BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 - Vol. 1 - GENESIS (2000)
ANIME COMPANY: ADV FILMS / JVC
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTED BY: Hiroki Hayashi
PRODUCED BY: A.D. Vision, Inc.
DURATION: 100 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

In the aftermath of the great earthquake, a ruthless corporation is poised to take over the devastated city of Tokyo with an army of synthetic monsters.  Only one small band of female mercenaries stands ready to take on the monolithic power of Genom, but in this case, four women are all it takes!  Armed with incredible combat suits, the Knight Sabers wage a desperate war in the shadows, combating the monstrous byproducts of technology run amuck, with courage, sweat and blood!  It's a deadly trial by fire as the acclaimed cyberpunk masterpiece is reborn in an all new, action-packed series!


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated, HiFi Sound
6 ADV Films Trailers
Character Profiles
Full-screen format

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

I was a huge fan of the first Bubblegum Crisis OAV series and when I found out that a new BGC will be coming out which is not a continuation but a whole new different BGC (like what "El Hazard" and "Tenchi" is doing right now), I didn't know if I should react with anger or what.

I decided to check it out and wow!  I think I enjoy this version of BGC more than the previous version.  The character designs and storylines are pretty cool!

It's pretty hip to watch and the characters are very likeable.  

For those who don't know what the story is about.  After a major earthquake in Tokyo, the Genom Corp. makes Boomers.  Robots that will do a lot of the work that humans don't like doing.  From waitressing to roadside construction.  The Genom Corp. has a vision for their Boomers to co-exist with humans and thus they create Boomers that go crazy and attack humans.  The AD Police's job is to stop the Boomers but they are underpowered.  Thus the Knightsabers, 4 machineclad outlaws takes the Boomers out.  The Knightsabers are actually 4 people consisting of a rock singer, Priss.  An AD Police computer hacker, Nene.  Lina, a office lady and the leader, Sylia who owns a lingeree shop but her father was the creator of the Boomers and she has some unknown vendetta against the Boomers.  Thus the story of BGC: Tokyo 2040.

As for the DVD, the video quality is very vibrant with the colors really beautiful.  The audio quality is cool but I noticed a difference with the Spanish dialogue when I was messing around with the audio.  It seems louder than the English and Japanese tracks.  As for the dubbing, as mentioned in all my reviews, I'm totally against anime dubs, so I can't comment how the voice acting for the English dubs are.  I prefer the anime in Japanese with English subtitles.

As for special features, like most anime DVD's, they don't really have anything.  This one has character profiles and ADV trailers.  Nothing else.

So, knowing that most anime don't have special features, I'm going to let this sly on this DVD because the anime is so good!  The series is about 20 episodes long, so expect to buy 5 DVD's total.  

As for the children rating.  BGC is action, adventure and it has it's share of violence.  The Knightsabers take on Boomers (robots) that go wild and attack humans. This was shown on Japanese TV but it's your choice if you want your children to see it. 

THE ANIME:  A
THE DVD EXTRAS:  C-
THE DVD OVERALL:  B-

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