Baburugamu kuraishisu (original title)
A female mercenary team, armed with unique power armor suits, battle the forces of the corrupt mega-corporation, Genom in futuristic Tokyo.
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Series cast summary:
Yoshiko Sakakibara ...  Sylia Stingray 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kinuko Ômori 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 Ken'yû Horiuchi ...  Daley Wong 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ...  Brian J. Mason 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kazuyuki Sogabe Kazuyuki Sogabe ...  Largo 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kiyoshi Kawakubo Kiyoshi Kawakubo ...  Quincy 8 episodes, 1987-1991
David Arnold David Arnold ...  Quincy 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Elizabeth Becka ...  Linna Yamazaki 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Nicholas Bottom Nicholas Bottom ...  Executive B 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Jack Bowden Jack Bowden ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Joyce Leigh Bowden Joyce Leigh Bowden ...  Interviewer / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Pierre Brulatour ...  Largo 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Jay Bryson Jay Bryson ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Dick Bunting Dick Bunting ...  Miriam 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Katherine Burton Katherine Burton ...  Ann 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Marshall Carroll Marshall Carroll ...  Dailey Wong 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Shigeru Chiba ...  Dr. Miriam Yoshida 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Sean Clay Sean Clay ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Annabelle Clifton Annabelle Clifton ...  Harmonies For The Replicants / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Clifton Daniel Clifton Daniel ...  Frederick 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Ted Davis Ted Davis ...  Sho 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Chuck Denson Jr. ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kevin Dowling Kevin Dowling ...  Professor Stingray 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Jemila Ericson Jemila Ericson ...  Sylia 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Hadley Eure Hadley Eure ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Mark Fincannon ...  Mr. Chang 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Marc Garber Marc Garber ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Nathan Gray Nathan Gray ...  Guard 1 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Susan Grillo Susan Grillo ...  Nene 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Jon Gutman Jon Gutman ...  Flint 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kyôko Hamura Kyôko Hamura ...  Sho 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Zach Hanner ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Eddie Harrell Eddie Harrell ...  McLaren 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Maiko Hashimoto 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 Tom Holmes ...  Doctor 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Geoffrey Honaker Geoffrey Honaker ...  Fargo 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Jean Hrdlicka Jean Hrdlicka ...  Irene Chang 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Miki Itô ...  Irene 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Hiroko Kasahara Hiroko Kasahara ...  Cynthia 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Belinda Keller ...  Female Boomer / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Chuck Kinlaw Chuck Kinlaw ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
David Kraus David Kraus ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Steve Lalla Steve Lalla ...  Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
J. Patrick Lawlor ...  Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Barbara C. Lewis Barbara C. Lewis ...  ADP Commander 8 episodes, 1987-1991
David Long David Long ...  Ebisu President 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Mindi L. Lyons Mindi L. Lyons ...  Naomi / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Tomoko Maruo Tomoko Maruo ...  Meg 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Loren Mash Loren Mash ...  Young Sylia 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Marc Matney Marc Matney ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Yasunori Matsumoto ...  Kou 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Mike McGovern Mike McGovern ...  Manager 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Yûko Mizutani Yûko Mizutani ...  Anri 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Brad Moranz Brad Moranz ...  Leon McNichol 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Senri Nakajima 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 Ken'ichi Ogata ...  Raven 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Eric Paisley 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 Steve Rassin ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kevin Reilly Kevin Reilly ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Silivea Robinson Silivea Robinson ...  Sings Of The Replicants 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Masaharu Satô 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 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 Tammy Starling ...  Lou 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Matt Sullivan Matt Sullivan ...  Company Man A 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Yoshino Takamori Yoshino Takamori ...  Sylvie 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Urara Takano Urara Takano ...  Kate Madigan 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Amanda Tancredi Amanda Tancredi ...  ADP Receptionist / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Michael Titterton Michael Titterton ...  Dr. Raven 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Sophia Tolar Sophia Tolar ...  Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Frank Trimble Frank Trimble ...  Mackie Stingray 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Hank Troscianiec Hank Troscianiec ...  Additional Voices 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Yumi Tôma Yumi Tôma ...  Lou 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Steve Vernon Steve Vernon ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Timothy J. Walsh Timothy J. Walsh ...  C&G Chairman 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Michael S. Way Michael S. Way ...  Commander Swarz 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Cyndi Wheeler Cyndi Wheeler ...  Sings Of The Replicants 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Kôichi Yamadera ...  Fargo 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Emily Young Emily Young ...  Kate 8 episodes, 1987-1991
Teiji Ômiya Teiji Ômiya ...  USSD Chief 8 episodes, 1987-1991
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Storyline

This eight-part OVA (Original Video Animation, or made-for-video) series is set in the giant megalopolis of MegaTokyo in the year 2033. The story chronicles the battles of four women in power armor against an evil mega-corporation called GENOM. BGC is one of the most popular series among fans of Japanese animation ("anime"), as well as fans of the cyberpunk genre. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

10 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

(8 episodes)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

A duty roster that appears in episode 8 reveals that the AD Police apparently employed many of the artists who worked for Marvel Comics during the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Leon McNichol: One of these days, I'll uncover the truth about you.
Brian J. Mason: Be careful what you say, little puppy.
Leon McNichol: Even a little puppy can nibble an sleazebag like you to death!
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Soundtracks

Remember
Lyrics by Aran Tomoko
Music by Tsubokura Yuiko
Arranged by Nagaoka Choojiroo
Performed by Oomori Kinuko
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Well-made robot anime with many distinctive touches
3 July 2002 | by James TerrellSee all my reviews

I have recently finished watching 'Bubblegum Crisis' for the second time, on DVD, and I found myself both entertained and impressed.

The problem with most sci-fi and robot anime is that they are too heavy-handed and dark; as well, they often suffer from plodding and boring plots, to the point where they are not enjoyable to watch. Not so with 'Bubblegum Crisis'. The series is actually divided into two main storylines which comprise six episodes, and two side stories for the other two episodes. While the main stories require some concentration, they are interesting without being convoluted. _BC_ does not try to ponder the human condition or find the meaning of life, as other SF stories do, but simply creates stories that the viewer can enjoy. As well, there are some plot threads that are developed throughout the series, making events and characters more significant and more part of the story. While some may argue that 'BC' is nothing but science fiction lite, it keeps the viewer absorbed, which is more than I can say for most of the sci-fi anime I have watched.

I'd say that this series's greatest strength is its characters. Not only are they well developed, but they interact wonderfully with one another. Their differing and often conflicting personalities make the viewer identify with them, their lives, and their problems. We see people trying to cope with violence and destruction on a daily basis and simultaneously keep their humanity somehow. I believe that too many anime fall into the trap of trying to impress the viewer with things such as animation, sex, and violence, forgetting more important things such as character development and interaction. Like all the other best anime, however, 'BC' not only avoids this trap, but defines new standards.

'Bubblegum Crisis' also succeeds in its use of rock music, integrating it into the series and drawing the viewer in. Even though the songs are in Japanese, I still enjoyed them and was impressed by the quality of the songwriting. I should point out that these songs are some of the few I remember from any anime.

I thought the animation was excellent, especially for an OVA. The inevitable darkness of Neo Tokyo was nicely balanced by the brighter colors of the interiors of homes, shops, etc. This was another thing that kept the series from descending into sci-fi boredom. As well, the characters are animated according to their personalities, helping to develop them.

So I would call 'Bubblegum Crisis' a success because it manages to entertain all audiences, not just sci-fi and robot fans. In fact, it even entertained me.


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