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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Bubblegum Crisis:Tokyo 2040 - Vol. 3
Bubblegum Crisis:Tokyo 2040 - Vol. 3
ADV Films // Unrated // February 15, 2005
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Review by John Sinnott | posted March 23, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The Show:

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 comes to an end with this third double-disc volume in this series.  Originally released as six single discs, ADV has rereleased the series under the "Essential Anime" banner.  In doing so they've lowered the price significantly, and added some great extras that weren't on the first release of the show.

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is a retelling and expansion of the original OVA series Bubblegum Crisis.  Some things are the same, and others have changed, but the basic premise is still the same.  It has been 6 years since an earthquake devastated Tokyo, now known as Megalocity, and much of the repairs have been done by 'boomers;' robots to you and me.  The boomers, created by the Genom Corporation, have wormed their way into most aspects of society; they not only do heavy work and manual labor, they also work in office buildings and restaurants.

The only problem is, sometimes boomers go berserk.  When that happens, the Knight Sabers leap into action.  These four heroes are tough women in form fitting battle suits strong enough to take on the biggest boomers.  They are rock singer Priss, computer hacker Nene Romanova, new member Linna Yamazaki and leader Sylia Stingray.

If you've stayed with the series this far, you know things aren't good.  As this set begins, rouge boomers have been roaming the streets, and Megalocity is all but deserted.  Genom controls the media though, and they continue to report that everything is fine!

The Knight Sabers, along with the remnants of the AD Police, plan an attack on the Dragon Line, but the powerful Galatea takes control of it and unleashes a new wave of giant boomers on a nearly defenseless city.  Not totally defenseless though, as the Knight Sabers don new hard suits.

Things progress at a rapid pace in this last third of the show.  It's actually hard to know how much to reveal without spoiling the plot.  Over these final eight shows, a lot of new hazards crop up, Galatea becomes even more powerful, some mysteries are solved, and the show is wrapped up in a satisfactory manner.  This series is a pretty wild ride.

Looking back on the series, I really enjoyed it.  The show starts off at a medium pace but picks up speed after the first five or six episodes.  By the end of the series I didn't want to wait between episodes to see how things wrapped up, and these double disc sets were nice in that respect.

This series was certainly different from the original Bubblegum Crisis.  Being a longer series, there was room for more background stories and a more detailed plot.  Both of these helped make this a fun and exciting series that anime fans should make a point of checking out.

The DVD:


This two DVD set contains the final eight episodes of the show and comes in a single width clear Amaray case with a reversible cover.

Audio:

This boasts a new English 5.1 dub, as well as Japanese and Spanish language tracks in stereo.  I liked the original language track a little bit better, mainly because I didn't care for the English version of Priss' songs.  The dub was actually good besides that one flaw, with the actors managing to sync the lip movements fairly well.  There was some use of the soundstage, especially in the battles.  Overall a nice sounding disc.

Video:

The full frame video quality looked great.  There are a lot of dark areas, especially in a lot of the fight scenes, and the detail in these areas is quite good.  The colors of the boomers and the Knight's battle armor come through bright and vivid giving the show a wide color range.  Digital artifacts were hardly noticeable.  I was really pleased with the way these discs looked.

Extras:

The first disc in this set has an interview with the four actresses who played the leads in the show.  Unfortunately, the interviews were done separately and then spliced together.  I would have enjoyed it a little more if they could have commented on each other's answers and talked together.  The format is pretty simple.  A question flashes up on the screen and then each actress appears and answers it.  This runs about 17 minutes in length.
 
The last tow episodes in the series have commentary tracks with the actors who voice the main characters;  Kelly Manison (Linna), Laura Chapman (Sylia), Christine Auten (Priss), and Hilary Haag (Nene.)  They originally dub these five years ago, so the actors have a little perspective on the show.  While I don't generally enjoy anime commentaries, these were generally  fun.

There are also clean opening and closing animations.

Final Thoughts:

The Essential Anime Collection is a great way for people to check out titles that they may have missed, and getting two volumes of Bubblegum Crisis 2040 for a retail price of less than $20 is a great deal.  I know people who were happy to get a single volume for that much when it was originally released.  The show itself is a fast paced roller coaster ride, that is well worth checking out.  Highly Recommneded.
 

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