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Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 1: Genesis

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Content rating: 7
Posted 2003-03-14 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-04-16 15:11:00

One of my earliest encounters with anime involved the first few episodes of the original Bubblegum Crisis series. I remember fondly the "Hurricane" theme song. About a year ago, I found a copy of the first VHS tape in the series, and tried to watch it. Bleah -- I quit after about 40 minutes. The animation was too weak to carry the action.

Although the remake, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, suffers a similar malady -- too many static frames -- it does manage to hold my interest in other ways. One is the soundtrack. Each of the main characters has her own distinctive ambience. As Sylia lounges by her aquarium, soft tinkling bells and tones play in the background. Priss is never far from the growl of a guitar. One of my favorite anime tunes, Ame, hasn't yet appeared in the show, but is featured in the menu. Other people have mentioned the precise click-clacks as our heroines walk across the screen in their hard suits. It's attention to these small details that makes up for lackluster animation (which is worst in the club scenes, in my opinion: the motion just doesn't match the music at all).

I am intrigued by the characters, too. Sylia is my favorite, I think: she seems so calm most of the time, but on rare occasions snaps into violence. What is her connection to the evil Genom corporation? I'm not so fond of Priss, perhaps because the producers seem to have marked her out as "the cool one" and given her most of the attention; but I do wonder just what she see in Linna. Hmmm....

My brother lent me his copy of the "Perfect Collection," which comes in a single multi-disk case. I'm giving poor marks for the design because I really don't like the cover. Our girls are shown in very strange head-first poses, drawn in monochromatic blue on top of a vague grey-and-white background. Why? It looks like something a freshman in art class might put together as a warped tribute to Nagel. Not my style at all.

Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, JVC 27-inch TV, stereo speakers.

Content: 7 Video: 6 Sound: 9 Packaging: 5 Menu: 7

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Other reviews of this disc:
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 1: Genesis by Kayos (Rating: 8.20)
Bubblegum Crisis was a classic '80 cyber-punk anime. Instead of being a sequel Tokyo 2040 is more of remake that was done to bring the series into the '90s so that it could reach a new generation of anime fans. BGC is the story of...(continues)
Content: 9 Video: 9 Sound: 9 Packaging: 7 Menu: 7

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 1: Genesis by Battousai (Rating: 7.60)
Well, suffice to say, if you've seen the previews for this anime on other anime purchase it looks entirely intriguing. Beautiful vixens, clad in skin tight white and black suits. This series somewhat reminded me of an all female "Power...(continues)
Content: 6 Video: 8 Sound: 10 Packaging: 6 Menu: 8

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 1: Genesis by crkscrew13 (Rating: 8.40)
Attractive females in skin-tight black and white combat suits. Build an anime series around that, and you're guaranteed at least marginal success. But this series is about much more than just that, although thankfully we males get a number...(continues)
Content: 9 Video: 10 Sound: 8 Packaging: 8 Menu: 7

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 1: Genesis by cafin8d (Rating: 8.20)
I'm going to start with the case, because that was what motivated me to pick this disc up. The cover art on this disc is just gorgeous. The colors are vibrant and the animation looked spectacular. I have not seen the original OAV...(continues)
Content: 10 Video: 10 Sound: 8 Packaging: 8 Menu: 5

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 1: Genesis by domain (Rating: 7.60)
Welcome to the "new" rendition of the original Bubblegum Crisis. This series, though dubbed as all "new", is an extension of the original, with new faces (the names remain the same), new attitudes, and a new style which is all to its...(continues)
Content: 8 Video: 8 Sound: 8 Packaging: 7 Menu: 7

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 1: Genesis by Owsla (Rating: 8.20)
I was introduced to The Bubblegum Crisis (BGC) over Labor Day 2000, when Encore's Action Channel ran anime all weekend. I became thoroughly addicted to the original series and have starved for more episodes ever...(continues)
Content: 9 Video: 9 Sound: 8 Packaging: 8 Menu: 7

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