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Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 4: Buried Secrets

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Content rating: 8
Posted 2003-07-16 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-07-23 13:39:00

Disc 5 in this series is called Buried Secrets, and the title fits these episodes well. They remind me of the second chapter in Book 2 of The Lord of the Rings, "The Council of Elrond," in which the big meeting at Rivendell reveals the history of the Ring of Power. The episodes on this disc reveal much of the history of the boomers and Dr. Stingray. We finally see what the evil Mason has been seeking all this time ...

It marks a nice rebound from the previous disc, which left me feeling a bit let down. But these are chock full o' tasty scenes:

  1. Nene and Mackay get it out in the open
  2. Mackay's origin is revealed
  3. Leon and Priss go on a date! On their motorcycles, of course
  4. Sylia's father shows us how not to be a good husband and father
  5. a hint of girl-girl attraction between two of the Knight Sabers (and no, it's not the two you expect)

One of my favorite moments is just a short little throwaway shot: Leon's partner gives him a bit of bad news, which puts him in a foul mood .... while his gun happens to be sticking prominently out of his shoulder holster. As Leon starts to lose his cool, his partner shakes his head sadly, and then -- this is the good part -- without looking, puts his hands over his ears. Why? Because he just knows that Leon is going to blow off some steam with a bullet or two. And, sure enough, a few seconds later, Leon obliges. It's the sort of instinctive action (not re-action, because it anticipates) that one might expect from an old married couple, who know each other inside and out. Like I wrote, it's a subtle action, and if you blink you might miss it; but it speaks volumes about the relationship between the two men. That's the sort of writing I admire!

To continue the Tolkien analogy, having learned about the past, our characters are ready to move forward and face new challenges. There's a hint that some of the Knight Sabers might not be so willing to continue working as a team, but I expect that not to last. It's pretty clear what the next challenge will be; but will this be the ultimate test, or just a warm up for the final round? I am looking forward very much to finding out, and I would guess that you will, too.

Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, JVC 27-inch TV, stereo speakers, and a half-pint of Ben and Jerry's "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough" ice cream. Mmmmmmmm.....

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

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Other reviews of this disc:
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 4: Buried Secrets by CmdrTaco (Rating: 8.60)
My opinion of Bubblegum Crisis 2040 has varied dramatically. At first I was just excited to see familiar characters given an update. But then I was frusterated because the update seemed somewhat bland. Disc 3 revived my hope in the...(continues)
Content: 8 Video: 9 Sound: 8 Packaging: 9 Menu: 9

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol 4: Buried Secrets by Kayos (Rating: 7.40)
Attention we have a plot! As we enter the fourth disc of the BGC 2040 series they have finally decided to tell us what it's all about.

I really like the whole 2040 series. If I hadn't been hooked already this disc would have done...(continues)

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

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