BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 - BURIED SECRETS (VOLUME 4) (2001)
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:

This is the fourth BGC 2040 DVD, containing episodes 13 through 16. Where the previous episodes were largely individual and episodic (with a glimpse here and there of the larger world), this volume expands the focus and starts to reveal what's going on. The main plot arc, somewhat buried, now clearly predominates. Sylia's mood swings, Mackey's reason for returning to Sylia's life, the origin of the hardsuits, and Mason's obsession with the buried work of Sylia's father--all of these are explained.


DVD EXTRAS:

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

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


DVD REVIEW:

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.

In this fourth DVD volume, a lot of major secrets are revealed.  From what Mackie and the Knightsaber uniforms really are, the death of Sylia's father and so much more.  This DVD is a major turning point for the anime and I can't wait for the next volume.

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.  

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 Knight Sabers 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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