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Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 2: Crusade

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Content rating: 8
Posted 2003-03-19 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by Cacophanus on 2003-04-21 01:55:00

Let's try a review which jumps from topic to topic, highlighting the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for disk 2 of the Bubblegum Crisis 2040 series.

The good: The sound continues to entertain me. From the "click, click" of those delicate high heels of the hard suits, to the serene water music, to the pneumatic "whoosh" of an expensive automobile's door opening, the sound technicians strut their stuff. Tiny little touches like the tapping of Mason's finger, or the nervous rattling of Sylia's silverware -- they add up to create a background which draws the listener in.

While much of the Big Storyline is pretty standard stuff -- Sylia's trauma from her unhappy childhood and the breakup of her parents, the evil overlord cackling on his throne as he pulls the strings -- there are some small events which broke through and touched me: Bill the deep-sea worker found out that his wife was cheating on him, yes, and it drove him to the edge .... but he overcame it. Linna's job really is cubicle hell. We find out just how much Mackay needs to play with nuts and bolts through his actions -- not his words.

The Silver Saber rocks. I appreciate the very short appearance it makes; the less we know about its abilities, the more mysterious it will remain.

The Bad: It's annoying to hear short clips of some good music, such as "Ame", but never more than about twenty seconds at a time. Couldn't ADV put some entire songs onto the disk as "Extras?"

The mad boomer in the last episode looks a lot like the creature from alien. In fact, most of the boomers morph from vaguely humanoid to vaguely monsterish when they go crazy. Why? Just because big pointy teeth look more scary?

I really hope I don't have to see Mason's doll stick its tongue into his mouth again.

The Ugly: The "Extras" are brief bios of the secondary characters (the Knight Sabers themselves having been covered in the Extras of disk one). Whoever wrote the item for Mackay should be whupped upside the head. Telling the viewer that a character will be revealed as XXXX later in the series is inexcusable. Why? Why? (Don't worry -- it's nothing that a reasonable person wouldn't have figured out already, but still, why write it down?) This stupid bit of material knocks the "Packaging" rating down from its already low score due to lame cover art and a spindle that won't release the DVDs.

Scenes of Priss' band are awful: the low-budget animation detracts from the music. The characters' motion doesn't even come close to matching the beat. Bleah.

Overall, the good outweighs the bad. I'll keep watching, but my pleasure is slightly bittersweet.

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

Content: 8 Video: 6 Sound: 9 Packaging: 4 Menu: 7

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Other reviews of this disc:
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 2: Crusade by CmdrTaco (Rating: 8.00)
Disc 2 of Bubblegum Crisis 2040 brings more of the story started in Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 1: Genesis. This is by no means the original Bubblegum Crisis, this is maybe a little colder. Its still about big evil...(continues)
Content: 8 Video: 8 Sound: N/A Packaging: 8 Menu: 8

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 2: Crusade by Battousai (Rating: 7.60)
The Bubblegum Crisis strides on in full force with this awaited sequel to "Genesis". Packed full of action, plot kindling, and hip soundtracks - this anime has made the Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 one of my favorite animes to watch.


Content: 7 Video: 8 Sound: 9 Packaging: 7 Menu: 7

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 2: Crusade by crkscrew13 (Rating: 9.20)
If the first disc convinced me that I was justified in giving the series a shot, this one just confirms it and makes it definite, for the whole series. The last series to do that for me was Cowboy Bebop, and that was the first DVD anime...(continues)
Content: 10 Video: 10 Sound: 9 Packaging: 9 Menu: 8

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