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Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 3: Leviathans

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Content rating: 7
Posted 2003-05-01 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-05-20 01:20:00

At last the threads begin to weave themselves together in this, the third disc in the series. That wierd old guy hooked up to all the life-support equipment -- Rosenkranz -- may not be the Big Bad after all. We learn a bit about the history of his amanuensis, Mason, who turns out to have a connection to Sylia. He's not the only one: we are shown that several of the minor characters in the story once worked for Dr. Stingray. And, in a moment of crisis, we see a flashback (?) into Sylia's own memories which make me think that there may be more to her, or, perhaps, LESS to her, than meets the eye.

It's about time that the Big Picture began to unfold, too. Some of the action was beginning to get a bit stale. I'm not sure how many more times I can stand to see Leon and his partner screech to a halt in front of a mad boomer and then ineffectually fire at it until the Knight Sabers arrive to save the day. Once, just once, I'd like to see some member of the AD police actually destroy a boomer. At the very least, it would put some tension into these encounters: we might wonder who gets to kill the next machine gone mad.

The final episode sprouts a completely new story line, too: a budding romance between Nene and Mackay (or Mackie, as it is inconsistently spelled in the subtitles). It's not clear who, if either person, is pushing the relationship, but I find it intriguing. I hope that the writers can do a good job exploring the facets of a man-machine connection in a fresh manner. They're off to a good start: I can't remember the last time that the human member of such a couple was the female.

One of the high points of this set of episodes comes when a mysterious monster deep under Tokyo -- a giant creature which grabs its prey in two serrated forelimbs and drags it to a circular maw ringed with crushing plates -- is described in passing as being the recreation of an early sea animal from the Cambrian period. Ha! I thought that there was something familiar about it. As soon as the word "Cambrian" was mentioned, I realized what it was: an Anomalocaris! You can see pictures and read about this ancient terror of the sea at the British Natural History Museum site or the Smithsonian Anomalocaris page.

It gives me a warm feeling inside to find that anime writers and illustrators think paleontology is cool :-)

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

Content: 7 Video: 7 Sound: 8 Packaging: 5 Menu: 8

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Other reviews of this disc:
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 3: Leviathans by CmdrTaco (Rating: 7.40)
The knight sabers are back again to fighter whatever sorts of badness arises in Tokyo 2040. How will the girls handle it? The remake of the 80s rock cyberpunk classic moves forward, finally finding a bit of a stride, and starting to...(continues)
Content: 7 Video: 8 Sound: 7 Packaging: 8 Menu: 7

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 3: Leviathans by Battousai (Rating: 7.20)
The Knight Sabers are back for some more boomer-butt-kicking goodness in the third disc: Leviathans. With the recent addition of Sylia's brother, Mackey, Nigel has been able to aid the Knight Sabers more effectively in repairs and hard...(continues)
Content: 7 Video: 7 Sound: 9 Packaging: 5 Menu: 8

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 3: Leviathans by crkscrew13 (Rating: 8.60)
Having only recently delved into the world of anime, and spending countless hours watching titles recommended by much more experienced friends, it was a great pleasure for me to discover Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 on my own and watch it...(continues)
Content: 10 Video: 10 Sound: 9 Packaging: 7 Menu: 7

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 3: Leviathans by MadAndy (Rating: 6.80)
Capsule Summary
This is the disc where things really kick into gear. Order it with disc 4 if you can, otherwise like me you'll have to live through the torture of the cliffhanger at the end!

The Series

Content: 8 Video: 8 Sound: 6 Packaging: 5 Menu: 7

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 3: Leviathans by shinji16 (Rating: 8.80)
I have the other two dvds, and between all of them this one is the best.The four episodes on this makes this an even better anime then I thought it was the first time I watched it.The ending is great,it makes the next dvd a must...(continues)
Content: 10 Video: 10 Sound: 8 Packaging: 6 Menu: 10

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